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Transport firm fined £80k after worker’s fatal accident

An animal feed firm has been fined £80,000 for safety failings after one of its workers died when he was buried under up to 10t of wheat being unloaded from...

Metcalfe’s Skinny and Itsu to form separate firms

Metcalfe’s Food Company aims to split in half, forming separate businesses for its Metcalfe’s Skinny popcorn and Asian food-to-go brand Itsu Grocery to enable greater focus on each.

Self-diagnosed intolerance may harm clinical allergy sufferers

The explosive growth in people “self-diagnosed” as suffering from food intolerances and those avoiding certain nutrients, such as gluten and dairy, for lifestyle reasons could be harmful, the head of...

Major retailers pressed to secure shop floor jobs

Unite the union has pressed the UK’s biggest retailers to secure shop floor jobs, following a spate of major redundancies in response to mounting pressure from the discounters Aldi and...

Food oils firm Phoenix Group boosts capacity

Food oils producer Phoenix Group has invested £120,000 in a new bottling line that will ultimately boost capacity at its filling facilities sevenfold.

Baxters fined £6,000 for worker’s accident

Soups, sauces and spreads manufacturer Baxters has been fined £6,000, after one of its workers suffered serious injury when his hand was caught between a conveyor belt and roller.

News in brief

Shortlist announced for student ‘green’ innovation award

The finalists of Ecotrophelia UK 2015 – a competition which challenges students to develop new eco-friendly food – have been announced by the Institute of Food Science & Technology and Campden BRI.

Top 6 secrets for successful horizon scanning

It is vital more food and drink firms use horizon scanning to put in place robust measures to protect themselves against avoidable food safety threats in the future.

General Mills first client at Port Salford hub

General Mills has become the first client to sign up to use supply chain firm Culina Group’s 26,000m2 Port Salford tri-modal logistics facility.

Cancer-causing dye sparks palm oil recall

The presence of a cancer-causing dye, Sudan IV, in palm oil products sold at a London cash and carry has prompted the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to issue a recall...

Election 2015

Industry stagnates as suppliers cut investment

UK industry – including food manufacture – is in a “state of stagnation” as suppliers cut investment and impose recruitment bans and pay freezes until May’s general election, experts have claimed.

Morrisons ‘warned’ to stick with manufacturing

Food manufacturing is essential to the future success of Morrisons, this website’s readers have ‘warned’ the retailer’s boss David Potts, following conflicting advice from City analysts.


What start-ups need from a new UK government

More financial support must be given to food and drink start-ups by the next UK government if they are to survive their first year in business, Miso Tasty founder Bonnie...

Poundland ‘could walk away’ from 99p Stores deal

Poundland could ditch its £55M deal to take over 99p Stores, after the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) pledged to fully investigate the acquisition unless it received assurances that shoppers...

Poundland’s bid for 99p Stores under threat

Poundland’s plan to buy 99p Stores faces a full investigation by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), unless the retailer can offer assurances that shoppers won’t be disadvantaged by the...

KP Snacks axes 70 roles at Phileas Fogg Consett site

The loss of 70 jobs at KP Snacks’s Consett factory, one-time home to Phileas Fogg crisps, was “an incredibly sad time” for its members and the local area, according to...

Sainsbury to create 480 online jobs

Sainsbury will bolster its online retailing capabilities by creating 480 ‘specialist’ jobs in response to rising consumer demand for more convenient and intuitive ways to shop.

Election 2015

Food bosses join support for government policy

Food industry leaders – including George Weston, ceo of Associated British Foods, which owns the Silver Spoon, Kingsmill and Ovaltine brands – have joined more than 100 business bosses in...

Real Good Food considers selling Napier Brown

The Real Good Food Company is considering selling its sugar subsidiary Napier Brown, it has confirmed.

FoodStart work experience scheme passes milestone

The food industy work experience scheme FoodStart – backed by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver – has passed a major milestone in registering its 400th student.

Amazon’s drone delivery plan in the wings

Online retail giant Amazon is in talks with policy makers worldwide to turn its plans for the drone delivery of packages – including  food products – into reality.

Morrisons ‘must sell its manufacturing sites’ to thrive

Morrisons’ food manufacturing assets have divided city opinion as analysts gauge the early steps of the beleaguered retailer’s new ceo David Potts.

Truss’s £50k grants to create 3,000 food jobs

Cash injections of up to £50,000 will be given to small food and drink firms, following the creation of six new Food Enterprise Zones by the environment secretary Elizabeth Truss.

Morrisons to cut 20 bosses in ‘Tesco-style shakeup’

Morrisons ceo David Potts is to axe up to 20 more bosses in a bid to clear out the old team and counter the firm’s multi-million pound losses by running...

Heinz Kraft merger

Heinz Kraft merger: expect cost cutting soon

The Heinz Kraft £100bn mega merger is likely to lead to cost cutting on a big scale, according to analysts.