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Seabook Crisps turnover soars to £27M

Seabrook Crisps has boosted profitability and increased its turnover by 11% to £27M after adapting to the changing retail environment.

Asian sweet maker opens manufacturing hub

Asian sweet maker Mushtaq Sweet Centre has opened a “bespoke” manufacturing hub in Birmingham after securing funding from Barclays.

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EU to spend £4.8M fighting killer olive tree disease

The EU has pledged to spend £4.8M (€7M) in combating “a dangerous plant pathogen” that targets fruit trees, such as olive trees, and grave vines.

Glanbia to buy US protein bar firm

Global nutrition company Glanbia has agreed to buy US protein snack bar company thinkThin for $217M (£143M).

Premier Foods’s sales boost ‘credit to management’

Premier Foods’s first quarterly branded sales rise for two years was a tribute to the manufacturer’s management team, say leading City analysts.

Premier sales up due to ‘innovation and investment’

Premier Foods’s first quarterly increase in branded sales for two years is due to “innovation and investment”, claims the manufacturer.

Baby food recalled due to moth larvae

Moth larvae found in muesli for babies and mouldy chicken snacks have sparked food recalls over the past week.

Pumpkins help Hubbub educate 100k people on food waste

Hubbub will attempt to save 18,000t of pumpkin being discarded and educate 100,000 people on the wider food waste issue over the Halloween weekend with its ‘Pumpkin Rescue’ events, according...

Mars announces sustainable rice partnership

Mars Food, the owner of Uncle Ben’s, has announced the first global standard for sustainable rice in partnership with the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP).

Burton’s biscuit heist: Man charged with theft

A man has been charged with stealing a trailer packed with about £20,000 worth of biscuits.

Samworth Brothers boosts sales by 6%

Samworth Brothers boosted sales by nearly 6% last year after gaining additional business and making investments to improve its manufacturing process.

Nestlé results hit by Maggi noodles recall

Nestlé is counting the cost of its Maggi noodles recall, after admitting it had “a significant impact” on regional performance in third-quarter results posted today.

Dried fruit supplier fined £8k for safety failings

Dried fruit, nuts and seeds supplier Whitworths Limited has been fined £8,000, after one of its workers was injured in a machinery accident.

Me & My Factory

Look inside manufacturing: Cool Chile Company

Welcome to our exclusive inside look at Mexican food manufacturer Cool Chile Company’s London production site, as part of our new Me & My Factory photogallery series.

Nim’s Fruit Crisps opens factory after £350k investment

Healthy snack manufacturer Nim’s Fruit Crisps has opened a factory in Kent after securing an investment of more than £350,000.


No recall plan risks losing food firms millions

Nearly 20% of food and drink businesses risk losing many millions of pounds by failing to put in place plans to cope with a product recall, warns new research from...

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Snack company blaze: Firefighters called to fire

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a snack company’s premises after a suspected electrical fault earlier this week.

Cereal thieves steal £45k of Kellogg’s breakfast bars

Cereal thieves have stolen a lorry trailer packed with 9t of Kellogg’s breakfast bars worth about £45,000.

Top snacking trends: Texture, flavour and on the go

Texture and flavour were among the top six snacking trends that promised opportunities to manufacturers, according to Innova Marketing Insight.

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: it's been a vintage year

It has proved a vintage year for entries in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs), says the chairman of the independent judging panel Paul Wilkinson.

Premier Foods awards: AAK is overall champion

Oils and fats producer AAK has been crowned overall champion at Premier Foods's supplier awards yesterday.

Baxters sentenced over worker’s injury

Baxters Food Group has been fined £60,000 after a worker suffered “life-changing injuries” caused by an accident on one of its production lines.

Spotlight on apprenticeships at manufacturing seminar

Nestlé, Allied Bakeries and McCain Foods were among the food manufacturers taking part in a seminar today designed to persuade more food firms to hire apprentices.

Premier Foods’s Bisto campaign to help elderly

Premier Foods, the makers of Bisto, has launched a campaign to encourage families to invite a lonely elderly person round for Sunday lunch.

Sausages and pasties recalled due to label errors

Sausages containing wheat and celery were among the products recalled due to incorrect labelling over the past week.

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