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FDF supports government skills push

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has praised the government’s new apprenticeships campaign, highlighting the positive impact it has had on preparing new recruits for food industry careers.

Vince Cable with young talent from Arla Foods' Stourton dairy

Dragons’ Den winner to supply 400 Morrisons stores

Dragons’ Den winner Barenaked Foods has clinched a deal to supply 400 Morrisons stores with its range of low carb, gluten-free products, securing a thumbs up from the retailer’s grocery buyer.

Government fails to fund free school meals

Councils and schools have had to divert money from other budgets to ensure all pupils aged seven and under receive free school meals when the school year begins, after lack of government funding.

News in brief

New sales director for fragrance business

Kent flavour, fragrance and oil manufacturer Elixarome has appointed David Howard as its new sales director.

More than 800 job cuts proposed at bakery plants

More than 800 job cuts have been proposed at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Gunstones bakery and Avana Bakeries, previously owned by 2 Sisters and now owned by Utopia Foods.

Food waste remains a costly problem

Food manufacturers could increase their profits by over 10%, simply by more effectively using the waste they generate, claims a specialist food recycling organisation.

Meat inspection strike could hit barbecue sales

Meat inspectors plan to strike over poor pay in a move that may hit barbecue food sales in supermarkets, trades union Unison has warned.

Heinz baby food recall prompts global standards call

Heinz’s recall of some infant cereal products in China after excessive quantities of lead were detected in ingredient samples has prompted calls for tough global food standards.

Dairy products tainted with cleaning fluid

Trewithen Dairy is recalling some milk and cream products after discovering they had been tainted by a small amount of cleaning fluid.

Treat energy as seriously as health and safety

Food and drink manufacturers should treat energy management as seriously as health and safety, according to the boss of energy efficiency specialist JRP Solutions.

Competition heats up among industry heavyweights

Competition to become Personality of the Year 2014 is intensifying as the deadline to vote draws closer, so readers will have to act fast to register their online nomination.

Best food jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Comedians performing at the world famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe have earned plaudits for food and drink-based one liners from comedy writers, television stations and the press.

Consumers worried about food quality and safety

More than 40% of consumers are worried about the quality and safety of ingredients in prepared food from supermarkets, according to independent research firm RPA.

Caterers need individually wrapped free-from foods

Individually wrapped portions of free-from foods will be needed in restaurants and other catering outlets to meet increasing numbers of consumers with allergies and food intolerances, a leading expert has claimed.

Organic health claims 'worryingly overstated'

A report claiming that organic crops are more nutritious than non-organic crops is not supported by the evidence, according to leading experts in the field.

Obesity caused mainly by inactivity, not sugar

The rise in obesity in the UK has been primarily caused by a decline in physical activity, not by increased calorie and sugar consumption, according to the Institute of Economic Affairs.

New body set up to help inspectors spot food fraud

Providing Trading Standards and environmental health officers with the skills needed to spot food fraud will be a priority for a new membership organisation set up by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

Retail loyalty a thing of the past

Store loyalty is diminishing as more shoppers are using four different retailers on average each month, according to grocery think-thank IGD.

Spotlight

Saving energy a moral responsibility food firms told

Food firms told saving energy is a moral responsibility

Saving energy is a moral responsibility, which new EU legislation will force some food manufacturers to take more...

Food firms told to visit street food markets

Street food tells manufacturers what’s on trend

Visiting street food markets will provide food manufacturers and retailers with instant and authentic feedback about new...

Premier Foods eyes global growth in three markets

Premier Foods targets China, US and Australia

Premier Foods’s formation of a new business unit and the launch of Ambrosia rice in China are...

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