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Optimism among manufacturers highest in 40 years

24-Apr-2014 - The level of optimism among UK manufacturers has reached a peak not seen in over 40 years, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

BrewDog opens school for next generation of brewers

24-Apr-2014 - Scotland’s largest independent brewery BrewDog has opened a new bottling shop and school in London that will help grow the next generation of brewers, according to the firm’s boss.

Little consumer choice in crisp category

23-Apr-2014 - Consumer choice has been tainted by too few brands dominating the crisp category, the founder of a new crisp brand has claimed.

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PG Tips monkey creates Instagram account to woo ladies

23-Apr-2014 - PG Tips has opened an official Instagram account spearheaded by Monkey in a bid to attract younger female fans to the brand.

AB Produce slams Environment Agency in stench warfare

22-Apr-2014 - Vegetable processor AB Produce claims efforts to eradicate unpleasant odours from its plant at Measham in Leicestershire have received poor support from the Environment Agency, despite spending millions to tackle the problem.

Food firms must cater for consumers on autopilot

22-Apr-2014 - Food and drink manufacturers need to make their products appear to be an effortless choice for consumers operating on autopilot and stop over rationalising their habits, advises leading behavioural scientist Dr Nick Southgate.

£5bn export opportunities for UK organic food firms

17-Apr-2014 - A potential £5bn export market to China has been opened for UK organic food and drink manufacturers, following a Soil Association deal with China’s Organic Food Development Centre (OFDC).

New €30M Kerrygold site to create 50 jobs

17-Apr-2014 - The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) has invested €30M (£24.6M) in a new butter production and packaging facility for its Kerrygold brand, creating 50 jobs in Mitchelstown, County Cork.

Food science under spotlight at IFST jubilee conference

16-Apr-2014 - Mapping the future of food science is the aim of the Institute of Food Science & Technology’s (IFST’s) jubilee conference next month, according to its chief executive Jon Poole.

Burton’s Biscuit Company invests £14.75M in snack tech

16-Apr-2014 - Burton’s Biscuit Company, maker of brands such as Maryland Cookies and Jammie Dodgers, has announced a £14.75M investment in its manufacturing operation to support business growth.

Tough market threatens 150 Kerry Foods jobs at Poole

16-Apr-2014 - Rising raw material costs have endangered 150 jobs at Kerry Foods’ savouries and pies factory at Poole, Dorset, in what trades union Unite calls “a major blow” for the area.

Manufacture foods to showcase quality: NFU

16-Apr-2014 - Farmers stepping into food manufacturing to supplement their incomes should use the opportunity to showcase the qualities of the rural sector, such as better food security and freshness, the National Farmers Union (NFU) president has said.

About 500 vegetable packing workers screened for TB

14-Apr-2014 - Up to 500 employees at a vegetable packing firm in Cambridgshire have been screened for tuberculosis (TB), after an outbreak blamed by a local councillor on migrant workers from eastern Europe.

Food manufacturers should act over Ukraine crisis

11-Apr-2014 - Food manufacturers should protect themselves against political instability – such as the Ukraine crisis – and extreme weather by planning contractual protection, warns food law firm Roythornes.

Pub burger meals now cheaper than McDonald’s

11-Apr-2014 - Cash strapped consumers can now get burger meals more cheaply at many pubs than at McDonald’s or Burger King, as the fast food outfits have been forced to raise prices.


Zero food waste to landfill - mission accomplished?

09-Apr-2014 - Is zero waste to landfill an easy target for smaller businesses to hit? And once they do, what next?

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Maclean’s Highland Bakery invests in jobs and production

09-Apr-2014 - Maclean’s Highland Bakery is boosting its workforce and doubling its packing capacity thanks to funding from Clydesdale Bank, with plans to take on an additional 12 staff.

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Faccenda UK md: Telford investment boosts capabilities

08-Apr-2014 - Faccenda’s new Telford plant will boost efficiencies, increase flexibility and free the company up to handle a wider range of products, according to UK md Andy Dawkins.

Noodle factory relocation creates 50 jobs at Symington’s

07-Apr-2014 - About 50 new jobs were created by the relocation of Symington’s noodle production from China to a new factory in Hunslet, near Leeds, the firm confirmed at the official opening last Friday (April 4).

Avana Bakeries site to close, despite lifeline rumours

07-Apr-2014 - 2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed the closure of its Avana Bakeries site near Newport in Wales, threatening 650 jobs, denying claims it was close to securing substantial new orders.

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Celebrity chefs needed to sell food science to consumers

04-Apr-2014 - Food firms must woo celebrity chefs and other ‘foodies’ more to help consumers understand the industry’s use of science, including biotechnology and nanotechnology, experts from the sector have argued.

Foodex 2014

British Bakels wins British Bounce Back champion crown

02-Apr-2014 - British Bakels has won the coveted title Great British Bounce Back champion, in a competition organised by Foodex to mark the achievement of food and drink manufacturers who are recovering from recession and investing in the future of their businesses.


Food firms could treble productivity with lean tools

02-Apr-2014 - Food manufacturers could treble their productivity with no new resources by applying lean manufacturing tools, according to Professor Peter Hines, partner at lean consultancy SA Partners.

Foodex 2014

Foodex 2014 – video highlights

02-Apr-2014 - The consequences of the horsemeat crisis, filling the yawning skills gap, lean and green manufacturing and social media were just some of the topics tackled by the Food Manufacture Group at Foodex 2014, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham last week.

Savoury biscuits assault launched by UB

02-Apr-2014 - United Biscuits aims to invest £3.5M in its plants at Aintree, near Liverpool, and Harlesden in north west London as it prepares to boost its savoury biscuits market share.

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