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FDF boss to replace Cheney at helm of PTF

Terry Jones has been appointed as the new director general of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF), following Clare Cheney’s decision to retire after 19 years in the role.

Heinz fined £50,000 after worker’s hand sliced off

Food giant Heinz has been fined £50,000, after an engineer had his right hand sliced off by an unguarded potato peeling machine at the firm’s plant in Norfolk.

Food ingredients firm to pay £162k for forklift death

Food ingredients firm AAK UK Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £162,000 after a forklift truck driver was killed in an accident at its Runcorn facory.

The UK’s favourite sandwich is chicken

Sandwiches with a chicken filling are the most popular variety bought by consumers, new data from the British Sandwich Association (BSA) has shown.

Food manufacturers and retailers tackle unemployment

Premier Foods and other food and drink manufacturers are teaming up with retailers to tackle Britain’s youth unemployment, as part of the grocery think-tank IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future campaign....

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Premier Foods boss on Pfizer, AstraZeneca deal

Market forces should be allowed to decide the outcome of Pfizer’s AstraZeneca bid – without the interference of politicians, according to Premier Foods boss Gavin Darby.

Flat sales in past quarter as grocers struggle on

Grocery sales remained “in the doldrums” from February to April, according to leading food analyst Clive Black of Shore Capital, citing data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and accountants...

Food and drink recalls in 2014 – in pictures

Sainsbury was involved in a third of food safety product recalls so far in 2014, according to food alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA).

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Wanted: food and drink manufacturing champions

This month (May) marks the formal launch of the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards, which are now open for entries.

Nutella influence spreads

New product development opportunities lie in the nut-based and sweet spread category, particularly with regard to ingredient flavour and multi-use innovation, according to new research from Mintel.

Premier Foods gears up for product launches

Premier Foods is preparing product launches and marketing campaigns to hit the market with as the dust settles following the successful completion of its refinancing deal.

ABF: Sugar slump offset by Primark and grocery

A starring performance by clothes retailer Primark and strong growth in grocery helped Associated British Foods (ABF) lift its half-year group profits by £7M to £463M, despite a slump in...

Wealthiest people in food and drink manufacturing

Confectionery manufacturer Ferrero Group’s owner tops our list of the richest people in global food and drink manufacturing.

Premier Foods has first growth opportunity ‘for many years’

Premier Foods is now set for growth after completing “a transformational restructuring” of its balance sheet, said City analyst Shore Capital in a note titled ‘At last, it’s time to...

Barts Ingredients acquires OTP Foods

Herb and spice manufacturer The Barts Ingredients Company has acquired sauce and paste business OTP Foods in a multimillion pound deal funded by bank Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Rising convenience store grocery sales buck trend

Shoppers’ growing preference for convenience stores was revealed in the latest grocery sales data from market insights company Nielsen.

Noodle factory relocation creates 50 jobs at Symington’s

About 50 new jobs were created by the relocation of Symington’s noodle production from China to a new factory in Hunslet, near Leeds, the firm confirmed at the official opening...


Rice firm aims to double turnover by 2016

Automation has helped to put Kohinoor’s rice profits in the bag, reports Nicholas Robinson

Waitrose to open first national distribution centre

Waitrose will open its first national distribution centre (NDC) to simplify its supply chain and increase efficiency, the retailer has said.

New guidance for manufacturers on managing allergens

New rules governing the handling and labelling of food allergens, which come into force later this year, could drive up the number of food alerts issued by the Food Standards...

Rice manufacturer to pay £15k for finger injury

A rice manufacturer has been ordered to pay £15,000, after one of its workers crushed his finger in an unguarded sealing machine.

£50M investment by British Sugar in UK plants

British Sugar is investing £50M in its four existing UK sugar beet factories this year, a spokeswoman for the Associated British Foods (ABF) subsidiary has confirmed.

Premier Foods backs Prince Charles’ flood relief

Premier Foods is backing Prince Charles’ charity, In Kind Direct, to support communities devastated by floods in the south west of England.

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New food labelling rules: authorities ‘not done enough’

The authorities in Brussels and London should have done more to explain the implications of the EU’s new food labelling rules, set out in the Food Information to Consumers Regulation...

Industry expert: real challenge starts for Premier Foods

Premier Foods’ real challenge starts now, in the wake of its successful refinancing deal, although the agreement was an important milestone, claims one industry expert.

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