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Hovis marketing boss stands down

Hovis marketing director Matt Hunt has announced his decision to leave the business to join digital marketing firm Futureproof.

Government fails to fund free school meals

Councils and schools have had to divert money from other budgets to ensure all pupils aged seven and under receive free school meals when the school year begins, because of...

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New sales director for fragrance business

Kent flavour, fragrance and oil manufacturer Elixarome has appointed David Howard as its new sales director.

FDF supports government skills push

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has praised the government’s new apprenticeships campaign, highlighting the positive impact it has had on preparing new recruits for food industry careers.

Competition heats up among industry heavyweights

Competition to become Personality of the Year 2014 is intensifying as the deadline to vote draws closer, so readers will have to act fast to register their online nomination.

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Dairy UK boss tackling challenges

Dr Judith Bryans is making her mark as Dairy UK’s chief executive, reports Nicholas Robinson

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Oxford Farming Conference appoints new directors

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) board has appointed several new directors in preparation for the three-day event in January 2015.

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Macphie appoints new commercial director

Food ingredients manufacturer Macphie of Glenbervie has appointed Shan Richards as its commercial director, replacing Andrew Underwood who was promoted to md in April.

Poor resources to check food industry worker abuse

Resources are scarce to police employee abuse in the food industry and the rise of zero-hour contracts has made workers more vulnerable, according to a senior employment lawyer.

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Dunbia appoints former Moy Park director

Meat processor Dunbia has appointed former Moy Park director Tony O’Neill as its new group deputy chief executive, effective September 1 2014.

Food industry fails to share 800M surplus meals

Poverty-stricken consumers are being denied 400,000t of surplus food and the food industry could help solve this problem, according to food redistribution charity FareShare.

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Diageo finds new director on Facebook

Diageo has appointed Facebook director Nicola Mendelsohn as a non-executive director, effective September 1 2014.

Food manufacturing excellence awards

Don’t miss out on voting for your personality of the year

Voting for the Food Manufacture Group’s Personality of the year will close shortly, so make sure you register your vote for the individual who you believe has done most over...

Morrisons appoints former Tesco finance boss as chairman

Troubled retailer Morrisons has appointed former Tesco finance boss Andrew Higginson as its new chairman, following Sir Ian Gibson’s decision to retire in 2015.

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BBC TV judge appointed as railway station’s food curator

BBC TV’s Great British Menu judge Matthew Fort has been appointed as the first ever food curator at St Pancras International railway station.

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Putin gets taster to check food for poison

Russian president Vladimir Putin employs a personal food taster to ensure his meals are not poisoned and the Queen hates shellfish, according to the chefs that prepare their food.

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Tesco boss Philip Clarke’s decision to quit the retailer on October 1 2014 leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food industry.

Drinks giant teams with London mayor for obesity strategy

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has teamed up with drinks firm Coca-Cola Great Britain for a £1M project to encourage Londoners to become more active and tackle obesity.

Overheard at Waitrose Facebook page goes viral

A new Facebook page – Overheard in Waitrose – allegedly reporting conversations overheard in the posh retailer has gone viral with more than 175,0000 ‘likes’ in its first four days.

Dairy processor: job cuts minimal

Dairy processor Adams Foods has put recent job cut reports in perspective, stressing the 700-strong workforce had suffered just seven redundancies at its Leek factory, with production line staff unaffected.

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2 Sisters non exec director quits to become minister

2 Sisters Food Group’s non executive director Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe has left the business to take up the role of business minister.

Opinion

Weighing up the dairy 'risk'

Although the UK’s cardiovascular disease (CVD) rates have been falling, a substantial increase is predicted at a global level.

Pay extra attention to safety of summer workers

Food manufacturers have been warned to pay extra attention to young and temporary workers hired for summer work, as they are more likely to be injured at work than experienced...

cabinet reshuffle

Environment secretary ditched in cabinet reshuffle

Owen Paterson – the environment secretary who complained “the badgers moved the goalposts” – has been replaced by Liz Truss in David Cameron’s latest cabinet reshuffle.

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Food packaging firm appoints new manager

Food and drink packaging firm Clondalkin Group has appointed Rob Moore as its new key account manager.