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Wrong pH levels and gluten spark recalls

Yogurts with the wrong pH levels and flour containing undeclared gluten were among the food safety recalls over the past week.

Sugar Tax

Sugar tax report slammed as health lobby ‘PR stunt’

A sugar tax and childhood obesity report by Members of Parliament (MPs) has been slammed by the industry as a public relations (PR) stunt for the health lobby.     ...

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Most consumers say ‘No thanks’ to drinks sugar tax

More than two-thirds of British adults believe a tax on sugar-sweetened soft drinks would: penalise most people who consume soft drinks responsibly, rise each year and lead to taxes on...

Northern Ireland pork gets China export approval

Northern Ireland pork has won provisional approval for export to China in a deal, said to be worth up to £10M a year to the economy.

Lancashire Farm Dairies: no sales impact after probiotics ruling

Having to remove the word ‘probiotics’ from its products was costly in the short-term, but hasn’t impacted long term sales, the boss of a family-run yogurt producer has claimed.

AB InBev to offload Peroni and Grosch to please regulators

Brewing giant AB InBev will look to offload its newly-acquired Peroni and Grolsch brands in a bid to appease EU competition regulators following its takeover of rival SAB Miller, with...

Food and drink trends focus on smaller brands

The growing importance of smaller food and drink brands, arising from the fragmentation of consumer beliefs about food, is one of 10 key trends identified next year by New Business Nutrition.

Cranswick praised for ‘crackling’ results

Meat processor Cranswick has been praised for its ‘crackling’ innovations and investments that have led to gains in pre-tax revenue, sales and earnings for the six months to September 30...

Unilever praised for sustainability target

Unilever has won praise for committing to becoming carbon positive by 2030 ahead of the United Nations Climate change conference in Paris today (November 30), by the WWF.

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Gov should adopt our six-point obesity plan: AoS

Action on Sugar has launched a six-step “evidence-based” action plan to prevent the UK’s obesity and type 2 diabetes crisis from spiralling out of control.

Treat climate change like health and safety: McCain boss

Food manufacturers must treat climate change as seriously as health and safety to protect the planet and ensure profitability, according to McCain boss Nick Vermont ahead of climate change talks...

Good Week, Bad Week

Tesco, Hovis and financial result lead week’s news

Criticism hurled at Tesco, jobs under threat at Hovis a number of food and drink manufacturers posting positive financial results lead this week’s top headlines.

Popcorn maker invests in equipment and research

Popcorn maker Savoury and Sweet (S&S) has announced a multi-million pound investment in manufacturing equipment and research and development (R&D).

Hovis production line closure threatens over 100 jobs

Hovis plans to close a bread production line at its bakery in Wigan, threatening more than 100 jobs.

Paris terror attacks prompt over 30 firms to quit FiE show

More than 30 food firms have pulled out of a major trade show in Paris next week, following the terrorist attacks earlier this month.

Speciality Breads opens new £3M bakery

Speciality Breads has opened a new £3M 3,000m2 bakery near Margate, Kent, which will lead to the creation of up to 30 jobs in the New Year.

Wright’s biggest challenges in FDF job

The Food and Drink Federation’s boss Ian Wright has faced three key challenges since taking on the role in the spring.

Food waste protesters target Tesco and its suppliers

Tesco, Sainsbury and their food manufacturing suppliers are being targeted today (November 27) by campaign group Stop the Rot over food waste.

Me and My Factory

Signature Flatbreads: What we’ve learnt

The brothers at the helm of Signature Flatbreads – William and Charles Eid – took Food Manufacture on an exclusive tour of its impressive production facility in Dunstable, Bedfordshire as...

First Milk sells Fife dairy to Scottish firm Graham’s

First Milk has sold its Fife dairy to Scotland’s largest independent dairy business Graham’s the Family Dairy for an undisclosed sum.

Extra security at FiE in wake of Paris terror attacks

Extra security measures will be taken at a major food ingredients trade show in Paris next week, as the city shows defiance in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks.

Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement gets mixed response from industry experts

Scrapping tax credits, a controversial apprentice levy and budget cuts at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) were key elements of the chancellor’s Autumn Statement, which received...

Calbee UK plans investment and jobs following Tesco contract

Japanese savoury snack manufacturer Calbee UK will make a “significant investment” in its Deeside factory in Wales and boost staff numbers to 100, after winning a contract to supply 650...

FIE SHOW PREVIEW

Show preview: Food Ingredients Europe

Next week’s Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) and Natural Ingredients (Ni) shows offer the opportunity to see the some of the latest products onthe market and hear about cutting edge developments,...

News in brief

Dr Oetker launches ‘world’s first’ edible Xmas jumper

Dr Oetker has teamed up with Essex baker Juliet Sear to launch the “world’s first” edible Christmas jumper.

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