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.
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 vital to ensure political stability, insists Professor Chris Elliott in his City Food Lecture 2017.
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 Food Group bosses have teamed up with football legend Bryan Robson to help disadvantaged children throughout the UK by taking on a desert trek.
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, 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 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.
Manufacturers need to adapt their supply chains to the latest technologies or risk losing out to the competition, warned logistics specialist Fowler Welch.
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 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.
BV Dairy has secured a £1.25M finance package from HSBC to fund its expansion plans and the creation of 16 jobs.
UK retailers lost £2M in courgette sales last month, after unfavourable growing conditions in Spain meant supermarkets had to restrict UK supplies.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Dairy company Arla Foods pledged to invest about £37.5M in its UK sites and logistics operations this year – 51% more than last year.
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.
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, large and small, with a track-record of food chain innovation are being invited to star in the BBC Future Food Award.
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.
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 are being sought to win the BBC’s coveted Future Food Award, part of the broadcaster’s Food & Farming Awards 2017.
Wednesday November 1 is Oscar night for the food and drink manufacturing sector at the London Hilton Park Lane.
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.
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 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 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.
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 confectionery manufacturer Dexters has been acquired by the Turkish confectionery group Bebeto for an undisclosed sum.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Temperature controlled food storage provider Rick Bestwick has completed a £1.2M purpose-built development at its headquarters in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
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).
Online retail giant Amazon has successfully completed its first commercial delivery using a drone, in the UK.
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.
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 has placed a contract for temperature controlled warehousing and distribution of its products throughout the UK and Europe with chilled logistics specialist NFT.
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.
A food distribution lorry has caused disruption in Northern Ireland, after it crashed into a low bridge on Monday night (November 28).
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.
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 hopes to build on the successful launch earlier this year of Loyd Grossman cooking sauces in France with the trial of pouched products.
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.
High-street baker Greggs has opened a new 4,645m2 distribution centre in Enfield, which it said would improve efficiency and increase delivery capacity.
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”.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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 has won the coveted Beverage manufacturing company of the year title in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has adopted a new identity and moved to new headquarters in central London.
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.
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 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 Confectionery has repeated its “disappointment” at the strike staged today (November 14) at its York manufacturing site by members of the GMB union.
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).
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Tonight is Oscar night at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) at The Hilton Park Lane, London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plans to expand Heathrow airport – which has been given government backing today (October 25) – have been praised by the Freight Transport association (FTA).
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).
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.
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.
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.
The latest systems can offer firms huge supply chain efficiency gains, reports Alyson Magee.
Collaboration and openness between supply chain partners could prove more rewarding than transactional relationships, Michelle Knott discovers.
Increased competition, disloyal consumers, growing internet sales – and now Brexit. Grocery supply chains are set for a revolution, reports Rick Pendrous
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 requires the fluid use of different routes to market. Paul Gander examines some of the critical issues for food manufacturers
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.
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 is to build a new £55M temperature controlled freight facility at its London Heathrow hub to grow a “higher yielding” part of its business.
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 is to launch the UK’s first range of mushrooms which are grown in extra light to naturally enhance their vitamin D levels.
Cereal and snacks manufacturer Kellogg has appointed Dave Lawlor as the new md of its UK and Irish business.
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.
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).
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.
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 has appointed Eoin Tonge as its new chief financial officer and as a director of the group, with effect from Monday October 3.
Meat firm Tulip will “regain its mojo” after a new restructuring plan is introduced, predicts ceo Steve Francis.
Bakery ingredients firm Puratos has opened a new £1.27M (€1.5M) world class innovation centre in Oxfordshire.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
The early bird delegate rate for Food Manufacture’s annual, one-day food safety conference in October ends today (August 31).
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 have been charged with fraud offences for allegedly conspiring to sell horsemeat as beef.
Tesco has launched an online click-and-collect service that allows customers to collect their shopping within three hours of ordering.
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.
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 (FSS) and independent charity Crimestoppers have launched a telephone hotline to fight food fraud.
