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Food and drink industry prepares for the Apprenticeship Levy

While the Apprenticeship Levy – which comes into force in April – has benefits, some fear its challenges may require the help of magic to overcome.

The Big Interview with fraud fighter Andy Morling

National Food Crime Unit boss Andy Morling says there’s more work to be done to protect the nation against food and drink fraud.

Heart health: why low cholesterol is no longer the focus

Products aimed at lowering cholesterol have long been the focus of heart health reformulation – but a new trend is emerging.

Energy and endurance: the ketone kings

A low-carbohydrate diet is usually associated with people trying to lose weight, but another group of carb-cutting enthusiasts is emerging.

Bone and joint health: bank on it

Maintaining calcium levels while young is crucial in helping to prevent osteoporosis in later life.

Provision Trade Federation boss sets out his plans

A seasoned civil servant, Andrew Kuyk may have joined the PTF at the right time, says Noli Dinkovski.

Food factory design: Can fire risk be designed out?

New-build factory and warehouse design is likely to be dictated by a complex web of risk management requirements, reports Paul Gander.

Grocery supply chain set for revolutionary changes

Increased competition, disloyal consumers, growing internet sales – and now Brexit. Grocery supply chains are set for a revolution, reports Rick Pendrous

Weight management: it’s in the blood

There is renewed interest in blood sugar management as an approach to combat obesity.

Brain and cognitive health: bright young things

Long associated with older generations, cognitive health products have a new younger fanbase.

The Black Farmer: Brand of Plenty

Having survived cancer, The Black Farmer is on a mission to boost sales, reports Noli Dinkovski.

Dairy innovation: claim culture

Health claims are becoming an ever more prevalent feature in dairy.

Clean-label: clean to the extreme

Clean-label is more than a fad, but there's a risk of going too far.

How does your food store score?

More space-efficient warehousing means investment. Paul Gander looks at the cost, efficiency and safety of systems

Digestive health: target the stomach

After some uncertainty, there is a renewed positive focus on the gut health sector.

Packaging equipment: the customised is always right

How commonly is today’s packaging equipment customised to meet specific new product development (NPD) and supply chain requirements?

Colours and flavours: the rise of foodstuffs

Ever since the game-changing Southampton six study in 2007, natural colourants have steadily risen to become the leading colouring within food.

Food supply chains to benefit from big data tidal wave

Big data can improve supply chain efficiency, but it needs to be managed properly, says Michelle Knott

Scottish food manufacturing could gain from novel logistics plan

A novel approach to logistics could kick-start Scottish food and drink, Scottish Food Trade Association president Malcolm Wilde tells Mike Stones

Hall of fame: how campylobacter fight paid off for food boss

How a quest to beat campylobacter led to industry-wide stardom. By Noli Dinkovski

Seaweed: An ocean of opportunity

Overlooked for so long, seaweed is finally becoming big business.

Phoenix Group plans growth away from rapeseed oil

A novel approach to outsourcing is making Phoenix Group hot property, ambitious md Ben Guy tells Noli Dinkovski.

Dawn Foods plans to double sales

Dawn Foods's new UK boss has wasted little time in helping the company with its ambitious drive to double sales in five years. By Noli Dinkovski

FSA budget cuts: what it means for food safety

Budget cuts at the Food Standards Agency and local authorities mean change is afoot, reports Michelle Perrett.

Sugar reformulation: can the industry learn from salt?

Alongside the now-familiar call for a 20% tax on sugary soft drinks, the recent House of Commons Health Select Committee report on child obesity proposed other measures, including centrally-led reformulation in high-sugar food and drink.