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Baxters fined £70k after worker mutilates hand

Soup firm Baxters Food Group was fined £70,000 yesterday (September 22) after it admitted serious health and safety failings had caused a worker’s hand to become mutilated in a pie machine.

Baxters fined £70,000

Premier Foods stands out at Food and Drink Federation awards

Premier Foods was the star of the show at last night’s (September 22) Food and Drink Federation (FDF) awards when it walked away with several prizes recognising its achievements in science, healthy reformulation and a campaign to help older people in the community.

2,000 Bernard Matthews jobs confirmed safe

The new owner of Bernard Matthews – Boparan Private Office – confirmed to Unite the union that the jobs of its 2,000 workers are safe, following the takeover of the turkey business on September 20.

Public Health England to launch sugar reduction programme

The new sugar reduction and reformulation programme, which forms part of the government’s childhood obesity action plan, will be launched by Public Health England (PHE) in London next week (Thursday September 29).

FDF backs government work on antimicrobial resistance

Food manufacturers have been urged to remain vigilant after a Food Standards Agency (FSA) report found almost 500M campylobacter-contaminated chickens were sold in 2014 that were resistant to at least one antibiotic.

Traditional pubs on decline as supermarket alcohol sales rise

The traditional British pub as we know it is on the decline and is now being superseded by new types of venues in unconventional spaces, according to findings from a Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) report.

Alpro and TV presenter told to remove tweet by ASA

An advert by plant-based food manufacturer Alpro has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Jordans & Ryvita Company boosts exports by 60%

Breakfast cereals manufacturer Jordans & Ryvita Company revealed it had boosted exports by 60% to reach more than £90M over the past five years, during a visit by environment secretary Andrea Leadsom on Wednesday (September 21).

Sauce company acquired by French food group

French food ingredients firm Solina Group has acquired sauce manufacturer New Ivory from owner Rob Whitehead for an undisclosed amount this week (September 21).

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Diageo reports strong start for the year

A strong start for the year at alcoholic drinks giant Diageo was fuelled by improved marketing, innovation and commercial execution, claimed ceo Ivan Menezes.