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.
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.
A “united, cohesive plan” is needed to protect drivers, vehicles and food products at the Port of Calais, according to a leading trade body.
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.
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 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 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.
Two government agencies have teamed up to pledge £24M in funding for industry-led research and development projects focused on reducing freight emissions.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Malting company Pauls Malt Ltd has been fined £100,000 for safety failings, after an agency worker plunged from a ladder.
A fire at a food manufacturing site in Peterborough was battled by fire fighters in the early hours of Monday morning (July 25).
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 Association (FTA) boss David Wells has urged Prime Minister (PM) Theresa May to prioritise the logistics industry in Brexit talks with the EU.
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 is to test the viability of drone delivery in the UK, in partnership with the UK government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 food and drink manufacturing Oscar – with the deadline set for Friday July 29.
Greencore Group has acquired The Sandwich Factory from Cranswick for £15M, as part of its strategy to boost its food-to-go business.
There’s still time to win a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA), with deadline for entries now extended to Friday July 29.
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.
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 said that its first-quarter results will be “in line with expectations” in a trading statement for the three-months to June 30 2016.
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.
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 could be at risk following the news that a fruit packaging factory in Luton will close by the end of the year.
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 is to cut the time it takes to pay its small UK food producers.
Mars Foods UK is to invest £23M into a new production line to produce Uncle Ben’s rice at its King’s Lynn site.
Morrison’s Wakefield bakery has reopened, just three days after the site was ravaged by fire.
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 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 Group has sold Belgian prepared food company Vaco, as part of its strategy to sell its non-core businesses.
The 2 Sisters Food Group is remaining tight-lipped on reports that it is bidding to buy turkey processor Bernard Matthews.
Boosting productivity by improving employee engagement is a four-step process at Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) Wakefield factory.
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 – 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, one of the UK’s largest potato suppliers, has invested £1.7M in a new manufacturing line, designed to speed up its production.
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.
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.
Carlsberg’s plans to outsource 1,000 distribution jobs to DHL Tradeteam have been met with “disappointment and dismay” by Unite the union.
Bakkavor and recalled food products feature in Food Manufacture’s most popular stories of the year so far.
A guide offering food manufacturers practical advice on how to donate food surpluses to food banks has been launched by three trade organisations.
Troy Foods’s new £2M distribution hub in West Yorkshire will create 20 new jobs.
Samworth Brothers chief executive Alex Knight has said proposed changes to workers’ pay and conditions were prompted by staff concerns.
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 UK, the discount supermarket chain, has boosted its commitment to backing British fruit and vegetable growers by agreeing an 11-step plan.
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.
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.
A demonstration is to take place outside Samworth Brothers head office in Melton Mowbray on Sunday, June 26 over workers’ pay and conditions.
Scottish family-owned Stag Bakeries has completed a £525,000 expansion of its production plant, warehouse and office space.
Graham’s The Family Dairy is looking to drive its business outside the UK with the appointment of Joe Flynn as international business manager.
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 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.
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a summer barbecue food safety campaign to highlight the ongoing problem of campylobacter infection in meat.
Food manufacturers need to do more to reduce food waste across the supply chain, according to Tesco ceo Dave Lewis.
Food waste organisation the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has appointed Marcus Gover as its new ceo, effective from next month.
Icelandic Seachill, the fish supplier, has warned of job losses after losing a large contract with Marks & Spencer (M&S).
Haloodies, the halal food brand aimed at millennial Muslims, has launched 16 lines with Amazon Fresh.
Family-owned logistics firm RG Bassett & Sons has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by food logistics group S J Bargh.
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.
The food and beverage industry is changing fast, with connectivity and boundless data catapulting it into a new digital age.
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.
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 has launched its long-awaited Amazon Fresh grocery offer in the UK yesterday (Thursday June 9).
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.
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.
The bosses of Premier Foods and Sainsbury have both received increased bonuses this year.
