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Supply Chain

Never before has the food and drink supply chain come under such scrutiny, with consumers increasingly concerned about where their food has come from in the wake of food scandals and frequent recalls. Here, we cover the latest industry issues and events, from transport and distribution to sourcing and procurement.

‘Food science’s top challenge: confirmation bias’

Food science’s top challenge is combating confirmation bias – people’s preference to accept information that confirms their pre-existing views – warns Oscar-nominated film director Scott Hamilton Kennedy.

IFT film aims to ‘fight myths about food science’

Fighting myths about food science is the aim of a new film commissioned by the US-based Institute of Food Technology (IFT). Ahead of the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, which starts today (June 26), Food Manufacture talked to Professor Colin Dennis, immediate IFT past president, about the film.

Complaints to Groceries Code Adjudicator fall

Far fewer food and drink suppliers are complaining of abuses from their big retailer customers, according to the results of the annual online survey published by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) today (June 26).

Food safety survey: five fears and four hopes

Five food safety fears keep factory managers awake at night, while four hopes offer them encouragement, reveals Food Manufacture Group’s exclusive survey.

M&S haulier faces strikes over pay dispute

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) London and south-east food haulier, GIST, will face strike action after a dispute over equal pay.

Coca-Cola invests in £39M automated warehouse

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has invested £39M in an automated warehouse at is factory in Sidcup.

Food Manufacture’s food safety conference tomorrow

Food Manufacture’s food safety conference 2017 takes place tomorrow (Thursday June 22) at Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and tickets can still be booked online.

FTA urges action after driver dies at migrant barrier

The French government must take urgent action to protect drivers’ safety after a van driver was killed when his vehicle crashed into lorries allegedly queuing at a makeshift barrier, made by migrants, near Calais, said the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Food firms ‘must protect against supply malpractice’

Food and drink manufacturers should do more to protect themselves against supplier malpractice as the risk of reputational damage rises, a leading lawyer in the field has claimed.

Food safety and fraud £8.75M project launched

A £8.75M (€10M) project to boost food safety and fraud prevention in the EU and China, while facilitating trade partnerships, has been launched by Queen’s University Belfast.

Snack trends webinar: today is the big day

There's still time to register for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar – Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 – which takes place today at 3pm, London time.

Nim’s Fruit Crisps signs new supply deal

Nim’s Fruit Crisps has signed a deal with snacks distributor Handmade Speciality Products to distribute its apple, pear, pineapple, and beetroot and parsnip crisps to the education and healthcare sectors, it was revealed this week (June 12).

Snack trends webinar: tomorrow is the big day

There's still time to register for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar – Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 – which takes place tomorrow (Thursday, June 15) at 3pm, London time.

Free snack trends webinar: next Thursday is big day

The Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar – Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 – takes place next Thursday, June 15 at 3pm, London time.

Robot delivery service being ‘evaluated’ by Tesco

Automated delivery of groceries took a step forward last month, after Tesco revealed it had trialled a robot delivery service, while Amazon devoted an entire site to developing drone technology.

Unilever urged to ‘give assurances over 200 Spreads jobs’

The Unite union has again urged Unilever to give urgent assurances over the future of its 200 spreads and margarines staff, following its April decision to sell the business.

President Trump’s ditching of climate deal slammed

President Trump’s decision to ditch the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change has drawn criticism from UK business leaders and global companies.  

Free snacks webinar: what questions will you ask?

Questions about snacking trends, healthy ingredients, sustainable production and insects are among the topics raised by delegates ahead of the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar at 3pm on Thursday June 15. What questions will you ask?

Asda cuts small supplier payment terms to 14 days

Asda has become the latest retailer to cut its payment period for small suppliers to 14 days, it revealed yesterday (June 1).

Food and drink exports hit record levels

UK food and drink exports reached record high levels in the first quarter of 2017, driven by overseas sales of whisky, salmon and chocolate, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has revealed.

Snacks webinar focuses on sustainable production

Sourcing sustainable snacking ingredients and hot consumption trends will take centre stage during the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar at 3pm on Thursday June 15.

Chicken firms to pay £19,216 for equipment misuse

Two chicken processing businesses have been ordered to pay almost a combined £20,000 in damages and costs to bakery equipment maker Bakers Basco, for using its equipment without permission.

Sustainable water supply ‘vital’ for food’s future

Improving flood resilience and securing a sustainable supply of water is vital for the future of the food and farming industry, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

European Snacks Association backs free snacking webinar

Key insights into the €14bn European snacks market will be on offer in the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar, to take place at 3pm on Thursday June 15, courtesy of the European Snacks Association (ESA) and other leading industry experts.

Bumpy road ahead for food logistics sector

The road ahead is potentially a bumpy one for businesses involved in the handling and storage of food and drink.

Survey: what does Brexit hold for UK food and drink?

The confidence of UK food and drink manufacture is under the spotlight in this year’s Food Manufacture Group state-of-the-industry survey.

New £3.5M science labs to boost food and drink NPD

New £3.5M science laboratories at Abertay University, Dundee – designed to boost food and drink industry new product development (NPD) – will be opened officially on May 30.

Environmental plan saves salmon processor £375k

Fish processor, Farne Salmon and Trout, has saved £375,000 a year through a programme of environmental innovation.

Scrapping French border control treaty would be ‘disastrous’

Scrapping the UK and France’s border control treaty would have “disastrous effects” on the UK logistics industry – including the food and drink supply chain – claims the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Almonds leads list of top 10 best-selling superfoods

Almonds have been crowned ‘King of superfoods’ in a top 10 list of best-selling superfoods created by online health food retailer Healthy Supplies, ahead of the Food Manufacture Group’s free snacking webinar at 3pm on June 15.

Fyffes suspended from Ethical Trading Initiative

Fyffes has been suspended from the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) with immediate effect, after an investigation into union claims of workers’ rights abuses in its supply chain.

Morrisons thanks food makers after sales rise

Morrisons reported a 3.4% rise in group like-for-like sales, excluding fuel, in its first-quarter trading update, as chief executive David Potts again thanked the supermarket’s team of food makers and retailers.

2 Sisters grows supply chain after £27.5M investment

2 Sisters Food Group invested £27.5M in its south-west operations last year, growing the region’s supply chain by a third, it emerged this week.

Food science gets the big screen film treatment

Food science takes centre stage in a new documentary film, funded by the US-based Institute of Food Technology (IFT), which received its UK premiere in London on Tuesday (May 3).

Bakkavor fined £2M for worker’s death

Prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has been fined £2M for safety failings, after one of its workers died when plastic bales fell on top of him.

Chinese online grocery market ‘to double’ by 2020

The online grocery market in China is predicted to double in three years, as more manufacturers partner with retailers to boost sales.

Co-op to sell only British fresh meat, as imports soar

The Co-op’s pledge to sell only fresh British lamb and bacon, as part of its promise to stock exclusively home-produced fresh meat, has been welcomed by producers’ organisations.

Food waste targets ‘must be set for food businesses’

Big food manufacturers and retailers should be required to comply with food waste targets, according to a report by an influential committee of MPs.

Haydens Bakery launches multi-million pound investment

Haydens Bakery has launched a multi-million pound investment plan to upgrade facilities at its site in Devizes, Wiltshire.

Last day for early bird food safety conference tickets

Today is the last day to book your early bird ticket for Food Manufacture’s food safety conference 2017 on Thursday June 22 at Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Ranjit Boparan invests £5M in meat firm Crawshaw

Ranjit Boparan plans to invest £5.1M in meat retailer Crawshaw, as part of a deal which will see 2 Sisters Food Group supply its stores with chicken.

Meat processor wins £350k deal with Tesco

Meat processor Doherty & Gray has signed a £350,000 contract with Tesco Northern Ireland to supply own-label burgers.

Three days left for food safety conference early bird ticket

Just three days remain to book your early bird ticket for Food Manufacture’s food safety conference 2017 on Thursday June 22 at Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, ahead of the deadline on Friday (April 28).

Food safety conference: last week for early bird ticket

This is the last week to book your early bird ticket for Food Manufacture’s food safety conference 2017 on Thursday June 22 at Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, before the offer expires on Friday (April 28).

Halal duo jailed for selling turkey as halal lamb

Two men have each been jailed for five years, after falsely supplying 116t of turkey thighs, labelled as halal lamb, to butchers and restaurants.

Food snacking trends under sustainability spotlight

Food snacking trends are probed from the perspective of sustainable ingredients sourcing in the Food Manufacture Group’s latest free webinar to take place at 3pm on Thursday June 15.

Morrisons probes metal ‘pins’ found in green beans

Morrisons has launched an investigation after two people found metal “pins” in green beans bought from its stores.

Seachill sale: union seeks assurance over 750 jobs

Unite the union is seeking assurances over 750 jobs at Icelandic Seachill in Grimsby, after news emerged on Friday (April 21) that the business is to be sold.

Bakkavor opens multi-million pound water plant

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has opened a multi-million pound water treatment facility at its Cucina Sano site in Boston, Lincolnshire.

National debate needed on food and farming policy

Politicians should set out their plans to develop the UK’s £108bn food and drink manufacturing sector ahead of the general election on Thursday June 8, insist industry leaders.

Hill Biscuits in management buyout after investment

Premium biscuit manufacturer Hill Biscuits has completed a management buyout for an undisclosed sum, after investment from UK private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital (LDC).

Food safety conference: still time to book early bird ticket

There’s still time to book your early bird ticket for Food Manufacture’s food safety conference on Thursday June 22 at Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, ahead of the deadline later this month.

Vitamin D and the opportunity for food manufacturers

Foods that can contribute towards good bone health could have an increasing role to play in UK diets. 

Tesco supplier relations ‘better than ever’ as sales rise

Tesco said its supplier partnerships were “as strong as they have ever been”, as it reported a 1.3% rise in UK like-for-like food sales in its full-year results.

Food Standards Agency hires new chief executive

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Jason Feeney as its new chief executive.

Scottish food in £8.3M North American export deals

The Scottish food and drink sector has secured £8.3M of export sales to North America.

BrewDog worth £1bn after £100M US investment

Craft brewery BrewDog has a new business valuation of £1bn, after agreeing a £100M investment from US private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners.

Mondelēz opens four new Cadbury production lines

Mondelēz International has officially opened four new production lines at its Bournville site, the home of Cadbury chocolate, following its £75M investment in 2014.

Research aims to improve rice processing and reduce waste

Food waste during rice processing and poor nutrition in parts of the Indian population could be tackled, after Sheffield Hallam University was awarded £400,000 to undertake research to help support economic growth in rural communities.

Supermarket food promotions dip to 11-year low

Supermarket promotions are at their lowest level in 11 years, according to the latest retail sales figures from market researchers Nielsen and Kantar.

London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone plans dismay haulage firms

London’s plans for an Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) starting in 2019 have been met with dismay by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), which represents freight and logistics operators.

Battle Oats to supply 300 Holland & Barrett stores

Nutrition brand Battle Oats has secured a deal with high street retailer Holland & Barrett to supply 300 of its stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Food exports face border delays after Brexit

The UK’s food industry faces severe delays and rising costs of exporting and importing foodstuff to and from the EU following Brexit, if the government fails to negotiate a favourable deal to ensure “frictionless” border controls.

2 Sisters and Bakkavor make senior appointments

2 Sisters Food Group’s UK Poultry division has promoted Gill Pendergrast to the position of retail director working with Sainsbury.

Tayto snacks to appear in 7,000 vending machines

Snack manufacturer Tayto Group’s sister company Montagu Group has acquired vending machine firm Freedom Refreshments, in a multi-million pound deal which would see Tayto’s products feature in 7,000 more vending machines across England.

Thorntons recalls chocolate Easter eggs for undeclared allergens

Thorntons has recalled its Dark Chocolate Easter Egg with a Personalised Iced Message, because the icing contained milk that was not mentioned on the label and this could present a health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents.

Sustainable snacking trends is focus of new webinar

Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 is the subject of the Food Manufacture Group’s latest free-to-attend webinar to take place at 3pm on Thursday June 15.

Warburtons wins approval for new R&D centre

Bakery giant Warburtons has won planning approval for a new research and development (R&D) hub at its Bolton site in Lancashire.

Butcher jailed for ‘fake supplier letter’ in tax fraud

A butcher who faked a letter from a supplier about payments in order to steal more than £80,000 in tax fraud, has been jailed for two years.

Yearsley to build £65M cold store in Peterborough

Yearsley Logistics is set to start work on the first phase of its 150,000 pallet £65M cold store development in Peterborough this September.

Britvic signs transport contract with Wincanton

Britvic, one of the UK’s leading branded soft drinks businesses, has placed a new contract for national transport operations for an undisclosed value, managing over 100,000 deliveries a year, with third-party logistics (3PL) firm Wincanton.

‘Our manufacturing Oscars boosted productivity and sales’

Winning a food and drink manufacturing Oscar boosted Mash Direct’s productivity and sales, says its director Jack Hamilton.

Food sector reveals core aims in Brexit trade talks

The food and drink industry has urged government to deliver a Brexit trade deal that would ensure stability and continuity for the sector, ahead of the triggering of Article 50 on Wednesday (March 29).

‘Climate change easier to tackle than diet change’

Combating climate change will be easier to achieve than improving global diets but both are interrelated, says a leading sustainability expert.

£1M Scottish aquaculture scheme to boost turnover

A £1M Scottish aquaculture programme has been launched to boost supply chain innovation, increase industry turnover by about £8M, and create up to 50 jobs.

Drivers unloading lorries should be paid more: FTA

Delivery drivers should be paid more to load and unload lorries, said the Freight Transport association (FTA), after discount retailers Aldi and Lidl were criticised for requiring divers to take on warehouse duties.

Direct to consumer channel could boost sales

Food manufacturers could boost their revenues by 5% by opening direct to consumer (DTC) supply channels, according to a new report from a global supply chain management consultancy. 

New wheat variety ‘to deliver top baking quality’

New milling wheat variety KWS Zyatt will offer millers improved quality, by delivering better dough texture and strength, claims Rank Hovis Milling head of technical Shaun Taylor.

