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Environment secretary ditched in cabinet reshuffle

Owen Paterson – the environment secretary who complained “the badgers moved the goalposts” – has been replaced by Liz Truss in David Cameron’s latest cabinet reshuffle.

Adams Foods responds to customer demand for innovation

Adams Foods has pumped £3M into a new customer innovation centre in response to customer demand for innovation in hard cheese, the company’s marketing director Alastair Jackson has said.


Dairy Crest reveals its investment plans

Capital investment is sexy and Dairy Crest has just come to the end of a four-year investment plan, which saw £75M spent across the company’s dairy operations.

Wyke Farms invests £800k in packaging systems

Wyke Farms has invested £800,000 in shelf-ready packaging technology as part of its ‘100% Green’ initiative, and plans further eco-friendly projects, according to ceo Richard Clothier.

Dairy Crest seals infant formula deal

Dairy Crest’s confirmed strategic partnership with the infant formula company Fonterra yesterday (July 3), as well as an announced £20M investment in its Davidstow site to manufacture lactose-based prebiotics, is...

Cheesemaker builds on eco-friendly difference

Wyke Farms is tackling anaerobic digestion after officially opening a £1.3M water recovery plant today (June 2), as md Richard Clothier seeks to make its “green message” a “unique point...


FMEAs open for entries

Entries for the 2014 Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards close on July 31. Don’t miss your chance to be a star. Enter online at

Mariani Europe md predicts massive sales in dried fruit

US dried fruit firm Mariani will double its European business to £10M next year, before reaching up to £500M pounds in eight years, according to the company’s European md Glenn...

Government reaffirms British food and drink pledge

Environment secretary Owen Paterson has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to give British produce a greater share of its £2.66bn spend on food and drink.

58 jobs hit as Müller Wiseman confirms depot closure

Müller Wiseman Dairies’ transfer of milk distribution to its Bridgwater site, and the resultant closure of its Pensilva depot, has been confirmed, with the company claiming 58 jobs could go.

‘Display until labels’ face increased criticism

The food industry must continue to remove ‘display until’ food and drink labels, as they are confusing shoppers and fuelling needless waste, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) claims.

Heart of England Fine Foods to fold

Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) is facing voluntary liquidation 16 years after its foundation, threatening 15 jobs.

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Lambert becomes Burton’s Biscuits chairman

James Lambert has been appointed chairman of Burton’s Biscuits Company, while retaining his role as chairman of R&R Ice Cream.

Yeo Valley adopts unique lid coding system

Chadwicks has developed a lidding system for a range of Yeo Valley dairy products that applies a unique code. The code, which is only revealed when the polyester lid is...

Prima Cheese installs third weigher as it expands

Prima Cheese, based in Seaham, County Durham, is installing a third Ishida multihead weigher to handle its range of cheese products supplied to wholesale food and catering businesses worldwide.

Milk: the low-cost food

New research has suggested milk is a highly sustainable and relatively low-cost source of food.

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Ice cream firm scoops up new employees

Ice cream firm Suncream Dairies has appointed Helen Procter as its new technical manager.

Cheese processor adds 24 jobs at £1.2M new site

Cheese processor Extons Foods’s £1.2M investment in new premises in Manchester will lead to the creation of 24 new jobs in the short term, according to the company.

Dairy UK opens its doors to the world

Global dairy manufacturers can join Dairy UK as associate members for the first time, chief executive Dr Judith Bryans has told

Arla’s giant Aylesbury dairy opens doors

Arla has officially opened the world’s largest fresh milk dairy, a £150M processing facility at Aston Clinton, Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, which will employ up to 700 staff.

Raw material costs soar, but Dairy Crest nails savings

Raw material costs climbed by £40M for Dairy Crest in the past year, but the UK dairy firm achieved a strong double-digit profit increase and savings of £25M, ahead of...

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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.

‘Deep concern’ over Müller Wiseman depot closure plan

Trades union Usdaw is “deeply concerned” about Müller Wiseman Dairies’ proposals to shut its Pensilva distribution depot in Cornwall, with the potential loss of 58 jobs.

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Food firms advised to scoop ice cream growth

Food firms should take advantage of the UK’s “growing” £1bn ice cream sector by offering new flavours and services to ice cream manufacturers, according to the boss of the Ice...

Boards approve Arla dairy merger with Belgian coop

EU dairy giant Arla Foods’s merger with cooperative Walhorn EGM has been approved by the boards of the two organisations.


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