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 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” consequences for food manufacturers that trade with EU countries, as they could face delivery delays and customs barriers, a logistics supplier has warned.
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.
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 will get the chance to meet some of the biggest export buyers at the international Food and Drink Summit in Liverpool this month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 are facing higher butter prices after a “surprise rally” on global commodity markets, claims the head of a leading ingredients company.
Leaders in the food manufacturing sector need to “up their game” over their commitment to human rights, a legal expert has claimed.
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, 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.
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 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.
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).
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, the Northern Ireland-based prepared vegetable supplier, is to target the US as part of its plans to expand its international operation.
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, the Finland-based specialist in packaging for food and drink, has acquired Belfast company Delta Print and Packaging for £80M.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 are set to save £50M, as the supermarket extends its Sustain & Save Exchange programme, claims the retailer.
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 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, 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 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.
South Caernarfon Creameries’ (SCC’s) new cheese unit will safeguard 100 jobs and help the business cope with a “challenging” milk market.
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 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’s David Gregory isn’t afraid to go the extra mile for success, reports Noli Dinkovski.
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.
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 Food Group, the pork supplier, claims it has “fully transformed” its business, after years of turnaround.
More space-efficient warehousing means investment. Paul Gander looks at the cost, efficiency and safety of systems
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.
A factory worker trapped under tonnes of cheese survived for nine hours before being rescued at a Shropshire warehouse.
Chilled logistics specialist NFT officially opened its new £25M temperature-controlled facility at the Port of Tilbury in Essex last month.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
The world faces devastating climate change consequences, unless we radically alter our food system, a leading environmentalist has warned.
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 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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
A novel pasteurisation system for cleaning onions, which uses a flame tube to burn the outer skin off, has received a US patent.
Nestlé has welcomed young dairy farmers to its Dalston factory in Cumbria, as part of its Next Generation Dairy Leaders Programme.
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 – 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).
Interest in the UK’s student food innovation competition – Ecotrophelia – has soared with the greatest number of entries ever received this year.
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 has raised £19M from its latest crowdfunding campaign but fell short of its planned £25M.
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.
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.
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 Milk & Ingredients has revealed plans to reverse the planned closure of the Hanworth dairy in Middlesex, safeguarding 170 jobs.
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.
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 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.
A packaging company has been fined £240,000, after an employee was seriously injured when his arm was caught in a laminating machine.
Vegetable supplier QV Foods is to consult staff over the future of 140 jobs at its potato packing site in March, Cambridgeshire.
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 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).
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.
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.
Both Sainsbury and Müller UK are recalling yogurt products after it was after it was revealed they may contain pieces of plastic.
American food wholesaler, Innovative Bites, has acquired Bonds of London, in a multi-million pound deal.
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 have been sentenced for their part in nationwide fraud committed against the food suppliers.
Nearly 6,000 current and former staff of supermarket chain Morrisons are to pursue a claim for damages against the company.
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.
Selby-based food manufacturer Brecks Company has taken on the Honey Monster cereal business under licence.
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.
A bakery firm has been ordered to pay more than £7,000, after a worker’s hand was trapped by a pastry lid maker.
Having been tasked with integrating two dairy businesses, Aidan Wilson, head of Ornua Ingredients UK, sets out his plans for growth.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Catering industry food supplier Bidvest Fresh has bought Knight Meats for an undisclosed sum.
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.
Five men have been jailed for stealing a trailer loaded with £20,000 of biscuits from a Burton’s Biscuits factory in south Wales.
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.
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.
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.
The government’s planned trial of driverless vehicles as a way of reducing carbon emissions has been welcomed by third-party logistics firm Wincanton.
A new agrifood research network is being launched, which is seeking a fundamental change in food production, supply chain resilience and consumer health.
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 at the University of Manchester have developed a new technique, based on ‘chemical fingerprints’ to fight food fraud.
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.
2 Sisters, Premier Foods and United Biscuits lead our selection of the most recent appointments in the UK food and drink industry.
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 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.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its first assessment of the threat of crime to the UK food and drink sector.
