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Consultation starts on new Scottish food standards body

The Scottish government has launched a consultation on the roles, responsibilities and functions of Scotland’s new food safety body.

Finsbury sells free-from business to Genius in £21M deal

Finsbury Food Group has sold its free-from business to Genius Foods for £21M to focus on its core bread and cake business  ̶  and reduce debt.

Chancellor could be forced into budget u-turn: HSBC

Chancellor George Osborne could spring a huge surprise when he announces his budget on March 20 by raising short-term borrowing to stimulate much needed growth in Britain’s stagnant economy, the...

£40k fine after workers take flight in Famous Grouse fire

The Edrington Group – the maker of Famous Grouse whisky – has been ordered to pay a £40,000 fine, after safety breaches forced two workers to flee a warehouse fire.

Slash VAT for on-trade beer sales to 5% to boost growth: brewer

The government should cap VAT for beers sales in licensed premises at 5% in order to boost trade and “create thousands of jobs”.

Tesco ‘to bring meat home’ as farmers hail pivotal moment

The boss of Tesco Philip Clarke has promised to buy more British meat and to introduce more stringent testing procedures, as the National Farmers Union (NFU) warned the horsemeat scandal had...

Nestlé worker airlifted to hospital after roof fall

A worker has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after falling through the roof of Nestlé’s beverages factory in Dalston, Cumbria.

Nestlé blames horsemeat on ‘widespread fraud by a few’

The boss of the world’s biggest food company Nestlé, Paul Bulcke has blamed the horsemeat scandal on a criminal minority, who threatened to undermine trust between consumers and the food...

Tesco denies union claim it plans to cut 1,600 jobs

Tesco has denied union claims and widespread media reports that plans to reorganise its distribution network will put up to 1,600 jobs under threat.

ABF in ‘human cost’ supply chain row with Oxfam

Associated British Foods (ABF) is locked in row with Oxfam about what the charity claims is the “veil of secrecy” the food manufacturing giant allegedly uses to hide the “human...

Nestlé boss praises higher food prices and speculation

Higher food prices and food price speculation should be welcomed, the boss of the world’s biggest food company Nestlé told the audience at the City Food Lecture at London’s Guildhall...

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Pork producer Tulip appoints new md

Pork producer Tulip has appointed Chris Thomas as its new ceo, with effect from May 15.

Meat-free firms in sales boom thanks to horsemeat scandal

Food firms which make vegetarian ready meals are battling to meet retailer demand in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.  

Guest article

Seven tips to manage a food manufacturing crisis

The product recall in mid-January when equine DNA was found in supermarket burgers has rapidly turned into an international scandal exposing complex cross-border supply chains.

Euro Foods pays £18,000 for potentially deadly food adulteration

Ethnic food manufacturer and wholesaler Euro Foods was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £12,000 costs after being found guilty of potentially fatal food adulteration in court recently (February 12).

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IKEA dragged into horsemeat scandal

Furniture giant IKEA has become the latest retailer to be drawn into the horsemeat scandal, after tests in the Czech Republic revealed traces of horsemeat in a consignment of meatballs...

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Thorntons to close 40 stores to focus on multi-channel sales growth

Confectionery manufacturer Thorntons plans to close a further 40 stores in this financial year, as it continues to focus on “significant growth” in multiple-channel sales via supermarkets and Thorntons Direct online.

Horsegate: premium retailers could benefit: City

The continuing horsemeat scandal could benefit premium food retailers at the expense of value outlets, according to city analyst Shore Captial.

Manufacturing salaries are rising, but conditions key

The vast majority of food and drink manufacturers expect to lift staff wages this year, but a growing proportion of their employees rate a positive working environment above money, according...

Pie manufacturer guilty of blast that kills worker

A Huddersfield pie manufacturer has been found guilty of health and safety breaches that killed a factory worker in a gas oven explosion.

2 Sisters gears up to create up to 500 jobs in 2013

2 Sisters Food Group is getting its business ready to create up to 500 new jobs throughout 2013 as a result of winning significant new business, including a multimillion-pound contract...

Horsemeat latest FSA tests still 99% negative

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed that 99% of nearly 3,600 tests for the presence of horse DNA on processed meat products have proved negative.

Celebrity chefs cook up hospital food waste protest

Celebrity chefs, including Loyd Grossman, Albert Roux and Heston Blumenthal, have backed  a report from pressure group Sustain, which warns the government has wasted more than £54M on failed schemes...

Welsh food manufacturer ‘gutted’ at horse news

A mid-Wales beef burger producer, whose website boasts “full traceability”, has told he was “gutted” to learn his beef burgers contained 1% or more of horse meat.

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Sweet manufacturer prosecuted after worker’s hand crushed

A sweet manufacturer has been ordered to pay £6,375 after a worker’s hand was crushed when he tried to clear a jammed machine.

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