Food firms should buy more British food: NFU

Food manufacturers should buy more British food, urges the National Farmers Union (NFU), after thanking discount retailer Lidl for backing British food and farming.

Brazil’s rotten meat claims ‘highlight Brexit trade deal’

Claims that Brazil’s biggest meat processors have sold rotten beef and poultry highlight the importance of securing an EU trade deal that maintains Britain’s safety standards, says the National Farmers Union (NFU).

GM food has a role in feeding Britain: Princess Royal

Food produced from genetically modified (GM) crops and animals has an important role to play in feeding Britain, the Princess Royal has told the BBC, in an interview to be broadcast tomorrow (March 23).

BBC Future Food Award finalists revealed

The BBC Future Food Award finalists include an underground urban salad producer, a seaweed producer and a community seed co-operative.

FDF to launch new SME membership offer

The Food and Drink Federation is to launch a new small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) membership scheme at a trade event this week.

Costa opens £38M roastery to quadruple production

Coffee maker Costa has opened a new £38M roaster in Basildon, Essex, to quadruple its capacity.

Campylobacter results welcomed by consumer group

The results of the latest campylobacter survey, revealing a drop of more than 100,000 human cases of the food poisoning infection, have been welcomed by consumer group Which?

Food safety conference helps plan for change

The Food Manufacture Group’s one-day food safety conference will help businesses prepare for change over the next five years, according to food hygiene consultant and former Food Standards Agency (FSA) boss John Barnes.

Permits to trade needed under new hygiene regime

Food businesses would need a ‘permit to trade’ before being allowed to start up, under new proposals from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) being considered as part of its Regulating the Future programme, which seeks to radically change the way food hygiene is monitored and regulated across the UK.

Genetics and big data lead IFST spring conference

Technological advances that are helping food and drink producers to deliver safe and nutritious food to the consumer is the focus of the Institute of Food Science & Technology’s (IFST’s) spring conference, which takes place next month.

Groceries Code comes under scrutiny

The UK food supply chain is coming under scrutiny at two events examining transparency, competition and focusing on the roles of Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) and the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP).

Chefs’ Choice Awards: meet the winners

The inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards last night in central London celebrated foodservice sector innovation. Meet the winners, highly-rated entries and the finalists.

Budget requests: Boost export and R&D funding

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to increase funding for food and drink exports and research and development (R&D), ahead of his first Budget today.

Chefs’ Choice Awards: tonight is the big night

Tonight is the big night; when inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards take place at the Haymarket Hotel, central London.

Chefs’ Choice Awards: tomorrow is the big night

Final preparations are underway for the inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards, which will take place tomorrow night at the Haymarket Hotel, central London.

Supply chain system rollouts present challenges

Rolling out the same supply-chain systems across different sites might appear to offer benefits, but it can also present challenges. 

Pea plant to be one of UK’s greenest food factories

Frozen food producer d’Arta UK is to join forces with a farmer co-operative and a bio-energy firm to build what it claims will be one of the UK’s greenest food processing facilities.

Support our food safety survey and win an iPad

Taking part in the Food Manufacture Group’s short food safety survey will help to raise industry standards and offers the chance of winning an iPad.

Amazon could open drive-thru stores

Amazon could target the UK next for its drive-thru grocery stores, following reports that the online retail giant planned to open its first drive-thru in Seattle in the US, it has emerged.

Stars of the meat industry are awarded

The ‘best of the best’ in the meat and poultry industry were recognised last week (February 21) at The Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB) Annual Prize-Giving.

Young’s Seafood targets US market

Young’s Seafood is planning a strong presence at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston next month – following news that the US is now the UK’s second largest export market and the largest outside Europe.

Chefs’ Choice Awards celebrate industry innovation

The new Chefs’ Choice Awards highlights the best industry innovation, according to the expert judging panel, ahead of the glittering awards ceremony on Tuesday March 7.

Low food prices are ‘key for political stability’

Low food prices are vital to ensure political stability, insists Professor Chris Elliott in his City Food Lecture 2017.

Road transport group rejects lorry pothole claims

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has slammed a local government body for blaming the poor state of Britain’s roads on the logistics industry.

2 Sisters bosses team up with football star for charity

2 Sisters Food Group bosses have teamed up with football legend Bryan Robson to help disadvantaged children throughout the UK by taking on a desert trek.

Food polythene firm fined after agency worker injury

A polythene film manufacturer, which supplies the food and agricultural industries, has been fined £6,000 after an agency worker’s hand was trapped in machinery.

Amazon launches 5,000-head recruitment drive

Amazon, the online retail giant, has revealed plans to recruit 5,000 more full-time workers, taking its total UK workforce to more than 24,000, and launched a new apprenticeship programme.

Morrisons seeks at least 200 new British suppliers

Morrisons is seeking at least 200 new British food and drink suppliers, it revealed today (February 17), after a report claimed only 52% of food eaten in the UK came from British farmers.

Supply chains need to adapt to technology trends

Manufacturers need to adapt their supply chains to the latest technologies or risk losing out to the competition, warned logistics specialist Fowler Welch.

GM-free food is big US export opportunity for manufacturers

Exporting food free from genetic-modification (GM) to the US is a big opportunity for UK food manufacturers, according to Northern Ireland-based prepared vegetable supplier Mash Direct.

Planning consent ‘imminent’ for ABP Beef’s new £20M development

Planning permission for construction of ABP Beef’s new £20M-plus development at its Shrewsbury plant in Shropshire is “imminent”, according to the company’s chief executive Tom Kirwan.

Dairy wins £1.25M funding to back expansion plans

BV Dairy has secured a £1.25M finance package from HSBC to fund its expansion plans and the creation of 16 jobs.

Courgette shortage costs retailers £2M in January

UK retailers lost £2M in courgette sales last month, after unfavourable growing conditions in Spain meant supermarkets had to restrict UK supplies.

Dawn Farms agrees £724M contract with Subway

Cooked meat ingredients maker Dawn Farms has agreed a £724M (€850M) deal with the high-street sandwich franchise Subway, to supply 4,000 of its restaurants across 30 European countries.

Cranswick’s Far East export sales continue rising

Meat processor Cranswick’s export sales continued to grow in the three months to December 31, it reported in its third-quarter trading update this week (February 2).

Ludlow Nut Company in muesli Japanese trade deal

The Ludlow Nut Company has sealed a trade deal with Japanese wholesaler Minato Shokai Co, to boost its total export sales to about £48,000 a year.

Brexit must not delay smooth freight movements

Britain needs to keep trading with the rest of the EU and maintain smooth transport and logistics operations as Brexit progresses, with as few delays as possible, the head the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned.

Arla Foods pledges £37.5M for UK sites in 2017

Dairy company Arla Foods pledged to invest about £37.5M in its UK sites and logistics operations this year – 51% more than last year.

Training scheme to tackle logistics skills gap

Food and drink manufacturers are to benefit from fully-funded training and apprenticeships from the Freight Transport Association (FTA), to tackle shortages of skilled heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.

Poundland fined £134k for mice infestation

Discount retailer Poundland has been fined more than £130,000 for food safety offences, after mice were found at two of its Birmingham stores. 

Food manufacturers invited to star in BBC food award

Food manufacturers, large and small, with a track-record of food chain innovation are being invited to star in the BBC Future Food Award.

Winning BBC food award ‘shifts the business up a gear’

Winning a BBC Food and Farming Award “shifts the business up a gear”, according to the winner of last year’s Future Food Award, diversified dairy Our Cow Molly.

British meat firms preparing for US exports

UK meat exporters are preparing to break into the lucrative US market, after receiving training on US beef and lamb import regulations last week, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) revealed.

Food manufacturing heroes wanted for BBC’s Future Food Award

Food manufacturing heroes are being sought to win the BBC’s coveted Future Food Award, part of the broadcaster’s Food & Farming Awards 2017.

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars set for November 1

Wednesday November 1 is Oscar night for the food and drink manufacturing sector at the London Hilton Park Lane.

Supply chain woes as winter weather continues

Food and drink manufacturing distribution networks face more wintry weather across the country, as the Met Office issues warnings of up to 20cm of snow.

Groceries adjudicator needs more powers: NFU

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) needs greater powers to crack down on unfair trading practices following “the increasing consolidation of suppliers and processors”, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Tesco closes two distribution centres

Tesco is to close two of its distribution centres, with the net loss of around 500 jobs, in a move designed to simplify its supply chain operations and management structure across all distribution operations and meet changing consumer demand.

Household food waste rises, despite falls elsewhere

Household food waste reduction targets under the Courtauld Commitment 3 (CC3) – a voluntary agreement aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing waste within the UK grocery sector – have been missed, despite £100M of business savings being delivered by reducing food waste elsewhere in the supply chain over three-year period, results released yesterday (January 10) have shown.

Bibby wins contract to distribute Tangerine’s sweets

Confectionery maker Tangerine has signed a “multi-million pound contract” with third-party logistics (3PLs) company Bibby Distribution for the transportation of the firm’s range of sweets to wholesalers and supermarkets across the UK.

UK sweet firm bought by Turkish confectionery group

UK confectionery manufacturer Dexters has been acquired by the Turkish confectionery group Bebeto for an undisclosed sum.

Food hygiene inspection charges move closer

Food manufacturers will be expected to meet the costs of food safety inspections, enforcement input and a registration scheme, under new plans from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

DEFRA’s food export policy to China under fire

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom’s plan to export more British food and drink products to China has been criticised by a panel of industrialists from the sector, members of which claimed even the most experienced exporters would struggle to break into the competitive Asian market.

Ministry of Cake stake sold to French firm

Private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) has sold its stake in dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake to French counterpart Mademoiselle Desserts, for an undisclosed sum.

Fuel prices to hit food manufacturers’ profits

Food and drink manufacturers’ profits are likely to be hit, after diesel and petrol prices reached an 18-month high, according to manufacturers’ organisation EEF. 

Reed Boardall maintains profits despite falling sales

Yorkshire-based cold storage and transport business Reed Boardall has reported a slight fall in revenues of £64.3M for the year to March 31 2016 in its financial results released today (January 4), down from £65.9M achieved in 2015, in what the frozen third-party logistics provider claimed was an increasingly competitive market.

Chris Elliott to present City Food Lecture

Food fraud threats will be the focus of the prestigious City Food Lecture 2017 to be presented by Professor Chris Elliott at London’s Guildhall next month (February 21).

CIEH stops awarding food safety qualifications

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), which represents local authority environmental health officers that carry out food safety inspections, is to stop being an awarding body for existing training courses next year, as it reviews the services it offers to its 9,000 members.

Bestwick’s frozen warehouse installs ‘uptempering’ technology

Temperature controlled food storage provider Rick Bestwick has completed a £1.2M purpose-built development at its headquarters in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Reduce burden of hygiene audits

The burden of excessive retailer hygiene audits of their food and drink suppliers needs to be reduced, argues the head of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF).

Amazon runs UK drone delivery test

Online retail giant Amazon has successfully completed its first commercial delivery using a drone, in the UK.

Bird flu threat won’t affect busy Christmas supply

Poultry producers have insisted that supplies for the busy Christmas period won’t be affected by the government warning of a potential UK bird flu outbreak.

Food firms best at navigating Europe’s busiest roads

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has urged all UK logistics operators to follow the food and drink industry’s example in using real-time traffic information to avoid delays, after it was revealed the UK had the most congested roads in Europe.

Essential Fruit contracts with NFT to use its Tilbury facility

Essential Fruit has placed a contract for temperature controlled warehousing and distribution of its products throughout the UK and Europe with chilled logistics specialist NFT.

Marmite and Toblerone point to trouble ahead

The recent spat between Unilever and Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco over the Marmite brand owner’s attempt to raise its price, was a clear sign of things to come in life after the Brexit vote.

Food truck bridge smash causes traffic chaos

A food distribution lorry has caused disruption in Northern Ireland, after it crashed into a low bridge on Monday night (November 28).

‘Bio-fortification’ of crops can meet global nutrition demand

The food supply chain will need to adopt advanced technologies – such as “bio-fortification of crops” – if the world is to meet the huge nutritional challenges it faces in the years ahead, says Judith Batchelar, director of Sainsbury’s Brand, who is responsible for sustainable sourcing.

Scotch whisky to appeal on alcohol pricing

The Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA’s) decision to appeal to the UK Supreme Court, following the ruling from the Court of Session on minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland, has been met with dismay by the Scottish health secretary Shona Robison and health campaigners in Scotland.

Premier Foods gets saucy in France

Premier Foods hopes to build on the successful launch earlier this year of Loyd Grossman cooking sauces in France with the trial of pouched products.

Big cost savings from small supply chain changes

Food and drink manufacturer’s costs could be reduced by making small changes to be more sustainable throughout the supply chain, said the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) chief scientific officer Helen Munday.

Greggs opens new distribution centre

High-street baker Greggs has opened a new 4,645m2 distribution centre in Enfield, which it said would improve efficiency and increase delivery capacity.

Infrastructure spending boost is ‘great news’: FTA

The increased infrastructure spending, announced in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement, has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), which described it as “great news”.

Non-EU food exports see significant growth

UK food and drink exports outside of the EU have seen significant growth in 2016 compared with last year, revealed a new report from the Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) released on Monday (November 21).

British beef exports to China, worth millions, move closer

New British beef exports to China – potentially worth millions of pounds – moved a step closer recently, after Chinese officials visited Britain to judge levels of animal welfare and disease control measures.

Nim’s Fruit Crisps wins SME Innovation of Year award

Children’s healthy snacks firm Nim’s Fruit Crisps has gobbled up the Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) trophy in the food and drink manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs). 

Froneri scoops up top food manufacturing Oscar

Ice cream firm Froneri, formerly trading as R&R Ice Cream, has scooped up the Dairy and frozen manufacturing company of the year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) earlier this month.

Cargill triumphs in food and drink manufacturing Oscars

Leading European fresh and processed chicken supplier Cargill carved up the Meat and poultry manufacturing company of the year award at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during a gala awards celebration at The Hilton, Park Lane, London earlier this month.