Hilton Food Group has revealed that a major investment programme at the group’s UK facilities in Huntingdon is generating “improved operational performances”.
Biscuits sold by Aldi and three other retailers have been recalled due to potential pest contamination, after being produced in “unhygienic conditions”.
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 has apologised to a Lanarkshire shopper after she found a live worm inside the packaging of a portion of haddock.
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.
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.
West Midland dairy firm Central Supplies is continuing its expansion with the purchase of Goole-based Littletown Farm.
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 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.
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).
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.
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 (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 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 plans to invest more than £1M in a full overhaul of Sunblest pancake production at its East Belfast bakery.
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.
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).
A fire in a food factory in London’s Park Royal is under investigation, after forcing the evacuation of workers.
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 invested £27.5M in its manufacturing facilities in Dungannon, Craigavon and Ashbourne last year.
Cargill is meeting union officials from Unite to discuss plans to axe 230 jobs at its chicken processing plants in Hereford.
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 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.
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 have voted in support of strike action over the transfer of 87 jobs in Coventry to logistics company Eddie Stobart.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 (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.
Big data can improve supply chain efficiency, but it needs to be managed properly, says Michelle Knott
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 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 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.
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 has announced a £4M investment in upgrading equipment for processing its ready to eat cooked chicken lines at its site in Craigavon, Northern Ireland.
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.
Development work has started in Yorkshire at one of the six Food Enterprise Zones designated by the government just under a year ago.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and Amazon have agreed a new supply agreement, making the retailer’s products available for home delivery through the Amazon Prime Now service.
Warburtons, Britain’s largest bakery brand, is the first food manufacturer to make The Sunday Times’ Top 25 Best Big Companies list.
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 of Mars and Snickers bars in up to 55 countries could cost millions of pounds, warns legal firm Roythornes.
Pembrokeshire mixed farmer Meurig Raymond has been re-elected as president of the National Farmers Union (NFU).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
The 2 Sisters Food Group has teamed up with online ordering service Hello Fresh to deliver chicken dishes.
Brand owners need to use ‘predictive analysis’ of business data to help prevent them being the victims of food fraud, experts have argued.
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 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.
Food and drink products contaminated with plastic and glass accounted for two of eight recalls last week.
Nestlé and First Milk have joined forces to foster the next generation of dairy leaders.
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 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 – 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Online retailer Amazon plans to create 2,500 permanent new jobs in the UK this year, as part of a European expansion plan.
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.
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 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.
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’s move to acquire full ownership of Westbury Dairies – formerly operated with First Milk as a joint venture – has been welcomed by milk suppliers.
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.
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”.
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.
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, 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 (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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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 (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 have each pledged £100,000 to help the victims of recent flooding.
Greencore plans to hire 100 more employees to work at a newly-opened distribution facility in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, to meet increasing demand.
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’ 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 have welcomed the recent deal on climate change agreed in Paris, with Wyke Farms md Richard Clothier describing it as “a major step forward”.
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).
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.
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.
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 has been praised for raising the price it pays farmers for their milk and its retail price.
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.
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.
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 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).
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 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.
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 has won provisional approval for export to China in a deal, said to be worth up to £10M a year to the economy.
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 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.
Tesco, Sainsbury and their food manufacturing suppliers are being targeted today (November 27) by campaign group Stop the Rot over food waste.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
“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).
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).
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.
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).
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’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.
The life of short shelf-life products is set to move from the ‘zone of security’ to the ‘zone of potential’, reports Rick Pendrous.
With rock bottom milk prices, the only way producers will survive is by cutting their costs and adding value, reports Anne Bruce
How do you identify and minimise contamination in ingredients? Paul Gander asks the experts for their answers to this problem.
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 has promised to give all unwanted edible food to charity, in the first pledge of its kind by a leading British supermarket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has signed a pledge to support Britain’s armed forces community.
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.
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 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.
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 brand has hit the shelves with 10p per litre sold going back to struggling dairy farmers.
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.
