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Food and drink leads manufacturing growth: CBI

Food and drink production is leading growth in the UK's manufacturing sector, according to the latest industrial trends survey from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Chaucer Foods to create 25 jobs in Hull

Chaucer Foods aims to create 25 jobs in Hull as the company adds a third production line there and looks to expand into gluten-free bakery items by 2016.

150 Wrexham poultry plant jobs cleared

Plans for 150 poultry plant jobs at the former First Milk Maelor Creamery site near Wrexham have been cleared to proceed after the local council granted planning permission for the...

Provision Trade Federation plans growth

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has set out a three-year plan to grow its influence, services to members and membership numbers, under its new director general Terry Jones.

Frozen will dwarf other online categories – Birds Eye

Birds Eye has pumped thousands of pounds into its online grocery channel in a successful bid to boost sales and stay ahead of the curve, its UK and Ireland md...

2 Sisters’ 91 Fox’s Biscuits job cuts just the start

2 Sisters Food Group plans to slash jobs across its Fox’s Biscuits division, in addition to the 91 potential redundancies at its site in Batley, West Yorkshire.

Good week, bad week (Wk 9)

Grim news for food manufacturing jobs leads our selection of the top headlines of the past seven days in the latest edition of Good week, bad week.

Mondelēz to cut 200 jobs in Ireland

Mondelēz International is restructuring its operations in Ireland and has confirmed plans to slash 200 jobs there as a result.

Steam infusion breakthrough saves processors cash

Food manufacturers could slash processing costs following breakthroughs in steam infusion technology that enable food to be heated at least three times faster than previous steam techniques.

Invest to win from convenience – Geoff Eaton

The recovery among high street retailers and increased consumer demand for convenience shopping should prompt manufacturers to invest in and change their ranges and operations, an industry veteran has urged.

500 brewery jobs follow beer duty cuts

Nearly 500 jobs have been created by the chancellor’s decision to cut beer duty in 2013 and 2014, along with thousands of other roles.

2 Sisters Food Group job cuts illuminated

Plans to cut up to 300 jobs at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Llangefni chicken factory have been clarified by trades union Unite after a briefing involving managers and staff.

Up to 445 Bakkavor jobs face axe

Bakkavor’s Yorkshire Fresh Fruit business faces closure after losing a major contract with supermarket chain Asda. 

£5M investment boosts pâté production

Castle MacLellan has pumped £5M into its Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway pâté manufacturing facility, securing current jobs and creating the potential for new roles in the future.

Cargill defends chicken plant against niff complaints

Cargill has defended its Newent chicken factory in Gloucestershire against complaints from nearby residents that it is generating nasty smells.

Good week, bad week (Wk 8)

News of new food and drink manufacturing jobs leads this edition of Good news, bad news, your sideways look at the past seven days in the UK food and drink...

Hundreds of bottles of fake Glen’s Vodka seized

Hundreds of fake bottles of Glen’s Vodka on sale in England and Scotland have been seized by enforcement officers.

Brewery’s £250k bottling plant boosts production

Yorkshire beer firm Little Valley Brewery has boosted its production five-fold with a £250,000 investment in a new bottling line.

Weetabix cuts costs with more efficient motors

Weetabix has saved thousands of pounds by replacing motors on the breakfast cereal extruders at the Corby factory that makes products such as Weetos and Crunchy Bran.

Most loved food and drink brands

Three food brands make up the top five most loved brands by British consumers, according to a poll by advertising agency Isobel.

Perth food park now open and offers 400 jobs

Up to 400 jobs are set to be created now that Perth Food and Drink Park is open for business, following a £5M investment by Perth and Kinross Council.

TTIP trade talks

TTIP trade talks ‘undermined’ by secrecy: Cable

Unnecessary secrecy is undermining the EU/US trade talks, business secretary Vince Cable has warned a top Brussels official.

Forklift accidents could be avoided by factory design

Many serious accidents involving forklift trucks in food and drink manufacture could be avoided by better factory layout, which segregates pedestrians from trucks, together with better driver training, it has...

Inside AG Barr Milton Keynes

AG Barr’s £41M high-tech Milton Keynes canning facility has been at the centre of an £8.3M investment plan, according to factory manager Tim Stacey.

Good week, bad week (wk 7)

Tesco, Tulip and Premier Foods had good news to report this week, as our Good week, bad week spotlight picks out the food industry firms that were up and those...