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United Biscuits gains first Saudi Arabia factory

United Biscuits (UB) has bought its first factory in Saudi Arabia and aims to use it to boost sales of its brands in the Middle East.

Bumble Hole Foods' £6.4M expansion to create 18 jobs

Bumble Hole Foods is investing £6.4M in expanding its Bromsgrove factory, creating 18 new jobs.

Botox bid to target obesity epidemic

Researchers have had promising experimental results from using Botox as a weight loss tool in rats and are now hoping to win approval for human testing.

Frozen broccoli’s cancer-fighting properties restored

Researchers who discovered frozen broccoli lacks the ability to form sulphoraphane, the cancer-fighting phytochemical in fresh broccoli, have shown how the food industry can restore the frozen vegetable’s health benefits....

Probiotic labelling bid shaky, says top legal group

The chances of the European Commission (EC) approving the latest bid to use the term ‘probiotic’ as a ‘generic descriptor’ are slim, according to law firm Eversheds.

Vion consolidation and horsemeat hits 2 Sisters profit

Profits fell for Boparan Holdings, holding company for 2 Sisters Food Group, in the past financial year, dented by the integration of Vion’s meat processing plants.

Mondelēz outlines trends to boost sales

Mondelēz International aims to capture market share and grow sales through strategies such as combining brands and targeting trends, including the increasing demand for snacking....

2 Sisters’ Burton’s bid could raise competition concerns

2 Sisters Food Group’s reported bid for Burton’s Biscuit Company, backed by US private equity house Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), would be scrutinised by the Competition Commission, one expert...

Food and drink industry people on the move – in October

A government reshuffle, which saw food and farming minister David Heath and fisheries minister Richard Benyon both lose their jobs, leads our selection of people on the move in the...

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Food security to be investigated by MPs

The need for genetic modification (GM) is set to be hotly contested, as the House of Commons (HoC) Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee begins a new inquiry...

Volac’s upbeat way to battle obesity

Ingredients supplier Volac’s first foray into the retail market with high protein juice drink Upbeat has helped the dairy sector deliver on its voluntary pledge to tackle health issues –...

British Lion Code of Practice changes to prevent food fraud

A new version of the British Lion Code of Practice will prevent food and drink manufacturers from becoming the victims of food fraud and further improve food safety and traceability...

First Welsh food industry skills ambassador named

The Welsh food industry’s first skills ambassador, who will spearhead a campaign to recruit and up-skill more workers for the sector, has been named as butcher Tomi Jones, from Llangollen....

Government confirms food industry as apprenticeship Trailblazer

The government has confirmed the food industry as one of the business sectors that will act as a Trailblazer, leading the way to reform England’s apprenticeship programme.

Tags Tasty Crisps on target for growth

Family firm Tags Tasty Crisps has clinched a supply deal with Tesco and is close to securing deals with two other major grocery multiples.

Experts question sat fat cuts after government update

Government efforts to urge food manufacturers to slash saturated fat in products could be “barking up the wrong tree”, according to industry experts.

First commercial north east food waste facility

The first commercial food waste facility in the north east of England, worth £8M, has opened in County Durham, with planning permission to quadruple in size if necessary.

Food industry unites to tackle ‘modern day slavery’

Five top food retailers, including Tesco and Sainsbury, are backing a campaign to end employee exploitation in food production, retail and horticulture, dubbed ‘Stronger Together’.

Horsemeat ‘cuts ready meal demand but boosts ethical’: RSPCA

The horsemeat crisis has led consumers to lose trust in ready meals, while demand for ‘ethical’, ‘higher-welfare food’ is rising, claims the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to...

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Good news for the UK economy as output rises

Two pieces of good news for the UK economy arrived this week in the form of a modest increase in economic output and rising optimism among manufacturers.

Unilever repels attack on job cuts

Unilever has defended itself against trades union claims its green business strategy may be sustainable for profits, but not for jobs.

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FSA should be given back full powers: Which?

Food safety had been compromised by the government’s 2010 decision to strip the Food Standards Agency (FSA) of its responsibility for food standards, labelling and nutrition and those powers should...

Most in demand food and drink employers - in pictures

Unilever has topped a poll of the most sought-after food and drink employers in the world in a survey by professional networking site LinkedIn.

Industry on target to cut food waste

Food and drink manufacturers are meeting waste reduction targets, trade body the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) has claimed after the spotlight turned on retailers this week.

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