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The Bulmers cider plant in Hereford has been through big changes since it was acquired by Heineken from Scottish & Newcastle in 2009 but more are on the way.
Despite 18 months of growth, optimism among food and drink manufacturers is plunging, warns the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)’s quarterly industrial trends survey released recently.
Energy prices paid by UK firms are 10% higher than those of their German competitors, according to a study by the manufacturers’ organisation EEF.
Premier Foods has announced changes to its executive director and leadership teams as the firm seeks to strengthen the focus on its renewed growth plan.
Frozen seafood firm Young’s has pledged to keep its Cromer Crab brand in Cromer following a high-profile petition supported by celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Alan Titchmarsh, and Olympic rower Matthew Pinsent.
Scottish firm Ryan’s Foods has been shut down and had a number of its products recalled after Glasgow City Council discovered it to be manufacturing meals and selling on a wholesale basis without legal permission.
UK food and drink manufacturers are failing to make maximum energy savings because their managers are worried about change, warns a new business launched by the Carbon Trust.
At a time when factory closure announcements seem common, new venture Proper Welsh is defying the gloom with the opening of a dairy that will create 14 jobs and process Welsh milk close to source and distribute it across Wales.
Cornish ice cream manufacturer Callestick has achieved strong growth throughout the recession, driven particularly by positive performance in foodservice channels and an unseasonably warm autumn.
Food and beverage manufacturers risk claims of discrimination unless agency workers receive equal treatment to full-time employees, warns legal specialist Eversheds.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is urging food manufacturers to sign up to its apprenticeship pledge and contribute to the growing number of opportunities in the food and drink manufacturing sector.
Recent proposals to reform the EU’s sugar regime could cost 850 UK jobs, claims leading sugar producer Tate & Lyle.
The food industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of a change in the law which will allow longer lorries on Britain’s roads.
A delivery driver for Garth Bakery died yesterday after becoming trapped by heavy gates at wholesale firm Blakemore’s premises in Newport, Gwent.
Poultry products group 2 Sisters Food has been accused of failing to provide proper training to its staff after being fined a total of £230,000 following separate incidents that left one employee with a partially severed hand and another with a broken arm.
The value of the frozen food sector has soared to over £5bn so far this year, with 3.6% growth in the third quarter alone, the British Frozen Food Federation announced yesterday (October 25
Premier Foods has suffered a further blow to its self-esteem following another withering report from an investment analyst.
A leading analyst has predicted a flurry of private equity deals in a UK food sector described by a counterpart as fragmented and ripe for consolidation.
Meat processing firm Dunbia has claimed more than 100 jobs at pork supplier Heathfield Foods are to be safeguarded after announcing its takeover of the firm.
Hain Celestial’s acquisition of Daniels Group for £144M would allow it to introduce US brands to the UK market and give Daniels the scale to expand in Europe and across the Atlantic.
Experts have favoured a private equity firm as the mystery Greencore suitor after it revealed it had been approached as an acquisition target yesterday.
Maverick Scottish beer producer BrewDog says it will not require bank funding to build its new £7M brewery next year.
A software system that keeps technical managers up to speed on tricky quality management issues that need regular monitoring in food factories is being tested by leading lights in the industry.
Fresh food group Bakkavör has been accused of not putting enough thought into employee welfare after being hit with a pay-out totalling £12,026 when a female hygiene worker suffered serious injuries at a factory in Wigan.
The EU Commission’s new definition of nanotechnology is likely to reignite the controversy about how European Union legislation should cover this emerging technology, a law expert has warned.
Pom-Bear and Penn State Pretzel owner Intersnack is planning UK relaunches of its brands next year.
Scientists have developed a laser device that could ensure food stays fresh for longer.
Food giant Kraft Foods will double the number of apprentices it employs in the UK and Ireland by the end of this year.
Some 700 new jobs are set to be created in the sector after communities secretary Eric Pickles confirmed that he would not call-in Danish dairy cooperative Arla Foods’ application to build a new £150M dairy in Buckinghamshire.
Chemicals will play a vital role in ensuring the world’s ballooning population has enough to eat, a conference in Shanghai has heard.
As pressure mounts on troubled food giant Premier Foods, the firm clarified its Power Brand strategy based on stronger supplier partnerships and hired the financial services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to handle crunch talks with its banks.
