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Meat company invests £30k in industrial kitchen

A Cornish meat company has invested £30,000 in a commercial kitchen – a move that has created about 10 jobs.

Cornwall Council's Malcolm Ball, Etherington Meats md Mark Etherington and technical manager Andy Hill

Morrisons takes on new HR director

Morrisons, Britain’s second largest fresh food manufacturer and fourth largest retailer, has appointed Clare Grainger as its new group human resources (HR) director.

Unilever food disposal rumours rise

Unilever’s relatively flat food business sales for the second quarter (Q2) of the year reported last month and increasing focus on high-end personal care products, will inevitably raise further speculation about its commitment to the sector and the likelihood of it selling off more food brands.

Dried beef snack maker plans to invest after merger

Europe’s largest ambient beef snack manufacturer plans to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in equipment following a recent merger.

Sainsbury ceo canvassed to stock Tags crisps

Former Seabrook Crisps boss John Tague has sent a letter directly to Sainsbury ceo Mike Coupe to persuade him to stock his Tags brand of crisps, following a £125,000 investment from the BBC’s Dragons’ Den stars.

Calais crisis: Delays hit Scottish shellfish exports

Scottish companies that export live shellfish are struggling to cope as their delivery lorries remain caught in the middle of travel chaos at Channel ports.

Firms cut their costs by sharing trucks

Collaboration between food manufacturers that share distribution activities with competitors and others to reduce costs should be more widely publicised to help more firms adopt these practices, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has urged.

Transport firms welcome Midlands motorway spend

Plans by the government to invest more than £1.5bn on motorway improvements will make journeys easier at traffic hot spots across the Midlands and have been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

NFT begins construction of new Tilbury logistics centre

Construction of chilled food distribution firm NFT’s ‘port-centric’ logistics centre in Tilbury, London commenced last month, with a ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony.

Tourists will ‘flock to Scotland for food’

Scottish food and drink will be centre stage of a new international campaign to attract more tourists to the country.

Truck driver blind spots will continue to kill cyclists

The Safer Lorry Scheme, which becomes effective in London from September and makes it mandatory for lorries to be fitted with a new mirror system to help reduce the growing number of accidents involving cyclists, has been labelled as a “fiasco” by a supplier of vehicle steering stabilisers.