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New £2M factory expansion creates 25 Jobs

Ready Foods’s new £2M factory expansion has created 25 new jobs with the help of government support, according to the firm.

Mondelēz in bid to buy Cadbury biscuit licence

Confectionery giant Mondelēz has approached Burton’s Biscuit Company in a multi-million pound bid to acquire its licence to produce Cadbury biscuits, according to media reports.

Food manufacturing Oscars – still time to win one

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

Cereal manufacturer opens £2M factory

Breakfast cereal manufacturer Bokomo Foods has opened a £2M production facility in Cambridgeshire.

Fire at 2 Sisters’ factory: 10 fire engines called

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

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What food and drink manufacturers worry about most

Brexit and the sugar tax topped food and drink manufacturers’ concerns this year, according to the Food Manufacture Group’s exclusive industry-wide survey. We explore the headline results of the survey with...

E.coli deaths linked to mixed salad leaves

Two people have died and 151 cases have been confirmed in an E.coli outbreak that appears to be linked to eating mixed salad leaves.

Focus on supervisory control and data acquisition software

While supervisory control and data acquisition software has critics, it remains essential to factory operations. 

Craft distillery using locally-sourced grains to open

A new craft distillery is set to open this August in Kent, creating at least 10 jobs.

Traceability system demand rises

Food supply chain data and software specialist Authenticate Information Systems has mapped its 75,000th product and is now working with more than 4,000 food businesses in 69 countries.

Advice for safer compressed air use is launched by BCGA

Guidance on the safe use of compressed air in food and drink manufacture is now freely available from the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA).

Cherries packed on 'most sophisticated' line

Ackio, a specialist fruit packer of blueberries, cherries, cranberries and cherry tomatoes, now operates what it claims is the most sophisticated cherry packing line in Europe.

Mars Horsecare opts for a hired new steam boiler

Milton Keynes-based horse-feed supplier Mars Horsecare UK has replaced its ageing steam boiler with a gas-fuelled steam boiler on long-term hire from Byworth Boilers.

Morrisons bakery blaze severely damages site

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

Safety failings cost horticultural firm £30k

A horticultural firm was ordered to pay more than £30,000 by Bolton Magistrates court last week (June 27) for safety failings at two of its sites, after investigations by the Health...

Sensors on Glenfiddich stills prevent frothy spills

William Grant & Sons Distillers, producer of the Glenfiddich single malt brand, has installed the latest instrumentation from Siemens at its Dufftown Distillery in the Highlands of Scotland.

Food donation guide for manufacturers launched

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

Stag Bakeries completes £525k investment

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

Brexit debate

Unilever boss backs remain amid company logo row

The boss of Unilever is the latest senior food industry figure to speak up in favour of remaining in the EU, amid a spat over the use of the company’s...

Guest article

Food manufacturers advised to plan for Industry 4.0

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

Potato supplier Branston creates 20 new jobs

Potato supplier Branston is to create 20 new jobs after it completes a £5M factory expansion at its site in Lincolnshire.

2 Sisters signs five-year bakery contract

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

News in brief

Müller’s Aberdeen dairy to close today

Müller Milk & Ingredients is to close its Aberdeen dairy today (June 10) with the loss of 87 jobs.

Police called to 2 Sisters’ Pennine factory during strike

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

Northumbrian Fine Foods to invest £1.2M

Northumbrian Fine Foods (NFF), the gluten-free biscuit manufacturer, is investing £1.2M in new baking production capacity.

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