Busy week for our editors…Asia CanTech countdown

Posted on 26 October 2016

Asia CanTech 2016 kicks off in two weeks’ time on 7-9 November at the Hilton hotel in Kuala Lumper and it’s gearing up to be a busy week here as the events team make all of the finalisations ahead of the event.

Please make sure you download the CanTech International app before you depart for Asia CanTech. We will be providing you with in app messages during the event ensuring you are kept up to date with what’s going on when and where. As well as this, you will have access to all the latest can making news at the click of a button. To use the app, subscribe to CanTech here, then download the app on the iTunes app store or Android.

In other news, the November issue of Dairy Industries International has gone to press this week and will be in your hands shortly. Expect all the latest dairy processing news, along with a review of the World Dairy Summit held last week in Rotterdam by our editor Suzanne Christiansen.

Editor of Confectionery Production, Katie Smith and advertising sales manager, Frankie Savage are travelling to Dubai in a few weeks to attend the food and beverage processing event, Gulfood Manufacturing as well as confectionery and snacks trade fair, Yummex. Make sure to keep tabs on Twitter @confectionprod to see what they get up to.

Editor of Food & Drink Technology, Carly Wood has been travelling all over the country these past few weeks visiting food and logistics companies and covering the WRAP conference in London. Look out for all her write ups in upcoming issues.

Earlier in the month I had the pleasure of attending the SCTA Forum & Gala Dinner in Geneva, Switzerland representing Tea & Coffee Trade Journal. It was a great event and gave me the opportunity to network with industry leaders, as well as learn about the challenges currently facing the coffee industry. My review will be in the November issue so please do give it a read.


Busy week for our editors…Moving with the times

Posted on 23 August 2016

It’s been just over a month since we launched our newly redesigned Tea & Coffee Trade Journal website, and I’d like to thank everyone for the great feedback we have received.

If you haven’t already claimed your 25% off voucher for a Digital only or Print & Digital subscription you have until 30 September, find out how to redeem it here. We have recently published the July/August issue of the magazine, it includes a post-show report of the Tea & Coffee World Cup in Krakow, as well as features on South India Tea and Sustainable Packaging.

In other news, we are pleased to announce that the CanTech International app will be ready to launch alongside our Supplier Profile issue in September. It is an extremely exciting time for us here at Bell, with the app providing us with a new medium to share news and connect with our readers in a way we have never done before.

Next month sees the publication of the highly anticipated annual Supplier Profile issues, and our editors are very busy in the office currently working on them. Suzanne is in the pressing process with Dairy Industries International, but if you’d like to be featured in either Confectionery Production or CanTech International please get in touch with the relevant sales team member here. However, please note if you are interested in the Food & Drink Technology Supplier Profile issue, you have until the end of the year to get in touch.

Busy week for our editors…New additions

Posted on 18 July 2016

We can happily announce that our brand new Tea & Coffee Trade Journal website has now gone live.

It will follow the same layout as our other sites, including a six year back issue archive of digital past issues for subscribers.

The magazine itself is currently undergoing a fresh new redesign, while keeping the content very focused on its strengths, and to celebrate we are offering a special 25% off a Print only or Print & Digital subscription, until 30 September. Simply use the promotional code LAUNCH25 at the online checkout, or if you’d prefer to receive an invoice for bank transfer or cheque payment, we will automatically apply the discount.

Alongside the magazine we also acquired the Tea & Coffee World Cup exhibition show, the only international trade show that brings together the entirety of the industry’s supply chain – from bean and leaf to cup. The next event will be held in Singapore in September 2017 – updates and a new website coming soon. In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome the editor of the magazine, Vanessa Facenda, to the Bell Publishing team, along with our Americas Sales Representative Scott Rogers. If you have any editorial enquiries or would simply like to introduce yourself email Vanessa at [email protected].

For now, please keep your eyes peeled for anything tea and coffee related as a lot of announcements will be coming your way very soon.

