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Greencore: US trend holds huge UK potential

The UK market could benefit from Greencore’s increasing investment in hot food-to-go in the US, according to chief financial officer Alan Williams.

Greencore already makes a range of food-to-go items at existing US plants

Cargill’s three top chocolate trends for 2015

The top trend for the cocoa and chocolate industry for next year will be 'From Clean to Clear Label', according to Cargill and Innova Market Insights.

DNA sequencing and biofortification the big trends for 2015

DNA sequencing and biofortification of food will create the biggest opportunities for food businesses to respond to pressure to operate more sustainably in 2015, according to the UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK.

Cranswick sandwich and pastry growth offsets falls elsewhere

Sandwich and pastry demand offset falling fresh pork sales for meat processor Cranswick in the first half of its financial year (H1), according to leading food industry analyst Clive Black.

Greencore’s revenue gains driven by food-to-go

Greencore’s group revenue climbed by 6.4% to £1,273.5M in the year to September 26 2014, thanks to the strong performance of its food-to-go business, according to boss Patrick Coveney.

Stiff regulation shrinks global functional food market

Strict health claims regulations and the economic downturn have had an adverse effect on the global functional food and drink market, according to a report from Leatherhead Food Research.

KP Snacks confirms plant closure

KP Snacks’s Consett factory will close in the first quarter of next year, threatening more than 100 jobs, the company has confirmed, with the closure of its Corby plant also likely.

Branston pickle jobs threatened in UK restructure

Up to 87 jobs could go as Mizkan restructures its European operations, 66 of which are under threat at its Bury St Edmunds Branston pickle factory, formerly owned by Premier Foods.

Top 10 UK chocolate brands: IRI

Cadbury Dairy Milk kept its position as top of the chocs in a chart of top 10 UK chocolate brands by value sales issued by market analyst Information Resources (IRI).

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Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards in Tweets

Hundreds of top industry professionals thronged London’s Hilton hotel recently to celebrate the food manufacturing Oscars, many of them armed with smartphones to tweet the highlights of the event. Here we have captured some of the best bits, including Bond bad boy Jaws.

Jacob’s strike on at United Biscuits plant

United Biscuits’ (UB’s) Jacob’s factory faces a six-day strike, starting this Sunday (November 23), after last-minute talks to resolve a dispute over sick pay and outsourcing collapsed.

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Greencore boss wins personality award in FMEA Oscars

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney has won the coveted Personality of the year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton in a glittering awards ceremony last week.

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Food manufacturing Oscars: meet the winners
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Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards: The winners

Congratulations to all the firms that triumphed in the James Bond-themed, Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards...

Campaign turns screws on food firms in poultry row

Which? targets industry in campylobacter row

Consumer group Which? has increased pressure on food firms to cut the threat of food poisoning from...

Meat firm wins top food manufacturing award
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Dawn Meats wins top food manufacturing Oscar

Dawn Meats has won coveted Food Manufacturing Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars –...

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