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Chicken hygiene row intensifies, as Unite slams DoH

The row over hygiene standards at poultry producers 2 Sisters Food Group and Faccenda has intensified, after Unite the union slammed health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s bid to allay public concern.

2 Sisters insisted it had done nothing wrong

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Tesco boss Philip Clarke’s decision to quit the retailer on October 1 2014 leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food industry.

Overheard at Waitrose Facebook page goes viral

A new Facebook page – Overheard in Waitrose – allegedly reporting conversations overheard in the posh retailer has gone viral with more than 175,0000 ‘likes’ in its first four days.

Morrisons staff complete new leadership course

A Morrisons-sponsored degree course in leadership and logistics, designed for the retailer’s own staff, has yielded its first graduates at the University of Hull.

Football star’s sauce business to repay lifesavers

Retired football star Fabrice Muamba has launched a range of Caribbean cooking sauces along with his wife Shauna to help raise money for the charity that saved his life when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in 2012.

Mushroom firm fined £14k after worker is crushed

Littleport Mushroom Farm has been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £2,700 in costs for safety failings after a worker suffered crush injuries when his arm was caught in unguarded machinery at its site in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Irn Bru maker’s results are ‘highly reassuring’

Irn Bru maker AG Barr has posted a “highly reassuring” update on its trading during the six months to July 27, according to financial analyst N+1 Singer.

Insects could be superfood – but don’t picture them

Edible insects could be the next superfood, capable of delivering tasty, healthy and sustainable food – just don’t show consumers photos of the bugs, according to a study of 2,000 Britons conducted by research group Canadean.

Morrisons gives out cash to tempt online customers

Morrisons is trying to turnaround poor sales and boost its slow-starting online business by giving cash to customers in conjunction with third-party rewards platform Quidco.

Carbonates put fizz in Britvic results

Rising UK carbonates sales have put a fizz in Britvic’s third-quarter results for the 12 weeks to July 6, as Great Britain revenue climbed by nearly 5%.

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Food manufacturing Oscars – still time to enter
food manufacturing excellence awards

Still time to enter the food manufacturing Oscars

There’s still time to enter the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – the Oscars of the food...

Hovis bakery in Leicester to close with loss of 200 jobs

Hovis bakery to close with loss of 200 jobs

The Hovis bakery in Leicester is to close by next January with the loss of 204 jobs.

Food safety body to delay full campylobacter results

FSA defends campylobacter ‘name and shame’ U-turn

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has defended its decision, made at yesterday’s (July 23) board meeting, to...

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