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Jamie Oliver’s tax on soft drinks ‘useless’

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s call to put sugary soft drinks “on the naughty step” with a 20% tax has been slammed by industry as ’pointless’.

Dragons’ Den reject manages to double supply chain

A Dragons’ Den reject who sells food that has gone past its ‘best before date’ has reported unprecedented supplier growth over the past six months. 

Stobart Group to focus on energy and aviation

Diversified transport business the Stobart Group is to continue its focus on the high-value areas of energy and aviation, said the firm’s boss in a pre-close trading statement.

Dragons’ Den veggie sausage pitch not ‘misleading’

Dragons’ Den reject and vegetarian sausage entrepreneur Rachel Wicklow has slammed claims she misled the TV investors by failing to explain the bigger company structure behind her vegetarian sausages range....

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Food and Drink Federation boss gets CBE

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) boss Ian Wright has received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award for political and public service.

Driver’s death leads to £150k fine for transport firm

A Norfolk-based transport firm has been fined £150,000 for safety failings after a driver suffered life-changing injuries and later died two years after the accident in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

Acorn Brewery pumps £60,000 into new facilities

The Acorn Brewery will pump £60,000 into new equipment this year to boost output by 15,000l and increase trade by 20%.

73,000 new food and drink jobs in England and Wales

More than 73,000 jobs will be created by food and drink businesses in England and Wales by 2020, as a result of innovative new products and increased export opportunities.

Nomad Foods reports £392M loss as empire grows

Nomad Foods, the new owner of frozen food company Iglo Group, has reported a £392M loss in the six months to June 30 as the investment firm eyes other potential acquisitions....

14k new Scots food jobs add to 87,000 mainland total

An extra 14,000 jobs in Scotland’s food and drink sector will take the total of new industry jobs on the UK mainland to 87,000 by 2020, according to two new bank reports.

Cheese firm halts production: 70 jobs at risk

Somerset cheese producer Cricketer Farm is set to halt production next year or before, threatening about 70 jobs.  

UK jobs ‘unlikely’ to be hit by DSM restructure

Global ingredients manufacturer Royal DSM’s plans to slash up to 1,100 jobs across its business are ‘unlikely to affect’ British workers, a source close to the firm has said.

Snack firm invests £1M and creates ‘dozens of jobs’

Chilled and frozen snack foods firm SK Chilled Foods is investing £1M and creating dozens of new jobs, with the upgrade of its Teesside production plants to meet growing demand...

Five benefits from Poundland takeover approval

Poundland’s £55M takeover bid for 99p Stores has won provisional approval from the the competition watchdog, clearing the way to deliver five key benefits, said one leading analyst.

Sandwich firm to pay £117k for forklift accident

A sandwich manufacturer has been ordered to pay more than £117,000 and its director £50,000, after a worker was crushed by a forklift truck.

Global turmoil hits food company share prices

Turmoil in global financial markets has hit food companies’ share prices and could directly impact exporters, according to a leading analyst.

Alamgeer Foods invests £100k on spice imports

Food manufacturer and importer Alamgeer Foods has started importing more spices and ingredients from Asia after securing a £100,000 financial package.

Food waste and oil converter buys biofuel producer

The country’s biggest converter of food waste into renewable energy Olleco has acquired a biofuel producer Convert2Green for an undisclosed sum. 

Bako bakery acquisition boosts turnover to £103M

Bako North Western’s (BNW’s) turnover will rise to over £100M and its staff to 330, following the acquisition of sister company Bako Northern and Scotland (BNS) for an undisclosed amount....

Salmonella wafer threat linked to single supplier

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is probing the threat of salmonella from wafers, after four products – linked to a single supplier in the Netherlands – were recalled last week.

Dragons's rejection spurs on Secret Sausage maker

A food entrepreneur whose vegetarian sausages were spurned by Dragons’ Den investors has pledged to continue her battle to build up the brand. 

‘Secret’ vegetarian sausages fail to impress Dragons

A mum turned food entrepreneur failed to impress investors with her range of vegetarian sausages on hit TV show Dragons’ Den last night.

Give us clearer alcohol labels: drinkers

Nearly half of British drinkers want clearer labelling of alcohol contents, while one in five people in the over 65 age group who drink alcohol consume “unsafe” levels, according to new research....

Firms focus on innovation but fear competition

UK manufacturing businesses – including food and drink manufacturers – are targeting innovation to boost productivity and exports but fear losing out to competitors, reveals a new survey by the...

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