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Dairy Crest, Nestlé and campylobacter top week’s headlines

Dairy Crest, Nestlé and campylobacter all feature in this week’s edition of Good Week/ Bad Week.

Food manufacturing good week/ bad week

‘Don’t take our sugar away,’ manufacturers urged

Food manufacturers should not reformulate sugary food and drinks to make them healthier, but consumers should instead be more accountable for what they eat.  

Lidl features in week’s food safety recalls

Three food and drink products were recalled this week on safety fears: Lidl’s XXL Tortelloni, Nua Naturals’ Organic Chlorella Powder and The Wine Society’s Prosecco wine.

Waste chocolate helps Nestlé reach sustainability goal

Nestlé UK & Ireland has reached its target of zero waste to landfill at its Fawdon factory after using excess Toffee Crisp and Rolo ingredients to help power the site.

Food security and animal health under Brussels spotlight

The animal health industry’s role in securing sustainable world food supplies is the focus of a conference staged in Brussels next month by the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH).

Tesco’s sugar slash provokes retailer pressure

Anti-sugar campaigners have called on the UK’s biggest retailers to follow Tesco’s lead and slash sugar across their own-label soft drinks ranges.

Warburtons tests groundbreaking robot at Burnley

Warburtons is testing a groundbreaking robot picker at its Burnley Wraps and Thins plant, where it officially opened its latest sheet and cut line on May 20.

Booker buys Budgens and Londis chains for £40M

The Booker Group, the UK’s largest cash and carry wholesaler, has agreed to buy Budgens and Londis for £40M.

Dairy Crest bears £36M costs as profits nose dive

Dairy Crest bore £36.3M of costs in the past year, which dragged pre-tax profits down significantly for the business, while revenue also fell.

Faccenda’s steam tool cuts campylobacter by 80%

Faccenda Foods has achieved 80% campylobacter reductions in its whole chickens and plans to launch the first UK continuous production line application of SonoSteam, which enabled that, for Asda in June.

Retailers reject more dodgy deals claims by Which?

Retailers have rejected further claims by consumer pressure group Which? that they mislead shoppers with dodgy deals and confusing pricing.

M&S’s profit ‘depends on food suppliers’

Upmarket retailer Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) first return to profit in four years reflects the strength of its relationship with its food suppliers, according to market analyst Conlumino.