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Meat & poultry

Like the dairy sector, meat producers are coming under flak for the large carbon footprint of their raw materials and issues of animal welfare; while rising inspection costs and tight margins mean the sector is consolidating to take advantage of ‘vertical integration’ and economies of scale. Whether you’re in red meat, poultry or game, it’s important to avoid being skewered by unexpected change.

£390M sale of sausage casing manufacturer

Sausage casings manufacturer Kalle has been sold to private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), with a sale price understood to be for £350M to £390M.

Kerry Group reports growth in business volumes

Kerry Group has posted a 2.9% growth in business volumes, driven by its Taste & nutrition and Consumer food divisions in first quarter results, thanks partly to its children’s snack product...

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Missed our lean manufacturing webinar? Listen here

Missed Food Manufacture’s lean and green food and drink manufacturing webinar yesterday? Don’t worry you can still register and listen any number of times for the next six months....

Rich list

Food and drink industry Rich List – in pictures

Business leaders from Associated British Food, Heineken, Morrisons, Sainsbury and 2 Sisters all earned a place on The Sunday Times Rich List 2016.

2 Sisters boss, Warburtons and Samworth make Sunday Times Rich List

2 Sisters boss Ranjit Singh, the Warburtons family and the Samworth have made it to the Sunday Times Rich List 2016.

News in brief

Hilton Food Group boss steps down for ‘personal reasons’

Theo Bergman, the chief operating officer for continental Europe for Hilton Food Group, has stepped down from the board with immediate effect.

£60M US export opportunity for UK beef and lamb

UK beef and lamb producers could gain access to the £60M US market after recent trade talks.

Foodex Big Video Debate

Food Crime Unit boss aims to win food firms’ trust

Winning food and drink manufacturers’ trust, as a first step to persuading them to share information to help combat crime, is the top priority of the head of Food Standards...

Innovation conference

Insects as human food set for tasty growth

Insects as a source of human food are set for big growth, driven by western consumers’ sense of culinary adventure and environmental responsibility, according to speakers at our food innovation conference...

Living Wage leads thousands of firms to struggle

Thousands of businesses are struggling to absorb the impact of the new National Living Wage (NLW), insolvency firm Begbies Traynor has warned.  

Food manufacturers get five-point export advice

Food and drink manufacturers wanting to increase exports can benefit from a new guide developed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA).

Lean webinar

Lean manufacturing webinar to focus on four themes

Four key themes are likely to dominate Food Manufacture’s lean and green food manufacturing webinar, to take place at 11am on Tuesday April 26, according to Jeremy Praud, partner with...

EU referendum

Quitting EU ‘disastrous’ for food and drink exporters

A vote to leave the EU in the June 23 referendum could spell disaster for UK food and drink exporters, warns new research from insolvency firm Begbies Traynor.

Two men sentenced in nationwide food fraud case

Two men have been sentenced for their part in nationwide fraud committed against the food suppliers.

Foodex 2016

Food fraud, campylobacter and apprentices in Big Video Debates

Food crime, campylobacter and apprentices are the subject of three Big Video Debates at the Foodex trade event, which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham between Monday April...

IFST conference

IFST conference focuses on sustainable intensification

Sustainable intensification will be the focus of attention at the Institute of Food Science & Technology’s (IFST’s) Spring Conference 2016 at te National Motorcycle Museum, West Midlands on Wednesday, April...

Samworth Brothers in National Living Wage row

Samworth Brothers remains at the centre of a row about alleged cuts to pay and conditions, made in a bid to offset the impact of the National Living Wage, after...

Cranswick buys poultry producer Crown for £40M

Diversified meat business Cranswick has bought poultry producer Crown and its subsidiary Crown Chicken for £40M, in a move that will boost earnings this year.

2 Sisters and Dunbia deal may spark ‘competition probe’

A joint venture deal between 2 Sisters and Dunbia could face scrutiny from competition authorities, as well as raise concerns from supermarkets, according to City analyst Shore Capital.

Bidvest Fresh buys Knight Meats

Catering industry food supplier Bidvest Fresh has bought Knight Meats for an undisclosed sum.

Landmark fresh meat ruling for Newby Foods

A landmark judgement, handed down last month by the High Court in favour of meat processor Newby Foods, confirms that meat processed by the company’s novel methods can be classified...

Cranswick ends the year in ‘good style’

Cranswick received praise for “rounding the year off in good style”, by City analyst Shore Capital, after the diversified meat and pastry manufacturer posted full year results yesterday....

EU biocide plans pose ‘food safety threat’

The UK food industry has launched a co-ordinated campaign to seek a change to the European Commission's (EC's) new Biocidal Products Regulation, which, as currently constituted, would limit the availability...

Hilton Food Group reveals board changes

Change is taking place at the top of Hilton Food Group, the international value-added meat processing group, with the retirement of two of its board members in May: non-executive chairman...

Scientists use new tool to fight food fraud

Scientists at the University of Manchester have developed a new technique, based on ‘chemical fingerprints’ to fight food fraud.

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