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Diageo finds new director on Facebook

Diageo has appointed Facebook director Nicola Mendelsohn as a non-executive director, effective September 1 2014.

Food manufacturing excellence awards

Don’t miss out on voting for your personality of the year

Voting for the Food Manufacture Group’s Personality of the year will close shortly, so make sure you register your vote for the individual who you believe has done most over...

Morrisons appoints former Tesco finance boss as chairman

Troubled retailer Morrisons has appointed former Tesco finance boss Andrew Higginson as its new chairman, following Sir Ian Gibson’s decision to retire in 2015.

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BBC TV judge appointed as railway station’s food curator

BBC TV’s Great British Menu judge Matthew Fort has been appointed as the first ever food curator at St Pancras International railway station.

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Putin gets taster to check food for poison

Russian president Vladimir Putin employs a personal food taster to ensure his meals are not poisoned and the Queen hates shellfish, according to the chefs that prepare their food.

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Tesco boss Philip Clarke’s decision to quit the retailer on October 1 2014 leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food industry.

Drinks giant teams with London mayor for obesity strategy

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has teamed up with drinks firm Coca-Cola Great Britain for a £1M project to encourage Londoners to become more active and tackle obesity.

Overheard at Waitrose Facebook page goes viral

A new Facebook page – Overheard in Waitrose – allegedly reporting conversations overheard in the posh retailer has gone viral with more than 175,0000 ‘likes’ in its first four days.

Dairy processor: job cuts minimal

Dairy processor Adams Foods has put recent job cut reports in perspective, stressing the 700-strong workforce had suffered just seven redundancies at its Leek factory, with production line staff unaffected.

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2 Sisters non exec director quits to become minister

2 Sisters Food Group’s non executive director Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe has left the business to take up the role of business minister.

Opinion

Weighing up the dairy 'risk'

Although the UK’s cardiovascular disease (CVD) rates have been falling, a substantial increase is predicted at a global level.

Pay extra attention to safety of summer workers

Food manufacturers have been warned to pay extra attention to young and temporary workers hired for summer work, as they are more likely to be injured at work than experienced...

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Environment secretary ditched in cabinet reshuffle

Owen Paterson – the environment secretary who complained “the badgers moved the goalposts” – has been replaced by Liz Truss in David Cameron’s latest cabinet reshuffle.

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Food packaging firm appoints new manager

Food and drink packaging firm Clondalkin Group has appointed Rob Moore as its new key account manager.

Neuroscience could boost food sales

Food businesses need to tap into neuroscience and understand how consumers make fast and unconscious decisions, if they are to improve their sales, says a marketing expert.

Tesco poaches finance boss from Marks & Spencer

Tesco has appointed Marks & Spencer (M&S) chief financial officer (cfo) Alan Stewart to the same position, filling the role left void by Laurie McIlwee in April 2014.

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Exova appoints new head of chemistry

Testing, calibration and advisory services firm Exova has appointed Dionisis Theodosis as head of chemistry for its UK food testing business.

Feature

Farmers' boss optimistic for food industry future

Meurig Raymond, president of the National Farmers Union (NFU), has a very clear message for the food industry: “No farmers, no food, no future.”

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Dairy Crest reveals its investment plans

Capital investment is sexy and Dairy Crest has just come to the end of a four-year investment plan, which saw £75M spent across the company’s dairy operations.

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Bakkavor scores in top 100 list of firms for graduates

Own-label convenience food manufacturer Bakkavor has been ranked eighth in the list of the top 100 companies for graduates to work for, based on a poll of college leavers.

Comment

Morrisons' job losses unlikely to be last in sector

Bad news continues to dog supermarket chain Morrisons, with the announcement last month that 2,600 store managers were likely to lose their jobs as part of a review of its...

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards

FMEA Personality of the Year - the nominees

The six candidates below have been shortlisted by the Food Manufacture Group editorial team for the Personality of the Year Award. Now it’s up to you. Who do you think...

Nestlé commits to paying Living Wage

Business secretary Vince Cable praised Nestlé yesterday (June 30) as the first mainstream manufacturer to gain Living Wage accreditation, recognising its efforts to pay realistic living costs beyond minimum wage.

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Food firms suggest Suarez should bite products not people

Food and drink manufacturers have taken to Twitter to respond to Luis Suarez’s alleged biting of Giorgio Chiellini during the Uruguay and Italy football match at the World Cup in...

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Morrisons’ announcement that its chairman Sir Ian Gibson would not seek to be re-elected at next year’s annual general meeting leads our selection of people on the move in the...