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Manufacturing pay rises scrape ahead of inflation

Pay increases in the manufacturing sector – including food and drink firms – are slightly ahead of consumer price inflation, revealed EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation.

Smart food and drink factories reveal future

This could be the year when the ‘smart factory’, Industry 4.0 and the ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ – a world in which automation and data exchange in manufacturing work together...


Food manufacturers focus on energy efficiency

Although energy resilience is also key, many more businesses are investigating where the biggest potential energy efficiency gains lie.

Bakery pays £5,250 for bread basket misuse

Bristol-based Anstee’s Bakery had to pay more than £5,000 in costs and damages to Bakers Basco, after using its bread baskets without permission.

Manufacturers significantly reduced food waste

The UK food and drink industry made significant improvements on agreed environmental targets last year, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Apprenticeship Levy must be well handled

The impending Apprenticeship Levy provided a clear opportunity for businesses to review the skills requirements of their workforces and centralise their approach to training, Justine Fosh, chief executive at the...

Asda accused of Slimming World trade mark breach

Asda is to face a legal challenge from Slimming World over the “unlawful” use of trade marks on its new diet food range.

Sandwich maker’s assets to be sold at auction

Sandwich manufacturer S&L Catering – which has ceased trading and appointed liquidators on February 2 – is to have its assets sold at auction.

Recycling all food waste could save the UK £3.7bn

The UK could save £3.7bn by using food waste sent to landfill for renewable biofertiliser, claimed a food waste expert, after figures last month confirmed domestic food waste alone topped...

Dairy wins £1.25M funding to back expansion plans

BV Dairy has secured a £1.25M finance package from HSBC to fund its expansion plans and the creation of 16 jobs.

Cheese firm linked to E.coli death looks to clear name

The cheesemaker implicated in an E.coli outbreak that led to the death of a three-year-old girl has spoken of his “relief” after two of his products were seized – as...

Me and my factory

Crisp making boss on his mission to win over staff

A West Yorkshire crisp making boss says his time spent working on the shopfloor has helped him turn around a negative culture between factory workers and management.

McCain Foods’s roof ablaze in Peterborough fire

Three fire crews were called to a blaze at McCain’s Whittlesey, Peterborough factory on January 27, after the roof set alight.

Newport bakery closes with 161 job losses

A bakery in Newport is to close with the loss 161 of jobs after its owner said market conditions had meant the business was no longer viable.

Monobeam construction for vibratory conveyor

A new family of vibratory conveyors from Key Technology features an innovative frame made of a single structural member or monobeam construction.

Maintenance-free bearings cut downtime

By switching to a maintenance-free type of bearing, an unnamed UK milk processing plant is claimed to have achieved annual savings of £10,000 caused by repeated bearing failures in an...

Robust heavy-duty tubular chain drag conveyor launched

Chainflow is a new heavy-duty tubular chain drag conveyor from Spiroflow, which has been introduced to meet evolving industry needs.

Food sorting machines bring clarity

A new way of designating food sorting machines has been announced by Tomra to bring clarity and simplicity to the way they can be identified and specified by customers.

Integrated inspection of food-to-go packs

Frozen and chilled ready meals and food-to-go can now be inspected using a combination X5c X-ray and checkweighing unit from Loma Systems, which has been developed with these uses in...

Membrane filter turns food waste into animal feed

Membrane filtration technology can create new revenue streams from various food processing by-products, according to Axium Process, which has conducted pilot trials on extracted proteins from egg waste for use...

Encapsulation kit for filled cookies

An encapsulation system enabling high-value filled cookies to be made on any Baker Perkins wirecut machine is now available.

Maelor opens new chicken plant

Maelor Foods, part of Salisbury Poultry (Midlands), has selected equipment from Marel Poultry for use within the company’s brand new plant located at Wrexham in north Wales.

Food manufacturers invited to star in BBC food award

Food manufacturers, large and small, with a track-record of food chain innovation are being invited to star in the BBC Future Food Award.

Scottish drinks industry toasts Burns Night boom

Burns Night has delivered a multimillion-pound global boost for Scottish alcoholic beverages, revealed environment secretary Andrea Leadsom, as the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) revealed whisky adds £5bn a year to...

Industrial strategy an ‘important first step’: FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed the government’s industrial strategy, claiming it’s an “important first step” to help manufacturers manage the economic challenges they face....