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Cranswick to benefit from global pig merger: City

UK meat firm Cranswick is likely to reap strategic benefit from the merger of China’s largest meat processor and pig producer, Shuanghui International, with the world’s largest pork processor North America’s Smithfield...

Badger cull: RSCPA again accused of ‘bullying and hypocrisy’

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has again been accused of “bullying and hypocrisy”, after Freedom Food – its wholly owned subsidiary – wrote to...

Rising number of Christian discrimination claims

Manufacturers need to be increasingly aware of putting their businesses at risk of accusations of religious discrimination when seeking to change employee terms and conditions, with a legal expert reporting...

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Jam manufacturer wins Scottish government award

A jam manufacturer has won the Scottish government’s first ever food and drink outstanding achievement award.

More fruit and veg doesn’t make diet more sustainable

A healthy diet lower in meat and higher in fruit and vegetables is not necessarily more sustainable – and may lead to higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE), a...

Small firms’ access to finance must be improved: manufacturers’ group

Small and medium-sized firms’ (SMEs’) access to funding must be improved, insists engineering employers’ organisation EFF, after its survey revealed businesses were relying on their own resources to finance growth.

Consumer recycling key to carbon footprint: CCE

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has launched a study with 10 British households to understand why recycling rates are so low despite people claiming they frequently recycle.

Horsemeat webinar

Horsemeat webinar – highlights captured in quotes

The horsemeat crisis was undeniably devastating for the UK food industry but there may be a number of positive outcomes, according to speakers at Food Manufacture’s webinar earlier this month....

Horsemeat webinar

Manufacturers and retailers not solely responsible for safety

A key lesson from the horsemeat crisis was that responsibility for food safety should be shared throughout the food industry and was not solely the role of food manufacturers and...

Ice cream firm’s success down to ‘weather-proofing the business’

The boss of a family ice cream firm says “weather-proofing” the business has put it on a sound footing, as it plans to expand over the next year.

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NFU urges farmers to fly the flag for British food

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging farmers throughout the country to fly the flag for Great British food – literally.

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Horsemeat crisis more opportunity than threat: Mintel

The horsemeat crisis could be more of a long-term opportunity than a threat to the UK food industry, Mintel told the Food Manufacture Group’s horsemeat webinar earlier this month.

Strike action not inevitable says Carling after mass vote

Strike action was not inevitable at Carling’s Molson Coors brewery in Burton-on-Trent, said the brewer, after workers voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.

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IFST 50th jubilee survey studies work placements

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) is surveying food and drink manufacturers and colleges to gauge the extent of work placement opportunities for students.

Food and drink industry people on the move in May – in pictures

Di Walker’s decision to stand down from her role as chief operating officer of Greencore leads this month’s selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry....

2 Sisters job losses could be coming soon, claims Unite

Potential job losses could be coming soon at some of 2 Sisters’ West Midlands sites, according to the union Unite.

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Food safety to take centre stage at new conference

The latest thinking on food safety will take centre stage at a one-day conference organised by the Food Manufacture Group at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull on Thursday October 17 2013....

AG Barr still committed to Britvic merger

Irn-Bru manufacturer AG Barr is still committed to a merger with Britvic, according to its latest financial statement covering the 15 weeks from January 27 to May 12.

Prince Charles in stinging food industry attack

Prince Charles has delivered a stinging attack on the food industry, slamming what he claimed was the drive towards cheaper food and bigger profits.

Horsemeat ‘posed no threat’ because meat origin known

The swift traceability of meat involved in the horsemeat crisis allayed fears about food safety risks associated with the contamination crisis, according to a food safety boss.

Top 10 emerging markets for food and drink manufacturers

Few advanced economies can measure up to the potential of emerging markets, which have been forecast to exhibit the fastest growth rates for food and non-alcoholic beverages over the next...

Market intelligence needed to avoid next food scandal

Manufacturers need to use market intelligence and horizon scanning tools to protect themselves against the next food scandal following the horsemeat contamination incidents this year, experts have argued.

Most foreign body food contamination happens at home

Food manufacturers are often blamed wrongly for foreign body contaminations, according to a food safety testing company.

Meat contamination rules to be tougher

Food firms will probably have to report levels of cross contamination between species well below the 1% threshold used in the horsemeat scandal under new guidelines being prepared by the...

Dairy firms should adopt sector-specific safety training

UK dairy firms should adopt a new sector-specific safety training course and accreditation, according to food and drink qualification firm FDQ.

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