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Dairy crisis

Dairy sector needs ‘urgent help’ after ‘devastating blow’

The dairy industry has been hit with “another devastating blow” as Arla Foods has cut its milk price, calling for urgent help from industry and government, according to the National...

Unite brands Dairy Crest boss ‘fat cat’ and ‘hypocritical’

Dairy Crest’s boss Mark Allen has been branded a  “fat cat” and a “hypocrite” by Unite, after the union claimed he was set to receive a £1.2M bonus in a proposed takeover...

Coming soon:‘UK’s first dedicated gluten-free factory’

Food coatings firm Bowman Ingredients will make a ‘multi-million pound’ investment in the UK’s first dedicated production facility for gluten-free products, it has claimed.

UK frozen food sector wins EC date labelling battle

The UK’s frozen food sector is celebrating a partial victory with the European Commission (EC) over a disagreement relating to the date labelling of frozen meat products required under the...

Lidl in food safety recall last week

Discount retail Lidl was one of two firms forced to recall products on food safety fears last week.

Big four supermarkets ‘could become big three’

Supermarket price wars could force the merger of one or more of the UK’s big four supermarkets with one of its rivals, analysts claim.

Ocado’s ‘profitability problem' remains: city analyst

Ocado faces a key profitability problem, despite speculation that the online supermarket and distribution business is poised to agree an international deal, according to leading City analysts Shore Capital.

Genomics set to change the future of food safety

Scientific advances in the use of genomics – the study of DNA within organisms and application of DNA sequencing – has been agreed as the top of five strategic priorities...

Poundland plans new ‘800 job’ distribution centre

Poundland is to create up to 800 jobs with a new distribution centre in Wigan.

Müller’s third-party milk offer pushes £80M sales

Müller’s £80M buyout of Dairy Crest could be completed by the end of this year, after the German firm offered to supply fresh milk to a third-party processor to appease...

Sainsbury scientist queries campylobacter targets

The targets set by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for reducing campylobacter contamination in fresh chicken in order to achieve a 50% reduction in food poisoning from the bacterium have...

Training boost for food manufacture

Food and drink manufacturers short on skilled workers will receive a boost in support after the dairy industry announced its successful Eden Project training scheme would be accessible to all...

Bakery profits on rise after skills training

A Yorkshire bakery has boosted profits by lifting output, cutting waste and improving communication between teams, after implementing a skills training programme.

Veg gangmaster pair jailed for illegal £1.6M business

A Lithuanian couple who built an illegal £1.6M gangmaster business “based on fraud, lies and deception” – involving the supply of labour for field scale vegetable crops – has been jailed....

2 Sisters Gunstones staff in ‘last-ditch’ pay talks

Staff at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Gunstones bakery in Sheffield will hold last-ditch talks over a pay dispute with management before deciding on further strike action, it has emerged.

Tesco’s shareholders are ‘on the warpath’

Tesco’s shareholders are “on the war path” and ceo David Lewis’s bonus could be an early scalp, claims a business recovery specialist.

Food safety conference: early bird offer ends Tuesday

There are just five days left to benefit from the early bird ticket offer for the Food Manufacture Group’s one-day, Food safety conference at the Lowry, Manchester September 29.

Tesco’s haemorrhaging sales slow

Tesco boss Dave Lewis has slowed the retailer’s haemorrhaging sales, as his plans to regain customers from the discounters Aldi and Lidl achieved a dip of just 1.3%, its first...

Holograms overlooked for security

The hologram may have gone out of fashion as a security feature in the face of higher-tech security technologies but still offers an essential layer of visible brand protection, in...

Big four’s market share ‘gone for good’: analyst

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrisons will never recover the market share they have lost to the discounters Aldi and Lidl, because they remain “too big and too slow” to react...

EU ‘obliged’ to produce food after climate change

Europe has “a moral obligation” to boost food production, after climate change compromises production elsewhere, warns a former top Brussels official.

Food supply chain needs protection in Calais crisis

Food manufacturers should protect their supply chains from the “warzone” created by the strike action and illegal migrant crisis unfolding at the port of Calais, warns a leading risk management consultant....

Trade deal could be torpedoed by German GM fears

A transatlantic trade deal – worth billions of pounds to European food and drink manufacturers – could be derailed by Germany’s fears of genetically modified (GM) products, according to a...

Food Manufacture journalist wins top award

Food Manufacture Group journalist Nicholas Robinson has won a top journalism award from our publisher William Reed Business Media (WRBM).

Bakery fined after worker’s finger tip trauma

A Newcastle Bakery has been fined after one of its workers lost the tip of his middle finger in an incident with an unguarded machine.

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