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Merry Christmas from Food Manufacture

Season’s greetings from all the team at the Food Manufacture Group. We will be back next year with more online news, video and podcast interviews together with infographics and other...

Tesco finances face new probe

Troubled supermarket giant Tesco faces a fresh probe into its accounts by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

Arla milk price cut prompts angry reaction

Dairy giant Arla’s decision to cut the price of milk paid to producers has prompted an angry reaction from the National Farmers Union (NFU) and a plea to buy British...

Packaging firm gets £14.6k fork lift injury bill

A south Wales packaging firm has been ordered to pay £14,600, after a delivery driver was hit by a fork lift truck at its Ebbw Vale site.

HGV driver shortage could cripple food industry

Supermarkets have denied claims a shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers could cripple the perishable food and drink industry.

Thorntons issues Christmas profits warning

Thorntons has issued a Christmas profits warning, telling investors profits will be lower than expected due to a slump in supermarket orders.

Probiotic term could reappear on yogurt in UK

The term ‘probiotic’ could make a re-appearance on pots of yogurt on sale in UK supermarkets, if Italy is successful in getting approval for its use as a ‘generic descriptor’.

Beer bounces back this year: Mintel

More British drinkers said cheers to beer this year, as sales bounced back from recession, according to market research organisation Mintel.

30 new jobs after Yorkshire Provender investment

Soup manufacturer Yorkshire Provender will create 30 new jobs next summer after investing £2.4M to double the size of its Melmerby-based factory to meet growing consumer demand for fresh soup.

The Food Manufacture Group’s year in pictures

It’s been another busy year for the Food Manufacture Group. We travelled the country to bring you the latest news and views online and in print and event formats about...

News in brief

Scottish chippie launches deep-fried Christmas pudding

A Scottish fish and chip shop has launched a collection of calorific deep-fried Christmas puddings for the festive season.

Jammy growth for spreads market

The syrups and spreads market is expected to grow by 22.5% in the UK, fuelled by the popularity of jam and honey, according to research agency Canadean.

Sainsbury agrees gangmaster partnership with GLA

Sainsbury has joined forces with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) in a bid to prevent labour exploitation, in the same week that two men were convicted of exploiting migrant food...

Christmas sales strongest for 25 years

Britain’s beleaguered retailers are experiencing their strongest pre-Christmas sales for 25 years, with grocery sales showing the sharpest rises.

Premier Foods safety inspector death fall ‘accidental’

The death of a safety inspector who fell head-first into a Premier Foods gravy-making machine was ruled accidental, according to a two-day inquest.

Top food manufacturing news of the year

An article revealing the identity of Britain’s most popular chocolate bar was the most widely read on this site during 2014.

Christmas dinner will double calories of wartime

Brits will consume twice as many calories as their wartime relatives did on Christmas day, according to research by food historian Dr Annie Gray and AB Sugar.

Additives in packaging is a growing area of interest

Speciality chemicals supplier Perstorp is among those investing in the bioplastics sector, where interest is growing in additives which are able to improve the performance of polymers such as polylactide...

Sugar row hits Real Good Food Company

The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) has blamed its row with British Sugar for its half-year loss and has referred the dispute to the European competition authorities.

News in brief

Asda boss to lead IGD in New Year

Asda boss Andy Clarke will become president of grocery think-tank IGD on January 1 2015.

Boparan boss blames profit fall on tough market

Boparan boss Ranjit Singh – ceo of the 2 Sisters Food group – has blamed the firm’s nearly £7M fall in like-for-like (LFL) operating profit on tough trading conditions.

Top 10 food ingredients, health & nutrition stories

Reduced sperm counts, dementia risks and the top food and drink trends for 2015 are just three of the 10 most read stories from Food Ingredients, Health & Nutrition (FIHN) this year.

Repetitive jobs causing illness on shop floor

Rising levels of work-related ill health are causing increasing concern to those involved with improving the safety of people in the workplace.

Vitamin D claim opens elderly target market

Food businesses can more easily target elderly consumers who are prone to falling, following the authorisation of a vitamin D health claim by the European Commission (EC).

Feature

Food firms seek a high-fat feel

Making low-fat versions of high-fat food and drink is something scientists will strive to do better, despite criticism, says Nicholas Robinson

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