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Obesity epidemic is ‘worse than previously thought’

Global obesity levels are soaring, while other major health risks such as smoking and childhood malnutrition are declining, a new medical study reports.

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Freshtime appoints NPD boss

Snack salad and vegetable manufacturer Freshtime has appointed Amanda Turner as its new product development manager.

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Ice cream firm scoops up new employees

Ice cream firm Suncream Dairies has appointed Helen Procter as its new technical manager.

BNF to school children on provenance of food

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) will educate school children on the provenance of food as part of its Healthy Eating Week 2014.

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Burton’s takes 17% of the convenience savoury snack market

Burton’s Biscuit Company plans to invest £15M across its factories to equip it to grow its share of the savoury snacking market, according to the firm’s chief commercial officer Stuart...

Cott Corp snaps up Aimia Foods for £47M

Cott Corp’s UK business unit has clinched a deal to acquire Aimia Foods for £47M ($80M), the latest instance of a North American company investing in UK food and drink manufacturing....

AG Barr production shift could see 40 jobs go

AG Barr’s relocation of carton production from its Tredegar site in Wales to Milton Keynes could result in a net loss of 40 jobs as it closes the Tredegar factory.

FSA lacks resources to take on national food fraud policing role

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) lacks the resources to take on a national policing role for food fraud within a new food crime unit, as recommended by Professor Chris Elliot...

Rice firm fined £35k for safety failings

A rice processor has been fined for safety failings for a second time this year, after a worker crushed three fingers in unguarded machinery.

Cheese processor adds 24 jobs at £1.2M new site

Cheese processor Extons Foods’s £1.2M investment in new premises in Manchester will lead to the creation of 24 new jobs in the short term, according to the company.

Illegal Scottish gangmaster gets community service

A Scottish gangmaster who illegally supplied workers to Scottish vegetable farms, paying below minimum wage, has been ordered to perform 180 hours of unpaid community work.

Action to reduce salt, fat and sugars published

More than 390 food businesses have published reports on their actions to meet the Public Health Responsibility Deal, the Department of Health (DH) has announced.

Tate & Lyle profits hit by fall in sweetener price

Tate & Lyle has reported a fall in profits as a result of an increasingly competitive sweetener market and a decline in beverage sales.

Paramount 21 invests to expand production

Seafood processor Paramount 21 has invested in a 464.5m2 warehouse adjacent to its Newton Abbot production site in Devon to release production space as it steps up its new product development....

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Charlie Bigham’s appoints new director to build on sales growth

Posh ready meal manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s has appointed Paul Whyte as its new operations director to help build on its sales growth of 60% year-on-year for the last quarter.

Proposed GM law creates uproar

A new law being discussed in Brussels this week could give biotech companies “unprecedented power” over decisions to ban genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe, according to Friends of the...

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Toast for Paul Hollywood’s artisan bakery

Great British Bake Off presenter and celebrity baker Paul Hollywood will close his artisan bread company with debts of £60,000.

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Horsemeat crisis was ‘funny’ joke

The horsemeat in beef products scandal was just a funny joke when it first happened, according to a leading professor at Leatherhead Food Research.

Research suggests sweeteners help reduce weight

People consuming low- and no-calorie sweetened (LCNS) beverages on average lose nearly 50% more weight than those who just drink water, a new study has shown.

Dairy UK opens its doors to the world

Global dairy manufacturers can join Dairy UK as associate members for the first time, chief executive Dr Judith Bryans has told

OkoBay Ventures works towards own coconut lolly plant

OkoBay Ventures wants to secure its own factory to make its Coconut Water Ice lollies within three years, but has been forced to outsource production to an overseas manufacturer to...

Arla’s giant Aylesbury dairy opens doors

Arla has officially opened the world’s largest fresh milk dairy, a £150M processing facility at Aston Clinton, Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, which will employ up to 700 staff.

Legacy of distrust stays with consumers post-horsegate

Almost two thirds of consumers said their trust in the food industry remained damaged more than a year since the horsemeat scandal first made headlines, according to an exhaustive survey.

Food distribution firm posts £1.1M profit

Food distribution firm ACS&T has secured £1.1M profit growth for the year ending December 31 2013, attributing this to its commitment to customer service, investment and increased staff training.

CCE’s loss may be AG Barr’s gain, says analyst

Soft drinks firm AG Barr is benefiting from Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) struggling performance, according to Shore Capital analyst Phil Carroll, commenting on the former’s first financial quarter (Q1).

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