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Government willing to discuss school food proposals

The government is open to discussing European Commission proposals that would exclude school provision of cheese and yogurt for children.

United Biscuits reveals £50M capital investment

United Biscuits (UB) is preparing to pump £50M of capital investment into the company this year, UK head Jon Eggleton has said.

More E.coli O157 cases in Scotland not ruled out

Food safety authorities have not ruled out further food poisoning cases after an outbreak of infection from the potentially deadly germ Escherichia coli O157 (E.coli O157) has made seven people ill in Scotland....

Sainsbury’s King abdicates ‘at the right time’

Sainsbury’s ceo Justin King – who announced his intention to quit the supermarket this July – is leaving the business at the right time, industry sources agree.

Food and drink firms miss energy savings

Food and drink manufacturers fail to properly use existing equipment to save energy in production and as a result are looking in the wrong places to cut costs.

UK employment figures don’t dent food vacancies

The skills gap in the food and drink manufacturing sector has not shrunk, despite the latest government statistics showing that UK unemployment overall has fallen.

RBS Group pumps £33M into KTC Edibles

RBS Group has provided £33M worth of funding to help boost UK fats and oils firm KTC Edibles’ organic expansion plans.

Dairy Crest expects £10M profit boost from Nine Elms sale

Dairy Crest expects to report full-year profits ahead of market expectations, thanks to a £10M boost from the sale of its Nine Elms milk depot, according to its interim management...

Business Leaders' Forum

Business Leaders’ Forum: sponsors’ spotlight

The chance to engage with clients and design products and services attuned to the needs of food and drink manufacturers were just two of the reasons sponsors gave for backing...

FSA forced to add clarity on raw milk rules

Confusion about the route to sale of raw milk has forced the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to add clarity on where unpasteurised products can be sold.

Jobs threatened at Noble Foods’ egg packing plants

Noble Foods is considering axing jobs as it relocates shell egg packing operations in Scotland and Lincolnshire to a newly built facility in Oxfordshire, the company has confirmed.

Pastry and pork hold promise for Cranswick

"Pleasing progress" with its newly opened pastry facility and strong pork prospects bode well for Cranswick’s future as it celebrates a successful third financial quarter (Q3), according to one analyst....

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SMEs rejected by banks offered financing

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the food and drink sector could benefit from an innovative and flexible source of financing if they have previously been rejected by banks, according...

New peanut allergy treatment for kids ‘a great success’

A cure for children suffering the misery – and sometimes fatal consequences – of peanut allergy has moved significantly closer, according to a consultant allergist involved in a new ground-breaking study.

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Soup purchases increase by 300% in the past month

Soup purchases increased by 300% in the past month as purse-string tightening British consumers look to keep both costs and calories down, according to research from shopping app, Shopitize.

Sainsbury launches competition to cut energy use

Sainsbury is calling on energy firms to help it tap into solar energy on all its properties as part of its plan to become the UK’s greenest grocer.

Business Leaders' Forum

How to spot a good food industry merger or acquisition

“The key driver should be the future integration of the business to add value to the whole,” Ben Mercer, partner corporate with the law firm, told the Food Manufacture Group’s...

Smirnoff distiller Diageo faces £200M+ restructuring hit

Diageo faces restructuring costs of up to £250M in order to deliver annual savings of £200M by mid-2017, as it struggles with emerging market challenges and falling beer sales.

Business Leaders' Forum

Business Leaders Forum – in pictures and quotes

Mergers and acquisitions, rebuilding consumer trust after the horsemeat scandal broke and recruiting people into the food and drink manufacturing sector were key points discussed at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’...

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Robinsons, J2O dampen Britvic stills performance

The weaker performance of Robinsons and J2O hit Britvic’s still drinks volume sales in its first financial quarter (Q1), struggling against rivals’ promotions, despite Fruit Shoot’s recovery.

Campden BRI targets microbiological skills gap

Tesco, Sainsbury and 2 Sisters Food Group are among the firms contributing to a report published by Campden BRI designed to tackle the lack of training to fight microbiological food contamination.

Morrisons quiet on reports online grocery boss has quit

Morrisons has refused to confirm or deny reports that George Dymond, the man recruited to head its online grocery service, has resigned just weeks after starting his new role.

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Flatulent cows’ blast reveals dairy farming perils

Flatulent cows sparked an explosion in a farm shed at Rasdorf in Germany, according to a report published by international news agency Reuters, indicating some of the risks inherent in dairy...

Business rates challenge saves Coopland & Son £153k

Coopland & Son has sliced £153k off its annual bills by challenging the total business rates assessment of its Hull site.

Greencore benefits from UK convenience and US sales

Strong UK convenience store sales and surging US growth have helped chilled food manufacturer Greencore achieve revenue of £320.5M for the 13 weeks to December 27 2013, up by 7.2% on the previous year.

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