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2 Sisters recruits ex-Sainsbury ceo Justin King

2 Sisters Food Group has recruited former boss of Sainsbury Justin King to take up an advisory role within the business, according to reports.

People on the move in the food industry

Tesco, Morrisons, the Co-operative Group and northern retailer Booths all appointed new bosses this month as they look to protect themselves against the challenges of the changing retail market.

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Co-op appoints chair after leadership review

The Co-operative Group has appointed former Asda boss Allan Leighton as its first independent non-executive chairman under its reformed governance structure.

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Free beer for bearded blokes

Bearded men will be given free beer at Sourced Market’s Old Street pop-up as part of its celebrations for London Beer Week.

Bakers’ union BFAWU demands minimum wage hike

The minimum wage should rise to £10 an hour, according to the Bakery Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), which today launched a campaign to drive it up (February 19).

Tesco’s new chairman has valuable background

Tesco’s new chairman John Allan’s background in retail, grocery and logistics will make him a great help to the retailer at this critical time, according to a leading industry analyst....

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Tesco names chairman Broadbent’s successor

Tesco has appointed John Allan as chairman, replacing Richard Broadbent, who announced his departure in October last year.

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Former Tesco exec temporarily replaces Philips at Morrisons

Morrisons has appointed its finance boss Trevor Strain as interim ceo while it continues the search for Dalton Philips’ successor.


Quorn invests for growth

Quorn’s Billingham production site is receiving some much needed investment, its factory manager Steven Finn tells Nicholas Robinson

Industry must take lead in bridging skills gap

Manufacturers will have to rely on their own resources to bridge the skills gap they face, rather than waiting for the government to take the lead, the head of the...

ISBA refutes claims kids are more familiar with beer than sweets

Claims that primary school children are more familiar with beer brands than leading biscuit, crisp and ice cream products have been refuted by advertising trade body ISBA.

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Dairy Crest executive md to quit

Dairy Crest executive md Martyn Wilks will leave the firm on March 31 2015 to “pursue other interests”, after seven years in the role.


Soil Association seeks new areas

Soil Association boss Helen Browning will push the organisation forward, she tells Nicholas Robinson

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Food firms fear migrant labour shortfall

Fears about the availability of migrant labour and any disruption to the key contribution it makes to the food and drink manufacturing sector was one of the hot topics at...

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FSA names temporary food crime unit head

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has temporarily appointed Richard Hoskin as the head of the newly created Food Crime Unit (FCU), with the title head of food crime, incidents and...

Sector not absolved by childhood obesity slowdown

A slowdown in childhood obesity growth rates does not absolve the food and drink industry from blame, despite its efforts to reduce the fat, sugar and salt (FSS) content of...

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FSA appoints new chief operating officer

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Jason Feeney as its new chief operating officer.

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Dalton Philips’ departure from Morrisons leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Bakkavor workers celebrate £1M National Lottery win

A group of lucky 13 workers at Bakkavor’s Spalding factory are celebrating winning £1M on the EuroMillions National Lottery.

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Food Standards Scotland makes multiple appointments

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has made seven appointments in preparation for taking over the powers of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland from April 1 2015.

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UK appoints first food councillor for China

Karen Morgan has been appointed as the UK’s first agriculture and food counsellor in China in a bid to increase growing food and drink exports to the country.

Top three tips to securing investment

Food and drink firms seeking crowdfunding must provide detailed business information to ensure they stand out from the competition to potential investors.

What forced Philips out of Morrisons – in pictures

Dalton Philips quit Morrisons last week following a year of challenges, controversy and criticism from analysts and former bosses.

Ant & Dec to replace Philips at Morrisons?

Funny Geordies Ant and Dec are in the odds at 1,000/1 to replace Dalton Philips as Morrisons’ new ceo, according to tweets following his announced departure today.


Quorn set to be $1bn brand

Taking over the world is a top priority for Quorn chief executive Kevin Brennan, Nicholas Robinson discovers