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2 Sisters slams Living Wage strike action threat

2 Sisters has slammed suggestions it is facing strike action at two of its Yorkshire operations, after a union accused the food giant of trying to offset the extra cost...

Obesity crisis: legislation said to be ‘the only answer’

A leading healthy food campaigner has claimed to be “sympathetic” towards manufacturers of food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar, as they are not operating on a level...

Landmark fresh meat ruling for Newby Foods

A landmark judgement, handed down last month by the High Court in favour of meat processor Newby Foods, confirms that meat processed by the company’s novel methods can be classified...

EU biocide plans pose ‘food safety threat’

The UK food industry has launched a co-ordinated campaign to seek a change to the European Commission's (EC's) new Biocidal Products Regulation, which, as currently constituted, would limit the availability...

Online ads to kids set to fall under TV rules

The advertising of foods high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) to children online has moved a step nearer to falling under the same restrictions as TV advertising after it...


Sugar soft drinks tax: a ‘dead cat’ distraction

George Osborne’s announcement of a sugar tax on soft drinks in last month's budget took everyone by complete surprise. Cynics were quick to accuse him of blatantly trying to deflect...

‘Smelly’ criminal links cost gangmasters’ licence

A Lincolnshire couple have been stripped of their licence issued by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) by an appeal judge, who ruled their financial dealings with a known criminal gangmaster were “smelly”....

Firms can now reclaim tax for alcohol in food

Food manufacturers are now able to claim back tax on alcohol after an amendment to the law came into force last month.

Morrisons faces legal action from 5k staff

Morrisons staff wishing to join more than 5,000 of their colleagues in a claim for damages against the company must act now a lawyer has warned.

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‘Misinformation minefield’ remains major challenge

The “misinformation minefield” surrounding the health benefits of food remains one of the biggest challenges faced by manufacturers, according to an expert on consumer insights.

Insurance Act imposes extra duties on firms

Senior management accountability and the avoidance of ‘data dumping’ are just two of a range of new duties faced by food manufacturers when a new Insurance Act comes into force...

New data protection rules set to have big impact

Newly-agreed EU data protection laws will significantly increase the regulatory burden on food and drink businesses, a legal specialist has warned.

Kit Kat claim woman ‘won’t get lifetime supply’

A woman who has demanded a lifetime supply of Kit Kats after purchasing a defective multipack of the biscuits was unlikely to succeed despite claiming monetary and emotional distress, according...

NHS sugar tax proposals are panned

Plans by the National Health Service (NHS) to introduce a sugar tax on food and drink sold in its hospitals has been heavily criticised by industry trade bodies.

Confusion about origin and added water labelling

EU legislation designed to avoid consumers being mislead about the country of origin of ingredients contained in compound foods they purchase is likely to cause headaches for food manufacturers, according...

Beer sector urges chancellor to cut duty in Budget

Drinks industry trade bodies have called on chancellor George Osborne to cut beer duty for a fourth consecutive year in next month’s Budget.

Four tips on avoiding new tougher food safety fines

Food and drink manufacturers have been given four top tips on how to avoid tougher fines for safety offences, as new sentencing guidelines take effect on Monday (February 1).

Tesco’s ‘scandalous situation’ provokes anger

Tesco’s mistreatment of suppliers has been slammed as a “scandalous situation” after the publication of findings by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

Tesco apologises for grocery code abuses – again

Tesco boss Dave Lewis has apologised for a second time to suppliers, after the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) ruled Britain’s biggest retailer had breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice...

Kent fruit firm fined for safety failings

A Kent-based fruit business has been fined for safety failings after it allowed a contractor to access a door for repair by standing on an apple box raised at height...

NHS to impose hospital sugar tax

The National Health Service (NHS) plans to introduce a sugar tax in its hospitals in an attempt to help combat the UK’s obesity crisis.

‘Modern day slavery’: traffickers jailed for labour exploitation

Two human traffickers have been jailed for three and a half years each for forcing a pair of food factory workers to endure squalid conditions and hunger with almost no...


Sugar reformulation: can the industry learn from salt?

Alongside the now-familiar call for a 20% tax on sugary soft drinks, the recent House of Commons Health Select Committee report on child obesity proposed other measures, including centrally-led reformulation...

Mizkan fined £120k over asbestos failings

Mizkan Euro – the manufacturer of Branston Pickle – has been fined £120,000 for health and safety failings in relation to asbestos.

Soup-maker Campbell switches to GMO labelling

The world’s largest soup-maker has responded to calls for more food transparency by announcing it is to label the genetically modified organism (GMO) content on all of its US products....

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