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Samworth union row intensifies after ‘bullying’ letter

Samworth Brothers’ long-running dispute with a bakers’ union is set to intensify after the manufacturer was accused of circulating a “bullying” letter to its workers, in a bid to sign...

British beer sales kick-off with Euro 2016 football

An extra 31M pints of beer were sold between April and June, mainly thanks to the month-long televised feast of European Championship football – despite England’s failure at the second...

Gangmaster loses licence for ‘skimming’ pay

A Shropshire-based fresh produce recruitment agency has been stripped of its licence for systematically ‘skimming’ workers’ pay, resulting in employees receiving less than the national minimum wage.

Turners Fine Foods cuts 457 jobs after entering administration

Almost 500 jobs were made redundant yesterday (July 26) at food wholesaler Turners Fine Foods, after the company’s owner, Silverstar Foods, appointed administrators from KPMG Restructuring.

Kellogg’s factory features in BBC documentary

The inner-workings of Kellogg’s Manchester factory will be unveiled tomorrow (Tuesday July 26), as the company is the first to feature in BBC Two’s ‘Inside The Factory: How Our Favourite Foods...

Fruit and veg to rot without migrant labour warning

Fruit and vegetable crops could be left to rot in the field and production in food processing sites, poultry sheds and veg packhouses threatened if restrictive migration controls deny farmers...

Brexit to highlight food industry skills: DEFRA boss

Brexit will make skills development in the food and drink manufacturing sector even more important, said new environment secretary Andrea Leadsom, at the launch of a new apprenticeship programme.

Greg Clark named business minister in reshuffle

Former communities and local government secretary Greg Clark has been named the new business minister, as new Prime Minister Theresa May announced her revitalised cabinet.

Food Manufacture’s ‘Top 20 tweets of the week’

Maggots in Morrisons’ broccoli, Coca-Cola’s plans to boost output and our quest for a food manufacturing hero all featured in the top tweets from Food Manufacture’s readers this week....

Meet the FMEA Personality Award candidates

The Food Manufacture Group is searching for a food and drink manufacturing hero – and we need your help to find him or her. In this photogallery, we introduce the six candidates...

The big interview

Brewing boss sees bright future for malt

Brewing supremo David Thompson, chief executive of Anglia Maltings Holdings, believes malt has a buoyant future.

Me and my factory

Coca-Cola site boss: ‘How I plan to lift efficiency’

Coca-Cola's Trevor Newman tells Noli Dinkovski he is intent on optimising efficiency at the huge Wakefield site.

Your chance to win a food manufacturing Oscar

The deadline is fast approaching to enter the 2016 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards the industry’s Oscars, which recognise outstanding achievement and the very best people and companies in the business.

Top six fastest growing food manufacturers

2 Sisters Food Group is Britain’s fastest growing private food and drink business, according to The Top Track 100 compiled by The Sunday Times.

Young’s Seafood ceo steps down

Young’s UK ceo has stepped down from his position today (July 11) with immediate effect.

Branded goods to benefit from online growth

The growth of online grocery shopping through the likes of Amazon Fresh and Ocado will significantly boost branded products at the detriment of own-label, the founder of the Black Farmer...

Manufacturers welcome technical education plan

Manufacturers’ group EEF has welcomed Lord Sainsbury’s recommendations to improve technical education and plug the skills gap.

Amazon UK to create 1,000 UK jobs

Amazon UK is to create 1,000 new jobs across multiple departments, bringing the total number of recruits to 3,500 this year.

Brexit impact

Food firms to pay ‘£2,675 for every foreign worker’

Food businesses face a bill of at least £2,675 to recruit every foreign worker, after the UK leaves the EU, warns law firm Simpson Millar LLP.

me and my factory

Boosting productivity at Coca-Cola’s Wakefield factory

Boosting productivity by improving employee engagement is a four-step process at Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) Wakefield factory.

Scottish government pledges £500k fund to end food poverty

A new £500,000 food fund aimed to eradicate food poverty by encouraging more sustainable and repectful approaches to food provision, claimed a Scottish minister.

Nestlé appoints German healthcare firm boss as ceo

Chocolate giant Nestlé has appointed former German healthcare company Fresenius boss Ulf Mark Schneider as its new ceo.

Butcher supplier Dalziel buys Burma Bacon

Retail butchery specialist Dalziel has acquired Staffordshire-based Burma Bacon Supplies for an undisclosed sum.

Ice cream firm invests £10k in bobsleigh team

Frozen desserts firm R&R Ice Cream has invested £10,000 in the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) to help promote winter sports to Britain’s Young Athletes.

People moving to new food and drink industry jobs

Asda, Young’s Seafood and GroceryAid lead our selection of the most recent appointments in the food and drink industry.