Relaunch for Sweets & Savoury Snacks WorldRelaunch for Sweets & Savoury Snacks World

Posted on 7 July 2016

Bell Publishing Ltd (Gravesend, Kent, UK) is pleased to announce the relaunch of its global sweets and savoury snacks web magazine and information resource, Sweets & Savoury Snacks World.

Formerly known as Sweets & Snacks World, the redesigned Sweets & Savoury Snacks – includes a new logo, expanded social media presence and even more updates on retail and wholesale developments.

Focusing on end product, Sweets & Savoury Snacks World aims to help buyers, wholesalers and retailers maximise their efficiency and buying power in today’s competitive market with daily news and features on the dynamic confectionery and snacks sector, as well as previews and reports on the major international trade fairs and events.

“We have changed our name and logo to better reflect the global nature of this fast moving sector and we are planning new initiatives for the site, including an exclusive ISM 2017 Preview with exhibitor profiles,” explained Editor Katie Smith.

She added, “We have also launched a Facebook page to ensure our readers are kept regularly updated.”

The sister website of leading title Confectionery Production, which has served the manufacturing industry since 1934, Sweets & Savoury Snacks World offers a free fortnightly e-newsletter. To subscribe, click here.

For more information, please contact [email protected]

Join the conversation: Twitter @Sweetsnsavoury

LinkedIn Group: Sweets & Savoury Snacks World

Facebook: Sweets & Savoury Snacks World

Busy week for our editors…New ventures

Posted on 9 June 2016

It’s been a couple of weeks now since we announced our acquisition of the Tea & Coffee Trade Journal and the Tea & Coffee World Cup Exhibition and Symposium, and it’s been non-stop ever since.

It’s a very exciting time in the office as we prepare to take the new magazine under our wing, a lot has been happening but I’m afraid I can’t tell all just yet. However, please sit tight and in the meantime keep your eyes peeled for our brand new advert for the Tea & Coffee World Cup Exhibition.

Our editors have been globe-trotting – Alex to the IMDA in Chicago, Katie to Valrhona in France, Suzanne to the Azores and Carly to Stuttgart. You can read about their trips in the upcoming issues. Katie is finishing off the June issue of Confectionery Production as we speak, expect features on cooking and depositing, flavours and colours as well as a product focus on hard candy and lollipops.

Preparations for the highly anticipated annual Supplier Profile issue of CanTech International have already begun. If you would like to be included please contact our group sales manager, Mark Neilson at [email protected].

I’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new classified sales executive, Travis Jones who will be working across CanTech International and Dairy Industries International, we wish him a very successful time here at Bell.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Bell Publishing acquires Tea & Coffee Trade Journal and Tea & Coffee World Cup Exhibition and SymposiumBell Publishing acquires Tea & Coffee Trade Journal and Tea & Coffee World Cup Exhibition and Symposium

Posted on 19 May 2016

Bell Publishing Ltd (Gravesend, Kent, UK) has acquired Tea & Coffee Trade Journal from Lockwood Publications (New York, USA) for an undisclosed sum. The deal was signed just before this year’s Tea & Coffee World Cup, which took place in Kraków, Poland, 10-12 May.

The acquisition includes the trade magazine, website (, and UKERS’ Tea & Coffee Global Directory & Buyers’ Guide along with the annual trade exhibition Tea & Coffee World Cup.

“We are delighted to acquire such a renowned and respected title. We always knew that tea and coffee was a great fit with our other titles—confectionery, dairy, food and packaging. We are looking forward to getting to know the industry, taking the title and exhibition forward and continuing their growth as part of our dynamic team,” said publishing director Neil McRitchie.

Bell Publishing publishes the titles Food & Drink Technology, Confectionery Production (founded in 1934), Dairy Industries International (founded in 1936) and CanTech International along with the website It also runs two events for the metal packaging industry, Asia CanTech and Euro CanTech.

“We’re excited to find a company like Bell Publishing that holds Tea & Coffee Trade Journal and Tea & Coffee World Cup in the high regard that we do. We expect it to be a smooth transition and believe the 115-year old brand has a strong future ahead,” said Robert Lockwood, president Lockwood Publications.

