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UB targets 157 job cuts at Stockport factory

United Biscuits’ factory cuts continue, with the firm behind Jacob’s Cream Crackers, Twiglets and Jaffa Cakes confirming plans to cut up to 157 jobs at its McVitie’s factory in Manchester.

UB makes a range of products under the McVitie's brand

Small firms should adopt ESOS too

Small food and drink manufacturers should adopt the framework set out in the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) even though they do not have to comply with the legislation.

Leicester snacks company creates 56 jobs

Universal Flexible Packaging (UFP) is investing £11M in a new snack food factory in Lewisher Road, Leicester, which will create 56 jobs as it shifts production from its Lunsford Road facility.

Police charge eight in gangmaster crackdown

Eight people have been charged from Plymouth and Cornwall as part of a major investigation into forced labour, human trafficking and illegal gangmaster activity in the UK food chain.

Whisky body welcomes stability of Scottish referendum result

The Scottish Whisky Association (SWA) has welcomed the “stability” brought by the vote for Scotland to stay in the UK.

Food manufacturing oscars

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards: vintage year

This year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) attracted a record number of entries and the calibre of those entries wowed the judging panel.

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Food manufacturers need energy policy: Wyke Farms

Food manufacturers need an energy plan to make cost savings and to boost the branding of their products, says Richard Clothier, md of cheese producer Wyke Farms.

Supermarkets target fresh food to fight discounters

Fresh food is the first battleground as traditional supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury fight against stiff competition from discounters Aldi and Lidl, according to a leading food analyst.

Elderly binge drinking is a growing area of concern

Excessive drinking among Britain’s over 65 year-olds is growing and becoming an area of increasing concern, new statistics from Mintel have indicated.

ASA bars smoothie web claim

An internet smoothie ad has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for misleadingly exaggerating the amount of fruit portions it contained.

Tesco to provide breakfast magic to hungry children

Tesco will provide 40,000 boxes of own-brand cereal to deprived children to prevent them going to school hungry, as part of the Magic Breakfast charity campaign.

More healthy than home-cooked

Home-cooked meals are no longer the healthiest and cheapest option for consumers, as food businesses continue to respond to health and price concerns by adapting their ready meals, according to new research.

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Free energy webinar – less than a week to wait

Free energy webinar – less than a week to go

Final plans are in progress for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar on energy savings, which...

Supermarket bosses warn about Scottish refendrum yes vote

Supermarkets: prices will rise if Scotland votes yes

A yes vote in next week’s independence referendum will result in higher food prices in Scotland, two...

Retailer Morrisons' turbulent year - in pictures
Morrisons’ interim results: past year’s challenges

Morrisons’ year in pictures

After Morrisons revealed a 30% drop in first-half profits today (September 11), we look back at the...

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