Clipper Tea races home to win top beverage award

Clipper Tea has won the coveted Beverage manufacturing company of the year title in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Ginsters wraps up two manufacturing Oscars

Food-to-go manufacturer Ginsters has won two manufacturing Oscars – Bakery manufacturing company of the year and Supply chain initiative of the year – at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – earlier this month.

Food sector may get £7bn boost from VAT cut

The food and drink sector could be £7bn better off, if the chancellor cuts VAT in this week’s Autumn Statement, claims NFU Mutual, as Prime Minister Theresa May revealed today (November 21) plans for a new industrial strategy.

Consider longer-term sugar contracts: report

Food and drink producers should consider longer-term sugar purchasing contracts, or switch to sweeteners, before the EU sugar quota ends in October 2017, a report has claimed.

Wyke Farms’s md: ‘All our markets look for environmental sustainability’

Wyke Farms’s customers worldwide demand high environmental standards, says the cheese maker’s md Richard Clothier in this exclusive video interview, after winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA).

Morrisons’ new Amazon deal will build its role as ‘food maker and shopkeeper’

The new one-hour grocery delivery service launched by Morrisons and Amazon will build the supermarket’s business as “a food maker and shopkeeper”, says its boss David Potts.

Wyke Farms cleans up with an environmental Oscar

West country cheese manufacturer Wyke Farms has won the Environmental initiative of the year award in the food manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during a Venice-themed awards celebration at The Hilton Park Lane, London.

Food and Drink Federation moves to new identity and HQ

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has adopted a new identity and moved to new headquarters in central London.

Food safety: stopping a risk becoming a crisis

Stopping a food safety challenge becoming a multi-million pound crisis depends on first acknowledging the problem and having a recovery strategy in place to mitigate it, according to DWF partner Dominic Watkins.

Food safety conference: chairman’s highlights

Greater sharing of food safety information was a key theme of Food Manufacture’s food safety conference, highlighted by conference chairman Professor Colin Dennis in this exclusive video interview.

Greencore to acquire $1bn US firm Peacock Foods

Greencore has revealed plans to acquire the US convenience food manufacturer Peacock Foods, which is valued at £594.3M ($747.5M) and has revenues of $1bn, alongside full-year results today (November 14).

Tangerine repeats disappointment at today’s strike

Tangerine Confectionery has repeated its “disappointment” at the strike staged today (November 14) at its York manufacturing site by members of the GMB union.

Coca-Cola boss wins management Oscar

The Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) operations director of Europe’s largest soft drinks plant has won the inaugural Me & my factory – editor’s choice award in the food and drink manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Jordans’ cereal success manufacturing Oscar win

Cereals and biscuit manufacturer Jordans, Dorset & Ryvita Company has won the Ambient manufacturing company of the year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – at The Hilton Park Lane, London last week.

Dairy farmers set to suffer annual milk price decline

Dairy farmers are set to lose more on the value of their milk in 2016/17 than in the previous 12 months, despite recent positive moves from processors to raise prices, an accountancy firm has revealed.

SK Foods wins Judges’ Star Performer Oscar

Chilled ethnic snacks producer SK Foods has landed the coveted Judges’ star performer trophy in the food manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during an awards celebration at The Hilton Park Lane, last week.

Top seven Euro trends for 2017 includes sugar tax

The impact of sugar taxes leads Mintel’s list of top seven trends likely to shape European consumers spending in 2017, predicts the market reserach firm.

Mash Direct in monster win at manufacturing Oscars

Mash Direct, the Northern Ireland-­based ready meal and prepared vegetable supplier, has won the coveted overall Food Manufacture company of the year at the food and drink manufacturing Oscars, alongside the title Chilled, fresh and dairy manufacturing company of the year.

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: meet the winners

Mash Direct has won the coveted, Food Manufacture company of the year trophy in the food and drink manufacturing Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during a glittering awards celebration at the Hilton on Park Lane, in London last night.

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: tonight’s Oscar night

Tonight is Oscar night at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) at The Hilton Park Lane, London. 

Food firms urged to raise their counter-fraud game

Food fraud good practice guidance has been launched today (Wednesday November 2) by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) in an effort to get the industry to protect itself better from fraud by adopting established counter-fraud measures.

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards on Wednesday

The long wait to discover the winners of this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) is nearly over, with the gala awards evening set for Wednesday November 2 at The Hilton Park Lane, London. 

Sales-out data offers more wholesale potential

Wholesalers could be making a lot more money from the ‘sales-out’ information they hold by selling this data to suppliers that would also benefit greatly by using it, a specialist in the field has claimed.

Fruit and veg life extended with new chemical coating

Australian researchers have come up with a way of extending the life of fruit and vegetables with a new innovative non-toxic compound for coating produce.

FTA praises Heathrow expansion

Plans to expand Heathrow airport – which has been given government backing today (October 25) – have been praised by the Freight Transport association (FTA).

GCA remit extension would ‘paralyse’ progress: FDF

Extending the Groceries Code Adjudicator’s (GCA’s) powers would be unimaginably complex and would “paralyse the progress” that’s already been made, claimed the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Food crime boss on three achievements

The Food Crime Unit achieved three key goals over the past year, its boss Andy Morling claims in this exclusive video interview, filmed at Food Manufacture’s safety conference.

Crime boss reports supply chain-wide offences

Food Crime Unit boss Andy Morling revealed his team had detected crime throughout the food supply chain over the past year at Food Manufacture’s food safety conference.

Food Manufacture’s safety conference: Tomorrow is the big day

The big day for Food Manufacture’s food safety conference is tomorrow (Thursday, October 13) at etc.venues, Prospero House, London and there’s still time to reserve your place.

Food supply chain efficiency gains from new data systems

The latest systems can offer firms huge supply chain efficiency gains, reports Alyson Magee.

Food supply chain collaboration pays off

Collaboration and openness between supply chain partners could prove more rewarding than transactional relationships, Michelle Knott discovers.

Grocery supply chain set for revolutionary changes

Increased competition, disloyal consumers, growing internet sales – and now Brexit. Grocery supply chains are set for a revolution, reports Rick Pendrous

Safety conference: Thursday is the big day

Food Manufacture’s food safety conference – Boosting consumer confidence in times of change – will take place this Thursday (October 13) at etc.venues, Prospero House, London and there’s still time to book.

Omnichannel trading: what it means for food manufacturers

Omnichannel trading requires the fluid use of different routes to market. Paul Gander examines some of the critical issues for food manufacturers

Bells Food Group boss: how £3.6M investment will boost sales

Scottish pie and pastry maker Bells Food Group is set to grow sales throughout the UK and beyond after completing phase one of a £3.6M investment, according to its md Ronnie Miles.

Food Manufacture’s safety conference: little time to book

Time is running out to book a place at Food Manufacture’s one-­day safety conference at etc.venues, Prospero House, London on Thursday October 13.

IAG Cargo to lift premium capacity with £55M facility

IAG Cargo is to build a new £55M temperature controlled freight facility at its London Heathrow hub to grow a “higher yielding” part of its business.

Supply chain the key to Modern Slavery Act

Food manufacturers were advised to review their supply chain traceability before the first report deadline under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force last week (September 30).

Tesco to sell mushrooms enriched with vitamin D

Tesco is to launch the UK’s first range of mushrooms which are grown in extra light to naturally enhance their vitamin D levels.

Kellogg appoints new md for UK and Ireland

Cereal and snacks manufacturer Kellogg has appointed Dave Lawlor as the new md of its UK and Irish business.

Food Manufacture’s safety conference: still time to book

There’s still time to book your place at Food Manufacture’s one-day, safety conference – to hear advice from representatives of Nestlé Research Center, Campden BRI, the Food Crime Unit and other organisations – dedicated to improving food and drink safety standards.

Jordans & Ryvita Company boosts exports by 60%

Breakfast cereals manufacturer Jordans & Ryvita Company revealed it had boosted exports by 60% to reach more than £90M over the past five years, during a visit by environment secretary Andrea Leadsom on Wednesday (September 21).

2 Sisters owner confirms Bernard Matthews purchase

Bernard Matthews has been sold to Ranjit Singh Boparan in a pre-pack administration deal that is likely to secure the future of 2,000 jobs.

Carlsberg lorry crash prompts police warning video

A hard-hitting police video and accident photograph – warning against the dangers of using a handheld phone while driving – have been released after a fatal crash involving a car driving into a Carlsberg heavy goods vehicle (HGV) delivery lorry.

Greencore appoints new finance boss

Greencore has appointed Eoin Tonge as its new chief financial officer and as a director of the group, with effect from Monday October 3.

Tulip to ‘regain its mojo’ after reorganisation: boss

Meat firm Tulip will “regain its mojo” after a new restructuring plan is introduced, predicts ceo Steve Francis.

Puratos opens £1.27M bakery innovation centre

Bakery ingredients firm Puratos has opened a new £1.27M (€1.5M) world class innovation centre in Oxfordshire.

Calais wall is simply ‘a sticking plaster’: FTA

The controversial construction of a 4m-high wall in Calais – planned to help resolve transport chaos at the port, caused partly by illegal migrants – is “simply a sticking plaster” that will not solve the problem of violence at the Jungle migrant camp, says the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Global savoury snacks sales to hit £103bn by 2020

Global savoury snack sales are predicted to top £103bn ($138bn) by 2020, as the ‘snackification’ trend continues to grow, according to new research from consumer insights firm Canadean.

Bakery fined £36,000 for safety failings

Bakery company Arnaouti Pitta Bread Bakery Ltd has been fined £36,000 for safety failings, linked to failure to comply with improvement notices.

Scottish food and drink sector posts record growth

Scottish food and drink manufacturing achieved a record annual turnover of £14.4bn in 2014 – growing twice as fast as the UK average – according to new figures from the Scottish government.

Neonicotinoids in rape linked to bee decline

Research that links neonicotinoid seed treated oilseed rape crops with the long-term population decline of wild bee species has further raised concerns about insecticide use, scientists have suggested.

Support for farmers post Brexit should be reviewed, says PTF

The new boss of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has questioned the viability of continuing to support farmers with subsidies following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Shelf-space payments face GCA scrutiny

Food and drink manufacturers are being urged to participate in a consultation that aims to find out whether retailers are asking their suppliers to pay for better positioning of goods or expanded shelf-space.

Pork processor: collaboration has reduced audits

The director at a leading pork processor has claimed that industry-wide collaboration has enabled his company to reduce the meat sector’s audit burden following the horsemeat crisis.

Driver shortage will lead to grocery price rises, warns FSDF

Driver shortages will lead to the cost of food and drink rising unless action is taken to address the problem, warns Chris Sturman, chief executive of the Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF).

Grocery regulator: ‘I am dependent on suppliers’

The woman in charge of regulating the relationship between retailers and suppliers says she is “totally dependent” on food and drink firms telling her about unfair practices.

Contaminated ingredients lead EU food safety alerts

High levels of mercury in fish, aflatoxins – a type of mould – in nuts, and salmonella in fruit and vegetables, were among the most notified food safety risks last year across the EU, according to the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) 2015 annual report, released last week.

Food safety conference: early bird offer ends today

The early bird delegate rate for Food Manufacture’s annual, one-day food safety conference in October ends today (August 31).

Safety conference: early bird ticket price ends tomorrow

Just two days remain to benefit from the early bird delegate rate for the Food Manufacture Group’s annual one-day food safety conference, which takes place on Thursday October 13 at etc.venues, Prospero House, London.

Three men charged with fraud over horsemeat

Three men have been charged with fraud offences for allegedly conspiring to sell horsemeat as beef.

Tesco click-and-collect service launches to rival Amazon Fresh

Tesco has launched an online click-and-collect service that allows customers to collect their shopping within three hours of ordering.

London chefs call for polystyrene packaging ban

London’s top chefs have called for a ban on polystyrene packaging in an open letter to mayor Sadiq Khan, citing environmental and health concerns.

Supply chain survey: your views are wanted

Time is running out for you to take part in Food Manufacture Group’s online survey of logistics and supply chain professionals and get the chance of winning £100 of Amazon vouchers.

Food Standards Scotland launches food fraud hotline

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and independent charity Crimestoppers have launched a telephone hotline to fight food fraud.

Hain Daniels increases its contract hire fleet

The Hain Daniels Group has boosted its chilled distribution fleet by adding 10 trucks and seven trailers from Ryder, increasing its contract hire fleet to 22 trucks and 10 trailers.

Academic links US curry recalls to lead in turmeric

A massive US recall of curry powder because of lead being detected within products could be linked to contaminated turmeric, a leading UK food safety expert has suggested.

Government action needed to protect food trucks through Calais

A “united, cohesive plan” is needed to protect drivers, vehicles and food products at the Port of Calais, according to a leading trade body.

E.coli food chain probe continues as outbreak is declared over

Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to investigate the source of the latest E.coli outbreak that killed two and infected 161 people after declaring the outbreak was over. 

Lorry ‘slashed’, as Calais transport crisis deepens

The migrant threat to freight lorries at Calais is intensifying, with lorry roofs recently being slashed by stowaways trying to escape from queuing vehicles, warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Food manufacturing giants team up to combat the retail crisis

Food and drink manufacturing giants – including Nestlé, Unilever and Coca-Cola – have joined forces with high-street retailers to tackle supply chain efficiencies and waste reduction, as part of the new Retail Grocery Advisory Board.

Drones to play a big role in food chain

Drones are set to play an increasingly important role in the food and drink supply chain but firms should be aware that they come with a number of insurance liabilities, a legal expert has claimed.

£24M research funding targeted at reducing freight emissions

Two government agencies have teamed up to pledge £24M in funding for industry-led research and development projects focused on reducing freight emissions.

NFT expands its UK network with NR Evans acquisition

NFT Distribution Group, the chilled UK third-party logistics provider, last month acquired NR Evans (Holdings), in a deal that valued the business at more than £20M

Faccenda enters £3M truck leasing and maintenance deal

Poultry processor Faccenda Foods has renewed a fleet of delivery trucks at one of its main distribution centres to meet growing demand for UK produced white meat, with a £3M leasing and maintenance contract.

Survey to highlight supply chain challenges

The Food Manufacture Group is conducting an online survey of logistics and supply chain professionals to gather data on the implications for the food and drink sector of the momentous change that is underway, where consumers make more frequent grocery visits and increasingly buy food and drink online.