Lockwood Publications will retain ownership of Smokeshop, Tobacco International, Tobacco Products International and Smoke publications along with the respective websites, Tobacco International Buyers’ Guide/Directory and its annual exhibition, EuroTab.

Kat SkeatesAll hands on deck

Posted on 3 May 2016

First of all, I’d like to apologise for being absent for a while but it’s been all hands on deck here in the office.

Since my last post we have said hello to two new members of staff and have yet another successful Euro CanTech show under our belt.

Katie Smith, our new editor for Confectionery Production, started in the office last week and has taken to the role like a duck to water. Preparations for her June issue are in full swing, if you have any editorial content you would like to submit, or just simply want to say hello please don’t hesitate to get in touch with her at [email protected]. She is getting out and about in the industry and hopes to meet many key industry figures in the next few months. Also joining us at Bell is Miranda McRitchie, our new events & marketing executive.

We are pleased to report that Euro CanTech 2016 went off without a hitch last month in Berlin, with Ball scooping the Supreme Award for its innovative Strawster design – find out more here. The team would like to thank everyone who attended and made it undoubtedly our best show to date.

We have also recently announced that the Hilton Kuala Lumpur will be the venue for this year’s Asia CanTech conference on 7-9 November. Lots of news will be heading your way about the event very soon so be sure to keep tabs on the website for updates.

I’ll leave you with the opportunity to subscribe to our brand new, tailor designed YouTube channels showcasing a variety of industry content. We have an insight into the high speed packing of fruit snacks from Ishida currently on Confectionery Production, as well as the latest pump designs from Fristam on Dairy Industries International.

To subscribe simply click on any of the following links: CanTech TV, ConfectioneryProduction TV or DairyIndustries TV. Food&DrinkTech TV will be going live very soon!

Megan Humphrey, web editor


Busy week for our editors…Successful shows

Posted on 24 February 2016

We here at Bell have got off to a flying start with trade show season – ProSweets/ISM in Cologne and the Aerosol Forum in Paris were both a great success.

Our editors have been busy back in the office writing up all the industry news from the events. For all the latest from ProSweets be sure to take a look at the March issues of Confectionery Production and Food and Drink Technology, and for aerosol news the March issue of CanTech International.

The April issue of CanTech is sure to be a packed one, as it’s the official Euro CanTech show issue. It will be filled with all the latest news including the confirmation that Collin Gillis, president of Ball Packaging Europe, will open the Berlin conference.

I, on the otherhand, survived my first overseas business trip to Sweden to visit Tetra Pak. I must give a huge thank you to them for their hospitality throughout the overnight stay. The day itself was a very interesting one, and I was given the opportunity to meet and chat to senior members of the team as well as learn how Tetra Pak values sustainability. For a report on the trip, take a look at the March issue of Food and Drink Technology.

Last week, I was given yet another great opportunity to attend the official unveiling of Corbion Purac’s new R&D and applications centre in the Netherlands on behalf of Confectionery Production. I was given a tour of all the new facilities, discovering all the latest confectionery ingredients innovations. Be sure to take a look at our March issue of Confectionery Production to find out more.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Busy week for our editors…Trade show season

Posted on 29 January 2016

The next couple of weeks see the Spring trade show season really getting underway. This weekend ProSweets (31 January – 3 February) kicks off in Cologne with a lot of our team in attendance. Along with ISM, the shows cover the entire supply spectrum of the confectionery and snack industry all under one roof, so there will be plenty to see.

Joining the team in Cologne is our new group sales manager, Mark Neilson, who will be on our stand H078 in hall 10.1, so please do come and say hello. For those who remember the Morgan 3 Wheeler on our stand last year, there is a new vehicle for you to admire – like the Morgan it has three wheels and is very eye-catching! Photos to follow next week.

Next week also sees our CanTech International team travelling to Paris for the Aerosol Forum (3-4 February). The exhibition brings together experts from leading international brands and key suppliers in the aerosol technologies, components, dispensing systems and packaging industry. With over 350 exhibitors, there will be a lot for our editor, Alex Fordham to get his teeth stuck into.

