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Seachill sale: union seeks assurance over 750 jobs

Unite the union is seeking assurances over 750 jobs at Icelandic Seachill in Grimsby, after the news the business is to be sold.

Morrisons probes metal ‘pins’ found in green beans

Morrisons has launched an investigation after two people found metal “pins” in green beans bought from its stores.

Reckitt’s baby food firm takeover ‘progressing well’

Reckitt Benckiser’s £14.3bn takeover of baby food manufacturer Mead Johnson Nutrition is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Noodle firm fined for ‘life changing’ injuries

A noodle manufacturer has been fined £30,000, after a worker suffered “life changing hand injuries” while operating machinery.

Drinks group slams stroke link to diet soft drinks

A report linking drinking diet soft drinks to an increased risk of stroke has been slammed by the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA).

Diageo’s ‘105 job cuts a gross betrayal’ of staff

Diageo’s plans to cut 105 jobs at its bottling plants in Glasgow and Fife have been slammed by unions as a “gross betrayal” of its workers.

Meat firm to pay nearly £380k for crushed hand

A meat business has been ordered to pay nearly £380,000, after a worker’s hand was crushed in a meat-separating machine.

Bakkavor to recruit 150 staff at salad facility

Bakkavor is to recruit more than 150 new employees at its salad production business in Dover, as it continues a nationwide recruitment drive.

Transport and communications need shake-up: CBI

A shake-up of England’s transport and communications infrastructure is needed to give manufacturers access to a wide pool of labour and improved connectivity of supply chains, according to a Confederation...

Fire crews called to Birds Eye gas leak

Four fire engines attended an ammonia leak at a Birds Eye factory in Lowestoft in the early hours of Thursday morning (April 20).

Pastry maker Addo Food Group confirms sale to LDC

Addo Food Group has been sold to private investor Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), following widespread reports of an imminent deal.

Unilever ice cream brands boost overall sales

Unilever’s ice creams and Knorr brands helped to boost food and refreshment sales by 2.2% in its first quarter results, despite sales being impacted by this year’s late Easter.

ABF sees £171M half-year profits boost

Associated British Foods (ABF) saw a £171M boost to its operating profits in its interim results posted today, boosted by its ingredients and grocery businesses.

Administrator axes 152 jobs at packaging firm

More than 150 jobs have been axed at a food packaging firm in Essex, after the company entered administration this month.

Election 2017

National debate needed on food and farming policy

Politicians should set out their plans to develop the UK’s £108bn food and drink manufacturing sector ahead of the general election on Thursday June 8, insist industry leaders.

Bakkavor opens multi-million pound water plant

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has opened a multi-million pound water treatment facility at its Cucina Sano site in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Bernard Matthews seller denies pension claims

The former owner of Bernard Matthews, Rutland Partners, has denied claims made by a select committee, that it was more concerned with “lining its pockets” than safeguarding workers’ rights....

Robots will create rather than destroy food jobs

Robotics and automation will create more skilled jobs in the future, despite a report claiming 46% of manufacturing workers were at “high risk” from automation’s introduction by the early 2030s,...

The Big Interview

Typhoo Tea boss thinks outside the bag on Brexit

Typhoo Tea is facing a tough time, but boss Somnath Saha is far from gloomy.


Forget tomorrow, the future is already here

There is much talk these days about the impact of the Internet of Things – the new interconnected world in which machines share data to radically enhance intelligence and control...

Automation needed to avert a labour crisis

UK food and drink manufacturers should turn to automation as there will be a labour supply crisis regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations, a leading economist warns.

Addo Food Group ‘certain to be sold’ for £100M

Addo Food Group will be sold to private investor Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) for about £100M as part of a management buyout, an industry expert has claimed.

Weetabix jobs reassurance sought by union

The Unite union has called for urgent reassurances over the security of its members’ jobs at Weetabix, after the cereal manufacturer confirmed yesterday (April 18) it would be sold to US consumer giant...

Dried fruit and nut maker Whitworths put up for sale

Dried fruit, nut and seed supplier Whitworths has been put up for sale.

Me and My Factory

How would you spend £14M at a drinks plant?

Coca-Cola Morpeth’s operations director Jane Buckley reveals how she is overseeing an investment of £14M at the plant.

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