What do food labels mean and should we take them literally?

We waste an alarming amount of food yearly. Believe it or not expiration dates are not always an accurate representation of a food’s shelf life, yet these labels are causing millions of tonnes of food waste every year. British households throw away 8.3million tons of food and drink a year, with an estimated 5 million tons of that amount still being perfectly edible. This amounts to over 17 million tonnes of CO2: the equivalent of emissions from 4 million cars. Read more


Cash Rich, Time Poor: The Fresh Cut Fruit and Vegetable Demand

Over half of 2 parent families have both parents working full time and today over a third of women are the main bread winners in their families. Women now represent nearly half the UK work force, with a large percentage being working mothers. Read more


Come and visit us at ProPak Asia 2017

Managing Director, Pamela Nugent will be travelling to Asia to join M&P (Asia) on its stand at ProPak Asia 2017.  The exhibition runs from June 14th to 17th and promises to be Asia’s number one trade event for Asia’s rapidly expanding food, drink, pharmaceutical and FMCG markets. ProPak Asia 2017 will include 8 industry zones for Processing Technology, Packaging Technology, Drink Technology, Pharmaceutical Technology, Lab & Test, Materials, Coding, Marking & Labelling, and Cold chain, Logistics & Warehousing making it easier for buyers and sellers to meet and develop great business together. Read more

Vegetables Chopped

The Fresh Cut Industry Boom

The Fresh Cut Industry is the fastest growing segment in the produce sector. Fresh Cut refers to the pre-cut, pre-washed and packaged fruit and vegetables. Making wholesome fresh fruit and vegetables packaged to be convenient and ready to eat, changing from their original form (peeled, trimmed or cut) but still fresh. Fresh Cut foods are the fastest growing fresh food category worldwide. The International Fresh-Cut Produce Association (IFPA) represents leaders in the Fresh Cut produce industry worldwide, providing them with guidelines, expertise, networking and forums. Read more


M&P welcomes new team members

Manchester based M&P Engineering is committed to ensuring they develop the right skills within the company as succession planning is a key feature in every aspect of the business. Read more

Heart Food

Should I be Eating my Vegetables Raw to get Full Nutritional Benefit?

No! Although it is true that some nutrients are lost during cooking. We believe that it is possible to get the full, practical nutritional benefits from a fruit or vegetable that has been cooked. There are cooking methods that are uniquely matched to fruits and vegetables to limit the damage.

Although it is true that most animals thrive on raw food diets, all humans have been sustained and evolved eating cooked foods in their diets. Read more


Design Manager at M&P attends training course in New Orleans

Gerry Baker, Design Manager at M&P Engineering recently attended a Hygienic Design Training Course in New Orleans, USA.  The course was run by Commercial Food Sanitation from February 21st to 23rd. Read more


Energy Efficiency in the Food Processing Industry.

Energy efficiency, looking after our environment and waste management should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds in every industry. Reducing your environmental impact also has the added benefit of decreasing costs, which makes it an important part of business processes. Read more


Eat your way to a stress-free life.

Is your life too stressful? In the UK over half of us say that our stress levels are increasing; around the world is no different with a recent global study of 1000 companies within 15 countries show stress levels rising. 60% of workers complain of increasing stress levels in the last 2 years. Employees of larger companies were nearly twice as likely to suffer from stress. Believe it or not, stress costs the world economy billions of dollars in lost productivity and health related issues. Read more


The Growing Demand for Processed Foods

Our lifestyles have changed, the woman is no longer traditionally at home. With more and more women joining the workforce, her place in the kitchen is less prominent. With this, the demand for processed and packaged food has boomed. This is true not just to the western world, more and more women in the developing world are starting to join the workforce. Read more