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Morrisons follows Lidl and gives pay rise

Morrisons has announced a pay rise for store staff at a cost of £40M, following the lead of discount supermarket Lidl earlier this month.

Food safety conference

Organised food crime: time to face the threat

The UK food and drink industry should start preparing now to beat the challenge of organised crime, which could plague the industry in “a few years’ time”, warns the head of food...

Labour conference: food policy remains unclear

Labour needs more time to develop its food policy, while industry should respect the vegan convictions of the new shadow environment secretary, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Aldi online launch seen as ‘major worry’: analyst

Aldi’s move into online shopping will be a “major worry” for other supermarkets offering home delivery, according to a leading analyst.

Tate & Lyle ordered to pay £18M in damages

Tate & Lyle plc has been ordered to pay £18M in damages to American Sugar Refining (ASR) by the Commercial Court in London after the US firm acquired its EU...

Amazon Fresh finally launches – in Birmingham

Amazon has chosen Birmingham as the long-awaited UK launch city for its Amazon Fresh food delivery business.

Huge blaze engulfs Halloween toffee apple factory

A factory making toffee apples for Halloween was burnt down at the weekend. 

Labour call for action on food fraud, waste and labels

Despite the horsemeat scandal, the government has weakened the Food Standards Agency (FSA) which tackles food fraud, the shadow environment secretary claimed today (September 29).

Premier Foods’s Bisto campaign to help elderly

Premier Foods, the makers of Bisto, has launched a campaign to encourage families to invite a lonely elderly person round for Sunday lunch.

EU competition authority approves Moy Park sale

Moy Park’s sale to Brazilian meat processing giant JBS has been approved by the EU’s competition authority.

Carlsberg workers take industrial action: Unite

Nearly 200 Carlsberg engineers, brewers, processors and packers will take part in an a continuous ban on overtime and work-to-rule on Thursday (October 1), after the firm imposed what Unite...

Ice cream firm builds ‘Scotland’s largest solar panel farm’

Ice Cream manufacturer Mackie’s of Scotland will switch on the ‘largest solar panel farm in Scotland’ when it goes on grid this week (September 30), in a bid meet its...

Potato power: 2 Sisters starts up ‘world-first’ plant

2 Sisters Food Group has started up the ‘world’s first’ potato-powered energy plant to turn mashed potato and other factory waste into energy, it claimed. 

Sausages and pasties recalled due to label errors

Sausages containing wheat and celery were among the products recalled due to incorrect labelling over the past week.

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Moy Park, United Biscuits and Samworth Brothers were just three of the food and drink businesses that made executive board appointments over the past month.

Food safety conference to arm delegates with key insights

Insight into the latest food safety scientific and technological developments and an understanding about the complexity of the food supply chain will be the key topics under discussion at the...

Farmers welcome Arla milk price rise at last

Arla Foods plans to increase its milk price for the first time in months, to the relief of farmers affected by the dairy crisis.

HGV fatal accident rate drops in latest figures

Fatal accidents involving heavy good vehicles (HGVs) fell by 3.5% last year, according to the latest government figures.

German arrest linked to fatal salmonella outbreak

A German egg factory owner has been arrested in connection with a fatal salmonella outbreak, as a US former peanut company boss was sentenced to 28 years in jail over...

Chocolate factory welcomes 40,000 visitors

Pembrokeshire-based chocolate manufacturer Wickedly Welsh Chocolate welcomed more than 40,000 people into its factory over the summer holidays, the firm has revealed.

Good Week, Bad Week

Salad fire, 2 Sisters and Finsbury top week’s news

A blaze that tore through Selby Salads’ manufacturing site in North Yorkshire and wrecked its warehouse leads this week’s top news headlines.

Wanted: Food Manufacture associate editor

The Food Manufacture Group is looking for a talented, multi-media, business-to-business journalist, hungry for that first big break into editorial management. Could you separate food and drink manufacturing fact from...

Young's Seafood to cut 650 jobs while saving 250

Young’s Seafood now plans to cut 650 jobs at its Fraserburgh and Grantown-on-Spey sites, while retaining 250 jobs at both plants which will remain open. 

Scottish Food Crime Unit to fight fraud

Scotland is forming its own Food Crime Unit to fight fraud and unsafe practices within the supply chain.

CK Foods opens £5M poultry processing plant

CK Foods has opened a £5M halal poultry processing plant as the food manufacturer branches out from pizza cheese into cooked chicken products.

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