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Food Manufacture Survey

Here’s what state you think the industry’s in

Competition from limited assortment discounters (LADs) continues to cause problems for the food and drink manufacturers and their supermarket customers, according to our exclusive annual Food Manufacture survey.

Food Manufacture Awards: could you win one?

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) are open for entries: could your food or drink manufacturing business win an Oscar?

Cereal firm invests to boost jobs and capacity

Cereal ingredient producer Silvery Tweed Cereals has invested £1.5M in new equipment at its Berwick-upon-Tweed site, creating four new jobs.

Premier Foods opens £20M line and creates 80 jobs

Premier Foods has opened its £20M production line at its Mr Kipling bakery in Carlton, Barnsley today (July 3) – creating 80 new jobs.

Branson funds food firm’s marketing campaign

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has awarded surplus food distributor Approved Food £100,000 to spend on a new marketing campaign.

Food waste firm fined over cooker death

A Staffordshire food waste recycling and animal rendering firm has been fined £660,000 after a worker died while repairing an industrial cooker.

Big four supermarkets ‘could become big three’

Supermarket price wars could force the merger of one or more of the UK’s big four supermarkets with one of its rivals, analysts claim.

Müller’s third-party milk offer pushes £80M sales

Müller’s £80M buyout of Dairy Crest could be completed by the end of this year, after the German firm offered to supply fresh milk to a third-party processor to appease...

Training boost for food manufacture

Food and drink manufacturers short on skilled workers will receive a boost in support after the dairy industry announced its successful Eden Project training scheme would be accessible to all...

Bakery profits on rise after skills training

A Yorkshire bakery has boosted profits by lifting output, cutting waste and improving communication between teams, after implementing a skills training programme.

2 Sisters Gunstones staff in ‘last-ditch’ pay talks

Staff at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Gunstones bakery in Sheffield will hold last-ditch talks over a pay dispute with management before deciding on further strike action, it has emerged.

How you can win a food and drink manufacturing Oscar

There’s still plenty of time to submit your winning entry in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), ahead of the July 17 deadline. So, here’s how to impress...

Morrisons comes out on top after wonky bread goes viral

Morrisons has been applauded for its light-hearted response to an angry customer on Facebook by other users of the social networking site.

News in brief

Man hit with biscuit recorded as actual bodily harm

An incident of a woman throwing a biscuit at a man in Norfolk was recorded as actual bodily harm (ABH) by police, according to media reports.

Morrisons launch investigation over contaminated minced beef

Morrisons has been forced to launch an investigation after a family reportedly found a sharp piece of plastic in a packet of the retailer’s minced beef.

‘Incapable’ slaughterhouses put lives at risk – Unison

Many poultry slaughterhouses in Europe are incapable of producing safe meat that’s free from disease, faeces, abscesses and septicaemia, a shaming report from the trade union Unison has claimed.

Aldi signs £100,000 bacon deal

A Scottish meat processor will supply 20t of bacon to 60 Aldi Scotland stores in a deal worth £100,000, it has emerged.

UK lagging behind France on food waste redistribution

The UK food and drink industry is lagging behind France with the amount of surplus food it send for redistribution, according to food redistribution charity FareShare.

Food manufacturing heroes: apply here

Food and drink manufacturing heroes are being sought to win top industry Oscars in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

550 strike over pay at 2 Sisters bakery

Hundreds of workers at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Gunstones bakery in Sheffield took part in a 48-hour strike this week, with a further 48-hour walk out planned for next month.

Food industry’s eight-step waste, poverty and efficiency plan

The food and drink industry has united behind a new eight-step plan for food businesses to increase resource efficiency, reduce food waste and support people experiencing food poverty.

Britvic’s £7M investment creates 40 jobs

Soft drink manufacturer Britvic has invested £7M in its Bramley factory and warehouse, near Leeds, creating 40 new jobs.

Good Week, Bad Week

Premier Foods, Müller and retailers make GWBW

Premier Foods, Müller Dairy, Iceland and Sainsbury all feature in negative news in the latest edition of our video news roundup Good Week, Bad Week.

Production continued at UB plant during £50M investment

United Biscuits’ £50M investment at its Harlesden facility didn’t stop production, despite major structural work being carried out, factory general manager Helen Day has said.

BD Foods invests £240k and creates 40 jobs

Sauce manufacturer BD Foods has invested £240,000 in two new production lines to boost capacity and service more orders, creating 40 jobs.