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Good Week, Bad Week

Tesco, Hovis and financial result lead week’s news

Criticism hurled at Tesco, jobs under threat at Hovis a number of food and drink manufacturers posting positive financial results lead this week’s top headlines.

Food industry’s ups and downs

Hovis production line closure threatens over 100 jobs

Hovis plans to close a bread production line at its bakery in Wigan, threatening more than 100 jobs.

Paris terror attacks prompt over 30 firms to quit FiE show

More than 30 food firms have pulled out of a major trade show in Paris next week, following the terrorist attacks earlier this month.

Speciality Breads opens new £3M bakery

Speciality Breads has opened a new £3M 3,000m2 bakery near Margate, Kent, which will lead to the creation of up to 30 jobs in the New Year.

Food waste protesters target Tesco and its suppliers

Tesco, Sainsbury and their food manufacturing suppliers are being targeted today (November 27) by campaign group Stop the Rot over food waste.

Popcorn maker invests in equipment and research

Popcorn maker Savoury and Sweet (S&S) has announced a multi-million pound investment in manufacturing equipment and research and development (R&D).

News in brief

Dr Oetker launches ‘world’s first’ edible Xmas jumper

Dr Oetker has teamed up with Essex baker Juliet Sear to launch the “world’s first” edible Christmas jumper.

First Milk sells Fife dairy to Scottish firm Graham’s

First Milk has sold its Fife dairy to Scotland’s largest independent dairy business Graham’s the Family Dairy for an undisclosed sum.

Calbee UK plans investment and jobs following Tesco contract

Japanese savoury snack manufacturer Calbee UK will make a “significant investment” in its Deeside factory in Wales and boost staff numbers to 100, after winning a contract to supply 650 Tesco stores, the firm has revealed.

Me and My Factory

Signature Flatbreads: What we’ve learnt

The brothers at the helm of Signature Flatbreads – William and Charles Eid – took Food Manufacture on an exclusive tour of its impressive production facility in Dunstable, Bedfordshire as part of our Me and My Factory feature series.

Wright’s biggest challenges in FDF job

The Food and Drink Federation’s boss Ian Wright has faced three key challenges since taking on the role in the spring.

Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement gets mixed response from industry experts

Scrapping tax credits, a controversial apprentice levy and budget cuts at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) were key elements of the chancellor’s Autumn Statement, which received a mixed reaction from industry commentators.