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2 Sisters owner confirms Bernard Matthews purchase

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.

2 Sisters tight-lipped on Bernard Matthews deal

2 Sisters Food Group has refused to comment on reports it is to complete the acquisition of Bernard Matthews later this week.

Ban on cheese linked to child’s death ‘not taken lightly’: FSS

A ban on the sale of all products made by a Scottish cheesemaker linked to a recent E.coli outbreak that led to the death of a child “was not taken...

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Fire battled at tea processing plant

A blaze a Lincolnshire tea processing plant is the latest in a string conflagrations to have plagued food and drink manufacturers this summer.

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Direct Table Foods aims to boost pork productivity

Direct Table Foods is bucking the nationwide fall in meat sales by increasing productivity through investment, director Rob Nugent tells Noli Dinkovski

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Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: the shortlist

Congratulations to the 60-plus food and drink manufacturers and individuals shortlisted in this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Tulip to ‘regain its mojo’ after reorganisation: boss

Meat firm Tulip will “regain its mojo” after a new restructuring plan is introduced, predicts ceo Steve Francis.

E.coli outbreak declared over following child’s death

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has declared that an outbreak of E.coli 0157 in Scotland that led to the death of a child earlier this week is over.

Food firms should check agencies to stop slavery

Food manufacturers are being encouraged to check the credentials of hired migrant labour after the Salvation Army reported a five-fold increase in the number of slavery victims it had helped...

Food processing in 2030 will benefit from far more automation

Food processing in 2030 is the subject of a free one-day conference next month at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at Holbeach Campus at the University of Lincoln.

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Pork processor: collaboration has reduced audits

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.

Fowl smell? 2 Sisters chicken site on final warning

A 2 Sisters-owned chicken processing site in Perthshire has been served a final warning following ongoing complaints that it was emitting a bad smell throughout the local town.

Apprentices key for rural food firms: Tyrrells boss

Food and drink businesses in rural areas could benefit significantly by setting up apprenticeship programmes, claims the boss of Tyrrells, the crisp producer recently sold to US popcorn maker Amplify...

Kettle Foods completes snack acquisition

Kettle Foods has completed the acquisition of premium snack business Metcalfe’s skinny, after acquiring 26% of the company in January this year.


Obesity strategy gets the thumbs down

Prime Minister Theresa May hasn’t pleased anybody with the childhood obesity strategy, which was slipped out during the parliamentary recess while she was on holiday walking in Switzerland.

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Unapproved fork lift changes could invalidate warranties

Fork lift truck users have been warned by the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) against making unauthorised modifications or repairs to trucks that could invalidate rental contracts and manufacturer warranties,...

Lactic acid bacterial count efficiency raised

A new lactic acid bacteria count plate that facilitates fermentation and prevents unwanted spoilage of products, has been introduced by laboratory testing specialist 3M.

Seven fire crews tackle coffee factory blaze

Seven fire crews battled a blaze at a former Mondelēz factory last week (August 26) in Banbury.

Sandwich maker hit with £7k bread basket fine

A Wolverhampton-based sandwich maker has been hit with a £7,000 fine after global positioning system (GPS) technology showed it had been using bread baskets belonging to another firm without permission.

Samworth Brothers buys Tesco Weybridge bakery

Samworth Brothers has bought a bakery in Weybridge from Tesco – its second acquisition within a week – as it continues to grow its operations.

Samworth Brothers leases extra land in Leicester

Samworth Brothers has agreed a deal with Leicester City Council to lease a 1.7 acre area of land, in a bid to continue expanding its operations.

Love Hearts maker Swizzles features on BBC show

Sweet manufacturer Swizzels opened its doors to BBC Two series ‘Inside the Factory’ last Tuesday (August 23), as the programme explored its Derbyshire-based factory, which produces Drumsticks, Love Hearts and Parma Violets....

Food manufacturing pipe maker opens new factory

A manufacturer of pipes and hoses for the food processing sector has completed construction of a new production facility.

Mixers provide long life with less power loss

The latest Lightnin brand SanStar series mixers from US company SPX Flow have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the food and drink sector.

Automation cuts sausage handling costs by up to 60%

A system for the automated infeeding, loading and packing of straight and uniform sausages has been developed by Multivac.