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Police arrest eight in gangmaster crackdown

Eight people have been arrested in Plymouth and Cornwall as part of a major investigation into forced labour, human trafficking and illegal gangmaster activity in the UK food chain.

Authorities are cracking down on modern-day slavery and worker exploitation

ASA bars smoothie web claim

An internet smoothie ad has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for misleadingly exaggerating the amount of fruit portions it contained.

Mash Direct adds 40 workers

Mash Direct has recruited 37 staff in the past year and aims to dramatically increase turnover and target further business wins following a new ready meal contract with Asda.

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Dairy Crest appoints new chairman

Dairy Crest has appointed Stephen Alexander as its new chairman, with immediate effect.

News in brief

Tired consumers boost sports and energy drinks market

The sports and energy drink market has grown from £1bn in 2009 to £1.5bn in 2014 as tired consumers look to these products to beat fatigue, according to a report by Mintel.

Scots economic confidence ‘plunges’ ahead of referendum

The confidence of Scots in their economic future has plunged to its lowest level in more than a year, ahead of tomorrow’s independence referendum, according to retail research consultant Conlumino.

Big energy firms slated by Which? consumer survey

The big six energy suppliers have been slated for poor customer service in a survey by consumer watchdog Which?

Scientific breakthrough in control of deadly pathogen

Scientists believe they may have found a new weapon in the fight to control the deadly foodborne pathogen Clostridium botulinum, as they have discovered genes that are crucial for its germination.

Sugar not the sole cause of obesity: AB Sugar

British Sugar owner AB Sugar is fighting back against anti-sugar campaigners with the launch of a campaign informing people about sugar’s role in a healthy balanced diet.

Low food risk from Cook’s high-labour model

Handmade ready meal firm Cook claims more human hands in the manufacturing process does not increase the risk to food hygiene standards or decrease overall operational efficiency.

Premier Foods’s rejig may alter little, says expert

Premier Foods’s creation of three strategic business units (SBUs) may change little, as the company still faces major challenges if it is to progress, according to one industry expert.

Premier Foods launches three new business units

Premier Foods has launched three new ‘Strategic Business Units’ (SBU’s) in a bid to strengthen its focus on major growth opportunities and develop more agile ways of working.

Bingham and Jones reveal £10M savings for supermarket

Ready meal industry mavericks Jonny Bingham and David Jones have claimed they can save one retailer up to £10M in food waste with a new chilled ready meal format.

Diageo backs £10M fund for distillers

New and growing distillers could draw on a £10M fund to help their businesses grow, thanks to an initiative backed by spirits giant Diageo.

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Free energy webinar – less than a week to wait

Free energy webinar – less than a week to go

Final plans are in progress for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar on energy savings, which...

Supermarket bosses warn about Scottish refendrum yes vote

Supermarkets: prices will rise if Scotland votes yes

A yes vote in next week’s independence referendum will result in higher food prices in Scotland, two...

Retailer Morrisons' turbulent year - in pictures
Morrisons’ interim results: past year’s challenges

Morrisons’ year in pictures

After Morrisons revealed a 30% drop in first-half profits today (September 11), we look back at the...

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