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New Anglo-American partnership leads Good Week/Bad Week

A new partnership between the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and its American counterpart – the Institute of Food Technologists – leads the selection of good and bad...

Tesco supply cull hits jobs at Rachel’s

Rachel’s is facing job losses as a result of the organic dairy producer losing a contract with Tesco amid the multiple’s drive to cull 30% of its stock keeping units...

Top 6 secrets for successful horizon scanning

It is vital more food and drink firms use horizon scanning to put in place robust measures to protect themselves against avoidable food safety threats in the future.

Quality Pork’s Brechin abattoir ready by year end

The expansion of Quality Pork Limited’s (QPL’s) Brechin abattoir is set to be completed towards the end of this year, following a £2.7M investment by the Scottish government.

Unite: Bakkavor firm’s redundancy pay ‘insulting’

Trades union Unite has attacked Yorkshire Fresh Fruits (YFF) for offering an ‘insulting’ £50 on top of statutory redundancy pay for hourly paid workers when it closes in June.

Top three barriers to women in manufacturing

A lack of knowledge about food industry careers, misconceptions about manufacturing and a dip in apprenticeships are the three barriers blocking women from starting careers in the food and drink...

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Morrisons restructuring leads the headlines

Restructuring at Morrisons leads our Good week, bad week video roundup of food industry news over the past seven days.

Fox’s Biscuits factory faces engineers’ strikes

Imminent engineers’ strikes at Fox’s Biscuits’ Batley factory, owned by 2 Sisters Food Group, in West Yorkshire, could disrupt production, trades union Unite has claimed.


Chilled Food boss on recruitment mission

There are many threats to the food and drink sector, but CFA director Kaarin Goodburn tells Nicholas Robinson the skills gap is the biggest

Welsh dairy firm’s £6M cheese site to create 10 jobs

Welsh dairy co-operative South Caernarfon Creameries has invested £6M in a new cheese production facility at its existing site in Gwynedd, creating 10 new jobs.

Inside CCE Milton Keynes

Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) 40 year-old Milton Keynes site has had more than £6M invested into it in the past three years, but plant director Nicholas Nixon wants more.

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Food futurology is ‘key to new product innovation’

Futurology can play a key role in helping food and drink manufacturers make wise investments in new product development, according to futurologist Morgaine Gaye.

60 jobs saved as Corby bakery bought

60 jobs have been saved at Corby bakery Bakeaway, which supplies supermarket own-label products, thanks to the business being bought out of administration after an eleventh hour rescue bid.

Healthy children's ready meals go global

A healthy children’s ready meal start-up is set to go global and has joined forces with the popular kid’s book The Gruffalo.

Guest article

Four reasons to run an ESOS energy audit

Energy audits required by the EU’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) can help food manufacturers with more than energy savings, explains Golder Associates’ Ruth Fain and Dave Mercer.

Coffee roasting firm invests £2.5M to grow capacity

A coffee roaster has invested £2.5M to boost capacity at its Dartford facility in Kent.

Rising energy prices hit food firms’ investment and jobs

Rising energy policy costs are preventing a whopping three quarters of food and drink manufacturers from investing in their businesses, according to research from energy firm npower.

How to avoid a supermarket delisting

Food and drink manufacturers must ensure their products continue to meet the needs of retailers and consumers or they risk a Kingsmill-style delisting, according to category management specialist Bridgethorne.

Food industry resists inspection charges

Charging for hygiene inspections – so-called official controls – of food businesses within the EU is under consideration, which could have a big impact on costs, especially if full cost recovery is...

Upmarket food a growing trend for foodservice

Food manufacturers supplying the foodservice market should focus on a growing trend for upmarket on-the-go and sharing products driven by the popularity of US-style street food, according to industry representatives.

News in brief

Campden BRI invests in production and processing

Food research organisation Campden BRI has created a new department, which brings together key expertise in the areas of primary production, raw materials and ingredients, and primary processing operations.

Groceries adjudicator Tacon defends her role

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon has refuted attacks about her ineffectiveness, after criticism that she lacked the clout to punish supermarkets that breached the Groceries Supply Code of...

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Food fads and trends must be separated before innovating

Food and drink manufacturers should understand the differences between fads and trends before investing money in innovations, according to food futurologist Morgaine Gaye.

Graham’s Family Dairy plan to offer 450 jobs

Graham’s Family Dairy plans to create 450 jobs in Scotland with the construction of a £20M research and training facility in Stirling.

Ugly is in, as beautiful food ‘porn’ loses appeal

Ugly food will be a top trend within the next five years as consumer demand moves away from products that look perfect, according to food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye.