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Bakeries struggling with calls to cut salt, sugar and fat

Bakeries struggling with calls to cut salt, sugar and fat

Manufacturers of baked goods are reaching a point where calls to cut salts, fats and sugars in products are becoming detrimental to the quality of their products, a bakery manager has said.

Published: 14-Apr-2014

Supermarkets were ‘totally and utterly’ complacent

Supermarkets were ‘totally and utterly’ complacent

Britain’s big four supermarkets have been “totally and utterly complacent”, in failing to keep pace with key developments in retailing and are now paying the price, warns a leading City analyst.

Published: 11-Apr-2014

Overseas and national food firms invest in UK jobs

Overseas and national food firms invest in UK jobs

UK-based food and drink firms are investing in jobs as much as internationally-owned outfits, according to Owen Paterson, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) secretary of state.

Published: 02-Apr-2014

Meadow Foods’ efficiencies improved with £3M investment

Meadow Foods’ efficiencies improved with £3M investment

More than £3M has been pumped into Meadow Foods’s fresh division in Peterborough to improve operating efficiencies, said site director Paul Jackson.

Published: 26-Mar-2014

Obesity can be tackled by educating consumers, says nutritionist

Obesity can be tackled by educating consumers, says nutritionist

Poor nutrition among UK consumers could be improved if they had a basic understanding of how their food worked, a leading public health nutritionist has insisted. 

Published: 14-Mar-2014

Food manufacturers face skills drain unless wages rise

Food manufacturers face skills drain unless wages rise

Food firms face a skills drain, unless they raise wages in line with economic growth, a leading economist has warned.

Published: 27-Feb-2014

Frozen food must innovate to flourish

Frozen food must innovate to flourish

British frozen food manufacturers must reveal the benefits of frozen food to the consumer to revitalise the sector and increase confidence.

Published: 26-Feb-2014

Dairy companies can’t bridge skills gap alone, says Arla consultant

Dairy companies can’t bridge skills gap alone, says Arla consultant

A critical skills shortage in the UK dairy industry is starting to be countered by dairy companies working together towards a common cause, according to senior HR consultant at Arla Foods Chris Edwards.

Published: 24-Feb-2014

NFU: competition to hit milk prices more than floods

NFU: competition to hit milk prices more than floods

Competition and low production will raise milk prices more than flooding, the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) chief dairy adviser has said.

Published: 13-Feb-2014

Shoppers urged not to demonise packaging

Shoppers urged not to demonise packaging

Consumers should not demonise food packaging, because it could prolong shelf-life, reducing the amount of products needlessly binned, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Published: 10-Feb-2014

United Biscuits reveals £50M capital investment

United Biscuits reveals £50M capital investment

United Biscuits (UB) is preparing to pump £50M of capital investment into the company this year, UK head Jon Eggleton has said.

Published: 31-Jan-2014

Patchy implementation hampers continuous improvement

Patchy implementation hampers continuous improvement

The cultivation of a lean manufacturing culture of continuous improvement is often hampered by firms “cherry picking” what they implement, according to Jeff Williams of business consultancy SA Partners.

Published: 22-Jan-2014

FDF highlights export challenges and opportunities

FDF highlights export challenges and opportunities

UK food and drink manufacturers must capitalise on the opportunities offered by the export market or risk losing out to other countries.

Published: 13-Dec-2013

Government impressed by industry skills initiative

Government skills minister Matthew Hancock has been impressed by an initiative aimed at fully training tomorrow’s food industry workers, spearheaded by the National Skills Academy (NSA) for Food and Drink.

Published: 29-Nov-2013

Mintel flags up top trends for the dairy sector

Mintel flags up top trends for the dairy sector

Weight management and an ageing population are two major global trends affecting product development and ingredient use in the dairy sector.

Published: 27-Nov-2013

Economic recovery won’t change shopping habits: IGD

Economic recovery won’t change shopping habits: IGD

Consumers will hold onto the defensive shopping habits they have adopted during the last few years even if the UK experiences an economic recovery, according to grocery think-tank IGD.

Published: 14-Nov-2013

Tulip site boss: we adopt the mentality of a start-up

Tulip site boss: we adopt the mentality of a start-up

The boss of Tulip’s Bodmin site in Cornwall says the business has adopted the “passion and mentality” of a start-up to achieve a “cultural transformation at the site.”

Published: 01-Nov-2013

British Lion Code of Practice changes to prevent food fraud

British Lion Code of Practice changes to prevent food fraud

A new version of the British Lion Code of Practice will prevent food and drink manufacturers from becoming the victims of food fraud and further improve food safety and traceability in the UK.

Published: 28-Oct-2013

Mondelēz aims to boost chocolate penetration

Mondelēz aims to boost chocolate penetration

Mondelēz International’s heat resistant chocolate, new product development and increased penetration in under-represented parts of the world offers the company considerable potential for the future, chocolate head Bharat Puri has claimed.

Published: 18-Oct-2013

UK consumers buying less fruit and veg: IGD

UK consumers buying less fruit and veg: IGD

Sales of fruit and vegetables continue to go down, despite efforts to encourage shoppers to cut fresh produce waste and eat more cheaply, according to the IGD’s chief economist James Walton.

Published: 09-Oct-2013

Food firms get aid for brain claims

Food firms get aid for brain claims

Leatherhead Food Research (LFR) is working on a project to support food and drink processors seeking to make cognitive performance claims for their products.

Published: 04-Oct-2013

Irish beef exports shrug off horsemeat to rise by 16%

Irish beef exports shrug off horsemeat to rise by 16%

Irish beef exports have climbed by 16% and risen in value, since the beginning of this year – despite the horsemeat scandal, according to Aidan Cotter, chief executive of Bord Bia, the Irish food board.

Published: 03-Oct-2013

£4M factory enables CP Foods to expand into branded goods

£4M factory enables CP Foods to expand into branded goods

CP Foods’ new £4M factory is driving the firm’s move into branded products, with its Taste Inc range of snacks securing multiple listings.

Published: 17-Sep-2013

Carton recycling site to help close UK recycling gap with EU

Carton recycling site to help close UK recycling gap with EU

The opening of the UK’s only dedicated carton recycling plant is likely to tempt more manufacturers to consider using such packaging and help the UK bridge its recycling gap with Europe.

Published: 06-Sep-2013

Corkers completes factory expansion

Corkers completes factory expansion

Crisp brand Corkers has finished the expansion of its factory in Ely, Cambridgeshire and is now able to produce an extra 120,000 bags of crisps a day.

Published: 02-Sep-2013

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