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Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards

FMEA Personality of the Year - the nominees

The six candidates below have been shortlisted by the Food Manufacture Group editorial team for the Personality of the Year Award. Now it’s up to you. Who do you think...

Party foods firm wins £675k to create 15 jobs

Frank Dale Foods has secured £675,000 to fund the creation of 15 jobs and double its turnover to £7M in the next five years, according to chairman Nigel Cushion.

Discount retailers to get stronger, says IGD

Discounters such as Aldi and Lidl are set to double their sales in the next five years, accounting for £1 in every £9 spent by 2019, according to grocery think tank IGD.

Mariani Europe md predicts massive sales in dried fruit

US dried fruit firm Mariani will double its European business to £10M next year, before reaching up to £500M pounds in eight years, according to the company’s European md Glenn...

Food security report: DEFRA must take lead

Government must lead the genetically modified (GM) food debate and take a more co-ordinated approach to food security, with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) at the...

Morrisons’ bond deal offers shareholders hope – analyst

Morrisons’ ability to raise £300M through a favourable bond deal on Friday (June 27) was “a chink of light” for shareholders, according to Shore Capital analyst Clive Black.

News in brief

Premier Foods completes Specialty Powders deal

Premier Foods’s joint venture with Specialty Powders to produce powdered foods and drinks under contract at its Knighton factory has been completed on schedule.

Food science and nutrition groups back obesity webinar

Three leading food science, technology and nutrition groups have joined forces to back Food Manufacture’s free, independent, one-hour obesity webinar to be staged on Thursday July 3 at 1100 GMT,...

UK food poisoning cases exceed 1M

There are more than 1M cases of food poisoning in the UK – with campylobacter remaining the most common foodborne pathogen – according to new figures published by the Food...

Coconut snowball tax melts away

VAT no longer applies to coconut covered snowballs made by Thomas Tunnock and Lees of Scotland because they are cakes, an Edinburgh tribunal has ruled in a long-running saga.

Ex-Eddie Stobart drivers stage demo at Tesco AGM

Tesco faced a demo by ex-distribution workers at its annual general meeting (AGM) on Friday June 27 over unfair dismissal claims.

Nestlé commits to paying Living Wage

Business secretary Vince Cable praised Nestlé yesterday (June 30) as the first mainstream manufacturer to gain Living Wage accreditation, recognising its efforts to pay realistic living costs beyond minimum wage.

SACN report

Sugar intake should be halved, advises SACN report

The intake of added sugar in people’s daily diet should be halved as part of a campaign to cut Britain’s soaring obesity levels, according to an influential report by government...

News in brief

Record highs for food firm order books

Food manufacturers' order books have reached record levels, despite supermarket price wars hitting margins, new Confederation of British Industry (CBI) survey figures have shown.

Lidl creates 2,500 jobs, as Morrisons admits discount challenge

Discount chain Lidl has revealed plans to create 2,500 jobs in a £220M expansion, the day after Morrisons’ boss Dalton Philips admitted you can’t “out-discount a discounter”.

GMB to fight 64 planned job cuts at Burton’s Biscuits

Trades union GMB has vowed to fight Burton’s Biscuit Company proposals to cut 64 jobs at its factory at Sighthill near Edinburgh.

Guest article

Top 10 tips to improve food industry traceability

The public’s understanding of food traceability has shot up the agenda in recent years, as a result of much hyped food scandals. The recent media furore around halal only serves...


Carbohydrate report: reaction in quotes

Public Health England will investigate taxing sugary drinks according to the paper it issued alongside the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s (SACN’s) draft report published today (June 26).

Sugar targets ‘counter productive’ in obesity battle

Introducing sugar targets, in a bid to battle Britain’s obesity crisis, would be counter-productive, said Susan Jebb, ahead of a key report from Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).

Government reaffirms British food and drink pledge

Environment secretary Owen Paterson has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to give British produce a greater share of its £2.66bn spend on food and drink.


Pork Farms pumps half a million into gluten-free

Pork Farms has pumped half a million pounds into a new gluten-free (GF) bakery brand that is being manufactured at its chilled quiche Riverside Bakery in Nottingham.

News in brief

Food firms suggest Suarez should bite products not people

Food and drink manufacturers have taken to Twitter to respond to Luis Suarez’s alleged biting of Giorgio Chiellini during the Uruguay and Italy football match at the World Cup in...

58 jobs hit as Müller Wiseman confirms depot closure

Müller Wiseman Dairies’ transfer of milk distribution to its Bridgwater site, and the resultant closure of its Pensilva depot, has been confirmed, with the company claiming 58 jobs could go.


Vast majority of food firms unprepared for FIR

The vast majority (80%) of food manufacturers are not prepared for the labelling changes needed before the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR) takes effect on December 13 2014, according to Campden BRI.

Suppliers slate retailers for shifting supply terms

Grocery suppliers highlighted retailers altering agreement terms as their top complaint under the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP), according to survey findings published a year after its launch.

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