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150 new jobs at ex-First Milk site

Salisbury Poultry plans to invest £10M into First Milk’s ex-Maelor cheese packing site near Wrexham, creating up to 150 new jobs.

Modern machinery will be installed at the site if planning permission is given

Three in 10 to shop for scary treats in discounters

Supermarkets face a Halloween shock as three in 10 shoppers (29%) said they aimed to buy seasonally-themed products from high street discount retailers, according to the latest IGD research.

Top five food and beverage trends for 2015

Clear labelling and convenience are two of the top five trends that will dominate the food and drink industry in 2015, Innova Market Insights has predicted.

Government pressure to go healthy ‘good for business’

Government pressure on food firms to make healthier products could boost business for food manufacturers and retailers, as more consumers tried to lead a healthy lifestyle, according to new research.

News in brief

Mondelēz ditches gold coins for more ‘popular’ products

Mondelēz International has discontinued its Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Gold Coins range to focus on “more popular” Christmas products.

Coffee firms should broaden ranges

Coffee manufacturers could boost sales by developing the broader variety of products that consumers buy elsewhere in Europe, according to Carlos Diaz, food director at Food Innovation Solutions (FIS).

Students unaware of jobs in science and engineering

Half of all UK teachers, and students aged 14–16, are unaware of the science and engineering careers available, despite four out of five young people saying they would consider such a role, according to Nestlé.

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Manchester bakery closes doors, with loss of 18 jobs

Manchester firm Euro Bakery Ltd has closed after just eight years in business, with the loss of 18 jobs, having been hit by cash flow problems.

Food manufacturing oscars

Step change in food firms’ environmental initiatives

Food and drink manufacturers are transforming their impact on the environment and the entries for this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) reflect this, according to food industry consultant Jean Feord.

Weetabix contract dragged Nutrafeed into administration

Food recycler Nutrafeed Ltd was dragged into administration after a contract with Weetabix to handle waste cereal led it into severe financial difficulties, according to an administrators’ report from Duff & Phelps.

Chaucer Foods buys 65% stake in US snacks firm

Chaucer Foods has agreed to buy 65% of US-based Crunchies Food Company, which supplies healthy snacks, including freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, to expand its global business.

Faccenda Foods invests £1M to fight campylobacter

Faccenda Foods aims to invest £1M in a new technology to kill campylobacter and other micro-organisms on the skin and internal cavity of chickens through steam and ultrasound treatment.

Wheat growers face a 4.8Mt UK surplus next year

Increased volatility in grain prices as a result of weather and societal upheaval across the globe, while often causing farmers considerable pain, could provide a “huge opportunity” for the UK’s arable sector in the long term with effective price risk management, a leading cereals expert has suggested.

Nutritionists defend government advice on food

Claims that the government’s ‘Eatwell Plate’ promotes excessive sugar intake and contributes to growing health problems in the UK have been rubbished by leading nutritionists.

Caveman diet followers attack ‘Eatwell Plate’

The government’s ‘Eatwell Plate’ has come under criticism for containing more than 100% of the recommended daily allowance of sugar in just one meal, by Paleo Britain.

M&S tops authentic brand league

Marks & Spencer (M&S) tops the rankings of the UK’s most authentic brands, according to a report from global communications agency Cohn & Wolfe.

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Chicken Tonight firm buys gourmet meals maker

Symington’s snaps up The Tanfield Food Company

Symington’s has bought gourmet meals business The Tanfield Food Company, which was set up by the makers...

Waitrose customer discovers poisonous spider in shopping

Venomous spider strikes again, in Waitrose bananas

A Waitrose shopper got the shock of his life when he uncovered the world’s deadliest spider in...

New campylobacter treatment: retailers deny cost complaint
Food safety conference

Retailers deny blocking new campylobacter control

Retailers have denied failing to support a new treatment that could slash the incidence of campylobacter food...

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