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Food firms must adapt to new markets pre-Brexit

Food manufacturers must adapt to new markets ahead of Brexit, and add value wherever they can, said the Oxford Farming Conference’s chairman.

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Food and drink industry prepares for the Apprenticeship Levy

While the Apprenticeship Levy – which comes into force in April – has benefits, some fear its challenges may require the help of magic to overcome.

Unilever’s energy sourcing becomes carbon neutral

Unilever UK & Ireland has become carbon neutral from energy sources at five of its UK and Ireland plants, while its parent company commits to using only recyclable plastic packaging...

FMEAs 2017

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars set for November 1

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

Food and drink export promotions need more support

The UK government needs to put more money and resources into supporting small food and drink manufacturers in export promotions – in a similar way that Bord Bia does in...

Manufacturers expect more risks than opportunities in 2017

British manufacturers – including food and drink firms – are preparing for “another bumpy ride” in 2017, as almost half expect more risks than opportunities over the coming year, EEF, the manufacturers’...

2 Sisters’ final warning plant in new smell complaint

A 2 Sisters-owned chicken processing site in Perthshire has received another official complaint, despite being on a final warning over the impact smells generated from the site was having on...

Fuel prices to hit food manufacturers’ profits

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

2 Sisters to add 100 jobs at Derby plant

2 Sisters Food Group plans to create 100 new jobs “across all levels” at its Derby factory, just over a year on from rescuing the site from administrators.

Food inflation set to return in 2017

Rising food prices can be expected in 2017 – reversing the deflationary trend of recent years – as news emerged from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that inflation overall...

Suspected arson attack on ice cream factory

A blaze at an ice cream factory is Bradford in currently under investigation by West Yorkshire Police, after two of its business premises were hit by arson attacks on Christmas...

Me and my factory

Infant formula maker targets ‘world class’ manufacturing

An infant formula producer has claimed a push towards ‘world class’ manufacturing standards is enabling his firm to capitalise on the huge markets of Asia and north Africa.

Precision filleting of chicken thighs

To meet growing consumer demand for boneless chicken thigh meat, Marel Poultry has developed the Stork thigh fillet system, which is claimed to process thighs in-line with high precision and...

Grinders and mixers for burgers that minimise 'overworking'

Grinders and mixers that are claimed to produce a clearly defined, ground product with minimal ‘overworking’ for meat products, such as burgers, are available from Interfood Technology. 

High-intensity continuous blender is launched

A new sanitary, high-intensity continuous blender, from Munson Machinery provides low to high shear as required for high-speed blending and/or homogenising of dry solids, agglomerates, slurries or pastes when processing...

Tweedy mixer now makes pizza dough

A broad range of doughs for a diverse range of bakery products can now be made on the Baker Perkins’ Tweedy mixer, which is most usually associated with high-speed, high-energy...

Three-in-one coffee gets mixed

Three-in-one coffee mixing based on dry powder blending of non-dairy creamer (NDC) powder, finely ground sugar and spray-dried coffee powder, is available from SPX Flow.

Non-standard gearbox exchange service for critical applications

A gearbox service has been launched by Renold Gears to provide manufacturers with a rapid replacement unit in the event of a failure or urgent repair. 

In-line tumbling and injecting of meat products

New equipment is now available from Interfood Technology’s Curing to Clipping Division, which supplies a range of injecting, tenderising, tumbling and marinating kit.

Tulip gets bespoke sausage line

A bespoke line for handling 2.7t of frozen cocktail sausages every hour has been installed at Tulip's factory in Ruskington, Lincolnshire.

Weird food stories from 2016 – in pictures

Pies on the edge of space, beer made from clouds and a 3D printer that makes gummy sweets lead our photogallery of 2016’s weird and wonderful food stories.

Food Manufacture’s most read stories of 2016

The Brexit vote, fatal outbreaks of E.coli and the sale of turkey giant Bernard Matthews are just some of the biggest stories viewed this year on this site....

Food Manufacture’s top 10 shared stories of 2016

2 Sisters Food Group dominated the roll call of Food Manufacture Group’s top 10 most shared stories from 2016.

Meat processors focus attention on improved hygiene controls

Hygiene is a high priority for processors investing in new equipment, as well as chemical wash-down systems and related training services. 

Chicken processors latch on to automation of lines

The UK may be leaving the EU, yet the poultry-processing sector is following the lead of its European neighbours by embracing automation.