M&S sandwich deal
Chilled and frozen food producer Uniq has awarded NFT a three-year contract to distribute sandwiches to Marks & Spencer. Uniq produces an average of 250,000 units a day, which NFT will deliver through its network. NFT is a provider of logistics solutions within the food retail and manufacturing sectors.

Turkington joins ABB
Engineering company Turkington Industries is now equipped to offer robot-based automation solutions after joining ABB’s Robotic Partner Network. The company designs, builds, tests and commissions bespoke automated systems for a range of applications, including tray de-panning, strap handling, packaging and palletising, primarily for the baking industry.

Rain scare for raisins
Growers in California’s raisins industry breathed a sigh of relief after rain earlier this week threatened the drying process, according to the California Raisin Administrative Committee in the UK, which said no damage had been done. Marketing director Peter Meadows said the temperature is forecast to increase to between 33ºC and 35ºC.

Tate & Lyle facility
Tate & Lyle has opened a state-of-the-art manufacturing and research and development facility for its Food Systems business for the Asia Pacific region in Queensland, Australia, which will also serve as the Asia-Pacific HQ.

School meals contract
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council is tendering for the provision of bread and bakery products to the School Meals Service & Civic Catering, estimated at up to £550,000, from March 2010-July 2012.