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New €30M Kerrygold site to create 50 jobs

17-Apr-2014 - The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) has invested €30M (£24.6M) in a new butter production and packaging facility for its Kerrygold brand, creating 50 jobs in Mitchelstown, County Cork.

Food science under spotlight at IFST jubilee conference

16-Apr-2014 - Mapping the future of food science is the aim of the Institute of Food Science & Technology’s (IFST’s) jubilee conference next month, according to its chief executive Jon Poole.

Burton’s Biscuit Company invests £14.75M in snack tech

16-Apr-2014 - Burton’s Biscuit Company, maker of brands such as Maryland Cookies and Jammie Dodgers, has announced a £14.75M investment in its manufacturing operation to support business growth.

Tough market threatens 150 Kerry Foods jobs at Poole

16-Apr-2014 - Rising raw material costs have endangered 150 jobs at Kerry Foods’ savouries and pies factory at Poole, Dorset, in what trades union Unite calls “a major blow” for the area.

Manufacture foods to showcase quality: NFU

16-Apr-2014 - Farmers stepping into food manufacturing to supplement their incomes should use the opportunity to showcase the qualities of the rural sector, such as better food security and freshness, the National Farmers Union (NFU) president has said.

About 500 vegetable packing workers screened for TB

14-Apr-2014 - Up to 500 employees at a vegetable packing firm in Cambridgshire have been screened for tuberculosis (TB), after an outbreak blamed by a local councillor on migrant workers from eastern Europe.

Food manufacturers should act over Ukraine crisis

11-Apr-2014 - Food manufacturers should protect themselves against political instability – such as the Ukraine crisis – and extreme weather by planning contractual protection, warns food law firm Roythornes.

Pub burger meals now cheaper than McDonald’s

11-Apr-2014 - Cash strapped consumers can now get burger meals more cheaply at many pubs than at McDonald’s or Burger King, as the fast food outfits have been forced to raise prices.


Zero food waste to landfill - mission accomplished?

09-Apr-2014 - Is zero waste to landfill an easy target for smaller businesses to hit? And once they do, what next?

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Maclean’s Highland Bakery invests in jobs and production

09-Apr-2014 - Maclean’s Highland Bakery is boosting its workforce and doubling its packing capacity thanks to funding from Clydesdale Bank, with plans to take on an additional 12 staff.

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Faccenda UK md: Telford investment boosts capabilities

08-Apr-2014 - Faccenda’s new Telford plant will boost efficiencies, increase flexibility and free the company up to handle a wider range of products, according to UK md Andy Dawkins.

Noodle factory relocation creates 50 jobs at Symington’s

07-Apr-2014 - About 50 new jobs were created by the relocation of Symington’s noodle production from China to a new factory in Hunslet, near Leeds, the firm confirmed at the official opening last Friday (April 4).

Avana Bakeries site to close, despite lifeline rumours

07-Apr-2014 - 2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed the closure of its Avana Bakeries site near Newport in Wales, threatening 650 jobs, denying claims it was close to securing substantial new orders.

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Celebrity chefs needed to sell food science to consumers

04-Apr-2014 - Food firms must woo celebrity chefs and other ‘foodies’ more to help consumers understand the industry’s use of science, including biotechnology and nanotechnology, experts from the sector have argued.

Foodex 2014

British Bakels wins British Bounce Back champion crown

02-Apr-2014 - British Bakels has won the coveted title Great British Bounce Back champion, in a competition organised by Foodex to mark the achievement of food and drink manufacturers who are recovering from recession and investing in the future of their businesses.


Food firms could treble productivity with lean tools

02-Apr-2014 - Food manufacturers could treble their productivity with no new resources by applying lean manufacturing tools, according to Professor Peter Hines, partner at lean consultancy SA Partners.

Foodex 2014

Foodex 2014 – video highlights

02-Apr-2014 - The consequences of the horsemeat crisis, filling the yawning skills gap, lean and green manufacturing and social media were just some of the topics tackled by the Food Manufacture Group at Foodex 2014, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham last week.

Savoury biscuits assault launched by UB

02-Apr-2014 - United Biscuits aims to invest £3.5M in its plants at Aintree, near Liverpool, and Harlesden in north west London as it prepares to boost its savoury biscuits market share.

Teatime tweets drive food manufacturers’ sales

02-Apr-2014 - Timing social media posts to reach customers at key times of the day – such as before teatime – is helping food manufacturers to boost sales and engage new customers, according a seminar at the Foodex trade event last week.

Bakkavor to add 270 staff after Wingland Foods boost

31-Mar-2014 - Bakkavor is recruiting to fill 270 new jobs, after the official opening of its Wingland Foods factory extension last Friday (March 28).

Don't bear the cost burden of EU law

31-Mar-2014 - New rules requiring all large firms to undertake mandatory energy efficiency assessments could end up being a major cost burden unless the findings are used to introduce savings in the businesses, warns a leading environmental consultancy.

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Magnum creates chocolate dresses for 25th anniversary

31-Mar-2014 - Unilever has teamed up with fashion designer Henry Holland to create a Magnum inspired dress, made entirely out of chocolate.


Fear factor, not cash, limits food factory automation

28-Mar-2014 - Food industry automation projects stall not because of lack of finance, but because of the ‘fear factor’ that firms won’t have engineers with the know-how to install or maintain systems.

Foodex 2014

Big food businesses told to lead robotics future

28-Mar-2014 - Large food and drinks businesses must show “strong leadership” if the sector is to successfully adopt automation to become leaner and greener and ready itself for the future.

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Magician aims to make food waste vanish

27-Mar-2014 - The Scottish government has teamed up with an Edinburgh-based magician in a bid to make food waste disappear.

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