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Infant formula boss plans for growth

Eighteen months ago, Ross McMahon saved the former Heinz factory in Kendal from closure. Now, business is thriving.

2 Sisters denies Brexit-related job losses at The Pizza Factory

2 Sisters has denied union claims that Brexit was to blame for the planned 280 job losses at The Pizza Factory.

Food industry’s cautious welcome to PM’s Brexit speech

Food industry organisations have cautiously welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s assurances about the right of non-UK EU workers to continue working in the UK after Brexit, in a keynote speech...

Courgette shortage sparks social media storm

Reports of a shortage of courgettes in the UK have sparked a social media storm, as hundreds of people took to Twitter to express their views on the “famine”.

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Manufacturers should cash in on eating-out trends

Food manufacturers could benefit from the growing popularity of eating out, claims the director of market research group MCA.

Müller to cut more than 300 jobs

Müller is to axe more than 300 jobs, after confirming plans to shut down operations at its north east London factory, while creating 180 new jobs alongside wider restructuring plans. 


The Big Interview with fraud fighter Andy Morling

National Food Crime Unit boss Andy Morling says there’s more work to be done to protect the nation against food and drink fraud.

Meat association appoints AHDB director

The British Meat Processors’ Association (BMPA) has appointed former Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) market development director Nick Allen as its chief executive. 

Addo Food Group plans to cut nearly 50 jobs

Almost 50 jobs could be lost at Addo Food Group’s Spalding Bakery, after the pastry manufacturer proposed to restructure its shift system.

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Food firms to benefit from eating out trends

Food manufacturers are set to benefit from two separate contradictory eating out trends, predicts the director of market research group MCA.

Migrant worker availability is top industry concern

The government has been urged by the chairman of a leading training provider to engage more with food and drink manufacturing business leaders to resolve the huge challenge of access...

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Migrant labour fears dominate conference tweets

Tweets criticising the government’s apparent lack of detailed planning for the food industry after Brexit dominated social media coverage of the Oxford Farming Conference. The continued availability of migrant labour...

New Year’s Honours list 2017: Who was awarded what?

The bosses of Scotland’s biggest egg producer, a snack foods business and a salad producer are among the food industry leaders who received recognition in the 2017 New Year’s Honours...

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Infant formula maker targets ‘world class’ manufacturing

An infant formula producer has claimed a push towards ‘world class’ manufacturing standards is enabling his firm to capitalise on the huge markets of Asia and north Africa.

IGD skills programme reaches 17,000 young people

Grocery think-tank IGD has helped 17,000 young people this year to learn the skills needed to find a job in the food and drink industry, claimed the organisation.

Processed meat linked to aggravating asthma

Research linking processed meat and asthma needs more evidence, claimed the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) and Asthma UK, after scientists reported the link this week (December 20).

Food and drink appointments – photogallery

December has been a busy month for people moving to new jobs in the food and drink industry, with Coca-Cola, Tate & Lyle and Bakkavor making changes to their senior...

Weetabix staff to strike over shift changes

Weetabix’s Corby and Kettering factory workers have voted to strike over proposed shift changes, after talks between the manufacturer and the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) broke...

Food manufacturing jobs competition to rise next year

Competition to fill food and drink manufacturing vacancies is set to rise next year, after a report revealed a strong UK labour market will see continuing jobs growth increase.

Cake maker wins £250k after The Apprentice win

Premium cake maker Alana Spencer earned a £250,000 investment for her Narnas cake manufacturing business from Lord Alan Sugar, after winning BBC’s The Apprentice 2016 last night (December 18).

Food manufacturers face huge labour crisis

The food and drink industry is facing its worst labour shortage in over a decade, and some firms risk failing to fill vacancies in the peak demand period before Christmas,...

Avana Bakeries plans to close doors and cut 150 jobs

Avana Bakeries plans to close at the end of January, with the potential loss of about 150 jobs, the bakery has revealed.

Tate & Lyle makes senior appointments

Food ingredients firm Tate & Lyle has appointed Dr Gerry Murphy as a non-executive director and chairman-designate of the company.

Meet the Food Manufacture Oscar winners 2016

It was a Venice-themed evening at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards last month, as hundreds of guests put on their best bib and tucker to celebrate the leading lights of...

Arrest at Moy Park factory in suspected terror offence

A man was arrested on suspicion of terror-related offences at Moy Park’s poultry factory in Ashbourne, Derbyshire on December 12.