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Jobs created through Scottish butcher’s Co-op deal

Family butcher business We hae meat will create six new jobs as part of its new range expansion deal with retailer Co-op Food.

Coca-Cola Enterprises ploughs £14M into Morpeth factory

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has opened a new water-processing and bottling line at its Morpeth site, in Northumberland, following a £14M spend.

2 Sisters faces strike at RF Brookes factory

Members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) at 2 Sisters’ RF Brookes factory in Rogerstone, Newport, are to strike over proposals to change their working conditions.

Unite strike action ballot opens at Nottingham Pizza Factory

Unite members at the 2 Sisters’ Pizza Factory in Nottingham started voting on Monday (May 23) on possible strike action in a dispute over an outstanding pay claim for 2015.

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Lean and green tops the agenda for Kinnerton

Leaner manufacturing and improved staff engagement are the twin targets of Kinnerton Confectionery’s site in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire.

Poultry give-away reduced with integrated portioning line

To help poultry processors minimise ‘give-away’ on products, Marel Poultry has developed ‘a robot with a knife’ concept for intelligent fixed-weight poultry batching.

2 Sisters seeks union talks after Pennine strike

2 Sisters Food Group is seeking talks with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), after its members at Pennine Foods factory in Sheffield staged a 48-hour walkout, at...

London bakery fire arsonist caught on CCTV

Dramatic CCTV footage of a masked arsonist attacking a London bakery has been released by the Metropolitan Police.

Food and drink manufacturers boost UK output

Rising output reported by food and drink manufacturers has boosted the UK manufacturing sector, despite lacklustre export demand, according to a new Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report.

Real Good Food opens new headquarters

The newly-opened headquarters of Real Good Food (RGF) will help boost the company’s product development and innovation, claims the manufacturer.

UK Chinese food firm targets exports – to China

Breaking into the lucrative food market in China is the aim of UK based Chinese food manufacturer Ming Foods, after securing an undisclosed amount of funding.

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Lean manufacturing: your questions answered

The Food Manufacture Group’s recent webinar – Lean and green manufacturing: realising world class potential – drew an audience of hundreds of food and drink industry professionals, who put more than...

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Skilled managers ‘vital for lean manufacturing’

A skilled and fully-trained management team is vital for the success of lean and green food and drink manufacturing, according to fast-moving consumer goods improvement specialist Simon Spanyol, who took...

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M&S rewards lean and green suppliers

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) own-label food and drink suppliers that meet the retailer’s stringent “lean and green” manufacturing and ethical trading standards, as part of its Plan A initiative, are...

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Lean and green manufacturing savings: what to expect

Lauras International partner, Jeremy Praud sets out what savings to expect from implementing a lean food and drink manufacturing programme in this video interview.

Haydens Bakery fined £40,000 for safety failings

Wiltshire bakery firm Haydens Bakery, part of the Real Good Food Company, has been fined £40,000 for safety failings, after one of its workers was injured by a bowl mixer.

Asda’s food and drink suppliers ‘to save £50M’

Asda’s food and drink suppliers are set to save £50M, as the supermarket extends its Sustain & Save Exchange programme, claims the retailer.

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M&S sourcing boss: what we expect from suppliers

Marks & Spencer (M&S) sets demanding standards for its suppliers but rewards top class achievement, explains the retailer’s head of responsible sourcing and packaging and Plan A Louise Nicholls, in this exclusive video interview....

Baxters Food Group to cut up to 80 jobs

Baxters Food Group plans to cut up to 80 jobs at its Fochabers site in Moray, as the firm implements a new ‘manufacturing transformation programme’. 

Harrogate Spring expands with 20 new job roles

Harrogate Water Brands, the owner of Harrogate Spring, has announced an increase in its workforce of 40% after a year of “phenomenal growth”.

Tyrrells acquires German snack maker

Tyrrells Crisps has bought German organic crisp maker Aroma Snacks for an undisclosed amount – the company’s first European acquisition.

Manufacturers face ‘dark cloud of uncertainty’: CBI

The UK economy is predicted to grow more slowly than previously forecast over the next two years as global economic risks heighten, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)....

Seven food manufacturing fires – in pictures

Fires, some linked to suspected arson, have continued to devastate food factories and other premises connected to the sector over the past six months. Here’s a quick photo tour of...

Welsh creamery’s new unit to safeguard 100 jobs

South Caernarfon Creameries’ (SCC’s) new cheese unit will safeguard 100 jobs and help the business cope with a “challenging” milk market.


Vitafoods Europe 2016 – a snapshot in tweets

Vitafoods Europe 2016 opened its doors to the world’s healthy food and nutrition industry in Geneva this week. Here we capture some of the show’s big themes delivered by the social...

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