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Warburtons fined for maintenance worker’s injury

Warburtons has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for safety failings after a worker seriously injured his hand in a conveyor.

US Black Friday shopping craze hits UK

The US shopping craze Black Friday is sweeping Britain today, with the police called to quell supermarkets disturbances as shoppers jostled for the best buys, while some retailers slashed food and...

Morrisons wine offer scores own-goal

A Morrisons wine promotion provoked outrage from shoppers after it failed to meet the demand it had created, provoking a reprimand from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

United Biscuits crafts cocoa supply pact with Cargill

United Biscuits (UB) has clinched a three-year partnership with international food conglomerate Cargill ensuring dedicated cocoa and chocolate supplies for products such as Jaffa Cakes and McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives....

Food Manufacturing Awards

The best young talent in food and drink

The very best and brightest young talent the food and drink industry has to offer were recognised for the first time at the food manufacturing Oscars earlier this month.

Finsbury Food wins bakery manufacturing Oscar

Finsbury Food Group has won the Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars, ahead of a financial update which looked forward to improved profits next year....

Food fraud costs UK firms £11bn a year

Food fraud is costing UK food and drink manufacturers a whopping £11.2bn a year, equivalent to 85% of their total profits, a report from the University of Portsmouth has claimed.

Arla restructure to spark 100 job cuts

Arla Foods plans to cut 100 jobs in the UK as part of a restructure to improve efficiency and competitiveness.  

News in brief

Aldi hands sole leadership to Barnes

Matthew Barnes will take sole responsibility for Aldi’s UK and Ireland business next spring, when he is appointed as ceo.

FSA campylobacter results make grim reading

Tests show campylobacter contamination increased substantially over the summer in shop-bought raw chicken and the food industry must do more to tackle the problem, according to the Food Standards Agency...

Samworth Brothers restructures and adds 370 jobs

Samworth Brothers has split its Walkers Midshire Foods division into two separate businesses: Walkers Deli and Walkers Sausage Co, while separately announcing the creation of 370 jobs at another facility.

Campylobacter: ‘Supermarket bosses should hang heads in shame’

Consumer pressure group Which? claims supermarket bosses should “hang their heads in shame”, after the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest testing results revealed a big rise in the levels of...

Poundland, Woolworths with food, is ‘retail winner’

Poundland is “a retail winner”, judged a leading City analyst, after the discount chain posted soaring pre-tax profit growth of 34% to £12.6M in first half results.

Food and drink industry people on the move

The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) appointment of a new president and an acting director general lead this month’s selection of the latest appointments in the food and drink industry....

News in brief

Brits say stuff it to turkey dinner this Christmas

More than a third of Brits (35.1%) will shun the traditional turkey dinner this Christmas in favour of other meats, according to research by e-commerce business service Webloyalty.

Morrisons’ shopper finds tongue-eating parasite in fish

A Morrisons’ shopper got more than he bargained for when he discovered a tongue-eating parasite in his portion of sea bass.

Food manufacturing awards

Coca-Cola Enterprises wins manufacturing Oscar

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has won the coveted Beverage Manufacturing Company of the Year in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton...

Kerry Ingredients to pay £24k for scalding accident

A food ingredients firm has been ordered to pay nearly £24,000 for a worker’s scalding accident in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Biltong firm announces acquisition

New World Foods Europe has bought Yorkshire-based Kings Biltong – the latest deal to be clinched in that sector in the past year.

Campylobacter contamination worse than thought

Supermarkets face a fresh blow to consumers’ trust in them as chicken tested for the food poisoning bug campylobacter looks set to yield even worse results than previous samples.

food manufacturing awards

Thorntons’ youngster wins young talent Oscar

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

DNA sequencing and biofortification the big trends for 2015

DNA sequencing and biofortification of food will create the biggest opportunities for food businesses to respond to pressure to operate more sustainably in 2015, according to the UK’s innovation agency...

Cranswick sandwich and pastry growth offsets falls elsewhere

Sandwich and pastry demand offset falling fresh pork sales for meat processor Cranswick in the first half of its financial year (H1), according to leading food industry analyst Clive Black.

Greencore: US trend holds huge UK potential

The UK market could benefit from Greencore’s increasing investment in hot food-to-go in the US, according to chief financial officer Alan Williams.

Cargill’s three top chocolate trends for 2015

The top trend for the cocoa and chocolate industry for next year will be ‘From Clean to Clear Label’, according to Cargill and Innova Market Insights.

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