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European flexibles project stakes a claim in circular economy

A consortium of European businesses across the flexible packaging supply chain has set up a new project to “advance better system design solutions” to facilitate recycling, while also developing tools to...

India woos UK food and drink processors

The Indian government is on a mission to attract overseas investment to meet rising demand for processed foods among its 1.3bn population, which includes a rapidly growing urban middle class....

Scotch whisky ‘must be protected’ after Brexit

The Scottish government has urged Scotch whisky to be protected after Brexit, after fears that a bilateral trade deal with the US would allow other parts of the world to...

Industry calls for carcase classification review

Challenges to carcase classification by members of the beef and lamb industry have sparked calls for views on the system by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Spring malting barley could succeed brewing standard

A high-yield spring malting barley has been hailed as a potential successor to the industry standard after receiving approval for malt distilling from the Institute for Brewing & Distilling (IBD).

News in brief

Two UK food start-ups named in PepsiCo programme

Two UK food start-ups have won a €25,000 (£22,000) grant and six months’ free advice after being named as part of PepsiCo’s first incubator programme in Europe.


Core values key to winning an FMEA

Staying true to your core values and being the best at what you do is key to winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award, according to Wessanen UK – owner of...

Scottish government awards 13 firms £3.5M in grants

Thirteen food and drink manufacturers have received a total of £3.5M in grants from the Scottish government to diversify and expand their operations.

Time is now ripe for robot investment

Food and drink manufacturers in the UK have been urged to invest in robots and automation in their operations as labour costs continue to rise, robots become easier to use...

Scotch whisky sector calls for a trade deal with India

The Scotch whisky sector wants a reduction in the 150% tariff that India imposes on imports of its products in any bilateral trade deal the UK seeks following Brexit in March 2019.

Retail frozen food sales grow to £5.8bn

Retail sales of British frozen food have grown 3% in the past year to £5.8bn, according to new statistics from Kantar Worldpanel.  

Trump’s US budget cuts raise food-contact regulation fears

A reduction in both the regulatory burden on business and the cost of government in the US could have significant impacts on food-contact regulation and how it is implemented, a...

Caution over consumer insight tests

Most brands would agree that some sort of consumer research is necessary when exploring structural packaging choices, but the jury is out on how much importance to attach to different...

GroceryAid raises funds through training course

Training provider Bridgethorne is to raise funds for grocery charity GroceryAid through two special one-day training courses for fast moving consumer goods suppliers.

Food prices ‘could increase after Brexit’

Brexit could have a “substantial impact” on food prices, according to research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), as manufacturers’ costs increase due to sterling devaluation.

Pladis to feature on BBC’s Inside the Factory

Biscuit manufacturer Pladis is the latest food firm to reveal its inner-workings in the BBC’s documentary series Inside the Factory.

Fibres range is claimed to make pasta healthier

Processed carbohydrates such as pasta can now be made healthier thanks to the introduction of a range of soluble and insoluble fibres.


Are gluten-free diets harmful for non-coeliacs?

Gluten – a protein found in wheat, rye and barley – is recognised to cause well-documented adverse clinical effects in people with coeliac disease.


How Brexit can remove the novel foods roadblock

In a deep, dark hole on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website is the consultations section – home of poorly publicised, important documents that could change the whole dynamics of...

US acquisition boosts Greencore sales 77%

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore reported a 77% rise in sales to £636.5M in its third-quarter trading update, driven by its acquisition of Peacock Foods in the US.

Manufacturers missing out on tax credits millions

Manufacturers are missing out on millions of pounds by not taking advantage of research and development (R&D) tax credits to help support growth, according to a new report by business...

Survey to highlight supply chain priorities

The Food Manufacture Group is conducting an online survey to gauge the industry’s views on the ever-changing food and drink supply chain and logistics sector. Enter now for your chance...

Cheese blender to double turnover after Guinness deal

Cheese blending company Windyridge Cheese is set to double its turnover after agreeing a deal with Diageo to produce a Guinness-flavoured cheddar.

Bakkavor would be an ‘excellent addition’ to stock market

Chilled foods manufacturer Bakkavor would be an “excellent addition” to the stock market, says an industry expert, after reports it was preparing for a stock market flotation that could value it at...

Vegan ‘inhumane’ milk ad passed by watchdog

An advert that criticised dairy practices as ‘inhumane’ has escaped being banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), despite complaints from workers in the dairy industry. 

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