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Food manufacturing: Good week, bad week

How was your business week – tough, terrific or just indifferent? In this new occasional series, the Food Manufacture Group takes a sideways look at the week’s food and industry news.

Was your week sunny or cloudy? Read our Good week, bad week nominations
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FSA names temporary food crime unit head

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has temporarily appointed Richard Hoskin as the head of the newly created Food Crime Unit (FCU), with the title head of food crime, incidents and resilience.

FSA welcomes fish fraud conviction

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has welcomed the conviction of Michael Redhead, company director of Michael Redhead Associates Limited, for food fraud after hoodwinking Iceland Foods.

Kingsmill sources 100% sustainable palm

Kingsmill manufacturer Allied Bakeries (AB) will use 100% sustainable palm oil and derivatives in its products, the bread giant announced today (January 30).

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Guilt free: stevia sales to rise by 18% annually

Sales of the natural sweetener stevia are set to rocket beyond their £4M market value, as sweet-toothed consumers search for indulgent products with fewer calories, analysts have predicted.

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Up to 56 Walkers Crisps Leicester jobs face axe

PepsiCo plans up to 56 job cuts at its Leicester Walkers Crisps factory, the snacks and drinks giant has confirmed.

Sector not absolved by childhood obesity slowdown

A slowdown in childhood obesity growth rates does not absolve the food and drink industry from blame, despite its efforts to reduce the fat, sugar and salt (FSS) content of its products, experts have said.

Expert: Tacon needs more than power to fine

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) needs more than the power to fine supermarkets breaking the Groceries Supply Code of Practice to be effective, according to one leading industry expert.

Food and drink M&A driven by retail market

Food and drink manufacturing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have been mainly driven by intense competition in the UK retail sector, according to analysis from Grant Thornton.

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FSA appoints new chief operating officer

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Jason Feeney as its new chief operating officer.

First person to face jail over horsemeat scandal

The boss of Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse is the first person to face jail after admitting criminal charges connected to the horsemeat scandal.

Food exports could suffer after Greek election result

Food and drink manufacturers’ exports could be threatened by the recent Greek election result, if the successful Syriza party destabilises the euro, warns a specialist foreign exchange provider.

Cranswick results ‘buck grocery trend’

Cranswick’s third-quarter results, boosted by strong Christmas sales, continued to buck the flat or downward trend in the UK grocery market, said City analysts.


People on the move in the food and drink industry

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Dalton Philips’ departure from Morrisons leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food...

Sweet firm under fire for political product
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UKIP jelly babies under fire on Amazon

Sweet manufacturer Choc-Kits has come under fire for releasing a “fun” can of UKIP jelly babies on...

Europe's first insect food safety guide

First EU edible insect food safety guide published

Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in...


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