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Premier Foods’ Hovis boss quits after a year

30-Nov-2012 - The md of Premier Foods’ bakery division, Iwan Williams, has resigned from his position, the week after the firm revealed plans to close two bakeries in Birmingham and London with the loss of 900 jobs.

Leveson: EC silent on media’s euro-coverage

30-Nov-2012 - The European Commission (EC) declined to comment on Lord Justice Leveson’s report into the culture, practice and ethics of the press yesterday (November 29), despite one of its officials claiming in the summer that the British media often misrepresented European policies on food, farming and other topics.

OFT price promotions plan ‘doesn’t go far enough’

30-Nov-2012 - Consumer watchdog Which? says the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT’s) clarification to retailers on how to correctly advertise and promote discounted prices for food and drink doesn’t go far enough.

Eddie Stobart Tesco drivers to go on ‘continuous strike’

29-Nov-2012 - Eddie Stobart’s Tesco drivers are to go on “continuous strike” after rejecting the transport firm’s “final offer” of financial support in the deepening row over 183 jobs cuts at a Doncaster distribution hub.

Salty cheese claims denied by dairy industry

29-Nov-2012 - The Dairy Council has denied claims from the pressure group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) that food manufacturers add too much salt to cheese.

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Food manufacturing trade secrets: what you should know

29-Nov-2012 - A real risk for food manufacturers is that know-how may be taken by ex-employees to competitive businesses.

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Food firm worker hospitalised after caustic soda accident

28-Nov-2012 - A worker at McCormick Europe’s food factory in Littleborough, Lancashire was hospitalised yesterday (November 27), after falling into caustic soda.

Food manufacturing people on the move in November - in pictures

28-Nov-2012 - Greencore’s appointment of Gary Kennedy, following Ned Sullivan’s retirement as chairman leads this month’s selection of people on the move in the food and drink manufacturing sector.

Food safety watchdog rejects GM Roundup cancer study

28-Nov-2012 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has officially rejected controversial research linking Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup and genetically modified (GM) maize with cancer and premature death.

Food firm told to pay +£60k for endangering workers’ safety

28-Nov-2012 - A global ingredients firm has been ordered to pay more than £60,000 after two of its workers were seriously injured in separate accidents.

Dragons’ Den sauce sisters on road to Levi Roots fame

28-Nov-2012 - Dragons’ Den’s sauce manufacturing sisters Lisa and Helen Tse are on the road to achieving their dream of making their Chinese sauces as big as Levi Roots’ Reggae Reggae brand.

Alcohol minimum pricing ‘could be illegal’ under EU law

28-Nov-2012 - Government plans to introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol in England and Wales could be illegal under EU law, according to the trade group, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

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New chairman for Greencore

28-Nov-2012 - Chilled food manufacturer Greencore has announced that Gary Kennedy will succeed Ned Sullivan as chairman when he retires after the annual general meeting in January.

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Britvic results hit by £17M Fruit Shoot recall

28-Nov-2012 - Soft drinks firm Britvic has reported a near 20% fall in profits, after an Essex boy choked on a newly designed lid of a Fruit Shoot bottle, forcing a £17M product recall.

Morrisons: recession-hit customers want cheaper chicken

27-Nov-2012 - Morrisons has relaxed its policy about sourcing 100% British chicken because its recession-hit customers want to spend less money on meat.

Top food manufacturing news for November – in pictures

27-Nov-2012 - A photogallery of the Food Manufacturing Excellence awards proved the most popular article on in November. But news from Bakkavör, Morrisons, Tesco and Vion also featured in the list of our eight most popular articles.

Greencore reports ‘breakthrough year’

27-Nov-2012 - Chilled food manufacturer Greencore has reported “a breakthrough year”, with revenue up 44.5% to £1,161.9M due to acquisitions and “business momentum”, for the full year to September 28 2012.

Death knell for Paramount Foods as 278 jobs lost

27-Nov-2012 - The death knell has rung for pizza manufacturer Paramount Foods, which will close its site in north Wales with the loss of a further 278 jobs.

Hedon Salads goes into administration

26-Nov-2012 - One of the UK’s largest salad producers Hedon Salads has gone into administration and stopped trading.

Food boss prosecuted after finger amputation

26-Nov-2012 - The boss of a London smoked salmon business has been prosecuted after a worker had to have a finger amputated when his hand was crushed in machinery.

£30M plan for UK tomato business

26-Nov-2012 - Plans for a £30M tomato growing business in Suffolk, which could produce about 10% of the UK’s tomatoes using heat from a nearby incinerator, have been unveiled.

Cheaper alginate on the horizon for food manufacturers

26-Nov-2012 - Food manufacturers could benefit from cheaper supplies of dried sodium alginate, after scientists developed new technology to process the food gelling agent from seaweed extracts.

Morrisons ‘ups its game’: City analysts

26-Nov-2012 - Morrisons appears to be upping its game after its “very disappointing” third quarter, according to Shore Capital analysts Clive Black and Darren Shirley.

Zombie business threat to food and drink firms

26-Nov-2012 - A plague of ‘zombie companies’ is threatening to suck the vitality out of the UK economy, according to leading insolvency experts, and the food manufacturing sector could be under threat.

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Bacon manufacturer wins £1.2M export deal

26-Nov-2012 - Meat firm Kettyle Irish Foods has won a £1.2M contract to export bacon to Albert Heijn, a leading European food retailer based in the Netherlands.

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