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Industry launches attack on ‘shaming’ book

The food industry has slammed accusations made in a book, claiming the sector was knowingly misleading consumers about food ingredients and production processes. 

Food firms are cheating consumers with 'clean labels' claims Blythman

Diageo clinches Tequila Don Julio acquisition

Diageo has completed the acquisition of Tequila Don Julio following full regulatory approval for the deal.

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Cake company recreates Richard III’s bones

A specialist cake company in Birmingham has recreated the unearthed bones of Richard III in chocolate and cake.

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2 Sisters recruits ex-Sainsbury ceo Justin King

2 Sisters Food Group has recruited former boss of Sainsbury Justin King to take up an advisory role within the business, according to reports.

Fruitapeel Juice installs new high pressure processing plant

New high pressure processing (HPP) facilities are part of a £2.3M investment that Fruitapeel Juice has made in its South Wales facility.

50 Food stars celebrated at DEFRA HQ

Fifty of the UK’s most promising food and drink entrepreneurs have been dubbed Food Stars by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) at a showcase event in London.

Fish factory fire hits landings and prices

Northbay Pelagic’s fish processing unit in Peterhead is likely to be out of action until the tail end of the herring season, hitting UK landings and probably reducing fish prices.

Food firms should step up sugar cuts, say shoppers

Food firms should work harder to cut and communicate sugar content in their products, according to seven in 10 consumers responding to a survey by market analyst Mintel.

Appeal likely as 1,000-a-week pig unit blocked

A top UK pig producer looks likely to contest a decision blocking the development of its plans for a major Derbyshire pig unit, an industry boss has said.

Asda hit hardest by latest campylobacter results

Retailers have again failed to reach targets for campylobacter contamination in fresh shop-bought chickens, with almost three quarters of samples in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest survey results testing positive for the bug. 

Community Foods nails national Lidl contract

Community Foods has secured a multi-million pound contract to supply Lidl.

Trade body shuns attack on energy drinks

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has rejected calls to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under 16, claiming they are not promoted to this age group.

Breakfast is key for diabetics

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for people with type 2 diabetes, an international study has claimed.

Invest to win from convenience – Geoff Eaton

The recovery among high street retailers and increased consumer demand for convenience shopping should prompt manufacturers to invest in and change their ranges and operations, an industry veteran has urged.

Steam infusion breakthrough saves processors cash

Food manufacturers could slash processing costs following breakthroughs in steam infusion technology that enable food to be heated at least three times faster than previous steam techniques.

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland takes profit hit

Turbulent dairy markets hit profit margins at Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII) in the past year, although sales continued to grow and the development of a major processing venture remained on track.

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Tesco peanut contamination leads to recall

Tesco has recalled an own-label children’s biscuit product after undeclared traces of peanut were discovered.

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Morrisons appoints former Tesco exec as new ceo

Meet Morrisons’ new ceo: David Potts

Morrisons has shopped at Tesco to acquire its new ceo David Potts on a salary of £850,000/year...

Union illuminates chicken plant’s plans to cut 300 jobs

2 Sisters Food Group job cuts illuminated

Plans to cut up to 300 jobs at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Llangefni chicken factory have been...

Food industry people on the move

People on the move in the food industry

Tesco, Morrisons, the Co-operative Group and northern retailer Booths all appointed new bosses this month as they...

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