City watchers have reacted with bemusement this morning to news that Premier Foods has bought a stake in two Swaziland bakeries.
A social media campaign that could “provide a pipeline of talent into the industry” was announced by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) earlier this week.
Drinks giant Diageo has made a positive start to its financial year amid concerns from City analysts that the firm’s targets were over ambitious.
Food producers may still be able to make unverified health claims about their products, despite tougher European regulations coming into force early next year.
Bidders are lining up for Cumbrian Seafoods, which has confirmed it is exploring options for a sell-off.
A robotics workshop will take place next month to help UK food and beverage manufacturers catch up with their European competitors.
More than 100 jobs could be lost at Allied Bakeries’ Gateshead site after the firm confirmed plans to end production next February.
Mounting pressure on dwindling water resources means that food manufacturers must cut consumption sooner rather than later, according to the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
Dental hygiene technology could have valuable applications for UK food and drink manufacturers, claims fluid technologist firm SPX Flow Technology.
Troubled own-label manufacturer Northern Foods is aiming to reclaim market leadership of the frozen pizza sector with a rebranding of its Goodfella’s pizza line involving new packaging and processing technologies.
Britain’s poor summer weather is to blame for an expected fall in revenue at drinks manufacturer Britvic, according to City analysts.
An investment of just under £1M has increased the production capacity of Fudges Bakery by 50% and will generate up to 10 new jobs at the facility, according to the firm.
Dublin-based co-operative the Irish Dairy Board (IDB) is set to double its output of specialised dairy ingredients in the UK to over 20,000 tonnes a year with the opening of a new £11M innovation plant.
Beverage firm Silver Spring has announced that it will be shedding 39 jobs at its soft drinks plant in Folkestone, Kent.
The government’s plans for a supermarket adjudicator continue to divide industry opinion after the publication on October 15 of its response to a report from the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee.
Food ingredients firm Macphie is developing a cutting-edge new technology that will use ultrasound to improve the quality and nutritional value of its products.
The food and drink industry has pledged to double the number of apprenticeships in the sector by the end of next year.
Analysts are growing increasingly edgy about the prospects for Premier Foods, with the company now almost certain to breach its agreements with lenders.
Krispy Kreme is set to nearly double its number of UK stores after the company was snapped up by private equity firm, Alcuin Capital Partners in a £25M deal.
The Shropshire-based firm Nom Dairy UK is to invest £110M in new production lines that will create 350 new jobs at its Donnington Wood facility in Telford.
An investigation has been launched into how a man suffered head injuries at a Vion Food site in Suffolk
The largest UK-owned sugar confectionery and popcorn maker, Tangerine Confectionery has acquired retro sweet brands Highland Toffee and Wham Bars.
Food and flavours firm Kerry Ingredients has confirmed that the closure of its Okehampton factory will be complete by the end of March 2012, with the loss of over 90 jobs. But it has also revealed expansion plans for its Tenbury Wells site, which will create 50 new jobs and double the site’s production capacity.
Food firms have rejected criticisms that the industry is failing to combat obesity after the government’s framework to tackle the problem drew flack from campaign groups.
Troubled Premier Foods has seen such a slump in its share price that it could be afforded by one of its former night shift supervisors.
Difficult economic conditions could be driving an increasing number of traders to pass cheaper, imported meat off as Scottish beef in a bid to stretch their profit margins.
Mars Food’s recall of some of its Dolmio PastaVita products underlines the need for effective contingency planning, according to legal specialists.
The European Commission’s plans to abolish beet sugar quotas by 2015 will be welcomed by food manufacturers, predicted market analysts who slammed the current sugar regime for being “completely illogical”.
Major investment is even more important during tough times than easy ones, according to Steve Adams, Coca-Cola Enterprise’s operations director at Sidcup.
European food industry body FoodDrinkEurope has joined farmers and environmentalists in a chorus of disapproval following the publication of the Commission’s plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Fresh food group Bakkavör will create about 60 new jobs with the opening of a second factory at its Caledonian Produce site in Bo’ness, near Falkirk, Scotland in December.
The UK should ban illegal eggs produced from foreign battery-caged hens, warns an independent report from the European Food and Farming Partnerships (EFFP).
