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People on the move in the food industry

Former Dairy Crest md Martyn Wilks’s appointment at Hovis leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Food industry people on the move

Bird flu and feed costs hit poultry firms in 2015

Bird flu, feed costs and intensifying competition have hit the global poultry sector in the past three months, but there are signs these pressures could be easing, according to Rabobank.

Salmon boosts seafood industry jobs

Salmon firms have boosted employee numbers by more than a quarter over two years, leading to a net increase in jobs across the seafood industry, according to trade body Seafish.

Campylobacter is losing war, claim retailers

Retailers are gaining ground on campylobacter according to results that update the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest data, the grocery industry has claimed.

Full-year campylobacter figures fail FSA targets

All major supermarkets failed to hit annual targets for campylobacter contamination levels on shop-bought whole chickens, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

AoS ‘wrong about fruit-based snacks’ – nutritionists

Action on Sugar’s (AoS’s) latest research into fruit-based snacks masks useful nutritional information, confusing parents and potentially stopping children from having healthier treats, nutritionists have warned.

News in brief

Industry survey: time running out

Late payment problems, skills shortages and product development challenges – we want to know how these and other issues are shaping your business.

Queen’s Speech heralds support for small suppliers

Small to medium-sized food firms will gain greater support from the Enterprise Bill introduced in the Queen’s Speech today (May 27), according to organisations welcoming the move.

Financial watchdog focuses on supplier relations

The complex relationships between retailers and their suppliers is to be investigated by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) over the coming year, it was announced in its 11th annual report published today (May 29).

B&M to open 60 stores after profit surge

Discounter B&M will open 60 new stores in the UK, after reporting substantial revenue growth in the first set of results following its £2bn initial public offering (IPO) last year.

Dairygold invests in £300k packaging line

Dairygold Food Ingredients UK has invested £300,000 in a new packaging line for its soft cheese products at its Leeds site.

Mariner Foods assets sale

Mariner Foods’ assets are being sold off after the Grimsby-based seafood firm plunged into administration three weeks ago.

Tesco loses to Aldi in global brand rankings

Tesco has been overtaken by Aldi in the top 20 most valuable global retail brands list, while Lidl made it onto the list for the first time.

Soft drinks’ brand values up, despite health concerns

Soft drinks firms have increased the value of their brands globally over the past year, despite consumer health concerns about sugar and artificial sweeteners, new figures suggest.