Alongside them, I will be embarking upon my first overseas trip to Sweden to attend Tetra Pak’s sustainability press trip on behalf of Food and Drink Technology. I’m very much looking forward to representing the company, so please do check back next week to see how I got on. And, for all the latest news from the shows make sure to subscribe to our weekly newsletters here as well as the websites where we will be bringing you daily updates from ProSweets.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Busy week for our editors…Happy new year

Posted on 8 January 2016

Hope you all had a great Christmas and a happy new year!

It’s been a busy first week back in the office getting back into the swing of things. The December/January 2016 edition of Food and Technology is out now and includes show coverage of ProSweets 2016, which is being hosted in Cologne (31 January – 3 February). Please take a closer look at the issue* here.

The show is the biggest suppier fair for the confectionery industry, and runs alongside ISM, billed as the world’s biggest trade fair for sweets and snacks. We will be on stand H078 at ProSweets with Confectionery Production alongside Food and Drink Technology, so please do come over and say hello if you’re coming to Cologne.

Our events diaries are packed full of trade show dates this year, make sure you are in the know by checking our event pages across all the sites.

Looking forward to a busy year ahead!

Megan Humphrey, web editor

*Digital issues are available with a paid subscription, along with access to the full back issue archive in PDF or e-zine versions. You can subscribe here, at our frozen 2015 prices

Busy week for our editors…Christmas festivities

Posted on 14 December 2015

Last week I attended two trips in London: the ceremony of Christmas cheeses and the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Digestion (ADBA) National Conference 2015.

The ceremony of Christmas cheeses was held at The Royal Hospital Chelsea. The day involved a ceremonial cheese cutting, a performance from popular TV show Britain’s Got Talent opera star Charlotte Jaconelli and a cheese filled luncheon.

It was a great privilege to speak to the Chelsea Pensioners throughout the day, many of whom were overwhelmed with the response from guests. Read about the day in more detail here.

The ADBA conference provided an insight into the lastest developments in anaerobic digestion for the dairy industry and the possible issues it faces in the future. Please be sure to take a look at the January issue of Dairy Industries International for a full report.

A huge welcome to our new CanTech International editor, Alex Fordham who has finished his second week here at Bell and is settling in just great. Find out a little more about him here.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Busy week for our editors…Looking to the future

Posted on 23 November 2015

This week I attended Food Matters Live at The Excel Centre in London with Carly, the editor of Food and Drink Technology.

I spent a busy day talking to budding entrepreneurs about their new products and attending some very interesting seminars hosted by a panel of experts.

What I enjoyed most about the day was introducing myself to some of the companies that I regularly liaise with back in the office – it was great to meet people face to face and strengthen our working relationships.

One particular seminar I attended, ‘New markets, new diets: what’s the future for the global health and well being market?’ was fascinating and I will be reporting on the findings in the next issue of Food and Drink Technology.

This month we said goodbye to Richard Piper, our CanTech International editor who is moving on to pursue new challenges. We wish him well for the future. You can take a look at the November issue of CanTech International here, which includes all the Asia CanTech award winners, as well as a review of this year’s successful conference and exhibition.

Also, this week we were excited to announce that Kuala Lumpur is the location for Asia CanTech 2016, read more about it here. As well as this, we announced some brand new features for next year’s Euro CanTech 2016 being held in Berlin in April, which can be seen here.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Bangkok successBangkok success

Posted on 2 November 2015

Asia CanTech 2015 is officially over for another year, and we are happy to say it ran without a hitch.

It was great to hear that so many new and familiar faces were seen over the course of the event, so a big thank you from us to all those who attended. The event kicked off with afternoon registration, followed by a networking buffet dinner held on the riverside terrace at the hotel.

Day two of the conference welcomed the first keynote speaker of the event, John Bigley, managing director of Jamestrong Packaging – Australia and New Zealand. During his talk Jamestrong announced that it will be installing an eight-colour decorating line at its Milperra (NSW, Australia) – for the full story please click here. The highly anticipated Asia CanTech awards filled the rest of the evening; and all of the winners can be seen here.