Further globalisation of the food industry was in evidence at the world’s biggest food and drink trade fair “Anuga 2011” with 86% of the exhibitors coming from outside Germany.
The future of pricing of agricultural commodities lies in the balance today as the European Commission (EC) announces plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, with major reform of the sugar regime expected to feature in the package.
Shoppers have overwhelmingly rejected the re-engineering of foods to keep prices down as the cost of ingredients rises, according to the results of a survey conducted by the grocery think tank IGD.
The UK’s largest malt supplier, Pauls Malt has been fined £8,000 after a maintenance engineer lost a leg when trapped in a grain silo.
Stronger sales, rising reputation and technological innovation are three reasons for UK food and drink manufacturers to feel optimistic this autumn, Chris Buxton, ceo of the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA ), tells FoodManufacture.co.uk.
Food producers have sounded a cautious note following speculation that food prices are set to fall.
The latest food and drink export figures reveal UK manufacturers’ ability to take advantage of our unique global position, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
Small food firms have expressed doubts that the Bank of England’s £75bn injection into the economy will make their lives easier.
Adams Foods is launching a new cheese brand called Mu in partnership with retail giant Tesco less than a month after a devastating blaze wrecked its cheese warehouse at Wincanton Business Park, Somerset.
Soaring UK food and drink exports were 13% up at £5.8bn in the first half of this year, according to the latest figures from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
News that Tesco’s UK sales have fallen for the first time in 20 years, according to its latest interim results, is likely to put its suppliers under more pressure in price negotiations, according to analysts.
The latest profit warning from Premier Foods has prompted more speculation about a sell-off of some of its brands.
Pizza cheese producer CK Foods is constructing a new 2,787m2 food manufacturing plant in Bradford, which is expected to create 40 jobs.
Parents who want to cut their children’s snack intake should give them products they know, according to new research from the University of Bristol.
Hundreds of millions of pounds are being wasted each year because new packaging designs are being dreamt up that won’t feed through packaging machinery.
Plans for industrial action at British Sugar plants have been abandoned after workers failed to back the move.
Food and drink manufacturers have been told they can no longer ignore social media, as news emerges that drinks giant Diageo has signed up to the social network site Facebook.
Work on a £1.6M extension to Hull-based Jackson’s Bakery is due to be completed in December this year.
Prime Minister David Cameron is considering the possibility of introducing a Danish-style fat tax to tackle the nation’s £9bn obesity crisis.
UK food manufacturing, packaging and processing firms should appeal to the iPod generation to attract the next generation of young talent, according to the PPMA.
Continental European applications of Rexam’s hybrid Fusion aluminium can-bottle in beers, wines and other key categories have, so far, not been matched by UK brand owners. But the pack is already in use in niche areas including energy and beauty drinks.
The European Council has kicked into the long grass a number of the more contentious parts of the Food Information Regulation (FIR), which covers the labelling of food and drink, according to a legal expert speaking on the day it was adopted last week.
I will have been working here four years this autumn. I started as general manager of The Pastry Case, our pastry business, and moved to this role 18 months ago. Prior to that, I worked for Northern Foods for about 13 years, which is where I started: on their graduate scheme. I have always worked on the manufacturing side.
The shortlist has been announced for the 2011 Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards, following assessment by an independent panel last month.
The latest trends in packaging design will be on show at the Packaging Innovations event, which takes place at the Business Design Centre in London from October 6-7.
Sick says its new sensor brings renewed precision to label printing for packaging and other production operations.
Darlington-based Acorn Dairies has recently installed a new shrink wrapper as part of an expansion and efficiency drive.
An innovative robot handling system has been developed for fish and shellfish, which claims to reduce giveaway by 10-12%.
All food businesses - including both foodservice outlets and manufacturers - will eventually be expected to have a food hygiene rating, which will be made available to the general public for scrutiny.
News has emerged that an eight-month outbreak of E.coli across the UK made 250 people ill and resulted in one person dying.
Any food business that fails to rectify hygiene deficiencies in its operations will, from next April, risk being served with a Remedial Action Notice (RAN), potentially forcing it to stop working until improvements are made.
The recent call from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for the food sector to remove 'sell-by' dates from products has been welcomed by the Food Ethics Council (FEC). However, the charity also warned that such a move would only provide a partial solution in terms of cutting the overall volumes of food wasted.
