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Advertising expert blasts critics of kids’ food marketing regulators

An advertising expert has attacked campaigners’ efforts to restrict kids’ food and drink marketing without firm evidence as “reckless to the extreme”.

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Billboard made entirely of bananas aims to end retailer price war

A giant billboard made from over 5,000 bananas has been unveiled on Clapham Common, London in a bid to end retailer price wars trapping thousands of banana workers in poverty.

McVitie’s Halifax pay dispute prompts strike threat

The threat of industrial action looms over United Biscuit’s (UB's) McVitie’s Cake Company factory at Halifax as trades union members rebel over job cuts, shift pattern changes and potential wage...

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Tesco slammed for not buying enough British beef

Britain’s biggest retailer is not doing enough to support UK farming by honouring its pledge to buy more British meat – particularly fresh beef, says the National Farmers Union (NFU).

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Firms face early adopters’ penalty for FIR label changes

Food and drink manufacturers who have taken early action to comply with the EU’s new food labelling legislation could face an early adopters’ penalty, if their label changes are superseded...

Mariani Foods snatches Bare Earth from administration

Australia-based Mariani Foods has rescued Bare Earth, a Yorkshire meat snacks firm, from administration and protected 13 jobs through its acquisition of the business for an undisclosed sum.

Findus deal boosts Belgian frozen potato strength

Frozen food manufacturer Findus Group has acquired Belgium frozen potato brand Lutosa Retail, for an undisclosed amount yesterday (February 27).

Meurig Raymond is new National Farmers Union president

The new president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) is Pembrokeshire mixed farmer Meurig Raymond.

Scotland goes back to school to win food skills fight

Leading food manufacturers in Scotland are backing a new qualification aimed at nurturing future industry talent in schools and colleges.

Food manufacturers face skills drain unless wages rise

Food firms face a skills drain, unless they raise wages in line with economic growth, a leading economist has warned.

New Britain Palm Oil reports ‘disappointing results’

Sustainable palm oil manufacturer New Britain Palm Oil (NBPO) has reported “disappointing results”,  partly due to difficult weather, concludes City analyst Panmure Gordon, after the firm posted preliminary results for the year...

Landfill waste plunges for food and drink manufacturers

Food and drink manufacturers have slashed the waste they send to landfill by two thirds, according to results from the latest trade survey.

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Knowledge Transfer Network appoints first ever boss

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has appointed Chris Warkup as its first ever ceo, effective April 1 2014.

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Salt Awareness Week focuses on low-sodium alternatives

Reduced-sodium alternatives to regular salt are being heavily promoted by this year’s Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH) Salt Awareness Week.

Copycat fraudsters create export barrier for UK brewers

Copycat manufacturers producing fraudulent UK beers are a big barrier to small brewers exporting their products to China, according to the boss of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

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Dairy giant Arla eyes cheese and on-the-go milk NPD

Arla Foods is investigating the potential for smaller on-the-go formats for milk and milk drinks this year, and new product development in cheese.

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Co-op to sell off farms as losses predicted to exceed £2bn

The troubled Co-op Group is selling off its farms in a bid to reverse mounting losses, predicted to exceed £2bn.

Frozen food must innovate to flourish

British frozen food manufacturers must reveal the benefits of frozen food to the consumer to revitalise the sector and increase confidence.

Did Tesco ‘miss opportunity’ with price cut move?

Tesco may have missed an opportunity to champion shoppers, as its vow to invest £200M in price cuts annually may not be aggressive enough, according to a leading grocery analyst....

Diageo’s Captain Morgan TV advert made to walk plank

A TV advert for drinks giant Diageo’s Captain Morgan rum has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after complaints that it linked alcohol consumption with adventure.

Greggs’s results ‘show encouraging signs’: City

Greggs is showing encouraging signs of transforming its fortunes by “resurrecting like-for-like sales”, said City analyst N+1 Singer, after the high street baker released preliminary results for the 52 weeks...

British Poultry Council survey hails production cost fall

UK poultry suppliers have hailed a drop in production costs in the latest British Poultry Council (BPC) survey.

Food and drink marketing to kids under spotlight

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is reviewing online food and drink marketing, especially to children, amid concerns about the rising incidence of obesity among young people. ...

UK spearheads €12M EU food fraud project

An EU-wide initiative targeting food fraud, costing €12M, has been announced, spearheaded by the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA).

Kerry’s results dented by horsemeat crisis

Horsemeat and hot weather reduced Kerry’s sales growth in ready meals last year, according to its preliminary results for the year to December 31 2013.

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