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2 Sisters bosses team up with football star for charity

A pair of Sisters Food Group bosses has teamed up with football legend Bryan Robson to help disadvantaged children throughout the UK by taking on a desert trek.

Food and drink exports: ‘massive untapped potential’

Food and drink exports “still have massive untapped potential”, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), after overseas sales topped £20bn for the first time.

Road transport group rejects lorry pothole claims

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has slammed a local government body for blaming the poor state of Britain’s roads on the logistics industry.

Food polythene firm fined after agency worker injury

A polythene film manufacturer, which supplies the food and agricultural industries, has been fined £6,000 after an agency worker’s hand was trapped in machinery.

Amazon launches 5,000-head recruitment drive

Amazon, the online retail giant, has revealed plans to recruit 5,000 more full-time workers, taking its total UK workforce to more than 24,000, and launched a new apprenticeship programme.

Kraft Heinz and Unilever mega merger – in tweets

Kraft Heinz’s bid for Unilever last week sparked a backlash from Twitter users, as they took to the social media platform to decry the £115bn deal.

Mash Direct secures £1M Morrisons distribution deal

Mash direct has secured a £1M distribution deal with Morrisons, which will see five gluten-free products introduced to more than 380 stores nationwide.

Kraft Heinz ditches £115bn Unilever merger

Kraft Heinz has abandoned its “friendly” pursuit of a $143bn (£115bn) mega merger with Marmite maker Unilever.

Job cuts in the food and drink industry – in pictures

More than 2,000 job cuts have been proposed in the food manufacturing industry since the beginning of this year. 

Tesco’s organic sales climb 15%

Tesco’s total organic food sales increased 15% over the past year, the supermarket revealed, as organic fish and dairy products proved more popular with shoppers.

£2bn fund raises industry’s automation hopes

With the government pledging an additional investment of £2bn a year by 2020 for UK research and development – including a special fund for priority technologies, such as robotics –...

News in brief

Fancy packs make better-for-you foods more appealing

Branding and pack graphics are helping to build positive consumer associations around better-for-you and free-from products, claims design agency Pearlfisher. New categories, such as non-alcoholic distilled drinks, now benefit from...

Cucumber named 2017 ‘flavour of the year’

Cucumber is expected to be ‘flavour of the year’ in 2017, based on growing demand for refreshing, clean and healthy food and beverages, a Swiss fragrance and flavour company has claimed.

Kraft Heinz mega merger with Unilever turned down

Unilever has rejected a multi-million pound mega merger proposal from Kraft Heinz.

Vitamin D cold and flu study link divides scientists

A study that suggests vitamin D can play an important role in preventing colds and flu has received a mixed response from scientists and industry bodies, with Public Health England...

Hain Daniels to buy soup maker Yorkshire Provender

Hain Daniels – the UK subsidiary of US-based food group Hain Celestial – has agreed to buy premium soup maker Yorkshire Provender for an undisclosed fee.

Fake news ‘a threat to public health’

Fake news poses a serious health risk, claimed The Dairy Council, while damaging the reputation of dairy products in the public eye.

Morrisons seeks at least 200 new British suppliers

Morrisons is seeking at least 200 new British food and drink suppliers, it revealed today (February 17), after a report claimed only 52% of food eaten in the UK came from British farmers.

Manufacturing pay rises scrape ahead of inflation

Pay increases in the manufacturing sector – including food and drink firms – are slightly ahead of consumer price inflation, revealed EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation.

Nestlé’s growth falls for fifth consecutive year

Nestlé has posted its fifth consecutive year of falling organic growth – after a “challenging year” in the UK – in its latest financial results for the 12 months to December 31.

Top-five food-to-go trends for 2017

The top-five food-to-go trends – led by health and wellness – will influence the future of the convenience food sector, according to grocery think-tank IGD. 

Supply chains need to adapt to technology trends

Manufacturers need to adapt their supply chains to the latest technologies or risk losing out to the competition, warned logistics specialist Fowler Welch.

Greencore Grocery and 13 other food firms underpay staff by total of £36k

Greencore Grocery and 13 other food and drink firms failed to pay 64 employees their full wages, totalling more than £36,000, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Wyke Farms rethinks deal with pig farm after video emerges

Wyke Farms is reviewing its partnership with JMW Farms Ltd’s Lambrook Pig Farm, after video footage obtained by animal welfare and vegan lobbyist Viva! claimed to show the farm’s pigs...

‘Bad bosses should face jail’ over unpaid staff wages

Employers “should face jail” for failing to pay staff the minimum wage, the Unite union has claimed, after the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) named and shamed 360 companies...

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