Food Standards Agency ‘sorry’ for email error

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been forced to apologise to subscribers to its food safety alert system yesterday (August 4), after up to 10 separate emails were sent out in error.

Brexit will drive review of hygiene regulations

A skills shortage and the impact of Brexit are the two main challenges facing the food industry, the newly appointed chairman of the Society of Food Hygiene & Technology (SOFHT) has claimed.

Lorry driver threatened with chainsaw in Calais

A truck driver was threatened with a chainsaw and a lorry carrying fruit and vegetables set on fire during a night of violence in Calais on July 29, highlighting the need for urgent action, warned the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Poultry producers sign £10M joint venture deal

Poultry producers Dartmouth Foods and Faccenda Foods are to open a new £10M facility in Plymouth as part of a joint venture to maximise the operating potential of both companies.

Pauls Malt fined £100k for ladder fall

Malting company Pauls Malt Ltd has been fined £100,000 for safety failings, after an agency worker plunged from a ladder.

Firefighters tackle flour mill fire

A fire at a food manufacturing site in Peterborough was battled by fire fighters in the early hours of Monday morning (July 25).

Hungry House: Dragons’ Den top food firm – so far

The most successful food business backed by investors from the hit TV show Dragons’ Den is Hungry House, the takeaway online delivery service, according to research by business data site Company Check.

Freight transport group calls for PM to prioritise logistics

Freight Transport Association (FTA) boss David Wells has urged Prime Minister (PM) Theresa May to prioritise the logistics industry in Brexit talks with the EU. 

Gangmaster loses licence for ‘skimming’ pay

A Shropshire-based fresh produce recruitment agency has been stripped of its licence for systematically ‘skimming’ workers’ pay, resulting in employees receiving less than the national minimum wage.

Amazon drone tests set to take off

Amazon is to test the viability of drone delivery in the UK, in partnership with the UK government.

Turners Fine Foods cuts 457 jobs after entering administration

Almost 500 jobs were made redundant yesterday (July 26) at food wholesaler Turners Fine Foods, after the company’s owner, Silverstar Foods, appointed administrators from KPMG Restructuring.

2 Sisters and Premier Foods celebrate Oscar wins

Two of the UK’s largest food manufacturers – 2 Sisters Food Group and Premier Foods – have revealed how winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA) – the Oscars of the food and drink manufacturing sector – have boosted their businesses over the past year. And there’s still time to win your own shiny new Oscar, with three days still left to submit your free online entry.   

Dragons’ Den investors most likely to pick food firms

Food and drink businesses are the most likely to succeed in winning financing in the hit TV show Dragons’ Den, reveals new research from business data site Company Check.

Waste recycling warning for celebrity TV campaigner

A leading trade association has warned about the environmental burden of recycling, as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s hit TV show – Hugh’s War on Waste – is set to reignite demands for more package recycling.

Fatal E.coli outbreak probe focuses on wholesale

The investigation into the fatal E.coli outbreak linked to mixed salad leaves is focusing on wholesale and not retail, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed. 

Cranswick makes ‘positive start’ to its financial year

Pork processor Cranswick said it has made a “positive start” to its new financial year and confirmed the sale of its sandwich business to Greencore.

Time is running out to win a manufacturing Oscar

Time is running out to win a food and drink manufacturing Oscar – with the deadline set for Friday July 29.  

Greencore buys Cranswick’s sandwich business

Greencore Group has acquired The Sandwich Factory from Cranswick for £15M, as part of its strategy to boost its food-to-go business. 

Food manufacturing Oscars – still time to win one

There’s still time to win a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA), with deadline for entries now extended to Friday July 29.

Allied Bakeries to close depot with loss of 53 jobs

Allied Bakeries, the Kingsmill and Allinson manufacturer, is planning to close its Chester Road distribution depot in Saltney with the possible loss of 53 jobs. 

Food supply chain probe to track fatal E.coli

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is investigating the food supply chain – including food manufacturers – to track down the source of the latest fatal E.coli outbreak. 

Dairy Crest predicts ‘results in line with expectations’

Dairy Crest said that its first-quarter results will be “in line with expectations” in a trading statement for the three-months to June 30 2016.

Fire at 2 Sisters’ factory: 10 fire engines called

Ten fire engines were needed to fight a blaze at 2 Sisters Food Group’s factory in Thetford, Norfolk yesterday (Sunday, July 17), when 270 staff were evacuated from the building.

Freight transport group highlights drive to single market access

Access to the single market and the ability to hire non-UK drivers are the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA’s) top priorities after Brexit. 

More than 200 jobs at risk at fruit packaging factory

More than 200 jobs could be at risk following the news that a fruit packaging factory in Luton will close by the end of the year.

Burnley abattoir business bought out of administration

The assets of B Riley & Sons, the Burnley-based abattoir business that went into administration in January with the loss of 130 jobs, has been sold to Dale Valley Rossendale.

Waitrose to pay small-scale food suppliers in seven days

Waitrose is to cut the time it takes to pay its small UK food producers.

Mars invests £23M in Uncle Ben’s production line

Mars Foods UK is to invest £23M into a new production line to produce Uncle Ben’s rice at its King’s Lynn site. 

Morrisons bakery reopens three days after fire

Morrison’s Wakefield bakery has reopened, just three days after the site was ravaged by fire.

Bernard Matthews sells German subsidiary to lessen debt

Bernard Matthews has sold its German subsidiary – Bernard Matthews Oldenburg (BMO) – to the Sprehe Gruppe, a German meat company, for £11.9M (€14M), after it was itself offered for sale last week.

Hostess Brand sold again to go public

Hostess Brands – the maker of snack cake Twinkies – has been sold to the private equity firm The Gores Group, with a view to making the company public later this year.

Bakkavor sells Belgian ready-meal business Vaco

Bakkavor Group has sold Belgian prepared food company Vaco, as part of its strategy to sell its non-core businesses.

2 Sisters quiet on Bernard Matthews takeover bid

The 2 Sisters Food Group is remaining tight-lipped on reports that it is bidding to buy turkey processor Bernard Matthews.

Boosting productivity at Coca-Cola’s Wakefield factory

Boosting productivity by improving employee engagement is a four-step process at Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) Wakefield factory.

Morrisons bakery blaze severely damages site

A large fire that ripped through a Morrisons’ bakery was battled through the night by West Yorkshire fire-fighters yesterday (July 3).

General Mills UK moves into Port Salford distribution hub

General Mills UK – owner of well-known brands, including Old El Paso, Green Giant, Betty Crocker and Nature Valley – last month became the first tenant of a modern distribution hub at Port Salford that is expected to save 600,000 road haulage miles a year while meeting future market needs.

Branston invests £1.7M in potato manufacturing line

Branston, one of the UK’s largest potato suppliers, has invested £1.7M in a new manufacturing line, designed to speed up its production.

‘Put more British food on British plates’: AHDB boss

The UK needs a new farm policy, designed to boost consumption of domestically-produced food, to prepare the sector for life outside the EU, according to the chair of the Agriculture and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) Sir Peter Kendall.

Bernard Matthews’ 2,000 workers face ‘worrying time’

Unite the union is seeking urgent assurances over the future of 2,000 jobs at turkey producer Bernard Matthews, after the business was offered for sale this week.

Fears for 1,000 Carlsberg distribution jobs: union

Carlsberg’s plans to outsource 1,000 distribution jobs to DHL Tradeteam have been met with “disappointment and dismay” by Unite the union.

Top 10 manufacturing reports of the year – in photos

Bakkavor and recalled food products feature in Food Manufacture’s most popular stories of the year so far.

Food donation guide for manufacturers launched

A guide offering food manufacturers practical advice on how to donate food surpluses to food banks has been launched by three trade organisations.

New £2M food distribution centre will create 20 jobs

Troy Foods’s new £2M distribution hub in West Yorkshire will create 20 new jobs.

Samworth Brothers boss: ‘Pay changes prompted by staff’

Samworth Brothers chief executive Alex Knight has said proposed changes to workers’ pay and conditions were prompted by staff concerns.

Groceries code boss claims progress but needs tip offs

Groceries Code boss Christine Tacon claims significant progress had been made in enforcing the Groceries Supply Code of Practice but urged suppliers to share information more freely.

Lidl backs British farmers with fruit and veg pledge

Lidl UK, the discount supermarket chain, has boosted its commitment to backing British fruit and vegetable growers by agreeing an 11-step plan.

National Food Crime Unit unveils whistleblowing line

The National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) has launched a whistleblowing facility called ‘Food Crime Confidential’, allowing those working in the food industry to report any suspicions over crime or safety.  

Packaging distributor creates jobs

A new food packaging distribution centre has created 15 jobs at Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire, with further recruitment planned for later this year, according to Taylor Davis, which opened it.

Samworth Brothers’ workers plan Living Wage protest

A demonstration is to take place outside Samworth Brothers head office in Melton Mowbray on Sunday, June 26 over workers’ pay and conditions.

Stag Bakeries completes £525k investment

Scottish family-owned Stag Bakeries has completed a £525,000 expansion of its production plant, warehouse and office space.

Family dairy business to target export sales

Graham’s The Family Dairy is looking to drive its business outside the UK with the appointment of Joe Flynn as international business manager.

UK agrifood research programme launched

The global challenges of ensuring sustainable, resilient and healthy food supplies for all is the focus of the international launch of the N8 AgriFood programme today (June 21).

Uber’s food delivery service ‘offers opportunities’

Uber’s new food delivery service UberEats, which launched in the London area last week (June 16), will need to be “compelling” to convert users but could offer a new opportunity for food manufacturers, claims grocery think-tank IGD.

Barbecue campaign launched to highlight campylobacter

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a summer barbecue food safety campaign to highlight the ongoing problem of campylobacter infection in meat.

Tesco boss calls for food waste action

Food manufacturers need to do more to reduce food waste across the supply chain, according to Tesco ceo Dave Lewis.

Food waste organisation WRAP appoints new ceo

Food waste organisation the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has appointed Marcus Gover as its new ceo, effective from next month.

Icelandic Seachill warns of job losses after M&S contract loss

Icelandic Seachill, the fish supplier, has warned of job losses after losing a large contract with Marks & Spencer (M&S).

Halal range launches with 16 lines on Amazon Fresh

Haloodies, the halal food brand aimed at millennial Muslims, has launched 16 lines with Amazon Fresh.

Food logistics firm buys family-owned business

Family-owned logistics firm RG Bassett & Sons has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by food logistics group S J Bargh.

Cranswick launches new food-to-go brand

Cranswick Food has launched a brand new ‘food-to-go’ brand called ‘Munch’ in partnership with WHSmith and Fresh to Store, the new owner of KerryFresh, as part of a strategic development plan for the meat processor.

Food manufacturers advised to plan for Industry 4.0

The food and beverage industry is changing fast, with connectivity and boundless data catapulting it into a new digital age.

Poultry workers win High Court damages for slavery

British food companies should ensure that all forms of slavery have been eradicated from their supply chain after a groundbreaking High Court ruling, a leading lawyer has warned.

New toolkit aims to help firms tackle modern slavery

A best practice toolkit to help businesses tackle modern slavery in their global supply chains has been launched today by industry alliance Stronger Together.

Amazon Fresh launches in the UK market

Amazon has launched its long-awaited Amazon Fresh grocery offer in the UK yesterday (Thursday June 9).

2 Sisters signs five-year bakery contract

2 Sisters has signed a new, five-year contract for its Gunstones Bakery near Sheffield, which will offset the loss of a chilled contract with an unnamed retailer, the manufacturer has claimed.

Insurance Act creates new duty to disclose

Food and drink manufacturers will need to disclose more information that could have a material impact on their insurance policies or risk them not paying out in the event of a claim, under the new Insurance Act that comes into force on August 12 this year.

Premier Foods and Sainsbury bosses get bonus boost

The bosses of Premier Foods and Sainsbury have both received increased bonuses this year.

Pladis plans London stock exchange listing from 2020

Pladis, the new £3.58bn business formed from Yildiz Holding, is planning an Initial Public Offering (IPO) as early as 2020, with a view to list on the stockmarket in London

Police called to 2 Sisters’ Pennine factory during strike

Police were called to the 2 Sisters Food Group’s Pennine Foods factory in Sheffield on Monday (June 6) during strike action by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU).

Brexit could have ‘severe’ trade impact on food firms

Brexit could have “severe” consequences for food manufacturers that trade with EU countries, as they could face delivery delays and customs barriers, a logistics supplier has warned. 

Amazon Fresh faces huge ‘quality’ challenge

Amazon faces a number of challenges if its new food delivery service Fresh is going to succeed – but its price leadership position could make it a big threat to the multiples – a leading food specialist has claimed.

Gist expands its distribution network in south-east England

Third-party logistics provider Gist last month opened a new primary consolidation hub in Hemel Hempstead, servicing food manufacturers in London and the south-east of England.

Food manufacturers get access to export buyers at summit

Food manufacturers will get the chance to meet some of the biggest export buyers at the international Food and Drink Summit in Liverpool this month. 

Unite starts legal proceedings against Arla Foods

Unite, the union, said it has instigated legal proceedings against Arla Foods, claiming it failed to “properly” consult over the possible loss of 230 jobs at the Hatfield Peverel dairy in March.

Beef farmers could be penalised for heavier carcases

Heavier beef carcases intended to deliver leaner meat yields and attract premium prices for livestock producers could end up incurring additional penalties if processors reduce their maximum weight limits, a new study has suggested.

Food Crime Unit review could see radical change

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is about to commission an independent review of its National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), set up in December 2014 in the wake of the 2013 horsemeat scandal, which could see it moved away from the FSA and take on more policing powers.

Food fraud remains a threat to UK firms

There is “no obvious evidence” of organised crime in the UK food industry, but food fraud remained an ongoing threat, a leading figure at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has claimed.

More supply chain collaboration is needed: Nick Hay

Food producers are missing out on “untapped opportunities” that can only be realised by closer collaboration across the supply chain, according to the head of a logistics firm. 

Müller dairy closures a ‘devastating blow’: union

Müller Milk & Ingredients’ decision to close its smaller dairies in East Kilbride and Aberdeen with the loss of 225 jobs has been called a “devastating blow” by the union representing the workforce.

