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Bombay Sapphire – the journey of gin

The origins of Bombay Sapphire gin date back to 1761, when Thomas Dakin developed a novel recipe for gin.

Food industry must collaborate on moral responsibility

The food industry cannot be seen as truly responsible and sustainable until it stops wasting so much of the food it produces, according to Iglo Group.

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New bakery for Bertinet Warburtons partnership

Artisan bakery Bertinet, in partnership with Warburtons, is to open a second bakery at its Milton Keynes site to serve the south east of England.

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Campaign to boost lamb consumption wins EU funding

A €7.7M (£6.17M) campaign to boost lamb production and consumption across six European countries has received the funding needed to go-ahead from the EU.

Heat is on for 1,000 Cadbury Bournville plant staff

Mondelēz International has stepped up the pressure on the 1,000 factory workers at its Cadbury Bournville site, issuing a booklet outlining what future working practices will look like there.

Dairy Crest invests £4M in Harper Adams centre

Dairy Crest is investing £4M in a food innovation centre at Harper Adams University campus at Newport in Shropshire, which it hopes will help it boost new product development.

Seabrook Crisps pumps cash into production

Seabrook Crisps has invested £32,730 in new machinery and the creation of at least four jobs as part of wider plans to boost innovation, improve production flexibility and boost sales.

Tulip to create up to 45 jobs in £8M investment

Meat processor Tulip is creating up to 45 jobs in an £8M investment at its Ruskington plant in Lincolnshire, which makes Scotch eggs and cocktail sausages for the retail sector.

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Sex, drugs and 3D printing – IGD conference in quotes

Sex, drugs, 3D food printing, innovation and disruption among the retail market were just some of the topics discussed during the grocery think tank IGD’s convention at the Park Plaza...

Hike in electricity prices could hit growth, margins and investment

Food and drink manufacturers could be hit by a 50% hike in electricity costs by 2020, restricting investment, margins, competitiveness and economic growth, warns the manufacturers’ organisation EEF.

Gluten-free foods set to get much healthier

Consumer demand for healthier products will push the UK's gluten-free (GF) food manufacturers to make further reductions to the fat, sugar and salt content of their foods, industry experts have...

Insect canapés will be the next foodie trend

Insects could be the next big ‘foodie’ trend, if a start-up firm which aims to make them more acceptable to UK consumers, has its way


Ready meal firm Charlie Bigham’s boasts £26M sales

The tough retail environment would not stop posh ready meal's firm Charlie Bigham’s from investing, said the company’s founder after announcing a 46% year-on-year sales growth this week.


IGD boss highlights food industry challenges

The rise of the discount retailers was the most disruptive force on the UK grocery market in the last year, according to delegates at the IGD conference yesterday (October 7).

Heinz’s aim to shut Norfolk plant ‘devastating’

Heinz’s plans to close its Aunt Bessie’s potato factory at North Walsham in Norfolk, threatening 200 jobs, is “devastating” news, according to trades union Unite.

Supermarket listings create jobs at Chinese food firm

An increase in interest from supermarkets for Chinese foods has led to the creation of 10 new jobs and a £700,000 investment by one manufacturer.

Crisp Malting invests thousands to slash carbon footprint

Crisp Malting Group is investing thousands of pounds in a combined heat and power (CHP) unit to slash its carbon emissions by an estimated 2,386t annually.

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Fear of speaking out against supermarkets must stop

Manufacturers must speak out against the financial pressures supermarkets place on them if they are ever to invest in automation and improve their margins, an industry boss has urged.

Ready meals firm Cook creates 100 jobs

Premium ready meals firm Cook will create more than 100 jobs after investing £2M in the company’s two manufacturing facilities, its operations director has revealed.

Meat alternatives set to grow in popularity

Increased global demand for meat will force food manufacturers to find innovative ways of using less but better meat or meat substitutes in their products, industry experts have predicted.

Fox's Biscuits replaces R22 refrigerant at Uttoxeter plant

Fox’s Biscuits, part of the 2 Sisters Food Group, is replacing the refrigeration equipment at its Uttoxeter manufacturing facility, with the help of Lorien Engineering. The work is necessary to...

IBP helps to meet peaks in demand

To meet the planning challenges of fulfilling peak demand for specialist foods during religious festivals such as Ramadan, Diwali and the Chinese New Year, Westmill Foods has moved to an...


Genius breaks into France

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne tells Nicholas Robinson about her plans for Genius

Thins and wraps eat into plant bread sandwich market

Plant bakers will have to innovate to address the declining UK sliced bread market, claims a leading market analyst.

Audits help target energy savings

Conducting energy audits will save large-scale food and drink manufacturers hundreds of thousands of pounds and help smaller ones make savings too, according to Food Manufacture’s webinar last month.