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.
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 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 George Osborne’s pledge to upgrade UK infrastructure has been welcomed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
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.
Oils and fats producer AAK has been crowned overall champion at Premier Foods's supplier awards yesterday.
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.
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.
Fatal accidents involving heavy good vehicles (HGVs) fell by 3.5% last year, according to the latest government figures.
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.
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.
Food manufacturing has been singled out by the new shadow environment secretary Kerry McCarthy.
A freight trailer manufacturer has been fined for safety failings after a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
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 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.
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 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 was one of four firms forced to issue food safety recalls recently, after detecting Listeria monocytogenes in its Savers Cooked Ham.
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 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 will hold the milk price it pays its farmers for October, both for its Davidstow and liquid milk contracts, according to the business.
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).
UK manufacturing prospects look bleaker now than at the beginning of the year, according to a new survey, which includes food and drink manufacturers.
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 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 businesses could prevent costly injuries in the workplace by adopting new guidance for all dairy processing sites.
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.
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).
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has teamed up with supply chain specialist Gist to launch an engineering apprenticeship scheme.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
A ban on genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland would seriously undermine the nation’s food and drink industry, warn nearly 30 leading organisations.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The halal abattoir at the centre of animal cruelty allegations has gone into administration.
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 independent food security research taskforce.
Following price protests by farmers, Asda has announced that it will raise the price it pays its milk supplier, Arla, to 28p a litre, while keeping the retail price at the current level.
Morrisons has responded to pressure and extended its support for beleaguered dairy farmers by announcing today (August 14) that it would be launching a premium ‘Milk for Farmers’ cheddar cheese brand.
Food manufacturers should be able to reduce the number of multiple retail food hygiene audits they are subjected to, with the updated British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards Directory published yesterday (August 13).
Manufacturers can help consumers to prevent food waste by designing meals differently and getting over sustainability messages, an expert argues.
Allied Bakeries, owner of the Kingsmill, Burgen, Sunblest and Allinson brands, is to cut 23 jobs in a streamlining exercise.
An enormous fire at the country’s largest wholesale food market is being investigated as arson, it has emerged.
Morrisons has threatened to take legal action against farmers, as protests over low milk prices continue to escalate.
Many food manufacturers are not yet up to speed with vulnerability assessments – a focus of the new British Retail Consortium (BRC) standard, version 7, which came into force last month – a leading certification body has warned.
Militant farmers have warned that processors will be targeted next, as milk price protests sweep across the country.
The Safer Lorry Scheme, which becomes effective in London from September and makes it mandatory for lorries to be fitted with a new mirror system to help reduce the growing number of accidents involving cyclists, has been labelled as a “fiasco” by a supplier of vehicle steering stabilisers.
Scottish companies that export live shellfish are struggling to cope as their delivery lorries remain caught in the middle of travel chaos at Channel ports.
Plans by the government to invest more than £1.5bn on motorway improvements will make journeys easier at traffic hot spots across the Midlands and have been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
Construction of chilled food distribution firm NFT’s ‘port-centric’ logistics centre in Tilbury, London commenced last month, with a ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony.
Food manufacturers run the risk of having their supply chains disrupted by militant farmers if they continue to shun British produce, according to a leading activist.
Times are tough in the European food sector, plagued by industry overcapacity, consumer price sensitivity, grocery price wars and retailer pressure on manufacturers’ economics. But taking six practical steps will help food and drink manufacturers find a path back to value creation.
Discount retailer Aldi has been forced to apologise to a customer who found a dead caterpillar in one of its tomato tins.
Big businesses – including food and drink manufacturers – will soon be forced to set out their plans to guarantee their supply chains are free from modern slavery, following new legislation to combat exploitation introduced today.
Scottish seafood businesses could be forced into bankruptcy due to the traffic chaos at Channel ports, as a top UK business group warns of the mounting financial impact of delays to exports.
The UK government and French authorities must do more to resolve the transport chaos around Calais, says the Scottish government after holding a crisis meeting yesterday to probe the impact on Scotland’s seafood exports.
Improved veterinary medicine regulations are needed urgently to help the EU safeguard food supplies and protect human health, according to a recent conference.
Dairy Crest has cut its milk price for its farmers by 1.4 pence per litre (ppl) to 21.69ppl, effective September 1.
The Scottish government has pumped £311,000 into a creamery owned by the country’s largest dairy farmer co-operative First Milk.
The government should consider enlisting the British Army to end the traffic chaos on this side of the Channel, which is costing the freight industry millions and causing misery for holidaymakers, suggests the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
The UK government should provide dairy farmers with similar support and financial backing given by its French counterpart to help secure sustainable milk supplies and fight against the “bleak future” it faces, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).
Travel chaos caused on both sides of the channel by striking French ferry workers is costing the UK freight industry £750,000 a day, as another fatal trans-channel accident was reported on Friday.
Food manufacturers could face “a nightmare scenario” of being ditched by retailers, after supermarkets acquire their own manufacturing facilities.
Fresh hope of saving hundreds of jobs threatened at Young’s Seafood plant in Fraserburgh, Scotland, has emerged after a key meeting of stakeholders yesterday.
Premier Foods’s pre-Christmas prospects look good, despite the firm posting falling first-quarter sales results yesterday, according to City analyst Shore Capital.
There's little time left to win a food and drink manufacturing Oscar, with entries closing today (July 24).
A new portable device designed to detect stowaways in trucks transporting vegetables, fruit and other goods has been launched by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), as the FTA Ireland urges its government to press for a resolution of the migrant crisis in Calais.
The commitment to “never stop listening” was one of the seven secrets of success set out by 2 Sisters Food Group boss Ranjit Singh, as he collected an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent University.
A Midlands logistics firm has been ordered to pay more than £104,000, after one of its workers suffered “life changing injuries”.
There are just three days to go to submit your free entry in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).
There are just five days to go to submit your free entry in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) before the extended deadline of Friday July 24.
2 Sisters Food Group ceo Ranjit Singh is to receive an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent University, partly in recognition of his contribution to UK food manufacturing.
Want to win a food and drink manufacturing excellence award? Then, there's now an extra week to submit your free entry before the extended deadline of Friday July 24.
Aldi’s pledges to UK growers “could change the face of retailer and supplier relations in this country”, claims the National Farmers Union (NFU).
Time is running out to win a coveted food and drink manufacturing Oscar, with the deadline for entries this Friday July 17.
Large food and drink manufacturing businesses that fail to complete a mandatory energy could face a penalty of £45,000 by next February, according to a recent seminar on the government’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
Greencore’s Grocery division has won Marks & Spencer (M&S) Silver Accreditation for its Evercreech site in Somerset.
Young’s Seafood’s plans to axe more than 900 jobs at its plants in Fraserburgh and Spey Valley, while safeguarding hundreds of jobs at its Grimsby site have been described as “devastating” and “bittersweet”.
Young’s Seafood plans to axe more than 900 jobs with the closure of its Fraserburgh and Spey Valley sites in Scotland, after losing a key contract to supply Sainsbury.
Food and drink manufacturers have slashed their water use by nearly a quarter in the past eight years, as it emerged water deregulation in England could save firms millions.
The death of migrant while trying to board a freight shuttle to Britain has prompted the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to write to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to do more to end the chaotic scenes caused by illegal migrants and ferry workers' strikes at Calais.
A new free monthly Supply Chain and Logistics Newsletter has been launched by the Food Manufacture Group.
The French government must act urgently to end the transport chaos in the port of Calais caused by striking French ferry workers, warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA), as further strikes were planned today (July 7).
Nestlé has suggested that its packaging for shelf-stable products may in many cases be overspecified, and that a more sustainable use of materials could go hand-in-hand with reduced shelf-life.
South Caernarfon Creameries, the largest and oldest co-operative in Wales, is to boost cheese production, after receiving a £1M loan.