Extreme weather making crops more ‘toxic’

Food crops are protecting themselves from more extreme weather by generating toxins that are potentially harmful to humans and animals, a new United Nations report has claimed.

Skipjack tuna to be harvest controlled

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has taken the ground-breaking step of agreeing harvest control rules for skipjack tuna in the Indian Ocean.

Food manufacturers urged to enter long-term butter deals

Food manufacturers are facing higher butter prices after a “surprise rally” on global commodity markets, claims the head of a leading ingredients company.

Food leaders need to ‘up game’ over human rights supply chain

Leaders in the food manufacturing sector need to “up their game” over their commitment to human rights, a legal expert has claimed.

‘Nothing being done’ to prevent another Calais crisis

Nothing is being done to protect UK food and drink firms from damage caused by another Calais crisis, according to the Scottish Seafood Association (SSA).

Monsanto rejects Bayer’s $62bn takeover bid

Monsanto, the international agriculture and seeds company, said it was still open to “constructive conversations” after rejecting an offer from German chemicals company Bayer, which would have reportedly created the world’s biggest agriculture supplier.

2 Sisters faces strike at RF Brookes factory

Members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) at 2 Sisters’ RF Brookes factory in Rogerstone, Newport, are to strike over proposals to change their working conditions.

Unite strike action ballot opens at Nottingham Pizza Factory

Unite members at the 2 Sisters’ Pizza Factory in Nottingham started voting on Monday (May 23) on possible strike action in a dispute over an outstanding pay claim for 2015.

Supply chain SMEs could gain from the Apprenticeship Levy

Plans to allow the Apprenticeship Levy paid by large food and drink manufacturers to fund training of staff working for their small and medium-enterprise (SME) suppliers are under consideration, according to the Skills and Funding Agency (SFA).

Poultry give-away reduced with integrated portioning line

To help poultry processors minimise ‘give-away’ on products, Marel Poultry has developed ‘a robot with a knife’ concept for intelligent fixed-weight poultry batching.

Mash Direct to target US in international roll-out strategy

Mash Direct, the Northern Ireland-based prepared vegetable supplier, is to target the US as part of its plans to expand its international operation.

2 Sisters seeks union talks after Pennine strike

2 Sisters Food Group is seeking talks with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), after its members at Pennine Foods factory in Sheffield staged a 48-hour walkout, at the end of last week.

Huhtamaki packaging firm buys Delta Print for £80M

Huhtamaki, the Finland-based specialist in packaging for food and drink, has acquired Belfast company Delta Print and Packaging for £80M. 

Food industry trafficking: brothers jailed for six years

Two Slovakian brothers have been sentenced to six years each in prison, after being convicted of trafficking Slovak nationals, some of whom were working in the food industry.

Marks & Spencer wins award for environmental impact

Marks and Spencer (M&S) has been rewarded for leading the way with reducing environmental impact and carbon emissions at this year’s Freight Transport Association (FTA) Multimodal Awards.

Lean manufacturing: your questions answered

The Food Manufacture Group’s recent webinar – Lean and green manufacturing: realising world class potential – drew an audience of hundreds of food and drink industry professionals, who put more than 50 questions to our expert panel. Here we answer some of them.

Skilled managers ‘vital for lean manufacturing’

A skilled and fully-trained management team is vital for the success of lean and green food and drink manufacturing, according to fast-moving consumer goods improvement specialist Simon Spanyol, who took part in the Food Manufacture Group’s recent webinar dedicated to the subject.

M&S rewards lean and green suppliers

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) own-label food and drink suppliers that meet the retailer’s stringent “lean and green” manufacturing and ethical trading standards, as part of its Plan A initiative, are being rewarded with more business, it has emerged.

Lean and green manufacturing savings: what to expect

Lauras International partner, Jeremy Praud sets out what savings to expect from implementing a lean food and drink manufacturing programme in this video interview.

Asda’s food and drink suppliers ‘to save £50M’

Asda’s food and drink suppliers are set to save £50M, as the supermarket extends its Sustain & Save Exchange programme, claims the retailer.

M&S sourcing boss: what we expect from suppliers

Marks & Spencer (M&S) sets demanding standards for its suppliers but rewards top class achievement, explains the retailer’s head of responsible sourcing and packaging and Plan A Louise Nicholls, in this exclusive video interview.

Harrogate Spring expands with 20 new job roles

Harrogate Water Brands, the owner of Harrogate Spring, has announced an increase in its workforce of 40% after a year of “phenomenal growth”.

Greencore’s food-to-go strategy ‘is working well’

Greencore’s food-to-go strategy is working well, both at home and in the US, claims ceo Patrick Coveney, as the manufacturer posted half-year group revenue up by 7.5% to £691.6M.

Food firms should ‘collaborate’ to meet consumer demand

Food and drink manufacturers and raw ingredients suppliers need to take a more collaborative approach to brand-building if they are going to meet rapidly-changing consumer demands, a US-based brand consultant has claimed.

Welsh creamery’s new unit to safeguard 100 jobs

South Caernarfon Creameries’ (SCC’s) new cheese unit will safeguard 100 jobs and help the business cope with a “challenging” milk market.

Former Tory food ministers slug it out over Brexit

Britain’s ability to develop genetically modified (GM) foods was a central theme of a debate on next month’s EU referendum between two former Tory food ministers yesterday (May 12) in London.

Mars in partnership with green energy provider

Mars has forged a green energy partnership with Eneco UK to provide the food manufacturer with 100% of the electricity needed to power all its UK sites.

Acoura boss on track to meet supply chain challenge

Acoura’s David Gregory isn’t afraid to go the extra mile for success, reports Noli Dinkovski.

Greencore boss sets out lean manufacture gains

Lean and green food manufacturing is about far more than “switching off the lights and lagging the pipes”, Greencore’s group technical director Helen Sisson explains in this exclusive video interview.

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars now open

The 2016 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) are now open for entries. So, if your company wants to be recognised for its achievements and join the celebrations at this year's Venice-themed event, you need to enter these prestigious awards.

Karro ‘fully transformed’ after turnaround

Karro Food Group, the pork supplier, claims it has “fully transformed” its business, after years of turnaround.

How does your food store score?

More space-efficient warehousing means investment. Paul Gander looks at the cost, efficiency and safety of systems

Campylobacter control needs unified approach

Combating campylobacter infection requires a broad industry approach of co-ordinated action, according to Food Manufacture's Big Video Debate on the subject at Foodex last month.

Warehouse worker survives cheese warehouse collapse

A factory worker trapped under tonnes of cheese survived for nine hours before being rescued at a Shropshire warehouse.

NFT opens its chilled facility at Tilbury

Chilled logistics specialist NFT officially opened its new £25M temperature-controlled facility at the Port of Tilbury in Essex last month.

Calais transport crisis ‘should not be repeated’: FTA

Further disruption at the port of Calais should not be allowed to cost businesses – including food and drink exporters – millions of pounds, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has urged. 

Food firms could learn from insurance firms on fraud

Food and drink manufacturers need to learn from other industries, such as the insurance sector, and use a “systems approach” to identifying fraudulent activity in their businesses, a leading academic has suggested.

Yearsley doubles site capacity and creates 120 jobs

Yearsley Logistics has almost doubled the size of its Belle Eau Park facility in Newark, Nottinghamshire, with the launch of a 27,000 pallet ambient storage depot, creating 120 new jobs.

Food Manufacture survey tests sector’s hopes and fears

The UK electorate will decide next month whether or not the country remains part of the EU. And while the food and drink manufacturing sector appears to have come out firmly in favour of staying in, which way the vote goes will be a political rather than economic decision and determined by individual voters’ views.

Greggs confirms bakery closures and rising sales

High street baker Greggs has confirmed plans to close three bakeries, while posting total sales up by 5.7% for the 18 weeks to May 7.

Global food system ‘is not sustainable’

The world faces devastating climate change consequences, unless we radically alter our food system, a leading environmentalist has warned.

Food and drink crime: what tops experts’ wish list

Persuading people to share information about suspected food and drink crime, co-ordinating intelligence sharing and harnessing technology to beat criminal activity topped the wish lists of experts taking part in Food Manufacture’s Big Video Debate on food fraud at Foodex.

Sustainable manufacturing: unlocking the future

Sustainable manufacturing is the process of creating products through economically-sound processes that minimise the negative environmental impacts, while also conserving energy and natural resources. It carries significant promise for food and drink manufacturers.

Safety conference aims to lift consumer confidence

Boosting consumer confidence in food and drink is the theme of this year’s food safety conference to take place at etc. venues, Prospero House, Southward, London on Thursday October 13.

Top 10 functional food and drink trends from the US

The rise of single male households and an ageing population were the top two of 10 key food and drink trends that will dominate the food industry this year offering opportunities for manufacturers, according to the influential Chicago-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Warning: our global diet is not sustainable

What with the UK's referendum on EU membership next month, the government's Childhood Obesity Strategy on the horizon and the National Living Wage now in place, the food and drink industry has a lot to think about. If all that wasn't enough, some bigger players face the Apprenticeship Levy from next April and the soft drinks sector can look forward to a sugar tax in 2018.

Campylobacter: rapid chilling is ‘nearest to silver bullet’

Campylobacter control using rapid surface chilling (RSC) is “the nearest thing we have to a silver bullet”, and should be adopted widely to cut infection levels, according to Bernard Matthews group technical director Jeremy Hall.

Logistics demand rises as economy picks up

A stronger UK economy is leading to increased logistics demand, according to the findings of the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA’s) Logistics Report 2016.

Flame tube onion pasteuriser gains US patent

A novel pasteurisation system for cleaning onions, which uses a flame tube to burn the outer skin off, has received a US patent.

Nestlé welcomes young dairy producers to factory

Nestlé has welcomed young dairy farmers to its Dalston factory in Cumbria, as part of its Next Generation Dairy Leaders Programme.

Fire in food logistics refrigeration unit

A fire, sparked by a refrigeration unit, at a food logistics site was extinguished by two fire engines from the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service on Wednesday April 27.

Addo Food Group resolves dispute with union Unite

Addo Food Group – the Poole-based food manufacturer formerly known as Pork Farms – has agreed to recognise Unite following a positive meeting with union representatives earlier today (Friday, April 29).

Competition hots up for student innovation prize

Interest in the UK’s student food innovation competition – Ecotrophelia – has soared with the greatest number of entries ever received this year.

Missed our lean manufacturing webinar? Listen here

Missed Food Manufacture’s lean and green food and drink manufacturing webinar yesterday? Don’t worry you can still register and listen any number of times for the next six months.

Brewdog raises £19M but misses £25M target

Brewdog has raised £19M from its latest crowdfunding campaign but fell short of its planned £25M.

Lean food manufacturing webinar: still time to register

Lean and green food and drink manufacturing and evaluation processes will be the focus of Food Manufacture’s free, one-hour webinar tomorrow (Tuesday April 26) at 11am and there’s still time to register ahead of the online event featuring Marks & Spencer and Greencore.

GMB to protest over Warburtons-owned Giles Foods

Union GMB is planning to stage a series of protests outside supermarket chains Lidl and Morrisons, over a dispute at Warburtons-owned supplier Giles Foods.

How Marks & Spencer does lean and green business

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to set out its view of lean and green food and drink manufacturing and evaluation processes in a free, one-hour webinar at 11am on Tuesday April 26.

Müller to save 170 jobs at Hanworth dairy following acquisition

Müller Milk & Ingredients has revealed plans to reverse the planned closure of the Hanworth dairy in Middlesex, safeguarding 170 jobs.  

London traffic hard to swallow for food delivery firms

Food and drink manufacturers will face “significant challenges” in making deliveries in the capital due to a “creaking” transport infrastructure, a new report has warned.

Food Crime Unit boss aims to win food firms’ trust

Winning food and drink manufacturers’ trust, as a first step to persuading them to share information to help combat crime, is the top priority of the head of Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) Food Crime Unit Andy Morling.

Insects as human food set for tasty growth

Insects as a source of human food are set for big growth, driven by western consumers’ sense of culinary adventure and environmental responsibility, according to speakers at our food innovation conference last month.

Packaging firm fined £240k for crush injuries

A packaging company has been fined £240,000, after an employee was seriously injured when his arm was caught in a laminating machine.

QV Foods enters consultation over possible job losses

Vegetable supplier QV Foods is to consult staff over the future of 140 jobs at its potato packing site in March, Cambridgeshire.

Food leaders should ‘grow a pair’ over EU promotion

Food and drink manufacturing leaders and other business executives who support EU membership have been urged to promote the benefits of membership far more actively, in hard-hitting comments from Food and Drink Federation (FDF) boss Ian Wright, delivered in a panel discussion at the trade event Foodex.

Food manufacturers get five-point export advice

Food and drink manufacturers wanting to increase exports can benefit from a new guide developed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA).

Lean manufacturing webinar to focus on four themes

Four key themes are likely to dominate Food Manufacture’s lean and green food manufacturing webinar, to take place at 11am on Tuesday April 26, according to Jeremy Praud, partner with Lauras International.

EU circular economy plan may threaten packaging

The European Commission’s (EC’s) ‘circular economy’ proposals may sound very general and still look a long way off as far as regulation goes, but industry organisations such as Incpen (the Industry Council for research on Packaging and the Environment) are keeping a wary eye on the implications.

Sainsbury and Müller recall yogurt over plastic scare

Both Sainsbury and Müller UK are recalling yogurt products after it was after it was revealed they may contain pieces of plastic.

Sweet manufacturer snapped up by US firm

American food wholesaler, Innovative Bites, has acquired Bonds of London, in a multi-million pound deal.

Quitting EU ‘disastrous’ for food and drink exporters

A vote to leave the EU in the June 23 referendum could spell disaster for UK food and drink exporters, warns new research from insolvency firm Begbies Traynor.

Two men sentenced in nationwide food fraud case

Two men have been sentenced for their part in nationwide fraud committed against the food suppliers.

Nearly 6,000 to claim damages over Morrisons data leak

Nearly 6,000 current and former staff of supermarket chain Morrisons are to pursue a claim for damages against the company.

