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Dairy Crest, Nestlé and campylobacter top week’s headlines

Dairy Crest, Nestlé and campylobacter all feature in this week’s edition of Good Week/ Bad Week.

Warburtons tests groundbreaking robot at Burnley

Warburtons is testing a groundbreaking robot picker at its Burnley Wraps and Thins plant, where it officially opened its latest sheet and cut line on May 20.

Waste chocolate helps Nestlé reach sustainability goal

Nestlé UK & Ireland has reached its target of zero waste to landfill at its Fawdon factory after using excess Toffee Crisp and Rolo ingredients to help power the site....

Food security and animal health under Brussels spotlight

The animal health industry’s role in securing sustainable world food supplies is the focus of a conference staged in Brussels next month by the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH)....

Home-grown brands popular among Brits

Six of the 10 most popular food and drink products in the UK are based there, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Cranswick reaches £1bn turnover following £21M investment

Cranswick has exceeded £1bn in sales for the first time, boosted by a 23% rise in non-EU exports and a £21M investment in its facilities, according to the pork giant’s...

Good Week, Bad Week

Profits, investment and acquisitions lead week’s top news

A boost in profits for Bakkavor, a multi-million pound investment in manufacturing by United Biscuits and two acquisitions lead this week’s Good Week/ Bad Week.

Moy Park ramps up production after investment

Moy Park has ramped up its output to 5M chickens a week, following the announcement of a £170M expansion plan last year.

Food manufacturers fail to provide healthy and eco-friendly sandwiches

Food manufacturers are failing to provide consumers with healthy and environmentally-friendly sandwich options, according to healthy eating organisation Eating Better.

Green revolution for veg processing

Better use of precious raw material resources during food processing are the main expected outcome of a euro 6M pan-European research project which comes to an end in October.

Plans for safe and efficient boiler and burner operation

Boilers, which are widely use across food and drink to provide process heat and steam, are often not receiving the care and maintenance they require to ensure efficient and optimal...

Food oils firm Phoenix Group boosts capacity

Food oils producer Phoenix Group has invested £120,000 in a new bottling line that will ultimately boost capacity at its filling facilities sevenfold.

Food prices ‘drive’ obesity epidemic

The price of vegetables has risen by a whopping 199% in the past 30 years in the UK while the cost of an ice cream has fallen by 50%, driving...

Food firm to pay £205k for fatal electrocution

Fresh produce manufacturing company Natures Way Foods has been ordered to pay more than £205,403, after one of its workers suffered a fatal electrocution.

Outlook positive after Heinz Kendal factory sale

Prospects seem positive for workers at Heinz’s baby food factory in Kendal, Cumbria, which has been sold to Kendal Nutricare for an undisclosed sum.

Bright Blue Foods targets £100M in sales

Bright Blue Foods is targeting £100M in sales within four years as the cake business gears up for further growth after restructuring and investing £2M in its Shadsworth bakery in...

Baxters fined £6,000 for worker’s accident

Soups, sauces and spreads manufacturer Baxters has been fined £6,000, after one of its workers suffered serious injury when his hand was caught between a conveyor belt and roller.

News in brief

Food start ups seek 'pump priming' support

Start-up food and drink businesses are desperately in need of ‘pump priming’ support to help them get off the ground, two food entrepreneurs have suggested.

Preventive maintenance vital for cash-strapped firms

Food firms are targeting asset care as a way to ease pressure on profits, but lack of properly trained staff is proving a hindrance, according to Peter Gagg, md of...

Food firms asked to share views on industry's future

As the food and drink manufacturing sector considers the impact of the Conservatives’ election victory, the Food Manufacture Group invites you to share your views about the industry's future.

Election 2015

Uncertainty is on the cards post May 7 vote

In just over a day’s time it will all be over (we hope). The nation will have spoken, and with it will be an end to all the political posturing...

Food manufacture excellence awards

Celebrate the best in food and drink manufacturing

The 2015 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards are now open for receipt of entries. So, if your company wants to be recognised for its world-class achievements and join the party at...

UK food industry gets automated to cut costs

The UK food industry is switching on to the benefits of automation amid growing pressure to cut costs, according to engineering component specialist European Automation.

Cornish fudge firm pumps £600k into new site

A Cornish confectionery company has pumped £600,000 into a new site, tripling production space and creating six new jobs.

Food and drink firms should 'beware bribery threat'

Manufacturers must take the threat of bribery more seriously by putting in place measures to safeguard against it, a legal expert has advised. The warning comes as new figures suggest...