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Jammy growth for spreads market

The syrups and spreads market is expected to grow by 22.5% in the UK, fuelled by the popularity of jam and honey, according to research agency Candean.

Top food manufacturing news of the year

An article revealing the identity of Britain’s most popular chocolate bar was the most widely read on this site during 2014.

Christmas dinner will double calories of wartime

Brits will consume twice as many calories as their wartime relatives did on Christmas day, according to research by food historian Dr Annie Gray and AB Sugar.

Premier Foods safety inspector death fall ‘accidental’

The death of a safety inspector who fell head-first into a Premier Foods gravy-making machine was ruled accidental, according to a two-day inquest.

Repetitive jobs causing illness on shop floor

Rising levels of work-related ill health are causing increasing concern to those involved with improving the safety of people in the workplace.

2 Sisters Food Group slammed for supplier letter

2 Sisters Food Group faces criticism from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) after BBC’s Newsnight programme revealed a letter to suppliers claiming they could wait over four months for...

York researchers help food firms turn waste into cash

Researchers from the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York are working with local food manufacturers in Yorkshire and Humberside to find ways of deriving useful materials from...

Britvic to pump £25M into J2O plant, adding 40 jobs

Britvic aims to boost production and bottling for a range of brands, from Pepsi to Mountain Dew Energy, in a £25M investment at its factory near Pudsey, Leeds, in Yorkshire.

Queen Margaret University opens Scottish food hub

A groundbreaking innovation centre has opened in Edinburgh, boasting a range of gadgetry, including the latest microwave technology.

Food manufacturers could be ‘forced out’ of the obesity debate

Food and drink manufacturers must emphasise the role of exercise in reducing obesity or risk being sidelined in the debate and hit with stricter regulation, according to new research.


Meat firms look to boost profits

Cost increases have made more meat firms look at adding value, says Alyson Magee


Faccenda’s new site takes poultry processing to new height

Faccenda’s Telford facility takes poultry processing to new heights, Catherine Gormley tells Rod Addy


Tulip adapts to meet new challenges

Tulip’s boss Chris Thomas has a lot to say about the meat sector, as Nicholas Robinson discovers.


Potato firm boosts production with £2M investment

Greenvale’s £2M investment in its Swancote facility has boosted capacity, says Nicholas Robinson

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One of the world’s rarest beers on sale in London

One of the world’s rarest and most luxurious beers has arrived in London and is on sale for a whopping £800 at St Pancras railway station.

Sustainable diets needed to save the world from disaster

People in developed countries such as the UK need to completely change the food they eat if the world is to avoid a catastrophe from rising global food demand from...

Maternal diets dictate health of their children

Women’s diets before and during pregnancy can have a profound effect on the health of their offspring in later life, a leading public health nutritional scientist has revealed.

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Metcalfe’s is the fastest growing private food and drink firm

Snack manufacturer Metcalfe’s Food Company has reached fourth place on the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list, making it the fastest growing private food and drink company in the UK.

Co-op’s £1.5bn pledge supports British food firms

Further evidence of shoppers’ growing preference for British-produced food came last week in the form of a £1.5bn pledge to UK farmers from the Co-operative.

Supermarket suppliers ‘are cannon fodder’

Insolvencies among food manufacturers have risen sharply over the past year, as competition between supermarkets and discounters has resulted in them being treated “as cannon fodder”, claims accountancy firm Moore...

Premier Foods supplier row sparks Twitter storm

Premier Foods’s demands that its suppliers invest in its business or face de-listing have unleashed a storm of protest on the social media networking site Twitter. Here we capture, in...

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Tulip targets new pigmeat export markets

Exports will become an increasingly important area of business for the £1.2bn turnover Danish Crown-owned pork processor Tulip.

Strikes on hold at United Biscuits’ Aintree factory

Strikes have been suspended at United Biscuits’ (UB’s) Jacob’s Cream Cracker factory at Aintree while members of trades union GMB and management seek to repair relations with each other....

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FMEA wins boost team morale: Dawn Meats boss

Winning not one but two Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) in the industry’s Oscars last month will boost team morale, said Dawn Meats boss Isla Roebuck.

Food manufacturing Oscar winners in pictures

Irish meat firm Dawn Meats was the big winner at the 2014 Food manufacturing excellence awards, earlier this month, picking up the Environmental initiative of the year and the overall...

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