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Heineken Dash Button launched by Amazon

Alcoholic drinks giant Heineken is the latest company to sign up to Amazon’s Dash Button programme in the UK, allowing customers to instantly order its beer with a touch of...

M&S haulier faces strikes over pay dispute

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) London and southeast food haulier, GIST, will face strike action after a dispute over equal pay.

Meat factories ‘risk closure’ after FSS inspection charge rise

Meat processing plants in Scotland risk closure after “excessive” increases in hygiene inspection charges by Food Standards Scotland (FSS), says the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW).

Coca-Cola invests in £39M automated warehouse

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has invested £39M in an automated warehouse at is factory in Sidcup.

May says food & drink’s 117,000 EU workers can stay

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal to safeguard the rights of non-UK EU citizens living in the UK.

Seasonal workers at critically low level, warns NFU

Harvests could fail and food prices would increase if the industry loses access to EU seasonal workers, warned the National Farmers Union (NFU) and trade body British Summer Fruits, after...

George Clooney’s tequila brand sold in £790M deal

George Clooney, the celebrity film star, is selling his US tequila brand Casamigos to drinks giant Diageo in a deal worth £790M ($1bn).

Trade body urges priority for dairy in Brexit negotiations

The dairy sector must take a high priority in Brexit negotiations, the Dairy UK trade association has urged.


Natural preservatives: how to boost your clean-label claims

Cleaning up food labels is big business. But while some areas of the label are pretty much a done deal, in others, there remains much more opportunity for development.

EU health claims for probiotics ‘nearly impossible’

Attempts to secure an EU 13.5 health claim for probiotics are being hindered because it’s “nearly impossible” to design a digestive study that demonstrates improvement in a healthy group of...

Coffee gets an artichoke-flavoured twist

An artichoke-flavoured beverage was just one in a range of unusual coffees on display at last month’s Vitafoods Europe show in Geneva.


Sat fat replacement research ramps up

Reducing saturated fat intake has been high on the policy agenda for decades, but the challenge has been to find substitutes that provide the same functionality in food production.

New plant sterols boost heart health food claims

A highly concentrated, water-dispersible source of plant sterols, designed to support cardiovascular health, was unveiled at nutrition show Vitafoods Europe last month.

Food Manufacture’s food safety conference tomorrow

Food Manufacture’s food safety conference 2017 takes place tomorrow (Thursday June 22) at Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and tickets can still be booked online.

2 Sisters appoints new head of livestock

2 Sisters’ St Merryn Foods has re-appointed Prys Morgan as head of livestock procurement in Wales.

Queen’s Speech: answers needed to avoid ‘economic chaos’

Manufacturers need urgent answers to key questions raised by the Queen’s Speech, in order to avoid “economic chaos”, says EEF, while the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) highlighted the importance of...

Moy Park ‘likely to be bought by non-European firm’

Poultry processor Moy Park will probably be sold to a non-European buyer, after being offered for sale by its Brazilian parent JBS in a bid to cut its debts.

2 Sisters ‘a great example’ of working with activists

2 Sisters Food Group is the best example of how a food manufacturer can work with activists, according to animal pressure group Devon Animal Save, after the food giant’s Willand...

New £17M distillery to create 30 jobs

A new £17M Scottish distillery and visitor centre could create up to 30 jobs, following investment from the EU.

Prejudice against women ‘prevalent in seafood industry’

Prejudice against women remains a common problem in the UK seafood sector, revealed a new survey by industry body Seafish, as the organisation urged more women to join the sector.

Food packaging firm invests £320k in factory

Fresh food packaging manufacturer Linpac has invested £320,000 in a new outdoor chiller plant at its West Yorkshire headquarters.

Brexit ‘divorce settlement’ needed, urges WSTA

A fully-negotiated “divorce settlement” with the EU is needed from the government’s Brexit talks, urged the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).

FTA urges action after driver dies at migrant barrier

The French government must take urgent action to protect drivers’ safety after a van driver was killed when his vehicle crashed into lorries allegedly queuing at a makeshift barrier, made...

Five-storey chicken factory to be built in South Korea

One of the world’s largest poultry processing plants is to be built in a 150,000m2 five-storey factory in South Korea.

Food firms ‘must protect against supply malpractice’

Food and drink manufacturers should do more to protect themselves against supplier malpractice as the risk of reputational damage rises, a leading lawyer in the field has claimed.

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