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‘Human waste’ found in Coca-Cola cans

A Coca-Cola plant in Northern Ireland is being probed by police, after ‘human waste’ was allegedly found in a shipment of cans.

Tesco fined £129M for market abuse

Supermarket giant Tesco’s subsidiary, Tesco Stores Ltd, has agreed to pay a £129M fine in order to avoid prosecution for market abuse, after overstating its profits in 2014.

Food and drink industry appointments – in pictures

The first halal meat manager recruited by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board and senior appointments at Graze and Greencore feature in our latest photogallery of people moving to new...

Vietnam is the fastest-growing convenience market

Asia’s fastest growing convenience market is Vietnam – which is set to achieve annual growth of 37.4% over the next four years – according to grocery think-tank IGD.

FSA accepts criticism over food hygiene variations

Warnings about wide discrepancies in food hygiene standards, from the consumer pressure group Which?, have been accepted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Morrisons cuts time to pay small suppliers to 14 days

Morrisons’ small-scale food and drink suppliers will have to wait only 14 days for payment, after a pledge from the UK’s fourth-largest retailer.

Food sector reveals core aims in Brexit trade talks

The food and drink industry has urged government to deliver a Brexit trade deal that would ensure stability and continuity for the sector, ahead of the triggering of Article 50...

Karro Food Group to be sold to CapVest

Pork processor Karro Food Group will be bought by private equity firm CapVest from Endless LLP for an undisclosed sum.

M&S soup recalled over chemical contamination

Chemical contamination has forced retailer Marks & Spencer to recall a batch of its own-label chicken and vegetable soup.

Hearing loss protection advice launched

Guidance aimed at giving staff training and protection against hearing loss has been unveiled by a workplace safety provider.

Digital roadmap planned for industry

Leaders from some of the UK’s most prominent businesses are to develop a roadmap for digitalising Britain’s industrial base as part of the government’s new industrial strategy announced in January....

No EU trade deal is worse than a bad deal, claims EEF

Leaving the EU without a trade deal would be worse than the UK accepting a bad deal, claimed EEF, the manufacturing organisation – and any suggestion otherwise was “simply unacceptable...

Welsh food and drink gets £21M boost

Food and drink in Wales is to get a £21M boost, as the Welsh government launches a programme to fund research into food production and safeguard thousands of jobs.

News in brief

Rare blue pigment offers colourant potential

A rare blue pigment derived from algae could soon be used as a colouring agent in food, after €1.6M (£1.35M) was pledged towards investigating its commercial value by the EU’s...

‘Climate change easier to tackle than diet change’

Combating climate change will be easier to achieve than improving global diets but both are interrelated, says a leading sustainability expert.

£1M Scottish aquaculture scheme to boost turnover

A £1M Scottish aquaculture programme has been launched to boost supply chain innovation, increase industry turnover by about £8M, and create up to 50 jobs.

Scotland Food & Drink ‘to double sector to £30bn’

Scotland Food & Drink has launched a £10M strategy to double the size of its sector to £30bn by 2030.

Expansion plans secured for ingredients producer

Food ingredients producer Kent Foods is to move into Symingtons’ former noodle factory in Leeds, as part of plans to expand its operations.

‘Filthy’ bakery ordered shut found open a day later

A bakery, which was ordered to close on Tuesday (March 21) over food hygiene concerns – including “filthy” work surfaces and a “mouldy growth” – was found open for business the following day....

2 Sisters owner blames ‘tough’ market for profits fall

2 Sisters Food Group’s parent company, Boparan Holdings, reported a 17.8% drop in like-for-like operating profit in its second quarter trading update, blaming currency fluctuations and the “very tough” trading environment....

Drivers unloading lorries should be paid more: FTA

Delivery drivers should be paid more to load and unload lorries, said the Freight Transport association (FTA), after discount retailers Aldi and Lidl were criticised for requiring divers to take...

Potato firm appoints administrators as 90 jobs lost

Potato processing firm M&F Ltd has appointed administrators to sell the company’s assets, with the loss of 90 jobs.

Direct to consumer channel could boost sales

Food manufacturers could boost their revenues by 5% by opening direct to consumer (DTC) supply channels, according to a new report from a global supply chain management consultancy. 

Dessert maker Park Cakes sold in management buyout

Premium own-label cakes and desserts manufacturer Park Cakes has been bought by its management team from private equity owner Vision Capital.

Apetito invests £31M in factory and creates 40 jobs

Food manufacturer Apetito has invested £31M in its south-west factory to increase capacity and efficiency, creating about 40 jobs.

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