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Heinz Kraft merger is top headline of the week

The Heinz Kraft $100bn mega merger leads our Good week, bad week selection of top food and drink industry headlines of the past seven days.

209 new jobs at Dunbia following £27M investment

Dunbia will pump £27M into a new boning hall and upgrades to three processing lines, creating 209 jobs at its Dungannon, Northern Ireland, facility.

Ice cream firm prosecuted for safety failings

An ice cream manufacturer has been ordered to pay more than £18,000, after one of its workers had a finger severed while cleaning a fruit feeder machine.

Anuga FoodTec trends

Mass production moves closer to manual skills

Technology is moving closer to delivering hand-crafted effects on an industrial scale, with innovations such as Fritsch’s Multitwist twisting machine and GEA’s MultiDrum system, winners of International FoodTec Gold Awards...

Iglo pumps £3.7M into frozen fight on food waste

Frozen food firm Iglo Group and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have launched a campaign to educate consumers about the benefits of freezing food in a bid to...

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Discount stores Aldi and Lidl create 1000 jobs

The hard discount store chains created a total of 1,000 jobs Last week, as Lidl and Aldi both unveiled two new distribution centres, with 500 jobs a piece. This week’s...

Heinz axes 71 roles at baked beans plant

Heinz UK and Ireland has slashed 71 roles at its Kitt Green factory near Wigan.

Panesar Foods invests £9M to create 30 jobs

Panesar Foods is investing almost £9M in the expansion of its West Bromwich sauce manufacturing business, creating at least 30 jobs and potentially boosting its turnover.

Molson Coors invests £2M in craft brewery

Brewer Molson Coors has invested £2M in a new facility to expand production for the Franciscan Well craft brewery in Cork, Ireland.

Premium boom is a big opportunity for posh SMEs

More high-end food and drink start-ups are taking advantage of a boom in sales of premium products in supermarkets and rising sales in posh retailers such as Waitrose.

Alpro’s biggest challenges during £28.5M expansion

Managing growing market share and multiple suppliers were the biggest challenges Alpro faced when constructing its new £28.5M production facility at its existing Burton Latimer site, near Kettering.

Frank Roberts launches multi-million pound bakery

Frank Roberts & Sons has launched a multi-million pound 3,000m2 greenfield bakery at its Rudheath headquarters in Northwich, Cheshire.

What you do when PLCs go wrong

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are widely recognised as being stalwarts of machine automation and control, performing sequences of instructions such as timing, counting, storing memory, relaying logic and arithmetic computation.

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Food manufacturing investments lead good news

Food manufacturing investments and acquisitions dominate the headlines in the latest edition of Good week, Bad week – your sideways look at the past seven days in food and drink manufacturing.

Karro to chop 141 jobs at Scunthorpe plant

Karro Food Group has confirmed 141 job losses at its Scunthorpe plant following consultation with workers, management, trades union representatives and local government.

Wrights invests £6M in doughnut and cookie plant

Wrights Food Group has invested £6M in a factory that can make 46.8M doughnuts and 22M cookies a year.

Alpro’s £28.5M extension creates 50 jobs

Plant-based food manufacturer Alpro has invested £28.5M in a new production facility at its existing Burton Latimer site, creating 50 new jobs.

Dairy farmers see a positive future

Britain's dairy producers are optimistic about their prospects for the future, despite the pain now being suffered by low milk prices, a survey of the sector has revealed.


AG Barr to double output

Working with one high-speed production line can be a challenge, but Tim Stacey tells Nicholas Robinson there are more perks than drawbacks


Get to grips with robots

Robotic systems don’t have to be as complex as many people believe. Michelle Knott reports

‘Life-changing injury’ costs veg firm nearly £19k

An Essex vegetable nursery has been ordered to pay nearly £19,000 after a worker’s arm was severed when it was drawn into unguarded machinery.

Karro Food Group pumps £10M into production

Karro Food Group is investing £10M in processing and production across the UK.

Lean processors better placed in the price war

The supermarket price war hasn’t been as bad for food manufacturers as some think and has instead provided a boost for many firms, according to business experts.

£2M invested in new high pressure juice processing site

A first time fresh juice producer has pumped £2M into a new cold press and high pressure processing (HPP) juicing facility in Shropshire and has secured a contract with upmarket...

News in brief

Premier will not suffer from the euro’s turmoil

Premier Foods will not become a victim of the eurozone crisis, its chief executive Gavin Darby has claimed, despite some analysts predicting it would cause rising problems for the UK’s...