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2 Sisters’ Fox’s Biscuits factory fire hospitalises two

Two engineers were hospitalised with smoke inhalation after a fire at 2 Sisters’ Fox’s Biscuits factory in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire this week (December 5).

Fire tackled at celebration cake factory

Firefighting services were called to tackle a blaze at cake maker Lightbody’s factory in Hamilton, near Glasgow, last week.

Food industry ‘big data’ should be mined better

Food and drink manufacturers should be making more of ‘big data’ if they want to better understand the sales impact of their products, a business analytics software provider has claimed.

Energy investment would cut food firms’ consumption by 27%

Food and drink manufacturers could cut energy consumption by 27%, which reduce costs and environmental impacts, by increasing investment in energy technology, claims a new report from Barclays.

Me and My Factory

Inside manufacturing: Ramona’s Kitchen

It takes talent and drive to go from a home cooking enthusiast to an award-winning manufacturer of Mediterranean cuisine, and Ramona Hazan appears to have both in droves.

Food firms could boost loyalty in the digital age

Food and drink manufacturers could use the Fourth Industrial Revolution, known as 4IR, to boost customer loyalty and therefore sales, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has claimed.

Many firms unprepared for next Industrial Revolution

More than half of British food and drink manufacturers risk missing out on the Fourth Industrial Revolution – known as 4IR – warns a report from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Time to invest

Rising labour costs and the need to become more flexible to meet changing customer demands is driving investment.

Plant-based food needed or risk ‘health disaster’

Manufacturers need to shift from producing “ultra-processed” foods to more plant-based food, or risk disaster for public health and the environment, warns food policy expert Professor Tim Lang from City, University of London. ...

Manufacturers praise ‘pragmatic’ Autumn Statement

Manufacturing organisations welcomed chancellor Philip Hammond’s first and last “pragmatic” Autumn Statement this week (November 23), but insisted that work still needs to be done to cut business rates....

Manufacturer creates a buzz with bee hive scheme

A food factory in Scotland has installed honey bee hives in the grounds around its site, in the hope of aiding the dwindling bee population. 


Nim’s Fruit Crisps wins SME Innovation of Year award

Children’s healthy snacks firm Nim’s Fruit Crisps has gobbled up the Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) trophy in the food and drink manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence...


Froneri scoops up top food manufacturing Oscar

Ice cream firm Froneri, formerly trading as R&R Ice Cream, has scooped up the Dairy and frozen manufacturing company of the year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food...


Cargill triumphs in food and drink manufacturing Oscars

Leading European fresh and processed chicken supplier Cargill carved up the Meat and poultry manufacturing company of the year award at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during a...


Clipper Tea races home to win top beverage award

Clipper Tea has won the coveted Beverage manufacturing company of the year title in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).


Ginsters wraps up two manufacturing Oscars

Food-to-go manufacturer Ginsters has won two manufacturing Oscars – Bakery manufacturing company of the year and Supply chain initiative of the year – at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – earlier...

Food manufacture engineers see 4% boost to pay

Pay for engineering graduates – including those in the food and drink industry – has risen by 4% since last year, according to a new report from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Coca-Cola opts for vendor-managed spares inventory

Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP’s) Wakefield factory, which is said to be the largest soft drinks plant by volume in Europe, is ensuring it has the highest levels of productivity through...

Marshmallow maker Boomf installs robotic ultrasonic cutter

Personalised confectioner Boomf has installed a robot-controlled ultrasonic cutter at its factory in Reading to keep up with demand for its range of marshmallows.

Moy Park sales boosted by export growth

Moy Park has posted increased sales for the third quarter of 2016, thanks to a strong export performance.

Big savings on offer from improved energy efficiency

Many food and drink manufacturers are still reluctant to take advantage of efficiency savings, which will not only cut their energy bills but also reduce their environmental impact, it has...

Cranswick buys Dunbia’s Ballymena pork business

Meat firm Cranswick has boosted its pig processing capability with the acquisition of Dunbia’s Northern Ireland pork business for an undisclosed sum.

Arson attack causes food factory blaze

A blaze at a food processing plant has been confirmed as an arson attack by West Yorkshire Police.

Tangerine repeats disappointment at today’s strike

Tangerine Confectionery has repeated its “disappointment” at the strike staged today (November 14) at its York manufacturing site by members of the GMB union.

Food industry skills gap tackled by degree apprenticeship scheme

New degree apprenticeships will help to plug the skills gap in food and drink manufacturing, thanks to a funding award from the government, according to the University of Lincoln’s National...

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