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‘With Dragons’ Den backing I can build cake factories across the UK’

Appearing on BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den helped Yorkshire cake entrepreneur Allison Whitmarsh secure the backing she needs to build cake factories across the UK.

GM could give flatulence-free sprouts for Christmas

Genetic modification (GM) could be used to produce flatulence-free sprouts, according to Rothamsted Research centre in Hertfordshire.

Argos transport bosses deny ‘Scooge’ claims

Transport bosses at retailer Argos have denied claims from Unite the union that they are being “mean-spirited” in scrapping two bottles of Christmas wine for staff in a dispute about work–life...

Private equity firms seek majority stake in R&R Ice Cream

Informed sources say potential buyers for R&R Ice Cream put their first-round bids on the table this week – with the firm founded by US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney...

2 Sisters ends dispute with workers

2 Sisters’ dispute with workers at its West Midlands sites is now over and the strike planned for today (December 21) has been cancelled.

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Premier renews £60M a year deal to make Cadbury cakes

Premier Foods has renewed its long-standing license to manufacture Cadbury-branded cake products until at least June 2017 as part of its plan to boost growth...

Food sector to get £2M boost for robotics research

UK food and drink manufacturing is set to benefit from a new competition, which is putting up £2M of government funding to promote automation research in the sector.

Redundancy plans ‘good for firms and staff’: food manufacturers

Food manufacturers have welcomed government plans to halve the notice period before firms can make large scale redundancies as a “step in the right direction”.

Food manufacturing people on the move - in December

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Happy holidays from William Reed Business Media!

The working year is almost done, time to pause from ‘the business’ and embrace the festive season…go on, give it a big hug. Happy holidays!

Ready meals ‘healthier’ than TV chefs’ recipes: Newcastle Uni

Supermarket ready meals are healthier than the recipes of some TV chefs, according to researchers at Newcastle University.

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Boparan claims ‘solid start’ to new financial year

2 Sisters has made a solid start to its new financial year, according to the group’s ceo Ranjit Boparan.

2 Sisters strike cancelled in bid to settle dispute

The strike planned for yesterday (December 19) at 2 Sisters’ West Midlands sites has been cancelled in a bid to enable workers to reach an agreement with management.

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Eblex appoints new export marketing executive

The English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) has appointed Jonathan Eckley as its new marketing executive for its export team.

Free webinar: Food fact and fiction, separating science from myth

Separating food science from food fiction is the aim of a free live webinar to be staged on Thursday, January 24, 2013. If the general media’s coverage of food science...

UK robots set to grow by 3% by 2016

The UK market for robots will grow by 3.4% from 2011 to 2016 as a result of increased investment in automation by food and drink manufacturers, according to market analyst IMS Research.

Students design seasonal sausage for Waitrose

Cambridgeshire students have designed a ‘tear and share’ seasonal sausage that may appear on Waitrose shelves next year.

Innovation made Fabulous Bakin’ Boys Bounce Back Champion

The launch of a robotics packaging solution to individually wrap mini cakes and muffins helped the Fabulous Bakin’ Boys become the Great British Bounce Back Champion.

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Don’t make a food manufacturing drama out of a crisis

There were 393 product recalls last year, 82 (20%) of which were food and drug related, according to the website . But this figure is not a true representation as...

Premier Foods acquisition boosts Princes sales to £1.51bn

The acquisition of Premier Foods’ East Anglian canning business has helped to boost the sales figures growth of food and drink manufacturer Princes by 28%, according to figures filed at...

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Sainsbury appoints new non-executive director

Sainsbury has announced that Jean Tomlin will join its board as a non-executive director from January 1 2013, following the retirement of Anna Ford effective from December 31 2012.

EC fish quotas plan ‘will make things worse’: DEFRA

European Commission plans to cut fish quotas next year will jeopardise the sustainability of stocks and “make things worse”, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Chinese instructions contribute to worker’s injury

The Chinese instructions on a dough mixing machine contributed to a worker seriously injuring his hand at an Edinburgh food firm.

EC’s pension proposals would be ‘disaster’ for UK business

The European Commission (EC) wants to impose pension changes that would cost UK businesses £350bn (€440bn) and 180,000 jobs, according to research commissioned by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

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