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

27-Dec-2012 - 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

21-Dec-2012 - Genetic modification (GM) could be used to produce flatulence-free sprouts, according to Rothamsted Research centre in Hertfordshire.

Argos transport bosses deny ‘Scooge’ claims

21-Dec-2012 - 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 balance.

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

21-Dec-2012 - 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 rumoured to be in the running.

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Happy holidays from the Food Manufacture Group

21-Dec-2012 -, together with its sister magazine Food Manufacture , will be back on January 2 2013, with more breaking news and views from the fast-moving world of food and drink manufacturing and two exciting events.

2 Sisters ends dispute with workers

21-Dec-2012 - 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

20-Dec-2012 - 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

20-Dec-2012 - 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

20-Dec-2012 - 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”.

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Happy holidays from William Reed Business Media!

19-Dec-2012 - 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

19-Dec-2012 - 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

19-Dec-2012 - 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

19-Dec-2012 - 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

19-Dec-2012 - 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

18-Dec-2012 - 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 and technology topics makes you mad, if you long for a more balanced debate about controversial topics such as genetically modified food, this webinar is for you.

UK robots set to grow by 3% by 2016

18-Dec-2012 - 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

18-Dec-2012 - 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

18-Dec-2012 - 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

17-Dec-2012 - 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 a large proportion of recalls occur before product distribution.

Premier Foods acquisition boosts Princes sales to £1.51bn

17-Dec-2012 - 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 Companies House last week (December 12).

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Sainsbury appoints new non-executive director

17-Dec-2012 - 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

17-Dec-2012 - 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

17-Dec-2012 - 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

17-Dec-2012 - 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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