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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.

News in brief

Premier has ‘brightest outlook in a decade’: City

Premier Foods now has “the brightest outlook for a decade”, after re-engineering its balance sheet with a major refinancing plan, says City analyst Shore Capital.

Foodservice rejig would bring 80 Heinz jobs to Telford

Heinz UK plans to recruit 80 employees for its Telford production site as part of efforts to consolidate its foodservice operations across Europe, boost efficiency and slash excess capacity.

Retailer pressures stifle uptake of automation

Sales of robots in the food and drink sector rose by 28% last year against a backdrop of strong uptake across the board in the UK, according to the British...

Premier Foods confirms review of refinancing options

Premier Foods is continuing to review its refinancing options, the food manufacturing giant confirmed today (March 3), after weekend press reports claimed it would reveal a deal worth more than £750M...

Did Tesco ‘miss opportunity’ with price cut move?

Tesco may have missed an opportunity to champion shoppers, as its vow to invest £200M in price cuts annually may not be aggressive enough, according to a leading grocery analyst....

UK spearheads €12M EU food fraud project

An EU-wide initiative targeting food fraud, costing €12M, has been announced, spearheaded by the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA).

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How Premier Foods is tackling new EU FIR labelling rules

Premier Foods is adopting a project management approach to comply with the EU’s new Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR).

Napier Brown fires latest salvo in bitter row with ABF

Associated British Foods (ABF) faces fines for anti-competitive practices if a competition authority probe just launched finds it guilty in the latest round of a longstanding feud with Napier Brown....


New FIR food labelling rules to bring ‘colossal cost’

Complying with the EU’s new food labelling rules – set out in the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR) – will be a “truly enormous” job that will carry “a...

Ditch supermarkets, Booker boss urges food suppliers

Food suppliers should ditch “no-growth supermarkets” in favour of high-growth areas of the food market, such as online and food discount channels, advises Charles Wilson, ceo of Booker, Britain’s largest cash...

Free food labelling webinar – still time to register

There’s still time to register for the free, one-hour online seminar on the EU’s new food labelling rules, which takes place at 11am GMT tomorrow (February 20).

Processors can grab ideas from molecular gastronomy

Restaurant-inspired molecular gastronomy offers considerable potential for food manufacturers’ new product development (NPD), according to Stefan Cosser, head of innovation at consultancy Food Innovation Solutions (FIS).

Twitter helped probe into food poisoning outbreak

Social media is increasingly being used to identify the sources of food poisoning, following its use by investigators from Public Health England (PHE) to narrow down a large multiple pathogen...

Kolak Snack Foods deal boosts market presence

Kolak Snack Foods has snapped up Berkshire Foods and NC Snacks for an undisclosed sum as it continues its relentless drive to boost sales.

Real Good Food Company tackles sugar woes

Napier Brown’s Immingham sugar plant is ready for commissioning and should help the firm offset the negative impact of plunging sugar prices, according to owner Real Good Food Company (RGFC)....

Premier Foods: label rules ‘biggest change in over 25 years’

“The biggest overhaul of food labelling for over 25 years,” is how Premier Foods summarises the implications of the EU’s new Food Information to Consumers Regulation – due to be...

Premier Foods debt reduction reports ‘all supposition’

Further details of a Premier Foods’s debt reduction deal did not surprise City analysts, although they claimed the press reports represented little real progress.

UK employment figures don’t dent food vacancies

The skills gap in the food and drink manufacturing sector has not shrunk, despite the latest government statistics showing that UK unemployment overall has fallen.

RBS Group pumps £33M into KTC Edibles

RBS Group has provided £33M worth of funding to help boost UK fats and oils firm KTC Edibles’ organic expansion plans.

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