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Samworth Brothers restructures and adds 370 jobs

Samworth Brothers has split its Walkers Midshire Foods division into two separate businesses: Walkers Deli and Walkers Sausage Co, while separately announcing the creation of 370 jobs at another facility.

Visitors at the new innovation centre for Walkers Deli and Sausage Co

Campylobacter contamination worse than thought

Supermarkets face a fresh blow to consumers’ trust in them as chicken tested for the food poisoning bug campylobacter looks set to yield even worse results than previous samples.

Kerry Ingredients to pay £24k for scalding accident

A food ingredients firm has been ordered to pay nearly £24,000 for a worker’s scalding accident in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Food and drink industry people on the move

The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) appointment of a new president and an acting director general lead this month’s selection of the latest appointments in the food and drink industry.

Morrisons’ shopper finds tongue-eating parasite in fish

A Morrisons’ shopper got more than he bargained for when he discovered a tongue-eating parasite in his portion of sea bass.

Greencore: US trend holds huge UK potential

The UK market could benefit from Greencore’s increasing investment in hot food-to-go in the US, according to chief financial officer Alan Williams.

Greencore’s revenue gains driven by food-to-go

Greencore’s group revenue climbed by 6.4% to £1,273.5M in the year to September 26 2014, thanks to the strong performance of its food-to-go business, according to boss Patrick Coveney.

Biltong firm announces acquisition

New World Foods Europe has bought Yorkshire-based Kings Biltong – the latest deal to be clinched in that sector in the past year.

DNA sequencing and biofortification the big trends for 2015

DNA sequencing and biofortification of food will create the biggest opportunities for food businesses to respond to pressure to operate more sustainably in 2015, according to the UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK.

Cargill’s three top chocolate trends for 2015

The top trend for the cocoa and chocolate industry for next year will be 'From Clean to Clear Label', according to Cargill and Innova Market Insights.

Food manufacturing awards

Coca-Cola Enterprises wins manufacturing Oscar

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has won the coveted Beverage Manufacturing Company of the Year in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton in a glittering award ceremony last week (November 20).

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Thorntons’ youngster wins young talent Oscar

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Cranswick sandwich and pastry growth offsets falls elsewhere

Sandwich and pastry demand offset falling fresh pork sales for meat processor Cranswick in the first half of its financial year (H1), according to leading food industry analyst Clive Black.

Stiff regulation shrinks global functional food market

Strict health claims regulations and the economic downturn have had an adverse effect on the global functional food and drink market, according to a report from Leatherhead Food Research.

News in brief

Brits say stuff it to turkey dinner this Christmas

More than a third of Brits (35.1%) will shun the traditional turkey dinner this Christmas in favour of other meats, according to research by e-commerce business service Webloyalty.

Spotlight

Snacks factory closure confirmed

KP Snacks confirms plant closure

KP Snacks’s Consett factory will close in the first quarter of next year, threatening more than 100 jobs, the company has confirmed,...

Cadbury Dairy Milk tops UK branded chocolate sales

Top 10 UK chocolate brands: IRI

Cadbury Dairy Milk kept its position as top of the chocs in a chart of top 10...

Sandwich boss wins food manufacturing Personality award
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Greencore boss wins personality award in FMEA Oscars

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney has won the coveted Personality of the year award in the industry’s...

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