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Fake news ‘a threat to public health’

Fake news poses a serious health risk, claimed The Dairy Council, while damaging the reputation of dairy products in the public eye.

Me and my factory

Seabrook Crisps boss explains firm’s revival

Seabrook Crisps chief operating officer Daniel Woodwards explains how he has helped to turn around the manufacturer’s fortunes.

Business Leaders' Forum

GM-free food is big US export opportunity for manufacturers

Exporting food free from genetic-modification (GM) to the US is a big opportunity for UK food manufacturers, according to Northern Ireland-based prepared vegetable supplier Mash Direct.

Business Leaders' Forum

Food firms face higher labour costs after Brexit

Food and drink manufacturers may face higher labour costs after Brexit, because they’ll have to compete for fewer non-UK EU workers, warns law firm DWF.

Business Leaders' Forum

Sugar tax is a ‘blunt instrument’ against obesity

The sugar tax is a “blunt instrument” to tackle childhood obesity that “victimises” a sector already lowering sugar and calories in its products, according to law firm DWF....

The latest food and drink appointments – gallery

The food and drink industry has seen a number of people moving to new jobs over the past month, featured in this photogallery.

Business Leaders' Forum

Food firms are optimistic despite sector challenges

The Business Leaders’ Forum – organised by the Food Manufacture Group – showcased the optimism in the food and drink sector, despite Brexit and international challenges, according to sponsor DWF,...

Waitrose plans 678 job cuts as five stores face closure

Waitrose plans to cut almost 700 jobs, after revealing plans to close five of its stores and restructure its management.

Nestlé supports 4,557 students in STEM subjects

Nestlé has helped more than 4,000 young people gain insight into food and drink manufacturing industry careers through science, technical, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, according to Nestlé UK &...

Business Leaders' Forum

Food industry labour and regulations are top challenges

Securing the food and drink industry’s labour needs and responding to the challenges of new legislation are among the top challenges facing manufacturers, according to law firm DWF.

Union slams Bernard Matthews’ planned 150 job cuts

Bernard Matthews’ plan to cut 150 jobs at its Great Witchingham production site and head office has been slammed by the Unite union as “deeply disappointing”.

GroceryAid appoints Tesco pensions boss as chair

Charity GroceryAid has appointed Tesco’s pensions boss Ruston Smith as chair of its board of trustees, effective immediately.

Co-op Food boss to take over as group ceo

The Co-op’s Food business boss is to become the new group ceo, following the departure of Richard Pennycook.

Bernard Matthews plans up to 150 job cuts in Norfolk

Bernard Matthews plans to cut up to 150 jobs at its headquarters and production factory in Norfolk, the turkey producer revealed yesterday (February 7).

Business Leaders’ Forum

Manufacturers warned off ‘having a go’ at prices rises

Food manufacturers have been warned off “having a go” at prices rises to exploit inflation, at the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum (BLF).

Focus on STEM subjects could solve gender pay-gap

The gender pay-gap in the manufacturing sector – including the food and drink industry – is due to a lack of young girls studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)...

2 Sisters reveals two senior appointments

2 Sisters Food Group has made two senior appointments to its UK poultry team – an operations director and a commercial director – as it “continues on its UK transformation plan”.

Me and my factory

Crisp making boss on his mission to win over staff

A West Yorkshire crisp making boss says his time spent working on the shopfloor has helped him turn around a negative culture between factory workers and management.

The Big Interview

Food industry urged to find one voice on Brexit: NFU

National Farmers Union director general Terry Jones tells Mike Stones the food industry needs to speak with unity to make the best of Brexit.

Sharing positive manufacturing experiences will lift recruitment

Showcasing the positive experiences of those working in farming and the food and drink manufacturing sector is the best way of attracting new talent, says National Farmers Union director general...

Tributes paid to Sir Ken Morrison who has died

Tributes have been paid to Sir Ken Morrison, who turned a small family grocery business into one of Britain’s biggest supermarkets, after his death at the age of 85.

McCain Foods plans to cut 74 jobs

McCain Foods plans to cut 74 jobs at its Scarborough site, after it proposed to close a loss-making facility.

News in brief

Greencore appoints new non-executive director

Greencore has appointed former Peacock Foods ceo Thomas Sampson as a non-executive director.

Apprenticeship Levy ‘is poor value for money’

The Apprenticeship Levy represents “poor value for money”, warns a new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Starbucks boss to hire 10,000 refugees

American coffee giant Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide, after US president Trump introduced tough new rules restricting migration from seven countries.