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Inside manufacturing: Ramona’s Kitchen

It takes talent and drive to go from a home cooking enthusiast to an award-winning manufacturer of Mediterranean cuisine, and Ramona Hazan appears to have both in droves.

Hazan: ‘I still test all my new product development on my friends and family’

Fire tackled at celebration cake factory

Firefighting services were called to tackle a blaze at cake maker Lightbody’s factory in Hamilton, near Glasgow, earlier this week.

Nestlé in ‘groundbreaking’ 40% sugar cut research

Nestlé claims to have found a way to reduce the sugar content of its chocolate by 40%, without affecting taste.

Chaucer acquired by Japanese firm in £95M deal

Food ingredients manufacturer Chaucer has been acquired by a Japanese instant food producer and distributor, in a deal worth more than $120M (£95.4M).

Food coalition calls for Brexit Single Market access

Some of Britain’s biggest food businesses – including 2 Sisters, Müller and Wyke Farms – have urged the government to ensure continued access to the EU’s Single Market and labour after Brexit.

Scottish government in £3M supply chain boost

A £3M local supply chain project has been launched to help Scottish food and drink firms build connections with suppliers, processors and retailers, the Scottish government revealed on St Andrews Day (November 30).

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Food truck bridge smash causes traffic chaos

A food distribution lorry has caused disruption in Northern Ireland, after it crashed into a low bridge on Monday night (November 28).

Brexit isn’t a threat say food firms, as shopper confidence falls

Brexit poses no threat to businesses, believes 74% of manufacturers, including food and drink firms, while consumer confidence dropped to a six-month low.

FDF holds anti-soft drinks levy stance despite member apathy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has maintained that a soft drinks sugar tax wouldn’t improve public health, after some of its members claimed they have “no position” on the levy.

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Scotch whisky to appeal on alcohol pricing

The Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA’s) decision to appeal to the UK Supreme Court, following the ruling from the Court of Session on minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland, has been met with dismay by the Scottish health secretary Shona Robison and health campaigners in Scotland.

Health Ingredients Europe 2016 – in tweets

One of Europe’s biggest food and drink ingredients shows, Health Ingredients Europe (HiE), returned to Germany this week. We capture some of the biggest trends from the event in tweets.

‘Bio-fortification’ of crops can meet global nutrition demand

The food supply chain will need to adopt advanced technologies – such as “bio-fortification of crops” – if the world is to meet the huge nutritional challenges it faces in the years ahead, says Judith Batchelar, director of Sainsbury’s Brand, who is responsible for sustainable sourcing.

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