Commenting on the success of the event, Megan Freeman, our events manager, says, “We have just returned from yet another successful Asia CanTech conference in Bangkok, Thailand. With 300+ attendees, the conference, exhibition room and tabletop stands looked fantastic across the board.

“It was great to see new and familiar faces gathering together from around the industry. Thank you once again for your support at Asia CanTech 2015, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we are pleased that all of you found it so valuable. The conference presentations will be available to download on our website this week.

“I look forward to seeing you all again next year at Euro CanTech 2016 and Asia CanTech 2016 and as always we will be asking for your input on location.”

Back here in the office, the November issue of Dairy Industries is hot off the press. This month’s issue contains a feature focus on China, investigating the new advertising law that will challenge the country’s dairy sector.

The next couple of months also see a number of important trade shows, including Brau Beviale, Food Matters Live and Food Ingredients Europe. For all the latest news from these events be sure to keep an eye out across the websites.

Lastly, it’s worth noting that all of the 2016 media packs were uploaded across all of the sites at the start of the week, and can be downloaded here.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Busy week for our editors…Asia CanTech countdown

Posted on 21 October 2015

With just days left until the eagerly awaited Asia CanTech 2015 our event team are finishing off the final preparations here in the office before travelling to Thailand.

If you have any queries about the upcoming conference in Bangkok, please don’t hesitate to ask our events manager Megan Freeman, at [email protected].

Last week, we unveiled the exhibitors’ floor plan for the tabletop exhibition on our website which you can access here, you may have also seen it appear on the CanTech newsletter last week. If you don’t already receive our newsletters please subscribe here.

In other news, Suzanne spent some of her week in Edinburgh attending the European Dairy Association Annual Congress 2015. On the agenda were the positive changes in attitude towards dairy nutritional value, click here to find out more.

Carly and Susannah were the envy of us all when they attended the Chocolate Show at Olympia on Friday. It’s the UK’s biggest chocolate celebration, and to find out all about it read Carly’s blog here.

Also, don’t forget to check out the October issue of Food and Drink Technology, It includes a feature on tna, after Carly jetted to the Netherlands to visit their manufacturing facility.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Euro CanTech site goes live!Euro CanTech site goes live!

Posted on 7 October 2015

We are very excited to announce that we have gone live with our brand new Euro CanTech website, bringing you all the latest news about our annual Euro CanTech conference and exhibition taking place in Berlin, Germany 4-6 April 2016.

Since my last blog, a lot of the Bell team have attended PPMA in Birmingham. Three of our editors from Food & Drink Technology, Confectionery Production and Dairy Industries attended the show across the three day event, accompanied by our sales team. The exhibition celebrated its 27th year and was highly focused on machinery allowing access to the most senior decision makers. Our stand featuring the three-wheeler Morgan was very popular and became a talking-point of the show!

Be sure to take a look at our editors’ blogs in the coming weeks to hear all about it, but in the main time Suzanne discusses the hot topics of debate from the World Dairy Summit in Lithuania and Carly talks us through the latest updates on the horsemeat scandal from ABC’s Fighting Food Fraud event in their latest blog entries.

Don’t forget that our October issue of Confectionery Production is hot off the press, which includes a show preview of Anuga, 10-14 October, and a fascinating article on Nestlé’s quest to protect the shape of KitKat. Please have a read here.

Megan Humphrey, web editor


Busy week for our editors…Trade show introductions

Posted on 22 September 2015

So, I was lucky enough to attend my first trade show last week, Packaging Innovations at Olympia in London. Almost instantly after stepping through the entrance I was greeted with an array of exhibitors all showcasing their new products and innovations.

Luckily I was accompanied by our editors Richard and Carly, trade show veterans who showed me the ropes. I spent time visiting a number of booths talking to people and introducing myself, and it was interesting to find out more about the businesses that I write about on a daily basis.

One of those in particular was Crown, who informed us of their most recent innovations in package design, from adding LED lighting to packaging, to interactive GiftTag technology. Find out more about it here.