Energy density reduction must play a bigger part in food businesses' nutrition strategy and become a key consideration in the nutrition guidelines they develop, according to the food and drink grocery think tank IGD.
What is food packaging for? A simple question. Its job is to contain the food and keep it clean, safe and secure until it is used. It should be easy to handle from production through to distribution and sale. It should enable consumers to identify the food inside and read how to store it properly and use it correctly. And it should be easy to open. Food packaging should also be easy to dispose of, recycle, or re-use.
Led by higher-margin niches such as health and wellness and energy products, the soft drinks industry is maintaining a brisk pace in metal packaging innovation.
The rigid plastics packaging sector remains relatively fragmented, with significant potential for further consolidation, RPC group chief executive Ron Marsh has told Food Manufacture.
Müller has been working with OCS checkweighers to customise X-ray machines for its dairy in Market Drayton, Shropshire.
Ishida Europe says its enhanced Weigh-batcher can easily double fresh meat and poultry weighing speeds while maintaining good in-tray presentation for retail.
Mettler-Toledo Safeline has launched a new due diligence enhancement for its metal detection systems to strengthen control and security at critical control points (CCP) on food processing and packing lines.
Ishida Europe has launched "the world's first" high-performance split dual-lane tray packing system for fresh foods that enables bespoke packing lines that save on labour, downtime and consumables.
The Promotion Shuttle is a remote-controlled, battery-powered pallet handling vehicle that operates in pallet racking. Developed by storage firm BITO-Lagertechnik, it promises continuous infeeding and outfeeding of pallets into a storage lane and keeps track of stock.
Baker Perkins has enhanced the efficiency of its microfilm confectionery cooker.
Pork Farms has enhanced its temperature monitoring with the 8146 temperature probe from Digitron Instrumentation.
Biocatalysts has had a "tremendous response" to its newly launched microbial PGE products: Flavorpro C, Flavorpro K and Flavorpro L.
Chilled convenience manufacturer Samworth Brothers is working to cut the levels of salt and saturated fat in its food products, despite not making a pledge to do so under the government's Public Health Responsibility Deal (PHRD).
The installation of a Proseal GT2 tray sealer at the Norfolk-based factory of convenience foods specialist Kerry Foods has increased output by up to 50% and reduced gas usage by 25%.
Most people would not start a new business in a recession. But Stuart Ferretti, owner and director of The London Fine Meat Company (LFMC) is not most people. In the 12 months since he launched the firm, he has rapidly increased turnover by focusing on "off-the-beaten-track" customers, reliability and a close supplier-client relationship.
Chilling and freezing specialist GEA Eurotek has reported "a bumper serving of order wins", which it attributes to China and India's increasing appetite for French fries.
Grimsby has been associated with fish since Viking days. The first training probably occurred then. Today, it's provided by the Humber Seafood Institute (HSI) part of the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education.
Despite Ocado's well-documented recent struggles, the market for online grocery sales in the UK continues to remain vibrant, according to the IGD think tank.
Threshold levels for allergens in foods look no closer today, despite the millions spent on researching the subject. The goal is to enable manufacturers to confidently label products as free-from and avoid others falling back on 'may contain' labels.
Would you buy a bottle of whisky called anaerobic digestion? Probably not. But it was out there, for a time, compliments of the Bruichladdich distillery in the Hebredean Isle of Islay, Scotland. You can still pick up a bottle online for just under £100.
Yearsley Group, one of the UK's largest cold storage and distribution providers, has installed solar panels at two of its cold stores in England in a project that has cost the firm £2.2M.
Tillery Valley, the national meal provider to the healthcare, education and local authority sectors, was one of the first companies in Wales to support the recent opening of the national food poverty and food re-distribution charity FareShare's Cardiff depot by providing both food and training assistance.
Bringing yourself up to speed with the latest thinking in automation and robotics food and drink manufacture will be a bit easier and cheaper, following the launch of a new novel e-learning package.
Clean-label ingredient developer and supplier Ulrick & Short has developed a range of cost-saving, functional phosphate replacers. The products are designed to improve the overall texture and moistness of meat and poultry.
Britain's food and drink processors are failing to embrace the improved operational efficiencies provided by 'middleware' such as manufacturing executions systems (MES), says a leading vendor in the field.
