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Government needs speedy manufacturing plan: EEF

The government needs to speed up its long-term strategy plans to support the growth of the manufacturing sector claims EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Food firms need to offer healthier products for over 60s

Food and beverage companies need to offer healthier products, fortify foods with vitamins and minerals and have less salt, sugar, calories and fat, to tap into the growing over-60s market,...

Safe handling guidance to cut 1,700 acute injuries each year

New guidance has been launched in an effort to reduce the 1,700 acute injuries that occur each year in the food and drink sector caused by manual handling.

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Blaze battled at Yorkshire pudding factory

A blaze at a Yorkshire pudding factory in south Wales was attended by four fire engines this morning, after a fire started in an industrial oven.

Jobs saved at Somerset cider mill after takeover

Up to 24 jobs have been saved at a cider mill in Somerset, after beverage firm Brothers Drinks stepped in to take over manufacturing and production of the plant to...

Kellogg UK jobs boost after German closure

Jobs at Kellogg’s two UK factories in Manchester and Wrexham have been made more secure after the cereal maker confirmed it was to close a plant in Germany to address...

FMEA judge impressed by small companies

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEA) judge Dale Fiddy said the quality of entries from small to medium-sized enterprises caught his attention in this year’s judging process.


Food factory design: Can fire risk be designed out?

New-build factory and warehouse design is likely to be dictated by a complex web of risk management requirements, reports Paul Gander.

Food sector needs more engineers urgently

Growing engineering skills shortages in UK food and drink manufacturing are threatening the ability of the sector to adapt to the ‘brave new world’ post the Brexit vote, industry experts...

Bernard Matthews deal under fire for extracting ‘maximum cash’

Bernard Matthews’ takeover by 2 Sisters boss Ranjit Boparan appears to have been “carefully crafted” to enable secured creditors to extract maximum value from the company – while at the...

Bernard Matthews deal: potential supplier losses grow to £39M

Bernard Matthews’ unsecured creditors amount to a combined total of £39M – and could increase yet further – in the wake of the pre-pack administration takeover by 2 Sisters boss...

Worker dies at fish factory

The death of a worker at Thistle Seafoods is currently under investigation by Police Scotland.

Sandwich firm owner pleads guilty to rat infestation

The owner of a Dewsbury-based sandwich making firm has pleaded guilty to a series of food hygiene offences at two of its sites, one of which had a rat infestation...

New Brexit boss appointed by National Farmers Union

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has appointed Nick von Westenholz to the new position of Brexit boss, as part of the organisation’s move to help put farming and food at...

Jus-Rol factory stops production with loss of 265 jobs

Production at the Jus-Rol pastry factory in Berwick-upon-Tweed ended on September 22, with the loss of 265 jobs.

Dairy processor in £14M factory expansion

A north Wales dairy producer is set to invest £14M in expanding its operation after winning a supply contract from a major supermarket.

Bacon slicing into stacks or shingles gets a big production boost

Back bacon processors can boost their productivity with a new slicing machine from Norwich-based Thurne.

Dicer comes with and without conveyors

The latest addition to the Urschel line of dicers, the Sprint 2, builds on the technology of the DiversaCut Sprint dicer and is inspired by its Model G.

Precision portions from boneless poultry cutter

It has been designed for cutting boneless, non-frozen poultry products to fixed weight or uniform dimensions.

Dicers that handle a variety of meats

Holac dicers, available from food processing equipment specialist Reiser, offer high versatility, enabling them to produce a variety of product shapes and sizes.

Post-cook heat reduction and chilling combined in a single unit

A new approach to hot product cooling prior to blast chilling or freezing has been introduced, which cuts the large costs of ‘double handling’ usually needed.

Meat firms get automation advice

The key steps meat companies need to take to achieve a smart factory in line with ‘Industry 4.0’ automation approaches were the focus of open days for the meat sector...

Tims Dairy boosts yogurt output with handling unit

Buckinghamshire yogurt maker Tims Dairy has increased its production to 200t a week with the aid of new end-of-line handling systems supplied by UPM Conveyors.

Test for staff hearing protection

Operators of noisy food and drink factories can now have confidence that their workers receive the very best hearing protection, thanks to an award-winning technology introduced by 3M.

Aldi record sales: ‘positive news for food manufacturers’

Aldi’s rising sales are good news for its food and drink suppliers, as the discount retailer is anxious to promote British brands following the Brexit vote, analysts have said.


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