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Sports firm Reebok brings home the bacon

Sports clothing firm Reebok has launched an uncured bacon product as part of its consumer engagement strategy for the 2014 CrossFit Games, which it is sponsoring.

Horsemeat report: delays ‘concern’ food industry

The food industry has expressed concern over the fate of Professor Chris Elliott’s final report on the handling of the 2013 horsemeat scandal, which has been delayed until Parliament’s next...

Greencore to earn millions through disposals

Greencore is slashing its debt levels by completing deals that will net it more than £24M in the current financial year.

Greggs boss praised by City analysts

Greggs boss Roger Whiteside received praise from City analyst Shore Capital, after the high street baker reported total sales up by 3.1% to £373M in first half results to June 28....

Win manufacturing Oscars with Bond, Blofeld and Pussy Galore

The year’s James Bond-themed Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) are searching for British food and drink manufacturing companies with 00 calibre, to match the nation’s favourite special agent 007.

Sex, drunkenness and foul language result in ad ban

A Facebook advert attributed to Camerons Brewery, trading as the bar Trocaderos South Shields, has been banned after complaints about its foul language and invitations to drunkenness and promiscuous sexual...

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Diageo finds new director on Facebook

Diageo has appointed Facebook director Nicola Mendelsohn as a non-executive director, effective September 1 2014.

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Aldi and Lidl’s market share hits all-time high

Discount retailers Aldi and Lidl are continuing to win sales and have seen their market share hit new records, at the expense of Tesco and Morrisons, according to the latest...

UK home to some of world’s most pricey food

The UK is home to the world’s most expensive sandwich, salad, ham and loaf bread, according to a personal finance website.

Country of origin labelling study clears retailers

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) found no slip-ups over country of origin labelling on the part of retailers and wholesalers in results of a UK and Ireland study published today...

Retailers investigate as FSA clears 2 Sisters plants

Retail investigations continue, but the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has cleared 2 Sisters Food Group’s Scunthorpe and Llangefni poultry plants of allegations of poor hygiene standards made by The Guardian.

Food manufacturing excellence awards

Don’t miss out on voting for your personality of the year

Voting for the Food Manufacture Group’s Personality of the year will close shortly, so make sure you register your vote for the individual who you believe has done most over...

Morrisons appoints former Tesco finance boss as chairman

Troubled retailer Morrisons has appointed former Tesco finance boss Andrew Higginson as its new chairman, following Sir Ian Gibson’s decision to retire in 2015.

Cranswick expected to invest £25M in operations

Cranswick is expected to pump £25M into operations this year, as it presses ahead with rapid chilling and cooked meat investment.

Food manufacturing Oscars celebrate young talent

The Young Talent of the Year award – a new category in the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – will help to attract more young people into the sector, says Paul...

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BBC TV judge appointed as railway station’s food curator

BBC TV’s Great British Menu judge Matthew Fort has been appointed as the first ever food curator at St Pancras International railway station.

Firm installs UK’s largest coffee roaster in £3M investment

The UK’s largest coffee roaster has been installed at UK coffee roasting company Lincoln & York’s North Lincolnshire HQ, according to the firm, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of...

Poultry firm and contractors fined £84k for safety failures

A Lincolnshire poultry firm and four of its contractors have been ordered to pay more than £84,000 for repeated safety failings in prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

FSA gives poultry plants green light, says 2 Sisters

2 Sisters Food Group’s Scunthorpe and Llangefni plants have passed Food Standards Agency (FSA) audits, according to the company.

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Putin gets taster to check food for poison

Russian president Vladimir Putin employs a personal food taster to ensure his meals are not poisoned and the Queen hates shellfish, according to the chefs that prepare their food.

Morrisons staff complete new leadership course

A Morrisons-sponsored degree course in leadership and logistics, designed for the retailer’s own staff, has yielded its first graduates at the University of Hull.

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Tesco boss Philip Clarke’s decision to quit the retailer on October 1 2014 leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food industry.

Chicken hygiene row intensifies, as Unite slams DH

The row over hygiene standards at poultry producers 2 Sisters Food Group and Faccenda has intensified, after Unite the union slammed health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s bid to allay public concern.

Supermarket bosses hit back at Tesco tax plan

Calls for a £400M levy on supermarkets – dubbed the Tesco tax – would lead to higher food prices, according to retail bosses.

Drinks giant teams with London mayor for obesity strategy

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has teamed up with drinks firm Coca-Cola Great Britain for a £1M project to encourage Londoners to become more active and tackle obesity.

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