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Stag Bakeries completes £525k investment

Scottish family-owned Stag Bakeries has completed a £525,000 expansion of its production plant, warehouse and office space.

Brexit debate

Unilever boss backs remain amid company logo row

The boss of Unilever is the latest senior food industry figure to speak up in favour of remaining in the EU, amid a spat over the use of the company’s...

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Food manufacturers advised to plan for Industry 4.0

The food and beverage industry is changing fast, with connectivity and boundless data catapulting it into a new digital age.

Potato supplier Branston creates 20 new jobs

Potato supplier Branston is to create 20 new jobs after it completes a £5M factory expansion at its site in Lincolnshire.

2 Sisters signs five-year bakery contract

2 Sisters has signed a new, five-year contract for its Gunstones Bakery near Sheffield, which will offset the loss of a chilled contract with an unnamed retailer, the manufacturer has claimed.

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Müller’s Aberdeen dairy to close today

Müller Milk & Ingredients is to close its Aberdeen dairy today (June 10) with the loss of 87 jobs.

Police called to 2 Sisters’ Pennine factory during strike

Police were called to the 2 Sisters Food Group’s Pennine Foods factory in Sheffield on Monday (June 6) during strike action by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU).

Northumbrian Fine Foods to invest £1.2M

Northumbrian Fine Foods (NFF), the gluten-free biscuit manufacturer, is investing £1.2M in new baking production capacity.

New sausage factory to create more skilled workers

Finnebrogue Artisan’s new factory will create more skilled workers and spark greater staff engagement, claimed the Northern Ireland (NI)-based sausage manufacturer.

Amazon Fresh faces huge ‘quality’ challenge

Amazon faces a number of challenges if its new food delivery service Fresh is going to succeed – but its price leadership position could make it a big threat to...

‘Breakthrough’ global food waste standard to save industry millions

A new global food waste standard aimed at saving consumers and the food industry money, while alleviating pressure on natural resources, has been described as a “breakthrough” by its backers.


Food and drink manufacturers ‘better off outside EU’

The UK’s largest manufacturing industry, made up of mostly small and medium-sized firms, supplies over half of our food with a turnover of £85bn and employs over 3.5M people. ...

Philosopher ‘naive’ over Daily Mail processed food comment: FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has accused a philosopher of being “naive” after he stated that modern food processing was a danger to health. 

News in brief

Meat processing advances demand better analytical methods

More sophisticated analysis is required to deal with advances in meat processing technology, according to Leatherhead Food Research (LFR).

Chocolate quality raised with online ultrasonic test

Belgian researchers have come up with a new method of checking the quality of their nation’s famous chocolate, which could save the chocolate industry a lot of time and money....

Unite starts legal proceedings against Arla Foods

Unite, the union, said it has instigated legal proceedings against Arla Foods, claiming it failed to “properly” consult over the possible loss of 230 jobs at the Hatfield Peverel dairy...

Sales fall 1.3% at R&R Ice Cream

R&R Ice Cream has posted a 1.3% drop in sales for the first quarter of 2016 as its acquisition of Nestlé’s South Africa business, fluctuating exchange rates, and tough European...

Jobs created through Scottish butcher’s Co-op deal

Family butcher business We hae meat will create six new jobs as part of its new range expansion deal with retailer Co-op Food.

Coca-Cola Enterprises ploughs £14M into Morpeth factory

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has opened a new water-processing and bottling line at its Morpeth site, in Northumberland, following a £14M spend.

Automated bulk bag weigh batcher is launched

A new automated bulk bag weigh batching system from Flexicon meters ingredients into a Flexi-Disc tubular cable conveyor that transports batches of a specified weight to downstream processing equipment, dust-free.

Robotic pot swap loader for mixed food trays

The manual process of putting together mixed chilled product trays has now been automated by Fanuc in collaboration with Pacepacker Services, using a robotic pot swap tray loading system.

Under glove gel protects skin

Skin care specialist Deb and hand protection company Ansell have joined forces to launch Triple Active Gel – what they claim is the world’s first hand-health, under glove gel for...

Radical design for steam boiler

Fulton claims its SRT Series vertical steam boiler, exhibited at the recent Foodex show at the National Exhibition Centre, near Birmingham, features the most radical...

Condition-based maintenance keeps kit rolling

The Machine Sentry condition monitoring (CM) system for rotating equipment from AVT Reliability has been further developed to enhance its condition-based maintenance (CBM) capability.

2 Sisters faces strike at RF Brookes factory

Members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) at 2 Sisters’ RF Brookes factory in Rogerstone, Newport, are to strike over proposals to change their working conditions.

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