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Food firms should step up sugar cuts, say shoppers

Food firms should work harder to cut and communicate sugar content in their products, according to seven in 10 consumers responding to a survey by market analyst Mintel.

Sugar sales have slipped in the past two years, according to Mintel

Steam infusion breakthrough saves processors cash

Food manufacturers could slash processing costs following breakthroughs in steam infusion technology that enable food to be heated at least three times faster than previous steam techniques.

Asda hit hardest by latest campylobacter results

Retailers have again failed to reach targets for campylobacter contamination in fresh shop-bought chickens, with almost three quarters of samples in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest survey results testing positive for the bug. 

Community Foods nails national Lidl contract

Community Foods has secured a multi-million pound contract to supply Lidl.

Trade body shuns attack on energy drinks

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has rejected calls to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under 16, claiming they are not promoted to this age group.

News in brief

Tesco peanut contamination leads to recall

Tesco has recalled an own-label children’s biscuit product after undeclared traces of peanut were discovered.

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland takes profit hit

Turbulent dairy markets hit profit margins at Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII) in the past year, although sales continued to grow and the development of a major processing venture remained on track.

Appeal likely as 1,000-a-week pig unit blocked

A top UK pig producer looks likely to contest a decision blocking the development of its plans for a major Derbyshire pig unit, an industry boss has said.

Invest to win from convenience – Geoff Eaton

The recovery among high street retailers and increased consumer demand for convenience shopping should prompt manufacturers to invest in and change their ranges and operations, an industry veteran has urged.

Breakfast is key for diabetics

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for people with type 2 diabetes, an international study has claimed.

2 Sisters Food Group job cuts illuminated

Plans to cut up to 300 jobs at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Llangefni chicken factory have been clarified by trades union Unite after a briefing involving managers and staff.

Meet Morrisons’ new ceo: David Potts

Morrisons has shopped at Tesco to acquire its new ceo David Potts on a salary of £850,000/year plus incentives.

People on the move in the food industry

Tesco, Morrisons, the Co-operative Group and northern retailer Booths all appointed new bosses this month as they look to protect themselves against the challenges of the changing retail market.

500 brewery jobs follow beer duty cuts

Nearly 500 jobs have been created by the chancellor’s decision to cut beer duty in 2013 and 2014, along with thousands of other roles.

Spotlight

Fruit business closure threatens 445 jobs

Up to 445 Bakkavor jobs face axe

Bakkavor’s Yorkshire Fresh Fruit business faces closure after losing a major contract with supermarket chain Asda. ...

Fresh produce shake-up threatens 340 jobs

340 jobs at risk in Produce World shake-up

Produce World Group plans to close two factories, threatening up to 340 jobs, although consolidation elsewhere looks...

Food and drink manufacturing jobs on rise

Good week, bad week (Wk 8)

News of new food and drink manufacturing jobs leads this edition of Good news, bad news, your...

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