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Fish factory fire hits landings and prices

Northbay Pelagic’s fish processing unit in Peterhead is likely to be out of action until the tail end of the herring season, hitting UK landings and probably reducing prices.

Diageo clinches Tequila Don Julio acquisition

Diageo has completed the acquisition of Tequila Don Julio following full regulatory approval for the deal.

50 Food stars celebrated at DEFRA HQ

Fifty of the UK’s most promising food and drink entrepreneurs have been dubbed Food Stars by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) at a showcase event in London....

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2 Sisters recruits ex-Sainsbury ceo Justin King

2 Sisters Food Group has recruited former boss of Sainsbury Justin King to take up an advisory role within the business, according to reports.

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Tesco peanut contamination leads to recall

Tesco has recalled an own-label children’s biscuit product after undeclared traces of peanut were discovered.

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland takes profit hit

Turbulent dairy markets hit profit margins at Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII) in the past year, although sales continued to grow and the development of a major milk processing venture remained...

Steam infusion breakthrough saves processors cash

Food manufacturers could slash processing costs following breakthroughs in steam infusion technology that enable food to be heated at least three times faster than previous steam techniques.

Invest to win from convenience – Geoff Eaton

The recovery among high street retailers and increased consumer demand for convenience shopping should prompt manufacturers to invest in and change their ranges and operations, an industry veteran has urged.

Food firms should step up sugar cuts, say shoppers

Food firms should work harder to cut and communicate sugar content in their products, according to seven in 10 consumers responding to a survey by market analyst Mintel.

Appeal likely as 1,000-a-week pig unit blocked

A top UK pig producer looks likely to contest a decision blocking the development of its plans for a major Derbyshire pig unit, an industry boss has said.

Breakfast is key for diabetics

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for people with type 2 diabetes, an international study has claimed.

Trade body shuns attack on energy drinks

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has rejected calls to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under 16, claiming they are not promoted to this age group.

Community Foods nails national Lidl contract

Community Foods has secured a multi-million pound contract to supply Lidl.

Asda hit hardest by latest campylobacter results

Retailers have again failed to reach targets for campylobacter contamination in fresh shop-bought chickens, with almost three quarters of samples in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest survey results testing...

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Nutella jar fire torches family home and kills pet

A fire caused by the sun’s rays shining through a jar of Nutella chocolate spread has destroyed a family home in west London and killed a pet dog.

Innovation to shape food industry’s future

Innovation is likely to shape the future of the future industry in a market dominated by lack of growth, price pressure from food retailers and changing consumer behaviour, according to...

Late payments hinder food jobs

Late payments are preventing small food and drink businesses from securing growth and taking on new employees, according to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Manufacturers back calls to lift UK food output

Food and drink manufacturers have backed calls from the National Farmers Union (NFU) to boost food production, after research showed the nation’s self-sufficiency is due to fall.

Feeding peanuts to babies cuts allergy risk

Feeding peanut protein to babies significantly cut the risk of them developing allergy to the nuts, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Almond contamination

Spice supply chains called into question

Food firms must probe the security of their herb and spice supply chains following the discovery of almond contaminated products earlier this month.

Organic food rides retail storm to drive growth

Organic food firms are seizing the opportunities offered by online retailers and caterers to drive growth, suppliers attending the launch of the Soil Association’s (SA’s) 2015 Organic Market Report heard....

500 brewery jobs follow beer duty cuts

Nearly 500 jobs have been created by the chancellor’s decision to cut beer duty in 2013 and 2014, along with thousands of other roles.

People on the move in the food industry

Tesco, Morrisons, the Co-operative Group and northern retailer Booths all appointed new bosses this month as they look to protect themselves against the challenges of the changing retail market.

2 Sisters Food Group job cuts illuminated

Plans to cut up to 300 jobs at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Llangefni chicken factory have been clarified by trades union Unite after a briefing involving managers and staff.

Meet Morrisons’ new ceo: David Potts

Morrisons has shopped at Tesco to acquire its new ceo David Potts on a salary of £850,000/year plus incentives.

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