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Food industry must collaborate on moral responsibility

The food industry cannot be seen as truly responsible and sustainable until it stops wasting so much of the food it produces, according to Iglo Group.

Hajipieris has urged to industry to unite to tackle food waste
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Premier Foods boss develops c-store, online sales

C-stores and online retailers offer Premier Foods considerable growth potential and the maker of Mr Kipling cakes is working on bespoke products for those channels, according to ceo Gavin Darby.

Lack of lorry drivers could jeopardise Christmas

A lack of lorry drivers could jeopardise some businesses’ ability to meet increased demand over the Christmas period, according to The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

Tesco results provoke sharp reaction from analysts

Tesco’s bleak third-quarter results – posting a 92% fall in pre-tax profits to £112M and news of the chairman’s decision to quit – have provoked a predictably acerbic reaction from City and retail analysts.

Tesco in crisis

Tesco chairman to quit as pre-tax profit falls 90%

Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent is to quit the business, as the troubled retailer admitted overstating first half profits by £263M and posted pre-tax profits more than 90% down.

Premier Foods’s branded sales dip in third quarter

Premier Foods saw branded value sales fall in its third financial quarter (Q3) as the maker of Mr Kipling cakes and Ambrosia desserts was stung by supermarkets losing share to discounters.

Diageo Scotland fined £18k after falls cause injuries

Drinks company Diageo Scotland has been fined for safety failings after two workers were injured in falls at separate plants in Moray.

Foodmanjobs redesign makes job hunting easy

It’s now even easier for readers to find their ideal food manufacturing jobs and for manufacturers to find their ideal candidates, following the redesign of Foodmanjobs.

Cranswick’s Benson Park deal praised by analyst

Cranswick’s purchase of cooked poultry firm Benson Park has been praised by a leading food industry analyst as a ‘sensible’ move fulfilling aims to break into new areas of protein.

Bombay Sapphire – the journey of gin

The origins of Bombay Sapphire gin date back to 1761, when Thomas Dakin developed a novel recipe for gin.

Top seven food and drink trends for 2014: Waitrose

The influence of technology and social media on the nation’s diet is the top of seven key food and drink trends, identified by posh retailer Waitrose this year, based on millions of purchases in shops and online.

Big four should hit discounters with c-stores

The big four retailers should launch more convenience stores on the doorstep of their rival discounters to fight the competition, according to a leading professor from Aston Business School.

Food safety conference

Death, pathogens and managing risk – Food safety conference in quotes

Killer bugs and ways to spot and manage food safety risks were some of the topics discussed by speakers at Food Manufacture Group’s Food safety conference last week (October 15).

R&R Ice Cream tops mid-market private food firms

R&R Ice Cream is the top mid-market private food processor in the UK by sales, according to the 10th annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 list.

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Supply chain relationships ‘need more work’

Relationships along the food supply chain need more work, according to Professor Colin Dennis, chair of the food safety conference.

Sugar alternatives aren’t always better for health

A backlash against sugar and sugary foods has driven consumers towards ‘natural’ alternatives, but they can be just as bad for health, experts have warned.

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Chicken Tonight firm buys gourmet meals maker

Symington’s snaps up The Tanfield Food Company

Symington’s has bought gourmet meals business The Tanfield Food Company, which was set up by the makers...

Waitrose customer discovers poisonous spider in shopping

Venomous spider strikes again, in Waitrose bananas

A Waitrose shopper got the shock of his life when he uncovered the world’s deadliest spider in...

New campylobacter treatment: retailers deny cost complaint
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Retailers deny blocking new campylobacter control

Retailers have denied failing to support a new treatment that could slash the incidence of campylobacter food...

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