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Expert: Tacon needs more than power to fine

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) needs more than the power to fine supermarkets breaking the Groceries Supply Code of Practice to be effective, according to one leading industry expert.

Cranswick results ‘buck grocery trend’

Cranswick’s third-quarter results, boosted by strong Christmas sales, continued to buck the flat or downward trend in the UK grocery market, said City analysts.

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PETA praises IKEA for vegan food offering

Animal rights campaigners have praised furniture store IKEA after it revealed it would launch a vegan Swedish meatball dish in April following a “swarm” of petitions.

Rare burger consumption forces FSA to revise advice

The growing trend for serving rare burgers in restaurants across the country has raised serious concerns by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) about the increased risk of food poisoning through...

Probiotic industry value set to reach £29bn

Sales of probiotic food, drink and supplements are set to reach £29bn by 2018, as consumers seek food-based answers to health issues, according to one expert commentator.

Oil price falls to cut food production costs

Food manufacturers will benefit from lower production and distribution costs as the tumbling price of oil drives down global food prices, according to a new report from multi-national banking group...

Food job cuts outweigh creations

More jobs have been cut or put at risk by food and drink manufacturers in the UK over the past six months, this site can exclusively reveal.

First person to face jail over horsemeat scandal

The boss of Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse is the first person to face jail after admitting criminal charges connected to the horsemeat scandal.

Sector not absolved by childhood obesity slowdown

A slowdown in childhood obesity growth rates does not absolve the food and drink industry from blame, despite its efforts to reduce the fat, sugar and salt (FSS) content of...

Food and drink M&A driven by retail market

Food and drink manufacturing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have been mainly driven by intense competition in the UK retail sector, according to analysis from Grant Thornton.

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FSA appoints new chief operating officer

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Jason Feeney as its new chief operating officer.

Food exports could suffer after Greek election result

Food and drink manufacturers’ exports could be threatened by the recent Greek election result, if the successful Syriza party destabilises the euro, warns a specialist foreign exchange provider.

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Fraud webinar helps protect food businesses

Arming food and drink managers with the information they need to guard against fraud is the aim of a new commercial webinar from food safety specialist NSF International.

Chilled food helps Greencore beat chilly market

Chilled products and food-to-go drove Greencore’s global growth in its first financial quarter (Q1), the company has reported.

Food and drink manufacturers slash carbon dioxide by a third

Food and drink manufacturers’ achievement of slashing carbon dioxide emissions by 35%, has won praise from environment secretary Liz Truss.

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UKIP jelly babies under fire on Amazon

Sweet manufacturer Choc-Kits has come under fire for releasing a “fun” can of UKIP jelly babies on Amazon.

First EU edible insect food safety guide published

Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in response to their likelihood of becoming widely consumed in Europe.

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Dalton Philips’ departure from Morrisons leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Food manufacturers welcome BPA advice

UK food and drink manufacturers have welcomed a recommendation from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) poses no risk to human health.

Business leaders’ forum

Business forum gave access to top food execs

Unrivalled access to top food and drink manufacturing executives was the top reason singled out by the sponsors of the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum for backing the event....

Waitrose’s new 2,000 job plan to boost manufacturing

Waitrose’s plan to create 2,000 new jobs in stores and a new e-commerce grocery depot this year is expected to boost the retailer’s manufacturing businesses.

Fine food firm Bennett Opie aims at doubling sales

Bennett Opie aims to double sales from £25M to £50M in five years and has opened a new warehouse facility as it seeks to boost UK and overseas business.

Merchant’s tale: Chaucer opens third plant

Chaucer Foods has launched its third plant in Oregon in the US, designed to process freeze-dried fruit and vegetable products.

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Halal chicken and beef rashers launched

Halal food manufacturer KQF has launched halal macon rashers, bacon-style strips of smoked beef or chicken, which are the first such products to be certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee...

Business Leaders' Forum

Business Leaders’ Forum – in quotes

Obesity, skills and the changing retailer landscape were some of the key issues debated at last week’s Business Leaders’ Forum at the Walkie Talkie building in central London.

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