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AG Barr builds on growth with Snapple deal

AG Barr’s Strathmore Water brand proved a powerhouse of growth for the maker of soft drinks brands including Irn-Bru, Rockstar and Rubicon in the first half of its financial year.

AG Barr's Born to support Commonwealth Games campaign helped boost brand sales this summer

Insect proteins will take off – experts

Insects will be creeping on to European consumers’ plates within the next 15 years, as experts predict the value of the edible creepy-crawly food industry to reach more than £230M by 2020.

Home-cooked not always best

Home-cooked meals may not be the healthiest or cheapest option for consumers, as food businesses continue to respond to health and price concerns by adapting their recipes, according to new research.

Premier Foods ceo welcomes £11M food chain fund

Premier Foods’s ceo Gavin Darby has welcomed the creation of an £11M fund aimed at improving production efficiency and resource use in the food supply chain.

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Tesco’s new chief financial officer to start today

Tesco has announced its new chief financial officer (cfo) Alan Stewart will start his role today (September 23), three months earlier than previously planned.

Brace yourself for increased labour costs

The food industry should brace itself for an increase in labour costs as the number of people in employment reaches record levels, warns the Association of Labour Providers (ALP).

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Tesco confirms four execs suspended

Tesco has suspended four of its top executives following an investigation into its overstatement of half-year profits by as much as £250M.

Dairy Crest move puts 260 jobs at risk

Up to 260 jobs are threatened as Dairy Crest announces proposals to close two factories at Hanworth in West London and Chard in Somerset amid plans to ditch glass milk bottles.

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Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – the shortlist

Allied Bakeries, Karro Food Group, Mash Direct and Tulip are just four of the firms vying for a Food Manufacturing Excellence Award.

UB targets 157 job cuts at Stockport factory

United Biscuits’ factory cuts continue, with the firm behind Jacob’s Cream Crackers, Twiglets and Jaffa Cakes confirming plans to cut up to 157 jobs at its McVitie’s factory in Manchester.

Tesco admits embarrassing financial error

Analysts have been left “flabbergasted” by Tesco’s admission that it may have overstated its expected half-year profit by as much as £250M in an interim statement last month.

2 Sisters lets unemployed ‘have a go’ at food manufacturing

Young unemployed people have been given the chance to “have a go” at working in food manufacturing at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Thetford poultry site.

Dairy Crest wins analyst’s praise for positive half-year

Dairy Crest has won praise from a leading food industry analyst for the “solid performance” of Cathedral City, Country Life, Clover and Frijj, announced in a pre-close trading update.

Food exports rise in first half but Scotch whisky falls

Food and non-alcoholic drink exports climbed by 4.8% to reach £6.5bn in the first half of this year but Scotch exports sank by 11% to £1.77bn over the same period.

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Small firms should adopt ESOS too

Small food and drink manufacturers should adopt the framework set out in the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) even though they do not have to comply with the legislation.

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Energy plan vital for food manufacturers: dairy boss
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Food manufacturers need energy policy: Wyke Farms

Food manufacturers need an energy plan to make cost savings and to boost the branding of their...

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards: the judges' verdict
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Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards: vintage year

This year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) attracted a record number of entries and the calibre of those...

Snack food business creates 56 jobs

Leicester snacks company creates 56 jobs

Universal Flexible Packaging (UFP) is investing £11M in a new snack factory in Lewisher Road, Leicester, which...

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