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Food packaging firm appoints Sainsbury’s buyer

23-Apr-2014 - Shropshire food packaging firm TCL Packaging has appointed Kay Culley as its new purchasing manager.

Industry analyst worried about 2 Sisters’ management

23-Apr-2014 - A lack of top quality management at 2 Sisters Food Group is more concerning than the short term losses the firm is experiencing, according to a leading food industry commentator.

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ABF unveils new director with financial results

23-Apr-2014 - Associated British Foods (ABF) has appointed Ruth Cairnie as its new non-executive director, with effect from May 1 2014.

Food firms must cater for consumers on autopilot

22-Apr-2014 - Food and drink manufacturers need to make their products appear to be an effortless choice for consumers operating on autopilot and stop over rationalising their habits, advises leading behavioural scientist Dr Nick Southgate.

Nearly 1M people in the UK rely on emergency food aid

22-Apr-2014 - The number of people using food banks has nearly trebled in the past year, fuelling widespread criticism of the current UK government.

Wealthiest people in food and drink manufacturing

17-Apr-2014 - Confectionery manufacturer Ferrero Group’s owner tops our list of the richest people in global food and drink manufacturing.

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Football boss Ferguson to score £3M for wine collection

17-Apr-2014 - A collection of over 5,000 bottles of wine owned by former Manchester United football manager Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to fetch £3M when sold in Hong Kong, London and online by auction house Christie’s.

Bakkavor and Greencore rivals join forces

16-Apr-2014 - Former food industry rivals Jonny Bingham and David Jones have joined forces to form Bingham & Jones, a firm advising major manufacturers and retailers on product development.

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New appointment for Unilever UK & Ireland

15-Apr-2014 - Unilever UK & Ireland has appointed Sarah Newbitt as its new vice president supply chain.

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Moy Park appoints agriculture development and improvement manager

14-Apr-2014 - Poultry processor Moy Park has appointed Justin Coleman as its new agriculture development and improvement manager.

Digital star quits Morrisons in surprise move

09-Apr-2014 - Beleagured retailer Morrisons has suffered another blow with the departure of Simon Harrow, one of the rising stars of its emerging digital business.

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Moy Park appoints chief financial officer

07-Apr-2014 - Poultry producer Moy Park has appointed Barry McGrane to the Moy Park executive board as chief financial officer.

2 Sisters enlists ex-Greencore manager as bakery md

07-Apr-2014 - 2 Sisters Food Group has enlisted the former md of Greencore’s Northampton food-to-go site to head its bakery division as it gears up to invest in the category.

It’s official: finance chief to leave Tesco

04-Apr-2014 - Tesco has confirmed rumours that finance chief Laurie McIlwee will leave the business, announcing the news days before it is set to announce 2013–2014 results.

Young’s Seafood boss takes helm at Coca-Cola Enterprises GB

04-Apr-2014 - Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has appointed Leendert den Hollander as vice president and general manager of its Great Britain business unit, replacing Simon Baldry, who will take responsibility for digital initiatives.

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Eaton to chair New England Seafood International

02-Apr-2014 - New England Seafood International (NESI) has appointed former Uniq and Premier Foods boss Geoff Eaton as its new group chairman, in line with its international growth strategy.

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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.

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Overseas and national food firms invest in UK jobs

02-Apr-2014 - UK-based food and drink firms are investing in jobs as much as internationally-owned outfits, according to Owen Paterson, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) secretary of state.

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Foodex skills debate highlights the challenge

28-Mar-2014 - A more co-ordinated approach to attracting youngsters into food and drink manufacturing, and greater efforts by firms to promote the benefits of working in the sector were two of the key themes to emerge from the Big Video Debate on ‘Plugging the skills gap’ at Foodex.

Morrisons boss Dalton Philips refuses his £374k bonus

28-Mar-2014 - Dalton Philips, chief executive of the beleaguered retailer Morrisons, has refused his £374,000 bonus payment.

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Skills gap in food and drink frustrated by fragmentary solutions

28-Mar-2014 - Initiatives designed to cut the skills gap that is emerging in Britain’s food and drink manufacturing sector are too “fragmented” and need to be better co-ordinated if the problems of attracting new talent to the sector are to be addressed.

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NFU re-elects poultry board chair

27-Mar-2014 - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has re-elected south Manchester-based egg producer Duncan Priestner as chairman of its national poultry board.


Get ready for a ‘scary ride’ to retailer shelves

24-Mar-2014 - Morrisons’ appalling results and the associated announcement last month by the retailer’s boss Dalton Philips that he planned to sell off a large slice of its estate to raise funds towards the £1bn earmarked for price cuts sent shivers throughout the whole food supply chain.

‘Thousands of low-skill jobs will be unfilled’

24-Mar-2014 - Thousands of low-skilled food manufacturing jobs are likely to go unfilled as the industry focuses on filling high-skilled jobs vacancies, the industry has warned.


US food firm plots UK gluten-free market invasion

21-Mar-2014 - Simon Hazlett is taking Boulder Brands’ American dream to the UK’s free-from market, reports Nicholas Robinson

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