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DNA sequencing and biofortification the big trends for 2015

DNA sequencing and biofortification of food will create the biggest opportunities for food businesses to respond to pressure to operate more sustainably in 2015, according to the UK’s innovation agency...


Energy savings scheme: ‘best way forward’

There’s no quick fix to achieve compliance with the government’s Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS). It has been greeted in some quarters with some understandable scepticism, while others see it...

Branston pickle jobs threatened in UK restructure

Up to 87 jobs could go as Mizkan restructures its European operations, 66 of which are under threat at its Bury St Edmunds Branston pickle factory, formerly owned by Premier Foods.

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Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards in Tweets

Hundreds of top industry professionals thronged London’s Hilton hotel recently to celebrate the food manufacturing Oscars, many of them armed with smartphones to tweet the highlights of the event. Here...

Jacob’s strike on at United Biscuits plant

United Biscuits’ (UB’s) Jacob’s factory faces a six-day strike, starting this Sunday (November 23), after last-minute talks to resolve a dispute over sick pay and outsourcing collapsed.

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Ichiban UK wins food manufacturing industry Oscar

Stowmarket-based sushi firm Ichiban UK has wrapped up a coveted award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) last week. 

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Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards: The winners

Congratulations to all the firms that triumphed in the James Bond-themed, Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) at the London Park Lane Hilton last night.

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Dawn Meats wins top food manufacturing Oscar

Dawn Meats has won coveted Food Manufacturing Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton in...

Baker to pay £16.8k after serious cut injury

A bakery firm has been ordered to pay nearly £17,000 after an employee suffered serious cuts to his fingers in a workplace accident.

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Faccenda ups efficiency with training and robotics

Faccenda has invested in robotics and training to increase production efficiency and slash waste at its new Telford factory, according to Catherine Gormley, general manager of the site.

Two biggest hurdles holding back cultured meat

Boosting production and winning public acceptance are the biggest challenges for scientists seeking to make cultured meat more widely available, according to the scientist leading the research.

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars tonight

The long wait is nearly over. The Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) take place tonight at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel in London.

Greenvale’s Swancote ups output by 60%

A £2M investment is set to boost Greenvale’s Swancote potato processing site’s output further, following an increase by more than 60% in the past five years.

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Wensleydale Creamery invests £350k in expansion

Cheesemaker the Wensleydale Creamery has invested £350,000 in new equipment to expand into the burgeoning £90M blended cheese category.

Warehouse automation in stages

The historic reluctance of third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to invest in warehouse automation is changing as technological advances enable a flexible, staged introduction which allows costs to be controlled, claimed...

Haribo faces GMB strike ballot

Haribo faces a GMB strike ballot, less than a week after the trade union announced that a similar vote at United Biscuits’ Jacob’s factory at Aintree had supported industrial action...

Moy Park stock market flotation confirmed for 2015

Moy Park shares will be sold on the stock market for the first time next year, owner Marfrig Global Foods has confirmed in results for its third financial quarter (Q3).

Food manufacturing Oscars unveiled tomorrow

There’s just one day to go until our James Bond-themed Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) in central London.

Jacob’s biscuit plant hosts last-ditch strike talks

Last-ditch talks to avert strike action at UB's Aintree Jacob’s Biscuits factory have been scheduled for November 17.

Five-step plan to beat food waste

Food waste charity Hubbub has launched a five-step manifesto to help food manufacturers tackle food waste.

G&J Jack fish factory saved by fire service

G&J Jack fish factory has escaped disaster thanks to the prompt actions and expertise of the local Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, which battled a blaze at the Fraserburgh plant....

Food manufacturing Oscars awarded this Thursday

Final preparations are underway for our James Bond-themed Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), which will take place this Thursday with TV star Mark Durden-Smith at the Park Lane...

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Unilever to launch Marmite and Pot Noodle Easter eggs

Unilever UK will launch two new Easter eggs in February to build on the success of its first ever releases last year.

Christmas food and drink spend to reach £5.3bn

Savvy consumers will visit various retailers this Christmas for food and drink shopping, with total grocery spending expected to rise 1.5% from last year to £5.3bn, Webloyalty has claimed.

EU Protected food names: interactive map

Dundee Cake looks set to become the next food product to receive Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status after Scotland’s food secretary Richard Lochhead launched a national consultation to consider the...

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