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Humber's food industry secures 222 jobs

More than 200 jobs have been created in the Humber’s food industry, following a £1.4M investment from a local enterprise partnership (LEP).

Experts call for global collaboration on food fraud

Global food businesses must work to one security standard for all food types if the threat of fraud and foodborne diseases is to be reduced, according to a major new...

Government’s hospital food standards ‘woefully inadequate’

A new set of mandatory standards for healthier food in NHS hospitals have been described as “woefully inadequate” by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food.

Almost 170 jobs go as Pasta Reale goes under

Almost 170 jobs have been lost at fresh and filled pasta processor Pasta Reale as the Sussex-based company called in administrators from BDO on August 26 after 35 years of trading.

Manufactured ice cream superior to homemade

Manufactured ice creams can offer a superior taste experience when compared to homemade product, and premium brands contain less air and more fat, according to a US food scientist.

Source of UK food poisoning outbreak still unclear

Food safety authorities have not yet confirmed a common source for the 156 outbreaks of Salmonella enteriditis food poisoning across Europe and the 247 UK cases.

Three-step guide to tackle slavery in food and drink

Food and drink businesses should incorporate a three-step approach into their management practices to tackle forced labour in the industry, according to a report by Stronger Together.

Seafood processor doubles jobs with investment

Jonas Seafood will treble its turnover this year to more than £2M after £210,000 was pumped into the business last year, md Kevin Jonas has said.

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Police investigate pill found on Nestlé Jelly Tots line

Nestlé’s Fawdon factory is involved in a police investigation after a prescription tablet was discovered on a Rowntree’s Jelly Tots production line.

Tesco’s fortunes lurch from bad to worse

Tesco, a “once great company” according to a leading food industry analyst, has downgraded its profit forecasts and brought forward the date of Philip Clarke’s handover to new ceo Dave Lewis....

38,000 jobs could be created by SMEs in 2015

Nearly 40,000 new food and drink manufacturing jobs could be created within the next year, as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) prepare to spend more money on staff.

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Cargill appoints new md of chocolate

Cargill has appointed Inge Demeyere as its new md of chocolate for its Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia cocoa and chocolate business.

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EHL appoints new product development manager

EHL Ingredients has appointed Katherine Davis as its new product development manager to lead the development of new blends and boost its product range.

GM feed warning from anti-GM campaign group

GeneWatch UK has called on supermarkets to wake up to the environmental harm caused by genetically modified (GM) animal feed, imported from North and South America.

Wells & Youngs escapes ban over Estrella ad

An Estrella beer advert was slammed by the Youth Alcohol Advertising Council (YAAC) for encouraging irresponsible drinking among young people and linking alcohol to sex.

Small brands play catch up with food labelling rules

Small brands are reacting to food labelling changes more slowly than larger peers and risk a last-minute scramble to meet Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulation requirements, according to GS1...

Grocery market slumps to 10-year low

The UK grocery market slumped to a 10-year low in the latest quarterly period covered by Kantar Worldpanel data.

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Food and drink firms confused about energy scheme

Food and drink firms are confused about the changes they must make to comply with the mandatory energy efficiency assessments, required as part of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Timeline shows 2 Sisters turbulent journey

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) has been forced to cut more jobs than it has created at a number of the production sites it has acquired over the past four years.

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Nestle invests £329M in sustainability

Nestle has invested €414M (£329M) in a new strategy to source 100% of its permanent range of Nespresso Grand Cru coffees sustainably and improve farmer welfare.

Egg processor plans Noble investment

Noble Egg Innovations plans to invest £3M in its egg processing facilities now that its acquisition of Manton’s two factories at Gainsborough and Harrogate has been cleared by competition authorities....

Foodservice faces £200M bill for new allergen rules

Changes to food allergen rules could cost £200M for foodservice operators, with smaller businesses among those set to struggle the most, according to the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

Meat inspectors strike to go ahead

A strike by workers employed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) set down for this week will go ahead, trades union Unison has confirmed.

Evidence links salmonella outbreak to imported eggs

Health and food safety authorities have confirmed the salmonella outbreak in Europe publicised earlier this week has been linked to eggs.

MSPs support changes to Scottish food safety body

Plans to replace the current Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland with a new Food Standards Scotland body have received the backing of Scottish health and sport ministers.

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