The trip was worthwhile and acted as a great introduction in terms of really getting to grips with my role as web editor. And one thing I certainly took away from the day is the importance of networking. Meeting the people I liaise with regularly should enable me to strengthen my business relationships and ultimately my skills as a journalist.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Busy week for our editors…Busy week for our editors…

Posted on 15 September 2015

This month is a particularly busy one for all of our editors here at Bell Publishing, with the office feeling a lot emptier than usual as they attend some of this year’s most important events.

Carly, editor of Food and Drink Technology, has a very busy schedule this week with four different events to attend. She has been in Munich for the past two days at iba, the world’s leading trade fair for bakery, confectionery and snacks. She also has RWM, Packaging Innovations and Fighting Food Fraud all penned into her diary for the rest of the week travelling all over the country. Be sure to check our Twitter handle @foodanddrinktec for updates from the shows.

Jetting off in a completely different direction is Suzanne, editor of Dairy Industries International who flew to Chicago on Sunday for the International Dairy Show. Here she will have exclusive access to new products, technology and machines. If you’re not in the US Suzanne’s blog next week and the show review will be sure to tell you all about it – so stay tuned!

Although he’s in the office, Richard, our CanTech editor is currently breathing a sigh of relief after his whopping 114 page Supplier Profile issue has finally been published. We had a delivery of this month’s issue into the office yesterday and it’s definitely one not to be missed, so suscribe here. Also bear in mind that it isn’t long till our annual conference Asia CanTech and the award entries are still open until 25 September. To enter, please fill out the registration form, which can be found here and send it to our events manager, Megan Freeman at [email protected].

Confectionery Production will be going to press next week for this month’s issue which will feature the Supplier Profile. To make sure you don’t miss it, subscribe here.

Just a little introduction from myself, I’m Megan Humphrey the new Web Editor for Bell Publishing. The past couple of weeks have been quite a whirlwind getting to grips with everything here, but one that I’m really enjoying. I’m off to my first trade show, Packaging Innovations tomorrow with Richard and Carly so I’ll be sure to let you know what I got up to.

Until then however, please sign up to our weekly newsletters here to ensure you can keep updated with all the latest news.

Megan Humphrey, web editor

Asia CanTech Awards 2014Asia CanTech Awards 2014

Posted on 28 October 2014

The results of the Asia CanTech Awards 2014 were announced last night at the Gala Dinner during Asia CanTech in Bangkok. As always the level of entries was exceptionally high and likewise the quality of the containers. For more news on the conference, exhibition and award winners, make sure you read the next issue of CanTech International.

Supreme Award Winner
Swan Industries – Zola Coco Espresso can

Category winners:

Two-piece Beverage
STI-Can – Delster Can

Benjamit Packaging – Moccona Trio Box

Swan Industries – Glade Can

Three-piece Food
Sinar Djaja Can – Royal Gdansk cookie tin

Three-piece Beverage
Swan Industries – Zola Coco Espresso can

General Line
Tinpak Ltd – Vintage Teas Christmas Cheer can

Crown Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd – Laminate Pail

Ends, caps & Closures
Sinar Djaja Can – Almithali easy-open end

Our thanks go to all who entered and our congratulations to the winners.

Euro CanTech 2015 early bird discount

Posted on 27 October 2014

With the team currently in Bangkok at the busy Asia CanTech show, a reminder that the early bird discounts for Euro CanTech are only available until 31 October. Book now to take advantage of the discount.

In Bangkok there’s been a growing interest in the Barcelona event, with can makers and suppliers from all over the world expressing their interest in attending next March. The all-inclusive format, giving so many opportunities for networking between the can makers and suppliers, is very well suited to the Hotel Arts’ excellent facilities. We feel sure it’s going to be a successful show.

A week in the life of an editor…

Posted on 23 September 2014

Food and Drink Technology editor Carly Wood has had a busy week out and about in the food industry, as well as attending the prestigious Food & Drink Federation Awards dinner in London. You can read her account of a Week in the Life of an Editor here.

And all this having just gone to press with a hefty 68 page issue – click here to subscribe.



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