Canadian farmers are set to benefit from access to the very latest wheat seed varieties with enhanced characteristics, following a new research joint venture (jv) known as Limagrain Cereals Research Canada, located in Saskatoon, announced yesterday between French agricultural grain and seeds co-operative Limagrain and Canadian firm Canterra Seeds after around 18 months of negotiations.
Ukraine and Russia are likely to become the bridgehead for the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the rest of Europe, according to the ceo of the French agricultural seeds and grain co-operative Limagrain.
Efficient logistics are a key driver of growth in the Scottish economy, according to a new report from the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
Heathrow is the preferred option recommended by the long-awaited final Airports Commission report – leading one business leaders’ organisation to conclude: “get the diggers in the ground at Heathrow swiftly”.
Poundland is to create up to 800 jobs with a new distribution centre in Wigan.
Europe has “a moral obligation” to boost food production, after climate change compromises production elsewhere, warns a former top Brussels official.
Food manufacturers should protect their supply chains from the “warzone” created by the strike action and illegal migrant crisis unfolding at the port of Calais, warns a leading risk management consultant.
Millions of pounds worth of food is being wasted and the whole UK supply chain threatened by the migrant crisis is Calais – which has become like a “warzone” – warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
A fatal forklift accident at a Lincolnshire transport and storage firm has claimed the life of a worker and resulted in a £125,000 fine for his employer.
Britain’s pig processing sector has been quick to downplay the risks to consumers of becoming ill from antibiotic resistant bacterium in contaminated pork products, following press reports today about MRSA in products on sale in supermarkets.
The European Commission (EC) has again been urged to ban EU imports of Canadian horsemeat, following a report which raised fears about the meat’s safety for human consumption.
Animal feed firm AB Agri Limited – a subsidiary of Associated British Foods – has been fined £10,000, after two workers were seriously injured by a reversing heavy goods vehicle (HGV).
The future of the agriculture levy boards, which form part of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB,) in public hands could be in doubt following the suggestion by a senior industry source that the Conservative government might consider the organisation’s privatisation.
The complex relationships between retailers and their suppliers is to be investigated by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) over the coming year, it was announced in its 11th annual report published today (May 29).
Help your food or drink manufacturing business win the recognition it deserves by entering the 2015 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards.
The animal health industry’s role in securing sustainable world food supplies is the focus of a conference staged in Brussels next month by the International Federation for Animal Health – Europe (IFAH).
An animal feed firm has been fined £80,000 for safety failings after one of its workers died when he was buried under up to 10t of wheat being unloaded from a lorry – the second such prosecution in the past month.
A haulage firm has been ordered to pay more than £21,000, after its transport manager suffered serious injuries when he was run over by the tractor of an articulated lorry.
Prince Charles slammed supermarkets’ dominance of the food chain in private correspondence with former Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2005, according to his controversial letters published for the first time yesterday (May 13).
Business leaders have been called on to spearhead the development of a sustainable supply chain by concentrating on their ‘triple bottom line’ following a three-year project tackling the subject.
The storage industry won’t pay extra for a new cold store approval scheme, Chris Sturman, ceo of the Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF), has confirmed.
The future of 150 Brakes Group employees remains uncertain after the UK foodservice giant confirmed plans to close its Runcorn depot earlier this month.
Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has been acquired by US-based giant XPO Logistics for €3.2bn (£2.3bn), one of the biggest supply chain deals of recent years.
Nestlé has sealed a deal with Eddie Stobart and IPS, the UK’s largest independent contract packer, to secure a range of packaging services and the creation of display units.
General Mills has become the first client to sign up to use supply chain firm Culina Group’s 26,000m2 Port Salford tri-modal logistics facility.
Nichols Dispense Scotland is more than doubling capacity by launching a depot in Stirling off the back of the major distribution deal with soft drinks giant Coca-Cola.
Chilled food distributor NR Evans has created more than 60 jobs in an expansion of its operation backed by a £3M lending facility from Lloyds Bank.