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Big energy firms slated by Which? consumer survey

The big six energy suppliers have been slated for poor customer service in a survey by consumer watchdog Which?

Steam infusion may offer health gains

This autumn will see the first results emerge from the first phase of a two-year research project into the use of steam infusion as a technique for improving the nutritional...

Free energy webinar: just three days to go

With just three days to go until the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar on the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), we have collected together key quotes that capture how...

Free energy webinar – less than a week to go

Final plans are in progress for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar on energy savings, which will take place at 1100 GMT on Thursday, September 18.

Rock Rose gin from Britain’s most northern distillery

What is being claimed as the most northerly gin distillery on mainland Britain was commissioned last month, following the installation of a new still - christened ‘Elizabeth’ - in the...


How to keep your food site safe

With reputations at stake, food safety has become more important than ever before, reports Alyson Magee


Moy Park’s manager raises output by a fifth

Moy Park’s Ben Carrigan has found a way to raise output by a fifth at the company’s Anwick site, he tells Nicholas Robinson

Bakeries reduce portion sizes to cut obesity levels

Bakeries are being forced to shrink the size of their sweet products, as weight-conscious consumers demand better quality desserts with less sugar and fewer calories.

EFSA stymies progress on ‘may contain’

Alpro’s decision to reverse plans to combine its soya and nut production lines has shone the spotlight on the need for usable ‘action levels’ for adventitious allergen contamination of foods....

Tomorrow's food factory: sneak preview

Tomorrrow’s food factories will look very different to the ones of today, being designed to raise efficiencies and reduce the cost of production, while offering better sustainability.

Grocery abuse claims rejected by SOFHT boss

Claims made by the independent Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon that alleged supermarket abuses of power were going under-reported have been refuted by an industry expert.

Workers ‘devastated’ as 186 KP Snacks jobs face axe

KP Snacks’s plans to close factories at Consett in County Durham and Corby in Northamptonshire, threatening up to 186 jobs, have ‘devastated’ longstanding workers there, according to trades union GMB.

Launch of snacks firm Brighter Foods creates more than 35 jobs

The launch of Brighter Foods has created more than 35 job roles in the snack foods sector in Mid-Wales.

National Grid wants more electricity due to ‘uncertainty’

The National Grid is looking for extra electricity supplies, in advance of what it describes as “an uncertain winter”.

Food suppliers must learn from discounters

Food and drink suppliers should use insights from the success of hard discounters Aldi, Lidl and Poundland to boost their own retail prospects, a category management specialist has claimed.

Allied Bakeries creates 27 new jobs

Allied Bakeries (AB) has created 27 new jobs at its Glasgow facility after pumping £8.4M into its new Kingsmill Sandwich Thins production line.

Recession hits Ferrero’s plans for a UK factory

Ferrero’s plans to build a new production facility in the UK and double its sales here to £400M by 2015 were abandoned because of capital expenditure constraints, it has been...

Energy webinar

Choose your energy management partner with care

Food and drink businesses should evaluate a range of energy management firms before selecting one to partner with to ensure the best possible financial returns, says the boss of energy...

Free energy webinar

Food and drink firms focus on energy savings

Rising energy costs are focusing food and drink manufacturers’ attention on making savings, according to a new report from Siemens Industry.

London group FoodCycle wins government funding

Bromley-by-Bow-based FoodCycle has received £10,000 of government funding to help it increase volunteering opportunities.


Walking has a bigger role in the obesity war

Professor Mike Lean of Glasgow University described as “absolute nonsense” Christopher Snowdon’s report from the Institute of Economic Affairs ‘The Fat Lie’, which claimed that a lack of exercise, rather...

Crantock Bakery: ‘almost time to open second site’

Crantock Bakery is considering expanding to a second factory after the installation of a flow wrapping machine from a company called KernPack enabled it to expand production almost six-fold.

News in brief

Scottish space whisky set to land on earth

Scottish whisky sent into space three years ago to discover how gravity affects the maturing process will return to earth in 11 days, on September 12, according to its distiller.

Almost 170 jobs go as Pasta Reale goes under

Almost 170 jobs have been lost at fresh and filled pasta processor Pasta Reale as the Sussex-based company called in administrators from BDO on August 26 after 35 years of trading.

Manufactured ice cream superior to homemade

Manufactured ice creams can offer a superior taste experience when compared to homemade product, and premium brands contain less air and more fat, according to a US food scientist.

03:43 pm 16 September 2014