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Football star’s sauce business to repay lifesavers

Retired football star Fabrice Muamba has launched a range of Caribbean cooking sauces along with his wife Shauna to help raise money for the charity that saved his life when...

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Still time to enter the food manufacturing Oscars

There’s still time to enter the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – the Oscars of the food and drink manufacturing industry.

New £400M opportunity for British producers

British food and drink manufacturers would be up to £400M better off, after the government renewed its pledges to buy more home produced products.

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Seafood firms wanted for food manufacturing Oscars

Seafood manufacturing heroes are invited to apply for this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – the Oscars of the food and drink manufacturing industry.

Delice de France hones in on deskilled kitchens

Bakery giant Delice de France has restructured its bakery manufacturing operation in response to the drain of skills in some hotels and restaurants.

Wind power earns smokery thousands a year

A Cornish smokery nets £85,000 extra a year from a single 50kW wind turbine it installed in November 2012, according to its md Jon Short.

Four top tips for aspiring food industry leaders

Be passionate: love what you do and who you do it for, was the top advice for young people aiming to be the food industry leaders of tomorrow, at an...

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Pasty factory fire won’t affect customers: WC Rowe

A fire that left WC Rowe’s Falmouth pasty factory scorched and sooty will not affected delivery to its customers, the company has claimed.

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – create a stir

This year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – with their James Bond theme – are your opportunity to create a stir for your food or drink manufacturing business.

Food manufacturing Oscars celebrate young talent

Young talent is being celebrated in this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – the Oscars of the food and drink manufacturing sector.

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Drinks processor to create 100 jobs

Soft drinks maker Cawingredients is investing £42M in its site at Leeming Bar Industrial Estate in North Yorkshire, creating more than 100 jobs and boosting production and warehouse capacity.

Dairy co-op’s £8.5M boost to jobs and production

South Caernarfon Creameries is investing £8.5M in a new cheese production facility at its site in Chwilog, north Wales.

Frank Roberts and Sons bakery invests to expand

Frank Roberts and Sons aims to expand its 1,858m² bakery to increase capacity, following healthy pre-tax profits of £9.6M.

Firms urged to review energy as long-term costs rise

Food and drink manufacturers need to review their energy use in advance of electricity market reform (EMR) measures that will push up costs in the long-term, according to the head...

Faccenda Foods avoids paltry wages for workers

Faccenda Foods has boosted workers’ pay to at least £7 an hour in what a spokesman for the company called “an important first step” towards paying staff a Living Wage.

Salad firm to pay £30k for runaway platform fall

An accident involving a runaway mobile working platform has resulted in a worker fracturing her skull and a £30,000 bill for her employer.

Bond-themed manufacturing awards celebrate food industry

This year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – with their James Bond theme – aim to celebrate the best of British food and drink manufacturing.

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Energy scheme offers huge savings potential

Food and drink manufacturers will be able to make huge savings through the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which was implemented last month, according to industry specialists.

Nanotechnology benefits: public needs reassurance

Nanotechnology offers great potential for use in the food and drink supply chain, but the public’s food safety concerns still need to be overcome, according to the head of the...

Princes completes £40M Bradford redevelopment

Princes food and drink group has completed a £40M redevelopment project at its Bradford-based soft drinks factory to increase capacity and improve its production capabilities, after work began in Autumn 2012.

Retailers help boost UK job market

There were more jobs gained than lost in the UK food and drink sector – taking into consideration manufacturing, distribution, packaging and retail – over the last six months,

2 Sisters’ Avana Bakeries sale offers staff hope

The sale of 2 Sisters’ Avana Bakeries site has offered hope to workers who faced losing their jobs because of its previously announced closure, although concerns remain about its future.

Wanted: food and drink manufacturing heroes

Wanted: manufacturing heroes worthy of awards stardom, to win the food and drink manufacturing industry's Oscars.


Integrating control can be like herding cats

Pursuing integrated control and data collection on lines sourced from multiple equipment suppliers can be like herding cats. 


Farmers' boss optimistic for food industry future

Meurig Raymond, president of the National Farmers Union (NFU), has a very clear message for the food industry: “No farmers, no food, no future.”