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Cheese firm rebuilds factory destroyed in fire

Abergavenny Fine Foods opened its new factory on July 7, a year after fire destroyed the company’s goat’s cheese production at Blaenavon, south east Wales.

Abergavenny Fine Foods' md Melanie Bowman has brought the company back from the ashes

Samworth union row intensifies after ‘bullying’ letter

Samworth Brothers’ long-running dispute with a bakers’ union is set to intensify after the manufacturer was accused of circulating a “bullying” letter to its workers, in a bid to sign away their collective bargaining rights.

Next Month’s News: Food Manufacture’s new podcast

Welcome to Next Month’s News, the Food Manufacture Group’s new podcast that predicts what topics will dominate next month’s food and drink manufacturing headlines.

Beef and lamb exports to US, worth millions, step closer

The UK is a step closer to unlocking a new multi-million pound US market for British beef and lamb, after the US agreed to review restrictions on red meat imports.

Hungry House: Dragons’ Den top food firm – so far

The most successful food business backed by investors from the hit TV show Dragons’ Den is Hungry House, the takeaway online delivery service, according to research by business data site Company Check.

Manufacturing Oscar winners explain business boost

Winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA) won widespread industry recognition and boosted team morale, according to five of last year’s leading Oscar winners. There’s still time match their achievements by submitting your free online entry today.

Gangmaster loses licence for ‘skimming’ pay

A Shropshire-based fresh produce recruitment agency has been stripped of its licence for systematically ‘skimming’ workers’ pay, resulting in employees receiving less than the national minimum wage.

News in brief

Firefighters tackle flour mill fire

A fire at a food manufacturing site in Peterborough was battled by fire fighters in the early hours of Monday morning (July 25).

McDonald’s to create 5,000 jobs by 2017

McDonald’s plans to create over 5,000 new jobs in the UK by the end of next year, despite consumer confidence falling to a 21-year low, according to a new survey.

Brexit impact

Freight transport group calls for PM to prioritise logistics

Freight Transport Association (FTA) boss David Wells has urged Prime Minister (PM) Theresa May to prioritise the logistics industry in Brexit talks with the EU. 

British beer sales kick-off with Euro 2016 football

An extra 31M pints of beer were sold between April and June, mainly thanks to the month-long televised feast of European Championship football – despite England’s failure at the second round stage – reveal new figures from The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

Act now to make most of the apprenticeship levy

Food and drink manufacturers have been advised to start putting strategies in place now to make the most of the government’s apprenticeship levy, which comes into force in April 2017 and essentially transfers the cost of apprenticeships from the taxpayer to employers.