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Premier Foods awards: AAK is overall champion

Oils and fats producer AAK has been crowned overall champion at Premier Foods's supplier awards yesterday.

Baxters sentenced over worker’s injury

Baxters Food Group has been fined £60,000 after a worker suffered “life-changing injuries” caused by an accident on one of its production lines.

CCE invests £300k in London site

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has invested £300,000 in its Edmonton factory in north London as part of its commitment to manufacturing excellence and innovation.

Labour conference: food policy remains unclear

Labour needs more time to develop its food policy, while industry should respect the vegan convictions of the new shadow environment secretary, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Labour call for action on food fraud, waste and labels

Despite the horsemeat scandal, the government has weakened the Food Standards Agency (FSA) which tackles food fraud, the shadow environment secretary claimed today (September 29).

Premier Foods’s Bisto campaign to help elderly

Premier Foods, the makers of Bisto, has launched a campaign to encourage families to invite a lonely elderly person round for Sunday lunch.

Carlsberg workers take industrial action: Unite

Nearly 200 Carlsberg engineers, brewers, processors and packers will take part in an a continuous ban on overtime and work-to-rule on Thursday (October 1), after the firm imposed what Unite...

Ice cream firm builds ‘Scotland’s largest solar panel farm’

Ice Cream manufacturer Mackie’s of Scotland will switch on the ‘largest solar panel farm in Scotland’ when it goes on grid this week (September 30), in a bid meet its...

Potato power: 2 Sisters starts up ‘world-first’ plant

2 Sisters Food Group has started up the ‘world’s first’ potato-powered energy plant to turn mashed potato and other factory waste into energy, it claimed. 

Chocolate factory welcomes 40,000 visitors

Pembrokeshire-based chocolate manufacturer Wickedly Welsh Chocolate welcomed more than 40,000 people into its factory over the summer holidays, the firm has revealed.

Good Week, Bad Week

Salad fire, 2 Sisters and Finsbury top week’s news

A blaze that tore through Selby Salads’ manufacturing site in North Yorkshire and wrecked its warehouse leads this week’s top news headlines.

Young's Seafood to cut 650 jobs while saving 250

Young’s Seafood now plans to cut 650 jobs at its Fraserburgh and Grantown-on-Spey sites, while retaining 250 jobs at both plants which will remain open. 

CK Foods opens £5M poultry processing plant

CK Foods has opened a £5M halal poultry processing plant as the food manufacturer branches out from pizza cheese into cooked chicken products.

Manufacturers welcome government sugar tax ruling

Food and drink manufacturers have praised the government for ruling out Jamie Oliver’s proposed sugar tax, claiming the idea was “misplaced”. 

Improve supply chain transparency urges AHDB boss

Food manufacturers should help to improve transparency in the food supply chain and share more information about changing customer tastes more openly, urges Jane King, new boss of the Agriculture...

2 Sisters to spend £55M on ready meals boost

2 Sisters Food Group plans to rebuild a key manufacturing site as a part of a £55M investment to expand its ready meals, soups and sauces division.

Welsh food and drink firms target Scandinavia

Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits will join 15 other Welsh food and drink manufacturers on a trade mission to Scandinavia in a bid to find new trading opportunities and “sustainably grow” the...

Boparan Holdings replaces ABF as UK’s largest food and drink manufacturer: survey

The parent company for 2 Sisters Food Group has replaced Associated British Foods as the UK’s largest food and drink manufacturer, according to an index of 150 firms.

Cornish Sea Salt invests £1.3M, creating 25 jobs

The Cornish Sea Salt Company plans to invest in production facilities and double its workforce in order to ramp up international sales.

Shadow secretary singles out food manufacturing

Food manufacturing has been singled out by the new shadow environment secretary Kerry McCarthy.

£20k Burton’s biscuit theft: Three men charged

Three men have been charged with stealing a trailer containing biscuits worth about £20,000.

Good Week, Bad Week

Buyouts, campylobacter and recalls tops week’s headlines

The £1.6M buyout Leatherhead Food Research by the Science Group leads our selection of the top headlines from the past week in food and drink manufacturing.

‘Me & My Factory’: What we’ve learnt

What do the factory managers of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Mondelēz and United Biscuits all have in common? They’ve all thrown open the doors to their factories to our sister title Food...

Food and drink firms to win big at Rugby World Cup

Food and drink manufacturers are set to win big during the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off tonight, from an estimated boom in sales.

Food Crime Unit targets company ID theft as Tulip warns of fraud

Food and drink manufacturers have been warned to beware company identity theft, as a leading meat processing firm continues to complain of being targeted by fraudsters.