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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
09-Apr-2014 - Is zero waste to landfill an easy target for smaller businesses to hit? And once they do, what next?
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
02-Apr-2014 - Timing social media posts to reach customers at key times of the day – such as before teatime – is helping food manufacturers to boost sales and engage new customers, according a seminar at the Foodex trade event last week.
31-Mar-2014 - Bakkavor is recruiting to fill 270 new jobs, after the official opening of its Wingland Foods factory extension last Friday (March 28).
31-Mar-2014 - New rules requiring all large firms to undertake mandatory energy efficiency assessments could end up being a major cost burden unless the findings are used to introduce savings in the businesses, warns a leading environmental consultancy.
31-Mar-2014 - Unilever has teamed up with fashion designer Henry Holland to create a Magnum inspired dress, made entirely out of chocolate.
28-Mar-2014 - Food industry automation projects stall not because of lack of finance, but because of the ‘fear factor’ that firms won’t have engineers with the know-how to install or maintain systems.
28-Mar-2014 - Large food and drinks businesses must show “strong leadership” if the sector is to successfully adopt automation to become leaner and greener and ready itself for the future.
27-Mar-2014 - The Scottish government has teamed up with an Edinburgh-based magician in a bid to make food waste disappear.