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Don’t bear the cost burden of EU law

New rules requiring all large firms to undertake mandatory energy efficiency assessments could end up being a major cost burden unless the findings are used to introduce savings in the...

FOODEX 2014

Experts call for more integration to tackle food fraud

Food fraud must be tackled through a more integrated approach from government and industry and better resources for food inspectors and enforcement officers.

Foodex 2014

England complacent on Scottish independence vote: Portillo

England seriously underestimates the prospect of Scotland voting yes to independence and the political instability that would bring, warns former cabinet minister and broadcaster Michael Portillo.

Bakkavor to add 270 staff after Wingland Foods boost

Bakkavor is recruiting to fill 270 new jobs, after the official opening of its Wingland Foods factory extension last Friday (March 28).

Profit growth from Young’s Seafood and Lyons Seafoods

Two seafood firms, Young's Seafood and Lyons Seafoods, have posted strong profit growth, buoyed up by a focus on the chilled food market.

Opinion

Yet more burdensome regulation from the EU

From December 2014, under new EU labelling rules, allergens will have to be highlighted in the ingredients lists on food labels rather than in a separate box, which is common...

Food firms fail to deliver supply chain goals, says research

Businesses are failing to deliver their goals because they have too many supply chain priorities.

Dairy co-op Arla to merge with Belgian rival

Arla Foods, the world’s sixth biggest dairy company, plans to merge with its Belgian rival EGM Walhorn.

News in brief

Magnum creates chocolate dresses for 25th anniversary

Unilever has teamed up with fashion designer Henry Holland to create a Magnum inspired dress, made entirely out of chocolate.

Foodex 2014

Foodex skills debate highlights the challenge

A more co-ordinated approach to attracting youngsters into food and drink manufacturing, and greater efforts by firms to promote the benefits of working in the sector were two of the...

FOODEX 2014

Fear factor, not cash, limits food factory automation

Food industry automation projects stall not because of lack of finance, but because of the ‘fear factor’ that firms won’t have engineers with the know-how to install or maintain systems....

Morrisons boss Dalton Philips refuses his £374k bonus

Dalton Philips, chief executive of the beleaguered retailer Morrisons, has refused his £374,000 bonus payment.

Soft drinks market holds extra £2.4bn potential – Britvic

Britvic believes £2.4bn could be added to the UK soft drinks market by 2020 through a new category vision, unveiled alongside record sales of £10.3bn for the market last year....

Food Vision 2014

Final preparations underway for Food Vision 2014

Final preparations are underway for Food Vision 2014, the event that brings together global food and drink industry leaders at Cannes in the south of France to discuss key topics...

Hilton Food Group set for ‘significant earnings growth’

Meat packing business Hilton Food Group is set for “significant earnings growth”, according to City analyst Panmure Gordon, after the business posted sales up by 9.1% in full-year results for...

Foodex 2014

Food firms need to engage more through social media

Food and drink manufacturers need to embrace social media if they are to better communicate with potential consumers and drive sales of their products, according to companies that are successfully...

FOODEX 2014

Beware due diligence issues post-horsegate – lawyer

Due diligence has weaknesses and isn’t a perfect defence against food fraud, despite offering firms legal protection, Dominic Watkins, partner and head of food at law firm DWF has warned....

Foodex 2014

Big food businesses told to lead robotics future

Large food and drinks businesses must show “strong leadership” if the sector is to successfully adopt automation to become leaner and greener and ready itself for the future.

Call to shrink school juices causes headache

Proposals to downscale the size of pure juice products to 150ml in schools in England have sparked fears that the timescale for change is too tight.

Foodex 2014

Skills gap in food and drink frustrated by fragmentary solutions

Initiatives designed to cut the skills gap that is emerging in Britain’s food and drink manufacturing sector are too “fragmented” and need to be better co-ordinated if the problems of...

£100k boost adds 20 jobs at Johnstone’s Bakery

Scottish firm Johnstone’s Bakery is recruiting 20 workers after getting a £100k helping hand from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE), a subsidiary of Tata Steel.

Potato supplier to axe 190 jobs at Shropshire plant

Greenvale – one of the UK’s biggest potato suppliers – plans to cut 190 jobs and close its potato packing plant near Market Drayton, Shropshire.

News in brief

Magician aims to make food waste vanish

The Scottish government has teamed up with an Edinburgh-based magician in a bid to make food waste disappear.

News in brief

NFU re-elects poultry board chair

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has re-elected south Manchester-based egg producer Duncan Priestner as chairman of its national poultry board.

Foodex 2014

Boost FSA powers to improve food safety: Lord Rooker

The government should urgently restore responsibility to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for food competition and adulteration in order to improve food safety, according to its former boss Jeff Rooker.

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