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Dairy processor in £14M factory expansion

A north Wales dairy producer is set to invest £14M in expanding its operation after winning a supply contract from a major supermarket.

Burton’s and Dairy Crest sign food waste agreement

Burton’s Biscuit Company and Dairy Crest have joined a range of other food manufacturers, foodservice companies and retailers in signing up to the Courtauld Commitment 2025 food sustainability agreement.

Carlsberg lorry crash prompts police warning video

A hard-hitting police video and accident photograph – warning against the dangers of using a handheld phone while driving – have been released after a fatal crash involving a car...

Ban on cheese linked to child’s death ‘not taken lightly’: FSS

A ban on the sale of all products made by a Scottish cheesemaker linked to a recent E.coli outbreak that led to the death of a child “was not taken...

Calais wall is simply ‘a sticking plaster’: FTA

The controversial construction of a 4m-high wall in Calais – planned to help resolve transport chaos at the port, caused partly by illegal migrants – is “simply a sticking plaster” that will not solve the problem of...

Neonicotinoids in rape linked to bee decline

Research that links neonicotinoid seed treated oilseed rape crops with the long-term population decline of wild bee species has further raised concerns about insecticide use, scientists have suggested.

Support for farmers post Brexit should be reviewed, says PTF

The new boss of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has questioned the viability of continuing to support farmers with subsidies following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

€50M of cocaine found at Coca-Cola plant

Almost 400kg of cocaine – with a reported street value of about €50M (£42M) – was found at a Coca-Cola factory in southern France on Friday (August 26).

Me and My Factory

Pork processor: collaboration has reduced audits

The director at a leading pork processor has claimed that industry-wide collaboration has enabled his company to reduce the meat sector’s audit burden following the horsemeat crisis.

FTA warns of violence after Calais blockade

Today’s blockade of the main motorway into Calais has made drivers a sitting target, warned the Freight Transport Association (FTA), whose membership includes lorry drivers of food and drink manufacturers....

Driver shortage will lead to grocery price rises, warns FSDF

Driver shortages will lead to the cost of food and drink rising unless action is taken to address the problem, warns Chris Sturman, chief executive of the Food Storage and...

Grocery regulator: ‘I am dependent on suppliers’

The woman in charge of regulating the relationship between retailers and suppliers says she is “totally dependent” on food and drink firms telling her about unfair practices.

Forklift truck safety failings cost firm £37,670

An engineering company that manufacturers industrial ovens has been ordered to pay more than £30,000 for safety failings involving a forklift truck.

Counterbalance truck range drives throughput

Just two years after the launch of its series 3 and 4 hydrodynamic drive counterbalance trucks, Jungheinrich has extended its internal combustion series.

Sandwich maker hit with £7k bread basket fine

A Wolverhampton-based sandwich maker has been hit with a £7,000 fine after global positioning system (GPS) technology showed it had been using bread baskets belonging to another firm without permission.

More young women consider truck driving as career

There has been a rise in the numbers of young women wanting to take up truck driving, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has claimed.

FDF first-half results show 9% rise in UK exports

The value of food and non-alcoholic drink exports rose by 8.7%, up by £528.3M over the past 12 months to £6.6bn, compared with the previous year, according to the Food...

Supply chain survey: your views are wanted

Time is running out for you to take part in Food Manufacture Group’s online survey of logistics and supply chain professionals and get the chance of winning £100 of Amazon...

Arla Foods raises milk price to 20p a litre

The National Farmers Union (NFU) said it was “a relief” that Arla Foods planned to increase its milk prices by 1p a litre from September 1.

Belgian brewer uses robots to palletise its kegs

The Haacht Brewery in Boortmeerbeek, said to be Belgium's third largest brewery, has revealed it has been using Fanuc industrial robots for around six years to process, fill and palletise...

Carrot packer automates work

Vegetable and combinable crops processor MH Poskitt has installed a carrot handling line at its Goole facility in East Yorkshire.

Dairy trolley packer sets the pace

A new trolley collation and packing system for the dairy industry has been developed by Mechelec Automation.

Hain Daniels increases its contract hire fleet

The Hain Daniels Group has boosted its chilled distribution fleet by adding 10 trucks and seven trailers from Ryder, increasing its contract hire fleet to 22 trucks and 10 trailers.

Bank holiday weather to play key role in sales

Food and drink manufacturers were advised to check historical weather records before producing goods to be sold over the bank holiday weekend.

News in brief

Lidl distribution centre to create 100 jobs

Up 100 jobs could be created after discount retailer Lidl announced plans to build a new distribution centre at industrial estate Eurocentral in Lanarkshire, Scotland.