Food products make Top 100 Authentic brands list

Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Lindt are the top three food and drink brands, to make it to the Global Authentic 100, an annual list of brands ranked by consumer perception.

Honey Monster sold under licence to Brecks Co

Selby-based food manufacturer Brecks Company has taken on the Honey Monster cereal business under licence.

IFST conference focuses on sustainable intensification

Sustainable intensification will be the focus of attention at the Institute of Food Science & Technology’s (IFST’s) Spring Conference 2016 at te National Motorcycle Museum, West Midlands on Wednesday, April 20.

Bakery firm told to pay +£7k for trapped hand

A bakery firm has been ordered to pay more than £7,000, after a worker’s hand was trapped by a pastry lid maker.

Ornua dairy boss explains his £100M challenge

Having been tasked with integrating two dairy businesses, Aidan Wilson, head of Ornua Ingredients UK, sets out his plans for growth.

Greencore’s tasty savings from lean manufacturing

Convenience food group Greencore will feature in Food Manufacture’s free, one-hour webinar, dedicated to lean and green food and drink manufacturing and evaluation processes, scheduled to take place at 11am on Tuesday April 26.

Cranswick buys poultry producer Crown for £40M

Diversified meat business Cranswick has bought poultry producer Crown and its subsidiary Crown Chicken for £40M, in a move that will boost earnings this year.

Food deflation persists in UK despite rises elsewhere

Food deflation remains a persistent feature of the UK economy, despite the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing headline inflation up 0.5% in March.

2 Sisters and Dunbia deal may spark ‘competition probe’

A joint venture deal between 2 Sisters and Dunbia could face scrutiny from competition authorities, as well as raise concerns from supermarkets, according to City analyst Shore Capital.

Retailers’ interest in lean manufacturing is ‘massive opportunity’

Food and drink retailers’ growing interest in lean manufacturing is a “massive opportunity” for manufacturers, according to Lauras International, which is sponsoring Food Manufacture’s free, one-hour webinar focusing on the topic at 11am on Tuesday April 26.

Bidvest Fresh buys Knight Meats

Catering industry food supplier Bidvest Fresh has bought Knight Meats for an undisclosed sum.

Seafood Global Expo exhibitors exit after Brussels bombings

The Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global has revealed it has seen some exhibitors pull out of the event in the wake of the Brussels bombings.

Crime gang jailed for £20k biscuit lorry theft

Five men have been jailed for stealing a trailer loaded with £20,000 of biscuits from a Burton’s Biscuits factory in south Wales.

Dairy ingredients users urged to enter long-term deals

Manufacturers of products containing dairy should avoid commodity price volatility by entering into long-term fixed price deals with their suppliers, the head of an ingredients company has claimed.

US Healthy & Natural Show focuses on innovation

Food and drink products that are innovative, natural, organic and nutritional will take centre stage at the inaugural Healthy & Natural Show to at Chicago’s Navy Pier between May 5-7, 2016.

Hilton Food Group reveals board changes

Change is taking place at the top of Hilton Food Group, the international value-added meat processing group, with the retirement of two of its board members in May: non-executive chairman Sir David Naish and non-executive director Chris Marsh.

Collaboration is better than driverless vehicles

The government’s planned trial of driverless vehicles as a way of reducing carbon emissions has been welcomed by third-party logistics firm Wincanton.

AgriFood research focuses on sustainability and health

A new agrifood research network is being launched, which is seeking a fundamental change in food production, supply chain resilience and consumer health.

‘Unhygienic’ biscuit firm sorry for double pest infestation

Baketime – the manufacturer branded as operating under “unhygienic conditions” – has admitted double pest infestations at its premises and apologised to Aldi and other customers for sparking a recall of its products.

Scientists use new tool to fight food fraud

Scientists at the University of Manchester have developed a new technique, based on ‘chemical fingerprints’ to fight food fraud.

Lean and green manufacturing boosts Greencore

Greencore’s group technical director Helen Sisson will explain how lean and green manufacturing has boosted the convenience food manufacturer’s performance in a free, one hour webinar, which will take take place at 11am on Tuesday April 26.

People on the move in food and drink

2 Sisters, Premier Foods and United Biscuits lead our selection of the most recent appointments in the UK food and drink industry.

2 Sisters hires former Morrisons’ boss to lead protein

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Martyn Fletcher to the newly-created role of chief operating officer, protein, with responsibility for running the firm’s UK manufacturing sites.

Müller to axe 229 dairy jobs while investing £15M

Müller Milk & Ingredients plans to axe 229 jobs at its smaller Scottish dairies, while investing £15M over the next three years in Scotland’s largest fresh milk dairy at Bellshill, near Glasgow.

First food crime report published by FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its first assessment of the threat of crime to the UK food and drink sector.

Hilton improves UK operational performance

Hilton Food Group has revealed that a major investment programme at the group’s UK facilities in Huntingdon is generating “improved operational performances”.

‘Dirty food factory’ forces Aldi biscuit recall

Biscuits sold by Aldi and three other retailers have been recalled due to potential pest contamination, after being produced in “unhygienic conditions”.

Food firms should ‘help to fix supply chain’

A dysfunctional supply chain is threatening the future of many farms in Scotland, and food manufacturers can help fix it, according to Allan Bowie, president of National Farmers Union Scotland.

Morrisons apologises for live worm in fish pack

Morrisons has apologised to a Lanarkshire shopper after she found a live worm inside the packaging of a portion of haddock.

Linpac invests £1.2M in food packaging kit

Fresh food packaging manufacturer Linpac plans to invest £1.2M in machinery that will enable the firm to produce a further 200M expanded polystyrene (EPS) trays each year at its St Helens site.

Organised crime could infiltrate food industry

More than 20 organised crime groups have links to the food industry and counterfeiting and piracy could account for more than £1bn of annual UK food and drink trade, according to a new report.

Central Supplies acquires Littletown Farm

West Midland dairy firm Central Supplies is continuing its expansion with the purchase of Goole-based Littletown Farm.

Manufacturers to target export markets

Manufacturers are looking to invest in exports, while improving efficiency and productivity, the latest Attitudes to Business Survey from financial provider Lombard has revealed.

Premier Foods takeover bid latest, as row deepens

Premier Foods would welcome an improved offer from US suitor, spice firm McCormick, or offers from other firms, the manufacturer has re-confirmed, while complaining about press reports which, it claimed, overstated its debt and pension deficit.

Farmers praise German retailer's British lamb policy

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has praised German discount chain Aldi’s policy of selling exclusively fresh British lamb this Easter, ahead of a farmers’ protest about low prices in London yesterday (March 23).

Free webinar focuses on lean food manufacturing

Food Manufacture’s latest, free one-hour webinar will focus on the business benefits of lean and green food and drink manufacturing and evaluation processes and will take place at 11am on Tuesday April 26.  

Premier Foods latest: Nissin Foods buys 17% stake

Nissin Foods has acquired a 17.27% shareholding in Premier Foods, after the Mr Kipling manufacturer rejected a hostile takeover bid from McCormick & Company, claiming that it significantly undervalued the firm’s growth prospects.

Coca-Cola Enterprises in five-step sustainability plan

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has unveiled a five-step plan for the future of sustainable manufacturing, which includes ‘smart’ ingredients with the potential to replace sugar, fat and salt.

2 Sisters appoints new group procurement director

2 Sisters Food Group has promoted Jonathan Russell to director of group procurement, responsible for the manufacturer’s £1.5bn a year purchasing budget and for managing its supply chain.

Allied Bakeries invests £1M in pancake technology

Allied Bakeries plans to invest more than £1M in a full overhaul of Sunblest pancake production at its East Belfast bakery.

Co-op and Unite agree deal to end strike action

Talks between Co-op and Unite with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), have come to an agreement which will suspend industrial action, pending the outcome of a ballot.

Three measures to judge food and farming plan

The government’s 25-year food and farming plan should be judged by three measures of success – including “fairer more transparent food chains” – according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Fire forces evacuation of London food factory

A fire in a food factory in London’s Park Royal is under investigation, after forcing the evacuation of workers.

Graze has global expansion snack plans

Graze, the online healthy snack provider that supplies directly to consumers, is set to launch its range of products in US supermarkets this summer following a similar roll-out in the UK last year.

Moy Park reveals £27.5M investment

Moy Park invested £27.5M in its manufacturing facilities in Dungannon, Craigavon and Ashbourne last year.

Cargill plans to cut 230 jobs at chicken plant

Cargill is meeting union officials from Unite to discuss plans to axe 230 jobs at its chicken processing plants in Hereford.

Food manufacturers cause ‘bulk of food waste’

The food manufacturing sector is responsible for the bulk of edible food that is wasted in the UK, according to a leading food charity.

Shepton Mallet Cider job row hots up after results

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill owner C&C Group has been branded “the unacceptable face of capitalism” by Unite the union, after the manufacturer forecast profits of £80.35M (€103M), shortly after news about redundancies at the Somerset cider plant, which it plans to close this summer.

Food and drink industry urges budget action to safeguard jobs

The food and drink industry is calling for Chancellor George Osborne to take action on duty, help small businesses and support green energy in the budget today (Wednesday March 16). 

Co-op drivers vote to strike in Stobart row

Co-op drivers have voted in support of strike action over the transfer of 87 jobs in Coventry to logistics company Eddie Stobart. 

Mash Direct targets growth in south of England

Mash Direct, the vegetable accompaniments brand, is targeting major growth in the south of England and aiming to become a truly national brand across the UK, following a new deal with Tesco.

Brexit could spark a ‘food factory crisis’

Leaving the EU could spark a “food factory crisis”, according to new research on the consequences of a British exit, or Brexit, from the EU, from the Food Research Collaboration (FRC).

Lean and green manufacturing: free one-hour webinar

Lean and green food and drink manufacturing and evaluation processes will the focus of Food Manufacture’s latest free, one-hour webinar, to take place at 11am on Tuesday April 26.

Food firms told to work with smart tech or lose out

Food and drink manufacturers have been urged to work with smart technologies or risk losing out to competitors that do harness the benefits of such partnerships.

National Living Wage row over ‘sleight of hand’

Chilled fish supplier Icelandic Seachill has rejected accusations, made by Unite the union, it was guilty of “sleight of hand” over its handling of the National Living Wage.

Amazon creates 1,000 jobs at new fulfillment centre

Online grocery retailer Amazon has pledged to create 1,000 new permanent jobs over three years at its new fulfillment centre in Manchester.

United Biscuits to restart full production at flood-hit plant

United Biscuits (UB) is about to re-start full production at its factory in Carlisle, Cumbria, which was devastated by floods at the end of last year.

Food supply chains to benefit from big data tidal wave

Big data can improve supply chain efficiency, but it needs to be managed properly, says Michelle Knott

Driverless HGVs: on road to cut food logistics costs

Driverless heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) could soon be helping to lower the cost of food logistics, by enabling lower fuel consumption and reducing carbon emissions.

Arla to close Essex dairy, threatening 200 jobs

Arla Foods, the farmer-owned dairy company, plans to close the fresh milk processing production facility at its Hatfield Peverel dairy in Essex, with the loss, or relocation, of up to 200 jobs.

Morrisons faces legal action from 5k staff

Morrisons staff wishing to join more than 5,000 of their colleagues in a claim for damages against the company must act now a lawyer has warned.

Food crime raids jump 10% amid budget cut fears

A crackdown on food and drink crime by local councils has seen raids rise by 10% over the past three years, but fears remain that budget cuts compromise safety and authenticity, warns commercial law firm EMW.

Moy Park invests £4M at Northern Ireland plant

Moy Park has announced a £4M investment in upgrading equipment for processing its ready to eat cooked chicken lines at its site in Craigavon, Northern Ireland.

Ready meals deal leads to 100 job cuts

More than 100 jobs will be lost in Manchester, after ready meals manufacturer Malton Foods bought the ambient pots, pouches and canned pudding business of Simpson Ready Foods for an undisclosed sum.

Yorkshire Food Enterprise Zone: work begins

Development work has started in Yorkshire at one of the six Food Enterprise Zones designated by the government just under a year ago.

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill ‘cuts first 40 jobs’: union

The first 40 jobs have been axed at Shepton Mallet Cider Mill, claims Unite, leading the union to cast its owner – Irish cider maker firm, C&C Group – as “a rotten apple amongst employers”.

‘Misinformation minefield’ remains major challenge

The “misinformation minefield” surrounding the health benefits of food remains one of the biggest challenges faced by manufacturers, according to an expert on consumer insights.

Vending hot ready meals from frozen products

A new vending machine, which produces hot meals from frozen products, will be launched on to the market over the next two months, according to the ceo of Bidvest Foodservice, the company behind the innovation.

Marine Harvest cuts 80 jobs in tough week for salmon

Eighty jobs have been cut by Marine Harvest and another seafood company has reported annual losses in a tough week for the Scottish salmon farming sector.

Tulip to axe 121 jobs at its Wirral sausage plant

Pork processor Tulip has confirmed plans to axe 121 jobs at its sausage making plant at Bromborough on the Wirral, after losing a contract with a key customer.

Exports of food and non-alcoholic drinks fall

UK exports of food and non-alcoholic drinks fell by £0.6bn to £12.3bn last year, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Morrisons agrees grocery supply deal with Amazon

Morrisons and Amazon have agreed a new supply agreement, making the retailer’s products available for home delivery through the Amazon Prime Now service.

Warburtons: first food manufacturer in top firms list

Warburtons, Britain’s largest bakery brand, is the first food manufacturer to make The Sunday Times’ Top 25 Best Big Companies list.

Food and Drink Federation bosses in Brexit meeting

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) executive committee is meeting today to discuss the organisation’s position on EU membership, ahead of the referendum on Thursday June 23.

Mars Chocolate’s recall ‘could cost millions’

Mars Chocolate’s recall of Mars and Snickers bars in up to 55 countries could cost millions of pounds, warns legal firm Roythornes.

Meurig Raymond re-elected NFU president

Pembrokeshire mixed farmer Meurig Raymond has been re-elected as president of the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Now Lidl recalls Mars and Snickers in the UK

Discount store Lidl is recalling Mars and Snickers six pack chocolate bars, on fears they may contain pieces of plastic, following the chocolate manufacturer’s recall in 55 countries.

