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Greencore appoints new non-executive director

Greencore has appointed former Peacock Foods ceo Thomas Sampson as a non-executive director.

Greencore confident of mitigating Brexit threats

Greencore said it was confident of mitigating any Brexit-related cost increases, as it reported a 9.1% rise in like-for-like sales to £417M on a constant currency basis, in the 13...

Arla Foods pledges £37.5M for UK sites in 2017

Dairy company Arla Foods pledged to invest about £37.5M in its UK sites and logistics operations this year – 51% more than last year.

Apprenticeship Levy ‘is poor value for money’

The Apprenticeship Levy represents “poor value for money”, warns a new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Starbucks boss to hire 10,000 refugees

American coffee giant Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide, after US president Trump introduced tough new rules restricting migration from seven countries.

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Omega-3 test reveals deficiency threats

Norwegian krill supplier Aker BioMarine used last month’s Health Ingredients Europe show to raise awareness of the “serious and costly” implications of being omega-3 deficient.

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New fudge pieces come with a bacon twist

Ice creams, sweet pizzas, cakes and even salads are the focus of a new range of bacon-flavoured fudge pieces.

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New food export markets ‘could take 10 years to develop’

New food and drink exports could take 10 years to develop, says agri-food consultancy Promar International, ahead of a trade mission to the US this week by a team from...

Training scheme to tackle logistics skills gap

Food and drink manufacturers are to benefit from fully-funded training and apprenticeships from the Freight Transport Association (FTA), to tackle shortages of skilled heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.

Lidl to donate 2M meals a year

Discount retailer Lidl is to donate up to 2M meals a year to people facing food poverty in the UK, as part of its plans to donate food surplus to...

Poundland fined £134k for mice infestation

Discount retailer Poundland has been fined more than £130,000 for food safety offences, after mice were found at two of its Birmingham stores. 

Cocoa powder range gets an ‘intense’ addition

A cocoa powder range has been boosted by the addition of a new “intense” dark red variant that, according to its maker, is the only colour of its kind available...

Newport bakery closes with 161 job losses

A bakery in Newport is to close with the loss 161 of jobs after its owner said market conditions had meant the business was no longer viable.

Plastic contamination sparks Waitrose soup recall

Waitrose has been forced to recall batches of its own-label Hearty Minestrone Soup, after small pieces of plastic were discovered in them.

Morrisons acquires potato packaging plant

Morrisons has acquired a potato packaging business in Angus, Scotland, from producer Farmcare, as part of a supply agreement.

Irish firms ‘better prepared for Brexit’: Greencore

Irish businesses – including food and drink firms – are better prepared for Brexit than their UK counterparts, according to Greencore boss Patrick Coveney.

Weetabix invests £30M but warns of price rises

Weetabix will invest £30M in its Northamptonshire factories to expand its UK and international brands, the company’s chief executive revealed, but also warned of price rises as the pound’s value...

Thatchers Cider installs its first canning line at Myrtle Farm facility

Somerset cidermaker Thatchers Cider has commissioned its first canning line at its Myrtle Farm production facility, which means it is now able to press and package all of its ciders...

Ring pull problems get analysed

An end could be in sight to consumer frustration when trying to open metal packaging that is too stiff, or where the ring pull detaches from the lid, thanks to...

Quick pulse heat sealing unit cuts film use

Potato processor Albert Bartlett has retrofitted Ceetak’s quick pulse heat (QPH) sealing technology onto the vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) machines at its Norfolk production facility.

Novel Bute Island Foods cheese lid causes challenges

A set of distinctively-shaped lids for a new range of dairy-free cheese from Bute Island Foods has been produced by Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury (formerly Chadwicks).

Monobeam construction for vibratory conveyor

A new family of vibratory conveyors from Key Technology features an innovative frame made of a single structural member or monobeam construction.

Maintenance-free bearings cut downtime

By switching to a maintenance-free type of bearing, an unnamed UK milk processing plant is claimed to have achieved annual savings of £10,000 caused by repeated bearing failures in an...

Robust heavy-duty tubular chain drag conveyor launched

Chainflow is a new heavy-duty tubular chain drag conveyor from Spiroflow, which has been introduced to meet evolving industry needs.

Food sorting machines bring clarity

A new way of designating food sorting machines has been announced by Tomra to bring clarity and simplicity to the way they can be identified and specified by customers.

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