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Chicken firms to pay £19,216 for equipment misuse

Two chicken processing businesses have been ordered to pay almost a combined £20,000 in damages and costs to bakery equipment maker Bakers Basco, for using its equipment without permission.

Kellogg and Nestlé announce snack reformulation

Kellogg has cut the amount of sugar in three of its cereal bars, as Nestlé announces plans to reformulate Milkybar white chocolate.

Calcium can help solve obesity crisis

Increasing calcium in our diets could reduce the prevalence of obesity, by “mimicking the effect of bariatric [weight loss] surgery” and suppressing appetite, a dairy scientist has claimed.

Walkers apologises after Twitter campaign backfires

Walkers Crisps has apologised after its social media campaign, inviting people to send in selfies to appear in an interactive video, was hijacked by some Twitter users.

Food and drink acquisitions in the year so far

The food and drink manufacturing sector has seen a series of high profile mergers and acquisitions this year. We capture the top deals in photos.

Greencore plans factory closure: 400 jobs at risk

Greencore has revealed plans to close its chilled desserts factory in Evercreech, Somerset, putting about 400 jobs at risk.


Food and drink firms prosper in the start-up nation

Israel's reputation for innovation in hi-tech industries can now be extended to food.

Tate & Lyle gains from weak pound in 85% profit rise

Ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle reported an 85% rise in profit before tax in its full-year results, reflecting the weak value of sterling and an “excellent commercial and manufacturing performance”, it...

Lomond buys food distribution business

Lomond – owner of bakery Cake – has acquired wholesale food distribution business Hall’s Direct, in a deal that will boost Lomond’s annual turnover to more than £30M.

Dunbia and Dawn Meats agree joint venture

Meat processors Dunbia and Dawn Meats have entered into a joint venture, combining the UK operations of both organisations, it was revealed this week (May 24).

Packaging firm fined £500k for forklift accident

A drinks packaging firm has been ordered to pay more than £500,000, after a worker was injured in an accident involving a forklift truck.

Marks & Spencer’s profits dip as food sales fall

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) £312.4M fall in profits in the year ending April 1 2017 exceeded market expectations, according to market analysts, as like-for-like food sales for the retailer fell....

Food manufacture ‘should trump agriculture’: Mondelēz boss

Government needs to focus greater attention on and provide more support for food and drink manufacture – the value added part of the supply chain – rather than agriculture, Professor...

Food industry should ‘question chemical migration in packaging’

The assumptions on which key chemical migration modelling though packaging walls is based – specifically of aromatic compounds into aqueous foods – need to be reassessed urgently, according to a...


Can turmeric really help cure cancer?

The yellow spice turmeric, a major ingredient in curry powder, has been heralded as a solution to cancer. But does the evidence stack up?

Whey drink offers bone support for over-50s

A high-protein chocolate-flavoured ready-to-mix (RTM) drink, developed to support muscle and bone health in the over 50s, was unveiled at Vitafoods Europe earlier this month.

Gluten-free seeds offer supply chain guarantee

A new range of gluten-free seeds that come with a guarantee of no cross-contamination in the supply chain have been introduced by Unicorn Ingredients.

Ageing workforce puts skills ‘at risk of disappearing’

Skilled workers in the manufacturing sector could become even more difficult to find, as the average age of staff continues to rise, reflecting challenges in recruiting younger workers, a report...

Police investigate food factory ‘slave labour’ claims

About 70 people suspected of being abused for slave labour at a Birmingham food factory have been safeguarded by West Midlands Police, after a raid yesterday (May 23).

Industry calls for health and nutrition improvements

FoodDrinkEurope, the European food and drink manufacturers association, has launched a call for action to help improve consumers’ diets and promote good health and nutrition at the European Business Summit...

Britvic sales up 11.5% after carbonates boost

Britvic has reported an 11.5% rise in sales to £756.3M in its first-half interim results, driven by a £3.5M boost in British carbonates sales.

The Co-op commits to 100% British frozen meat

The Co-op will become the only retailer to sell 100% British own-label frozen meat, after its commitment to source only British own-label fresh meat earlier this month.

Fish processor to pay £15,000 for hygiene offences

Fish processor Oban Fish Selling Co Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 for food hygiene offences, after inspectors found cigarette ends in food storage areas, and inadequate...

GroceryAid appoints new president

Morrisons chairman Andy Higginson has been appointed president of charity GroceryAid, effective from July 1.

Crisp manufacturer wins £100k investment

Crisp manufacturer Fairfields Farm has won a £99,978 grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), to assist with continued expansion.

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