The English Provender Company (EPC) is rolling out a new product range and packaging, based on the theme of natural ingredients.
CSM UK has formulated Arkady RKD Clean - a bread improver for breads and rolls with additive-free descriptions. The product is designed to condition and improve the dough rheology to achieve a more process-tolerant dough. It does not contain stabilisers or preservatives and uses modern enzyme technology to replace the need for emulsifiers.
Anlit Advanced Nutrition, Israel has collaborated with Frutarom to develop a child-friendly probiotics supplement for immune health.
Flavour manufacturer Synergy's dairy-boosting range now includes naturally enhancing lactic and brewers' yeast extracts. They aim to aid salt and fat reduction and monosodium glutamate and hydrogenated vegetable protein removal, while promising to maintain depth of flavour.
Hydrosol has been researching clean-label alternative stabilisers.
National Starch's former European marketing manager Laura Goodbrand described the challenge of producing clean-label food as a "matrix". "You can't simply pull one ingredient and put another one in," she says. "Each one is part of a matrix. It's like a jigsaw puzzle. It's about finding out how ingredients interact to get that jigsaw as tight as it can be when you are taking pieces out and chiselling them down to have a different profile."
Now in his 90s and bright as a button, Giancarlo Vanini, ICAM's former head of sales, still drives to its office and helps out, having worked for the company since it began in 1946. Anyone who meets him can tell there's nowhere else he would rather be. His unassuming work ethic symbolises the entire business.
The UK shortfall in sustainable palm oil fractions is set to ease considerably within a year, according to baked goods manufacturer Ginsters.
Sales growth in monosodium glutamate (MSG) is slowing globally due to negative publicity, despite trade in the ingredient booming in the Far East, according to Leatherhead Food Research.
Ulrick & Short is working with a plant baker on loaves containing a super-performance wheat protein that could hit retailers early in 2012.
Demand for locally-sourced UK meats in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics presents new product development (NPD) opportunities for TMI Foods, according to its head of innovation Christian Binney.
Europe is undergoing a revival in vitamin research, with a focus on their effects on healthy life development and ageing, according to global ingredients giant DSM.
Sustain's Real Bread Mark has been criticised by the plant baking industry for potentially demonising necessary additives and failing to recognise work already achieved to deliver clean-label bread.
Samworth Brothers' chief executive Brian Stein will have the satisfaction of looking back on 16 years of successful leadership of the chilled foods manufacturer when he passes on the reins next year. Stein has helped create a hugely successful business, which has grown from a turnover of just £90M when he took over to around £770M this year. It is projected to break the £1bn mark over the next few years.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA's) press release on its Guidance on Date Marks spawned a welter of media stories that confused an already confused picture. But we can blame the press release. It did not clarify that 'use-by' and 'best-before' dates were already required by law. Practically all newspapers thought they were a new measure by DEFRA to replace 'sell-by' and 'display-until' dates.
Reports emerged last month that Weetabix had begun talks with bankers about a possible £900M debt refinancing package.
Last month's news that Uniq's Minsterley desserts plant in Shropshire lost a further £1.1M over the past six months has raised further questions about the troubled facility's future viability.
In what signalled the start of a new price war among the major multiples, Tesco announced late last month that it was planning to make £500M of price cuts across its stores. This has sent shivers down the spines of many manufacturers.
Recalls of free-from products are rising rapidly as the market grows to meet demand.
UK retailer Sainsbury has revealed that it will shortly be inviting further suppliers to join it in its ongoing adoption of global data synchronisation (GDS).
The UK’s second high-pressure processed (HPP) juice has been introduced with an exclusive retail launch through Waitrose recently.
The number of agency workers hired by the food industry is expected to dip with the arrival of new labour regulations that come into force this week.
A new EU directive to be implemented in the UK next year could free up more than an estimated £24bn held in outstanding late invoice payments, according to the Forum of Private Business (FPB)
Personalised nutrition is set to receive a boost with the broadcast of a new primetime Channel 4 TV series this autumn.
The UK’s second largest poultry supplier is conducting a review of its organic chicken business which could result in it exiting the sector.
News that Denmark is to become the first country in the world to introduce a tax on foods with saturated fat, in a bid to foster healthy eating, has sharply divided British opinion.
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