Mars confirms UK recall of confectionery brands

Chocolate maker Mars has confirmed it is recalling some Mars, Milky Way, Snickers and Celebrations products in the UK – as part of a food safety recall spanning 55 countries – following the discovery of plastic pieces in confectionery manufactured in the Netherlands.

Mars Chocolate recalls millions of bars in Germany

Millions of Mars, Milky Ways and Snicker bars have been recalled by Mars Chocolate in Germany – on fears of contamination with pieces of plastic – while the recall later widened to include UK products. 

Change needed to ensure EU has safe food in 2050

The food environment in Europe in 2050 will look very different to what it is today as issues of food security and food safety increasingly overlap and present new challenges for the supply chain, according to the deputy director-general for the food chain at DG Santé.

FSA will use science and evidence to raise consumer trust

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set out how it will use science, evidence and information to deliver food consumers can trust in three documents published today (February 23).

Food and drink bosses back EU membership

Quitting the EU would “deter investment, threaten jobs and put the economy at risk”, according to the bosses of food and drink firms who joined nearly 200 other business leaders in signing an open letter published in The Times. But big food retailers – Tesco, Sainsbury and Morrisons – chose not to sign.

Improvements urged to product recall system

Businesses, including food and drink manufacturing firms, have been urged by the government to join a steering group to improve the system of product safety recalls.

Marine Harvest to invest £20M in salmon hatchery

Marine Harvest is investing £20M into a new salmon hatchery in Glenmoriston, near Inverness, in what is hailed as a major boost to the Scottish food and drink industry.

Union campaigns to retain Shepton Mallet Cider Mill

Unite the union is stepping up its campaign to retain production and jobs at Shepton Mallet Cider Mill, amid reports non-cider making manufacturing firms have expressed interest in acquiring the site.

Six top trends to dominate food industry of 2025

The food industry of 2025 will be dominated by six top trends – as indulgence becomes tempered by consumers’ increasing demand for more control – according to the keynote presentation of the City Food Lecture 2016.

Provision Trade Federation recruits Andrew Kuyk as director general

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has appointed Andrew Kuyk as its new director general, replacing Terry Jones who is joining the National Farmers Union in the same role.

Consumers fear modern life will destroy food links

Consumers in the UK are worried that the growth of convenience foods could cause them to lose a connection with what they eat, according to new research published today (February 16) by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

UK food and drink manufacturing ‘continues its rise’

UK food and drink manufacturing is continuing its rise – spearheaded by dairy, meat and pastry sectors – according to new figures from the Office of National Statics (ONS), interpreted by Santander Corporate & Commercial.

2 Sisters in new online delivery partnership

The 2 Sisters Food Group has teamed up with online ordering service Hello Fresh to deliver chicken dishes.

Predictive analytics needed to prevent food fraud

Brand owners need to use ‘predictive analysis’ of business data to help prevent them being the victims of food fraud, experts have argued.

Poultry processor closed over ‘filthy conditions’

A Yorkshire food processor – specialising in poultry and game – has been closed for the second time in six months, after inspectors found “filthy" conditions in its production facilities.

Food prices ‘will not be affected by Brexit’

Food prices in the UK would not go up, should voters choose to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum on membership, according to a leading agricultural economist, who claimed the implications of a Brexit were more political than economic.

Plastic and glass contamination force recalls

Food and drink products contaminated with plastic and glass accounted for two of eight recalls last week.

Nestlé and First Milk to find future dairy leaders

Nestlé and First Milk have joined forces to foster the next generation of dairy leaders.

Hovis outsources its EDI data sharing needs

Hovis has outsourced its electronic data interchange (EDI) requirements to TrueCommerce Europe, a HighJump company, in a move designed to reduce costs and the time taken to bring new customers on-board.

Iceland signs three-year pallet deal with CHEP

Iceland has signed a new three-year deal with pallet provider CHEP that is expected to deliver supply chain efficiencies in the frozen food supermarket chain’s operations, both in the UK and internationally.

Millennials and predictive analysis set to change supply chains

Millennials –  those aged between 18 and 34 – are expected to have a huge impact on supply chains over the next few years as they transform the way consumers shop, according to a new study.

Co-op rolls out telematics to manage its truck fleet

The Co-operative has implemented a new telematics system for managing its transport fleet to support its plans to open 120 new shops in 2016.

Tesco comes clean on milk supply switch

Tesco has confirmed plans to switch part of its milk supply from Arla to Müller, after days of speculation, despite threats of direct action by militant farmers.

What keeps Wyke Farms boss awake at night?

What keeps Wyke Farms md Richard Clothier awake at night? “Everything”, he tells us in this disarmingly frank video interview. But his particular concerns focus on the availability of labour and the UK’s potential exit from the EU.

Innovation conference: Little time left for early bird ticket price

Just three days are left to book your place at the Food Manufacture Group’s one-­day innovation conference – New Frontiers in Food and Drink – in London on Thursday 17 March, at the early ­bird ticket rate of £361 + VAT per person.

FSA board calls for more ‘pace’ on rare burger advice

The rising popularity of rare burgers in the UK continues to worry food safety experts who fear that, unless proper controls are introduced on their sale in UK restaurants and their consumption at home, it will inevitably lead to more food poisoning outbreaks.

FSA says industry must carry campylobacter costs

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is looking to transfer the high cost burden of surveying supermarket fresh chicken for contamination with the food poisoning bacterium campylobacter onto the industry itself, as its own budget comes under increasing constraint.

Scottish food and drink manufacturers ‘fear Brexit’

Scottish food and drink manufacturers fear the consequences a vote to quit the EU, according to the boss of Scotland Food and Drink, who urged a back-to-basics approach to manufacturing.

Food Innovation conference: last week for early bird ticket offer

Food and drink innovation will be under the spotlight at the Food Manufacture Group’s one-­day conference in London on Thursday 17 March and there’s still time to benefit from the early ­bird ticket rate of £361 plus VAT per person.

Amazon to recruit 2,500 more permanent UK staff

Online retailer Amazon plans to create 2,500 permanent new jobs in the UK this year, as part of a European expansion plan.

Amazon to hire ‘thousands more’ in Euro expansion

Online retail giant Amazon is set to recruit thousands more staff across Europe, including 2,500 permanent UK roles, as part of its expansion plans, following the UK launch of its food delivery business last September.

HGV training ‘puts food firms on the road to profit’

From restaurants to supermarkets and fishmongers to greengrocers, almost all types of business rely on road logistics in one way or another, especially the food and drink industry. So, it pays to invest in training drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

Four reasons to stay in the EU: Greencore boss

Four factors explain why the food and drink industry would be much better off if the UK voted to retain EU membership rather than opting to leave, Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney told the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders Forum in London.

Insects on a plate at food innovation conference

Edible insects, 3D printing and personalised nutrition are just three of the topics under discussion at Food Manufacture’s one-­day innovation conference – New Frontiers in Food and Drink 2016  –  in central London on Thursday March 17.

Arla takeover of Westbury Dairies welcomed

Arla’s move to acquire full ownership of Westbury Dairies – formerly operated with First Milk as a joint venture – has been welcomed by milk suppliers.

‘Modern day slavery’: traffickers jailed for labour exploitation

Two human traffickers have been jailed for three and a half years each for forcing a pair of food factory workers to endure squalid conditions and hunger with almost no pay.

Brexit: four key questions for the UK food industry

Answering four key questions will help the UK food and drink industry decide whether or not to vote in favour of quitting the EU, in a referendum, which chancellor George Osborne has described as “a once in a life-time opportunity”.

Yogurt maker attacks rivals for damaging the dairy sector

A leading yogurt producer has slammed food manufacturers and retailers for manipulating the milk market to the point where dairy farmers are being forced out of business.

Food Innovation conference: early bird ticket offer

The latest trends in food and drink innovation will take centre stage at the Food Manufacture’s one-day conference in London on Thursday 17 March and there’s still time to benefit from the early-bird ticket rate of £361 plus VAT per person.

Meadow Foods slammed by NFU for ‘morally wrong’ milk pricing

Meadow Foods, the UK’s largest independent dairy, has been slammed by the National Farmers Union (NFU) for the “unsustainable price” it pays for its milk.

Business interruption is the top business risk in 2016

Business interruption (BI) remains the biggest threat facing companies in 2016, with cyber-attacks, geo-political instability and technology failure new potential drivers of losses, according to the latest findings from insurance company Allianz.

Brexit: ‘dangerous step into unknown’, says union

Quitting the EU would be “a dangerous step into the unknown”, warned the Farmers Union of Wales (FUW), during a debate with Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones and the UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, organised by the Institute for Welsh Affairs.

Stand or sit with new pallet truck

A new series of rider pallet trucks, claimed to combine the key benefits of platform and seated forklift trucks, has been introduced by Yale Europe Materials Handling.

Aryzta’s fleet management system to optimise distribution

Aryzta Food Solutions UK, the bakery products company which owns the Delice de France brand, has a deployed fleet performance and journey management system across its entire UK fleet of 105 vehicles in a move designed to boost its delivery operations and provide a bespoke service for its customers.

Frozen distributor Reed Boardall reports steady results for 2015

Reed Boardall Group, the Yorkshire-based cold storage and transport firm has just reported another year of steady performance with revenues rising to just under £66M in the year to March 31 2015, an increase of 3% from the previous year’s total sales of just over £64M.

Food chain transparency is the goal

The 2013 Horsemeat Scandal Created A Demand For Better Supply Chain Transparency. Michelle Knott Explains What This Means In Practice

Brexit could mean ‘heaven or hell’ for food industry

Quitting the EU could spell ‘heaven or hell’ for the UK food and farming industry, according to two sharply contrasting views presented by former environment secretary Owen Paterson and EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Marks & Spencer’s Bolland to be replaced by M&S veteran Steve Rowe

Marks & Spencer (M&S) today announced that its ceo Marc Bolland will stand down in April and be replaced by Steve Rowe, its executive director of general merchandise.

Morrisons and Nestlé pledge £200k for flood victims

Morrisons and Nestlé have each pledged £100,000 to help the victims of recent flooding.

Greencore creates 100 jobs at new depot

Greencore plans to hire 100 more employees to work at a newly-opened distribution facility in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, to meet increasing demand.  

Next year’s news about process manufacturing

The growing importance of traceability – where transactional data meets the internet of things – is one of three key trends set to shape the process manufacturing industry of 2016: including the food and drink sector.

Morrisons’ Christmas wonky veg looks ‘promising’

Morrisons’ test sales of wonky, or mis-shapen, vegetables at discounted prices have made a promising start in 75 of the retailer‘s Yorkshire stores.

Food manufacturers hail climate change deal

Food manufacturers have welcomed the recent deal on climate change agreed in Paris, with Wyke Farms md Richard Clothier describing it as “a major step forward”.

Beware Christmas jams – on the road

Traffic jams nationwide could frustrate Christmas deliveries today – the busiest getaway day of the festive season, with more than 14M people taking to the roads, warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Six ways to overcome frozen food’s ‘image problem’

Frozen food has a “serious image problem” in Britain, claims Iceland joint md Nick Canning who set out six reasons why consumers should back the category.

The Terminator says: ‘Eat less meat – or else’

Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator film star and former US politician, has recommended eating less meat and fewer dairy products to protect the world against climate change.

United Biscuits factory hit by Storm Desmond

A United Biscuits factory alongside thousands of other businesses and private homes have been hit by Storm Desmond, which delivered record rainfall to north west England and Scotland.

Morrisons praised for raising milk price

Morrisons has been praised for raising the price it pays farmers for their milk and its retail price.

Nestlé reaches 100% sustainable cocoa target

Nestlé UK & Ireland claims to be the first big confectionery business in both countries to source 100% certified sustainable cocoa for its chocolate sweets and biscuits.

Greggs selects new supply chain management software

High street baker Greggs has appointed Covent Garden-based technology firm Keytree to help it manage its 4,500 suppliers across its operations and respond to future growth.

Greencore to open new US food plant and research centre

Chilled convenience and food-to-go firm Greencore plans to open a new manufacturing facility and innovation centre near Seattle next year, creating more than 50 jobs.

Pyramid auditing 'adds to manufacturers' costs'

Pyramid or cascade auditing – the practice of using third parties to conduct audits of food manufacturing premises – can result in needless expense, add to red tape and risks compromising the intellectual property (IP) of some businesses, warns the Provision Trade Federation (PTF).

Clarkson unveils Amazon drone delivery teaser video

Amazon has unveiled a new video teaser showcasing its drone delivery service Amazon Prime Air, featuring former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.

Climate change is cutting UK food production: NFU

Climate change is already cutting UK food output, according to a survey conducted by the National Farmers Union (NFU), as US president Barack Obama said the UN climate conference in Paris could be a “turning point” in global efforts to halt rising temperatures.

Prepare for slavery act or risk ‘disaster’

Food and drink businesses with a turnover of more than £36M a year should prepare now to comply with the new Modern Slavery Act or risk “disaster”, warns law firm Roythornes, after Nestlé revealed plans to stamp out labour abuses in its supply chain.

Northern Ireland pork gets China export approval

Northern Ireland pork has won provisional approval for export to China in a deal, said to be worth up to £10M a year to the economy.

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.

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.

‘Pitiful’ Tesco pay offer may spark Christmas strikes

Tesco has slammed Unite the union’s claims that it has made “a pitiful pay offer”, which could lead 700 drivers and warehouse staff striking ahead of key Christmas trading.

Food-to-go drives growth for Greencore

Greencore's convenience foods division has achieved a 6% rise in like-for-like revenue to reach £1,290.2M in results for the year ended September 25 2015.

The path back to value in prepared meals

Category commoditisation destroys value, yet in many grocery categories, the dynamic seems entrenched and value chain participants are either perplexed or defeatist. But some manufacturers and retailers in the frozen ready meals category (FRM) are working to reverse this trend.

Fatal HGV crush accident costs firm £212k

A commercial vehicle firm has been told to pay £212,500, after one of its workers was killed by a slow-moving heavy goods vehicle (HGV).

