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Up to 56 Walkers Crisps Leicester jobs face axe

PepsiCo plans up to 56 job cuts at its Leicester Walkers Crisps factory, the snacks and drinks giant has confirmed.

Food job cuts outweigh creations

More jobs have been cut or put at risk by food and drink manufacturers in the UK over the past six months, this site can exclusively reveal.

Food manufacturing: good week, bad week

How was your business week – tough, terrific or just indifferent? In this new occasional series, the Food Manufacture Group takes a sideways look at the week’s food and industry...

Food and drink manufacturers slash carbon dioxide by a third

Food and drink manufacturers’ achievement of slashing carbon dioxide emissions by 35%, has won praise from environment secretary Liz Truss.

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UKIP jelly babies under fire on Amazon

Sweet manufacturer Choc-Kits has come under fire for releasing a “fun” can of UKIP jelly babies on Amazon.

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Alara Wholefoods aims to create 17 new jobs

Alara Wholefoods aims to create 17 jobs over the course of this year off the back of strong demand for its organic and gluten-free muesli and other food lines.

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Prepare for election threats and opportunities

Food and drink manufacturers should prepare for the threats and opportunities arising from the General Election in May, according to law firm DWF.

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Supermarket turmoil could benefit suppliers

Turmoil in the grocery sector may bring greater clarity for their suppliers, predicts Wyke Farms md Richard Clothier.

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Bingham and Jones to launch insect ready meals

Ready meal industry gurus Jonny Bingham and David Jones are developing their own brand of meals with a difference, following dozens of successful launches for other major firms.

Safety failings cost brewery £29k

Safety failings that led a worker to trap his foot in a rotating stirrer have resulted in a £29,000 bill for a Herefordshire brewery, after a successful prosecution by the Health...

Refresco Gerber faces strikes by ‘betrayed’ staff

Refresco Gerber faces strike action at its manufacturing base in Bridgewater, Somerset, over changes to pay, terms and conditions.

Tyrrells crisp maker fined for partial finger loss

Crisp manufacturer Tyrrells has been ordered to pay £13,000 for safety failings after an employee lost part of a finger in an accident involving an industrial fryer.

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Blaze breaks out at Berryman

A blaze broke out at David Berryman’s Bedfordshire site over the weekend, severely damaging the production and warehouse facilities.

Burton’s Biscuits invests £5M in new production line

Burton’s Biscuit Company has invested £5M at its Blackpool factory to build a new production line, boosting capacity.

Morrisons’ new fish site to create 200 jobs

Morrisons will open a new fish manufacturing site in Grimsby by the end of the year, creating 200 jobs and doubling its capacity in a bid meet “growing demand” for...

Mars invests millions in Norfolk sauces site

Mars Food will expand its Norfolk King’s Lynn facility in a multi-million pound investment plan, following a £1.1bn trade partnership deal between the UK and the US.

New guidance airs a pure food hygiene issue

New best practice guidelines for compressed air use in food and beverage manufacture are now available, which cover the direct and indirect contact of air with products. The guidelines have...

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Promote health benefits or risk political sidelining

The food industry must promote about its health benefits or risk being sidelined in the lead-up to the General Election in May, according to the chairman of the Oxford Farming...

Mondelēz International to let 250 go at Bournville

Mondelēz International is letting 250 staff go at its chocolate factory at Bournville, which makes a range of Cadbury branded products, including Cadbury Dairy Milk.

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New Britain Palm Oil needs more investment to grow

A third large round of investment is needed at sustainable palm oil producer New Britain Palm Oil (NBPOL) if the seven-year-old business is to maintain its sales growth, one of...

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Bigham's to launch single portion meals

Upmarket ready meal manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s is planning to launch four of its dishes in single portion versions in March.


Adopt skills of Sherlock Holmes to beat food fraud

To avoid future food fraud, companies will need to adopt the skills of legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers Michelle Knott

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Food industry faces ‘disaster’ if UK quits EU

Quitting the EU would be “a disaster” for the UK food industry, according to leading politicians at the recent Oxford Farming Conference.

Quorn talks of fourth fermenter

Consumer demand for Quorn will outstrip the Teesside firm’s supply within a decade, unless it continues to invest to boost capacity.

What big firms do wrong when buying small ones

One of the biggest failings that big companies make when they acquire smaller brands is to attempt to “value optimise” and cut costs, according to Green & Black’s co-founder Josephine...

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