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Diageo puts brakes on Scotch whisky expansion

Weakening global demand for Scotch whisky could put the brakes on Diageo’s plans to upgrade its northern distilleries as part of the business’s £1bn expansion plan announced in 2007.

Calorie labelling on booze ‘could boost alcohol consumption’

Introducing calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks could boost alcohol consumption, according to a leading nutritionist. 

150 new jobs at ex-First Milk site

Maelor Poultry plans to invest £10M in First Milk’s ex-Maelor cheese packing site near Wrexham, creating up to 150 new jobs.

Dairy prices enquiry launched

An official enquiry into dairy prices has been launched by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee following the rapid plunge in milk prices in the past year.

Government pressure to go healthy ‘good for business’

Government pressure on food firms to make healthier products could boost business for food manufacturers and retailers, as more consumers tried to lead a healthy lifestyle, according to new research.

Coffee firms should broaden ranges

Coffee manufacturers could boost sales by developing the broader variety of products that consumers buy elsewhere in Europe, according to Carlos Diaz, food director at Food Innovation Solutions (FIS).

Students unaware of jobs in science and engineering

Half of all UK teachers, and students aged 14–16, are unaware of the science and engineering careers available, despite four out of five young people saying they would consider such...

Three in 10 to shop for scary treats in discounters

Supermarkets face a Halloween shock as three in 10 shoppers (29%) said they aimed to buy seasonally-themed products from high street discount retailers, according to the latest IGD research.

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Step change in food firms’ environmental initiatives

Food and drink manufacturers are transforming their impact on the environment and the entries for this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) reflect this, according to food industry consultant Jean...

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Hovis boss quits for overseas opportunity

Hovis boss Bob Spooner has quit his role to take up a new “overseas opportunity” after just six months with the business.

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Mondelēz ditches gold coins for more ‘popular’ products

Mondelēz International has discontinued its Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Gold Coins range to focus on “more popular” Christmas products.

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Manchester bakery closes doors, with loss of 18 jobs

Manchester firm Euro Bakery Ltd has closed after just eight years in business, with the loss of 18 jobs, having been hit by cash flow problems.

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Freedom Food to secure its own funding

Freedom Food’s new chief executive Jeremy Cooper will cut the farm assurance scheme’s financial links with its parent organisation the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)...

Weetabix contract dragged Nutrafeed into administration

Food recycler Nutrafeed Ltd was dragged into administration after a contract with Weetabix to handle waste cereal led it into severe financial difficulties, according to an administrators’ report from Duff...

Nutritionists defend government advice on food

Claims that the government’s ‘Eatwell Plate’ promotes excessive sugar intake and contributes to growing health problems in the UK have been rubbished by leading nutritionists.

Wheat growers face a 4.8Mt UK surplus next year

Increased volatility in grain prices as a result of weather and societal upheaval across the globe, while often causing farmers considerable pain, could provide a “huge opportunity” for the UK’s...

M&S tops authentic brand league

Marks & Spencer (M&S) tops the rankings of the UK’s most authentic brands, according to a report from global communications agency Cohn & Wolfe.

Chaucer Foods buys 65% stake in US snacks firm

Chaucer Foods has agreed to buy 65% of US-based Crunchies Food Company, which supplies healthy snacks, including freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, to expand its global business.

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Halloween horror for food waste

Nearly two-thirds of people will throw edible pumpkins away after Halloween, with a quarter planning to bin them instead of taking them to compost or a food waste bank, research...

Faccenda Foods invests £1M to fight campylobacter

Faccenda Foods aims to invest £1M in a new technology to kill campylobacter and other micro-organisms on the skin and internal cavity of chickens through steam and ultrasound treatment.

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Food industry ‘teaming with’ high quality new talent

The food and drink industry is “teaming with” young talent injecting passion and fresh qualities into businesses, according to the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink.

Kids’ diet scheme PhunkyFoods gets results

Children’s attitudes to health are being improved by kids’ diet scheme PhunkyFoods – funded by Nestlé and 2 Sisters Food Group – according to research revealed today (October 28) by Leeds Beckett University.

Caveman diet followers attack ‘Eatwell Plate’

The government’s ‘Eatwell Plate’ has come under criticism for containing more than 100% of the recommended daily allowance of sugar in just one meal, by Paleo Britain.

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TV star sets food and drink industry a mission

TV star Mark Durden-Smith has set food and drink manufacturers a mission to join him in celebration of the best the industry has to offer at the Food Manufacturing Excellence...

Community Foods’s Jumble Bee to land in Morrisons

Community Foods plans to launch its healthy snacks brand Jumble Bee into Morrisons after its debut in 480 Tesco stores in August and is exploring ways to broaden its reach further.

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