Kettleby Foods wins top environmental award

Kettleby Foods, part of the Samworth Brothers food manufacturing business, has won the Environmental trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – at the Lancaster hotel, London.    

EU to spend £4.8M fighting killer olive tree disease

The EU has pledged to spend £4.8M (€7M) in combating “a dangerous plant pathogen” that targets fruit trees, such as olive trees, and grave vines.

Tulip wins ingredients manufacturing Oscar

Warwick headquartered meat firm Tulip has flowered to win the Best new use of food ingredients trophy in the manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Turkey boss sets out goal on campylobacter

Bernard Matthews group technical director Jeremy Hall has set out his mission to make poultry the meat of choice over the next 10 years by preventing campylobacter food poisoning.

Ginsters wins food manufacturing supply chain Oscar

Pasty manufacturer Ginsters has gone the extra mile to win the coveted Supply chain initiative trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Fresh produce supply chain in ‘battlefield’ warning

The fresh produce supply chain is “a battleground” and growers may be forced to cut the amount they produce, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned.

DEFRA budget cuts ‘could damage frontline delivery’

Slashing the budget of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) by 30% could compromise the front-line delivery of its services, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned.

Logistics firm fined after driver struck by falling pallet

An Essex-based logistics firm has been ordered to pay nearly £27,000 for safety failings, after a driver was injured by a pallet falling from a forklift truck.

Moy Park Oscar winners: the video interview

“Truly delighted”, was the verdict from Moy Park’s human resources director Mike Mullan, after his firm scooped the top award in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

2 Sisters wins FMEA Oscar for campy prevention

Pioneering work on the prevention of campylobacter has won the 2 Sisters Food Group the Judges’ star performer trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) –in London last week (Tuesday, November 3).   

Turkey boss wins Food personality Oscar

Bernard Matthews group technical director Jeremy Hall has won the Food Manufacture Personality of the year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – at the Lancaster hotel, London.  

Premier Foods's edible poster scoops bakery Oscar

An edible poster campaign has helped Premier Foods (Mr Kipling) win the coveted Bakery manufacturing company of the year in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – at the Lancaster hotel, London in a glittering award ceremony on Tuesday (November 3).

Food manufacturing Oscars: Meet the 2015 winners

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in the 2015 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs), staged on Tuesday night at the Lancaster hotel in central London.

Sainsbury boss calls for ‘joined up’ food chain

Sainsbury’s director of brand Judith Batchelar has called for a far more joined up solution to the huge problems of structural change affecting the UK’s food supply chain.

Chilled for longer: efforts to extend shelf-life

The life of short shelf-life products is set to move from the ‘zone of security’ to the ‘zone of potential’, reports Rick Pendrous. 

Efficiency is the key for dairy survival

With rock bottom milk prices, the only way producers will survive is by cutting their costs and adding value, reports Anne Bruce

War waged on contamination in ingredients

How do you identify and minimise contamination in ingredients? Paul Gander asks the experts for their answers to this problem.

Food safety: informatics to transform risk assessment

Informatics is set to transform risk assessment and management in the food supply chain. Rick Pendrous reports from Food Manufacture’s food safety conference.

Morrisons donates all unwanted food to charity

Morrisons has promised to give all unwanted edible food to charity, in the first pledge of its kind by a leading British supermarket.

Morrisons bids to become UK sandwich king

Morrisons has opened a new front in the supermarket price war with a pledge to make its own sandwiches in store, battling the upper crust chains in a bid to claim a bigger slice of the UK market worth £2.8bn.

Food manufacturing Oscars: tomorrow’s big night

The long wait to discover who will lift a food and drink manufacturing Oscar trophy at tomorrow night’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) is nearly over.

Alibaba opens UK office for euro expansion

Global online retail giant the Alibaba Group has appointed a UK md to run its UK office, as part of plans to expand its business empire into Europe and facilitate sales to China.

Cuts and increase: Iceland makes milk price changes

Iceland has increased the price of four-pint milk bottles from 89p to £1, amid predictions that dairy markets will continue to grow despite the current crisis.

Top 12 food and drink trends for 2016: Mintel

Alternatives everywhere is the first of 12 top trends that will dominate the food and drink industry next year, predicts market research specialist Mintel.

Morrisons enlists for armed forces support

Morrisons has signed a pledge to support Britain’s armed forces community.

Logistics firm fined £20k for forklift head injury

A logistics firm has been fined £20,000 for safety failings, after a worker suffered head injuries when he struck by a fork-lift truck in a busy yard.

Snacks investment, mega merger and recalls make headlines

Nim’s Fruit Crisps’ new £350,000 Kent factory investment and SABMiller’s agreement “in principle” to a takeover bid from rival Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev feature in our latest Good News, Bad news video roundup.

Nestlé results hit by Maggi noodles recall

Nestlé is counting the cost of its Maggi noodles recall, after admitting it had “a significant impact” on regional performance in third-quarter results posted today.

SABMiller and AB InBev agree takeover plan

The birth of a new global mega brewer moved a step closer today, as SABMiller revealed it had  accepted “in principle” a higher takeover bid from rival Anheuser-Busch InBev, which valued the business at £44 a share.

Morrisons’ Milk for Farmers hits the shelves

Morrisons’ Milk for Farmers brand has hit the shelves with 10p per litre sold going back to struggling dairy farmers.

Keep UK in EU, argues new campaign group

Britain will be better off within the EU, a new cross-party campaign group launched today, led by the chairman of online grocery business Ocado and former chief executive of Marks & Spencer Stuart Rose will argue.  

No recall plan risks losing food firms millions

Nearly 20% of food and drink businesses risk losing many millions of pounds by failing to put in place plans to cope with a product recall, warns new research from law firm Roythornes.

Eating insects poses no special risks for humans

Edible insects pose no special risks to human health – when consumed directly or used as stock feed – according to a new risk assessment from the European food safety watchdog.

Amazon Fresh a precursor to ‘more significant’ blow for retailers

Amazon Fresh will pave the way for its Dash service, which automatically orders used items in household fridges and freezers, delivering a further blow to British supermarkets.

Chancellor’s infrastructure pledge welcomed

Chancellor George Osborne’s pledge to upgrade UK infrastructure has been welcomed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Crime boss appeals for food industry partnership

The new boss of the Food Crime Unit, Andy Morling, issued a passionate plea for partnership to beat food and drink crime, in this exclusive video interview, filmed at Food Manufacture’s Food safety conference.

Premier Foods awards: AAK is overall champion

Oils and fats producer AAK has been crowned overall champion at Premier Foods's supplier awards yesterday.

Cranswick sales boost lifts share price

Meat supplier Cranswick’s shares climbed 6%, after the Hull-based firm posted 10% revenue growth to £481.5M, in the six months to September 30.

Organised food crime: time to face the threat

The UK food and drink industry should start preparing now to beat the challenge of organised crime, which could plague the industry in “a few years’ time”, warns the head of food crime at the Food Standards Agency.

HGV fatal accident rate drops in latest figures

Fatal accidents involving heavy good vehicles (HGVs) fell by 3.5% last year, according to the latest government figures.

Young's Seafood to cut 650 jobs while saving 250

Young’s Seafood now plans to cut 650 jobs at its Fraserburgh and Grantown-on-Spey sites, while retaining 250 jobs at both plants which will remain open. 

Improve supply chain transparency urges AHDB boss

Food manufacturers should help to improve transparency in the food supply chain and share more information about changing customer tastes more openly, urges Jane King, new boss of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), in this exclusive video interview.

Shadow secretary singles out food manufacturing

Food manufacturing has been singled out by the new shadow environment secretary Kerry McCarthy.

Freight trailer firm fined for safety failings

A freight trailer manufacturer has been fined for safety failings after a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Distribution to ‘suffer’ if diesel pumps run dry

Food deliveries would be badly hit if diesel pumps “run dry” as demand soars and the reliance on foreign fuels continues to increase, a road transport association warns.

Premier Foods blames recall on production fault

Premier Foods has blamed a production fault for its recall of thousands of tubs of Bisto For Chicken Gravy Granules and Reduced Salt Bisto For Chicken Gravy Granules.

What’s the canned food capital of Britain?

Any idea which city is the canned food capital of Britain? The answer is Birmingham, with its residents eating a whopping 640,000 cans a day, according to new research from the trade group Canned Food UK.

2 Sisters hot on scalding to beat campylobacter

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) revealed plans to step up control of campylobacter with techniques such as secondary scalding, after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reported 73% of supermarket chickens tested positive for the food bug.  

Morrisons recalls ham on listeria fears

Morrisons was one of four firms forced to issue food safety recalls recently, after detecting Listeria monocytogenes in its Savers Cooked Ham.

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars: the shortlist

Welcome to the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards shortlist. The long wait to learn which firms are in contention to win a coveted food and drink manufacturing Oscar is over.

Dairy industry questions €500M EU support plan

Dairy industry representatives have welcomed the European Commission’s £362.5M (€500M) aid package for farmers but criticised its refusal to lift the intervention price.

Dairy Crest to hold milk price for October

Dairy Crest will hold the milk price it pays its farmers for October, both for its Davidstow and liquid milk contracts, according to the business.

Food exports drop 5% due to currency factors

UK exports of food and non-alcoholic drink exports dropped 5.3% in value to £6bn in the first six months of the year, as the strength of sterling became “a growing concern”, warned the Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA).

Manufacturing prospects now ‘look bleaker’

UK manufacturing prospects look bleaker now than at the beginning of the year, according to a new survey, which includes food and drink manufacturers.

New Amazon depot to create 300 full-time jobs

Online retail giant Amazon is to create more than 300 full-time roles, with the opening of a new warehouse in South Yorkshire later this year.

Tesco praised after paying more for milk for cheese

Tesco has been praised for paying more for milk used in cheese over the winter months to processors and dairy farmers by the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Dairy industry offered slip and trip prevention advice

Dairy businesses could prevent costly injuries in the workplace by adopting new guidance for all dairy processing sites.

M&S reveals unannounced food audits

Marks & Spencer is preparing to roll out unannounced audits to the majority of its food suppliers in a bid to further strengthen its supply chain integrity against fraudsters looking to cash in on vulnerable companies.

Colin Dennis appointed IFT president for 2015–16

Professor Colin Dennis, who is to chair Food Manufacture Group’s food safety conference: Safer food and drink – from the harvest to the home – later this month, yesterday became the 76th president of the US Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Transport group invests in engineering apprenticeships

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has teamed up with supply chain specialist Gist to launch an engineering apprenticeship scheme.

Dragons’ Den reject manages to double supply chain

A Dragons’ Den reject who sells food that has gone past its ‘best before date’ has reported unprecedented supplier growth over the past six months. 

Stobart Group to focus on energy and aviation

Diversified transport business the Stobart Group is to continue its focus on the high-value areas of energy and aviation, said the firm’s boss in a pre-close trading statement.

Wanted: Food Manufacture Personality of Year

The Food Manufacture Group is searching for a Food Manufacture Personality of Year. We need your help to celebrate the man or woman who has proved to be a top achiever in the field of UK food and drink manufacturing over the past 12 months.

Driver’s death leads to £150k fine for transport firm

A Norfolk-based transport firm has been fined £150,000 for safety failings after a driver suffered life-changing injuries and later died two years after the accident in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

14k new Scots food jobs add to 87,000 mainland total

An extra 14,000 jobs in Scotland’s food and drink sector will take the total of new industry jobs on the UK mainland to 87,000 by 2020, according to two new bank reports.

Snack firm invests £1M and creates ‘dozens of jobs’

Chilled and frozen snack foods firm SK Chilled Foods is investing £1M and creating dozens of new jobs, with the upgrade of its Teesside production plants to meet growing demand for its products.

Sandwich firm to pay £117k for forklift accident

A sandwich manufacturer has been ordered to pay more than £117,000 and its director £50,000, after a worker was crushed by a forklift truck.

Salmonella wafer threat linked to single supplier

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is probing the threat of salmonella from wafers, after four products – linked to a single supplier in the Netherlands – were recalled last week.

Salmonella fears spark more food safety recalls

Fears about salmonella have sparked three more food safety recalls of wafer products, after Tesco recalled its free-­from Belgium chocolate wafers last week.

Business boss opens Cadbury line with a promise

Business secretary Sajid Javid has opened Mondelēz International’s new Cadbury production line with a pledge that government wants to make the Midlands “an engine for growth” for the UK economy.

French urged to pay compensation for Calais chaos

Hauliers caught up in Operation Stack, caused by striking French ferry workers and migrants trying to reach Britain, should receive compensation from Paris, the freight transport industry has urged, ahead of a new deal between the UK and France to curb the travel chaos.

GM crops ban would undermine Scotland’s food industry, groups warn

A ban on genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland would seriously undermine the nation’s food and drink industry, warn nearly 30 leading organisations.

MSC trials traceability tool against seafood fraud

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has been undertaking trials of a new seafood traceability tool in response to increasing incidents of fraud in the sector, where non-sustainable fish varieties are being passed off as sustainable species.

Cargill makes £0.95bn fish firm acquisition

Global grain giant Cargill is seeking to cash in on growing demand for seafood with its £0.95bn (€1.35bn) acquisition of leading fish feed supplier Norwegian firm EWOS.

Food manufacturing industry set for 3–4% growth

The UK food and drink manufacturing and processing industry is set for growth of between 3–4% in the short to medium term, while reaching a value of about of £113.1bn in 2018–19, predicts a new report.

Ballymaguire Foods creates 100 jobs in output boost

Chilled ready meal producer Ballymaguire Foods has started constructing a new factory as part of plans to create 100 jobs and boost sales in the UK and Ireland, the firm’s md told this website.

Bakkavor backs innovation and … unusual veg

Bakkavor has unveiled a showcase of unusual vegetable varieties to be included in its products, a week after a University scientist stressed the company’s commitment to vegetable innovation.

Halal abattoir closes amid animal abuse allegations

The halal abattoir at the centre of animal cruelty allegations has gone into administration.

More secure food chains needed to cope with drought and floods

Food manufacturers need to make their supply chains more resilient to cope with the increased risk of weather-related production volatility, according to a new report produced by an ind