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Elderly binge drinking is a growing area of concern

Excessive drinking among Britain’s over 65 year-olds is growing and becoming an area of increasing concern, new statistics from Mintel have indicated.

Tesco to provide breakfast magic to hungry children

Tesco will provide 40,000 boxes of own-brand cereal to deprived children to prevent them going to school hungry, as part of the Magic Breakfast charity campaign.

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Dairy Crest appoints new chairman

Dairy Crest has appointed Stephen Alexander as its new chairman, with immediate effect.

Good brain health slows dementia risk

Neuronal health must be maintained for as long as possible if the onset of dementia is to be delayed, argues ingredients firm DSM.

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Tired consumers boost sports and energy drinks market

The sports and energy drink market has grown from £1bn in 2009 to £1.5bn in 2014 as tired consumers look to these products to beat fatigue, according to a report by Mintel.

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Bakkavor trains up food industry personnel

Bakkavor has waved 220 young people through its Accelerated Management Scheme (AMS) since 1999 and is offering 135 training opportunities in September through IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future’s Skills for Work...

School children to learn more about their food

Changes to the recommendations on how pupils should be taught about food in schools could help fill the skills gap in the industry and breed a generation more clued-up on...

Government and big brands join food skills battle

Tesco, Mars and Warburtons were among the big food brands meeting government yesterday (September 11) at Downing Street to discuss how to find the industry’s future leaders.

Baxters invests in training for its future supervisory stars

Aberdeen-based soups and condiments manufacturer Baxters has bolstered its commitment to developing skills in Scotland’s food and drink industry through its Supervisors for the Future programme.

Cargill, PepsiCo, Mars woo female engineers

The food industry is wooing female engineers in a partnership between food manufacturers Cargill, PepsiCo and Mars and youth skills initiative MyKindaCrowd.

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Marston’s enlists Tesco directors as non-execs

Former Tesco group brand director Carolyn Bradley and former Tesco group HR director Catherine Glickman are to join the board of brewer and pub business Marston’s as independent non-executive directors....

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2 Sisters Food Group appoints Wayne Morley

Chicken processing giant 2 Sisters Food Group has recruited Wayne Morley as group head of technical innovation.

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Walking has a bigger role in the obesity war

Professor Mike Lean of Glasgow University described as “absolute nonsense” Christopher Snowdon’s report from the Institute of Economic Affairs ‘The Fat Lie’, which claimed that a lack of exercise, rather...

New food standards in hospitals will improve nutrition

Nutritionists have defended hospital food standards launched by the government last week (August 29).

Jamie Oliver backs drive for food industry talent

Jamie Oliver has issued a rallying cry to get the food sector behind an ambitious new plan to attract fresh young talent.

Wyke Farms ad linked to ‘Alien’ director Ridley Scott

Somerset cheese producer Wyke Farms has hired Emmy award-winning film and television director Ridley Scott’s production company to deliver its latest commercial.

Government’s hospital food standards ‘woefully inadequate’

A new set of mandatory standards for healthier food in NHS hospitals have been described as “woefully inadequate” by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food.

Three-step guide to tackle slavery in food and drink

Food and drink businesses should incorporate a three-step approach into their management practices to tackle forced labour in the industry, according to a report by Stronger Together.

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Cargill appoints new md of chocolate

Cargill has appointed Inge Demeyere as its new md of chocolate for its Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia cocoa and chocolate business.

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EHL appoints new product development manager

EHL Ingredients has appointed Katherine Davis as its new product development manager to lead the development of new blends and boost its product range.

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Morrisons’ announcement that former Tesco boss Andrew Higginson would take over as chairman when Sir Ian Gibson retires in 2015 leads our selection of the latest people on the move...

FDF supports government skills push

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has praised the government’s new skills campaign, highlighting the positive impact apprenticeships have had on preparing new recruits for food industry careers....

Government fails to fund free school meals

Councils and schools have had to divert money from other budgets to ensure all pupils aged seven and under receive free school meals when the school year begins, because of...

Anti-slavery campaign gets food industry backing

The food industry has thrown its support behind a government campaign to tackle forced labour in agriculture and food supply chains.

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Hovis marketing boss stands down

Hovis marketing director Matt Hunt has announced his decision to leave the business to join digital marketing firm Futureproof.

03:43 pm 16 September 2014