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Pumpkins help Hubbub educate 100k people on food waste

Hubbub will attempt to save 18,000t of pumpkin being discarded and educate 100,000 people on the wider food waste issue over the Halloween weekend with its ‘Pumpkin Rescue’ events, according...

General Mills factory closure plan threatens 265 jobs

The planned closure of a General Mills factory, threatening 265 jobs, has been described as a “devastating blow” for Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Food firms get into Halloween spirit

A number of food manufacturers have added a spooky touch to their products in a bid to tap into demand for Halloween gifts.

Seafood Scotland in food pairing sessions with gin producer

Seafood Scotland has been busy promoting the best of its country’s produce with two seafood and gin tasting sessions.

First Milk’s £25M pre-tax loss ‘not acceptable’

First Milk suffered pre-tax losses of £25M in the year to March 31 2015 as the farmer-owned co-operative struggled to cope with the dairy crisis.

Diageo welcomes women business leaders report

Diageo has welcomed a report finding big businesses are on track to meet their target of 25% of women board members at Financial Times Stock Exchange 100(FTSE100) companies by the...

Top snacking trends revealed as UK leads innovation

Health and indulgence are key trends shaping the snack market as the UK leads the way in innovation, according to a food trend expert.

Protesting farmers target Dairy Crest and Arla

A dairy farmer splinter group has targeted depots owned by processors Dairy Crest and Arla Foods as low milk prices persist.  

Tea and coffee firm invests in plant

Drury Tea and Coffee in London’s Woolwich has increased its capacity three-fold after a £50,000 investment from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. 

Hotel Chocolat fined after worker’s finger torn off

Luxury chocolate maker Hotel Chocolat has been fined £25,000 after a worker’s hand was dragged into a stirrer, ripping off his finger.

Food manufacturers ahead of waste reduction targets

Food manufacturers and retailers are ahead of the game when it comes to meeting waste reduction targets, a Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) report has found.

Mars announces sustainable rice partnership

Mars Food, the owner of Uncle Ben’s, has announced the first global standard for sustainable rice in partnership with the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP).

Ornua to merge cheese businesses

Irish dairy co-operative Ornua will merge two of its UK-based businesses, Meadow Cheese and The Cheese Warehouse, in January 2016 in a bid to boost its market position, it has revealed.

Soft drinks boss hits back in sugar tax debate

The soft drinks sector has defended itself against attacks from health campaigners as the sugar tax debate intensifies.

Map reveals soft drink jobs across UK

The soft drinks sector adds £11bn to the UK economy and supports more than 340,000 jobs nationwide, according to figures released this week.

Snack market will grow despite war on fat

The crisp and snack market will continue to grow despite greater public focus on sugar, salt and fat content in foods, according to the boss of one snack firm.

Morrisons staff to sue retailer over massive data leak

More than 2,000 Morrisons employees are preparing to sue the supermarket over a huge leak of their personal details.

PM has turned his back on food poverty pledge

The UK government has been accused of turning its back on its promise of an ‘all-out assault’ on food poverty to prevent hungry people relying on food banks.

Soft drinks firms claim sugar tax won’t work

The country’s largest soft drinks companies have dismissed the idea of a sugar tax and pointed to strides made by the sector in calorie reduction.

S&A Foods enters administration after Asda contract loss

S&A Foods has been forced to enter administration after Asda cancelled its contract for the firm’s chilled, ethnic ready meals.

Fresh produce packer Elision opens second site

Fresh produce packer Elision UK has more than doubled its site capacity by opening a second facility.

Centre to help food industry reduce costs and environmental footprint

Food and drink manufacturers could reduce costs and improve their environmental footprint by developing new sustainable technologies as a result of the UK’s first big data centre of excellence for...

2 Sisters invests £150M as sales and profit fall

2 Sisters Food Group has announced it will invest £150M in its poultry business as it published its fourth quarter results which revealed a fall in operating profit and sales,...

Processed meat causes cancer: WHO

The meat industry has defended eating processed meat as the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned of the cancer risk today (October 26).

Aldi trumps Morrisons and Lidl on minimum pay

Aldi plans to increase its minimum pay rate to £8.40 an hour for UK employees, well above the new National Living Wage.

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