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Cranswick reports ‘outstanding’ 27% sales rise

Meat processor Cranswick reported a 27% rise in sales in its first-quarter trading update, as analysts praised its “outstanding start to the year”.

Quorn’s £150M investment to create 300+ jobs

Quorn Foods has invested £150M in its Billingham factory, creating more than 300 jobs over the next five years, the meat alternative manufacturer revealed on July 24.

2 Sisters’ ram deal ‘to benefit entire supply chain’

2 Sisters Food Group has expanded its partnership with genetics firm Innovis, in a deal which will benefit its entire meat supply chain, claims the manufacturer.

Survey shows food manufacturing optimism has declined

Food and drink manufacturing confidence has fallen since last year, according to the results of this year’s Food Manufacture ‘State-of-the-industry’ survey.

News in brief

Healthier snacks now eaten by more than half of consumers

More than half of UK consumers now eat healthier packaged snacks – such as rice cakes, cereal bars and nuts – at least once a day, a survey has found.

Suspected fake vodka factory raid: 2,000 litres seized

A suspected fake vodka factory has been raided in Aintree, with almost 2,000 litres of potentially toxic alcohol seized.

Suspended jail sentence after bread basket misuse

A Coventry baker has been handed a suspended prison sentence and fined £3,000, after breaching injunctions not to use equipment belonging to Bakers Basco and its shareholders.

Confectionery manufacturer cuts more than 50 jobs

More than 50 jobs have been lost at confectionery manufacturer Devon Sweet Factory, less than a year after the firm was bought out of administration.


Food Manufacture Oscars: four days left to win

There are just four days left to win a coveted food and drink manufacturing Oscar – a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA) – ahead of the deadline at the end...

Tulip plans 118 job cuts in King’s Lynn

Meat processor Tulip plans 118 job cuts at its King’s Lynn food production plant, as part of a restructuring strategy.

Premier Foods’s sales hit by weather and promotions

Premier Foods reported a 3.1% drop in sales in its first-quarter trading update, as desserts sales were hit by warm weather and changes to promotions.

2 Sisters expands cutting line to create 150 jobs

2 Sisters Food Group will create 150 new jobs at its chicken processing site in Coupar Angus, Perthshire, after expanding its cutting operation.

GSK plans Horlicks factory closure: 73 jobs at risk

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) plans to sell its UK malted milk drink brand, Horlicks, and to close its Slough factory, putting 73 jobs at risk.

Poundland continues Toblerone lookalike production

Discounter Poundland is continuing to produce its Toblerone lookalike, despite reports that Mondelēz International had threatened it with legal action.

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New snacking opportunities created by Generation Z

Snack manufacturers are benefiting from lucrative new opportunities created by Generation Z – people born between the mid-1990s to mid-2000s – reveals European Snacks Association director general Sebastian Emig.

Manufacturers sign up for shared data system

Mondelēz, Nestlé and PepsiCo have joined an industry-wide programme to regulate the management of shared product data.

FSA lays out plans for regulatory change

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set out plans for a fundamental transformation in the way the UK food and drink industry is policed in a document released this week...

M&S slashes plastic used in snack packaging

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to slash to amount of plastic used in food packaging for more than 140 of its products, in a move that would save 75t of...

Nichols posts sales growth and acquisition

Soft drinks manufacturer Nichols has posted continued sales and profit growth in its half-year results yesterday (July 20), as it announced the acquisition of dispensed soft drink distributor DJ Drink Solutions.

News in brief

Lion bar lorry engulfed by flames on A2

A lorry transporting 25t of Lion chocolate bars was engulfed by flames yesterday (July 20), causing hours of delays for motorists heading to London.

Food suppliers ‘must open up about retailer abuse’

Food and drink manufacturers need to be more honest about retailer malpractice if they want supply arrangements to improve, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) has warned.

Lobbying is needed to avert Brexit labour crisis

All sectors of the food industry should be more vocal in lobbying government to address the “urgent” shortage of non-UK EU nationals arising from Brexit, the deputy president of the...

Industry survey

Food Manufacture survey reveals Brexit fears

Food and drink manufacturers are even more concerned than last year about the impact that Brexit will have on their businesses.

The Big Interview

Frozen food has hot prospects: new BFFF boss

New British Frozen Food Federation boss John Hyman tells Noli Dinkovski that manufacturers have a huge opportunity to grow the £8bn sector further

Web-based monitoring helps Hilton Foods cut accidents

Hilton Foods UK & Ireland, the meat processing and packing company, has reduced the number of accidents at its sites, thanks in part to the use of a web-based health...

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