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‘Weekend warriors’ drive added protein demand

Rise in demand for products with added proteins: expert

Weekend fitness fanatics are driving the demand for more mainstream food and drink products, such as milk, fortified with sports nutrition ingredients.

Published: 29-Sep-2014

Europe is ripe for UK gluten-free businesses

UK gluten-free businesses should storm Europe

France and other European countries are prime targets for the UK’s established gluten-free (GF) businesses, according to an industry expert.

Published: 17-Sep-2014

Low food risk from Cook’s high-labour model

Cook welcomes more hands on deck

Handmade ready meal firm Cook claims more human hands in the manufacturing process does not increase the risk to food hygiene standards or decrease overall operational efficiency.

Published: 17-Sep-2014

Investment helps Moy Park steer clear of campylobacter speculation

Chicken manufacturer avoids campylobacter speculation with investment

Moy Park’s work on campylobacter research and practices had helped it avoid recent media attacks on poor poultry industry hygiene standards, one of the company’s general managers said.

Published: 07-Aug-2014

Delice de France hones in on deskilled kitchens

Bakery giant hones in on de-skilled kitchen staff

Bakery giant Delice de France has restructured its bakery manufacturing operation in response to the drain of skills in some hotels and restaurants.

Published: 23-Jul-2014

Drinks manufacturers must reduce sugars: PHE

Drinks manufacturers play a key role in sugar reduction

Drinks manufacturers must work to reduce the amount of sugars in their products to lower the nation’s calorie intake, according to Dr Alison Tedstone, Public Health England’s (PHE) chief nutritionist.

Published: 17-Jul-2014

Adams Foods responds to customer demand for innovation

Adams Foods invests in innovation centre

Adams Foods has pumped £3M into a new customer innovation centre in response to customer demand for innovation in hard cheese, the company’s marketing director Alastair Jackson has said.

Published: 11-Jul-2014

Stevia is not a calorie panacea: regulatory scientist

Stevia has its calorie-reducing limits

Natural sweetener stevia is best used to lower calorie content, rather than eliminate it, a regulatory scientist has claimed.

Published: 20-Jun-2014

Paramount 21 invests to expand production

Seafood processor invests to meet demand

Seafood processor Paramount 21 has invested in a 464.5m2 warehouse adjacent to its Newton Abbot production site in Devon to release production space as it steps up its new product development.

Published: 30-May-2014

Own-label ready meals lack innovation, Bingham and Jones

Supermarkets told to take risks with ready meals

Retailers need to be bolder with their own-label ready meals and stop relying on the basics, such as spaghetti Bolognese and lasagne, former food industry rivals Jonny Bingham and David Jones have said.

Published: 23-May-2014

UK lacks US’s functional food panache

US better at functional food

Manufacturers in the US are better at responding to functional food demands than those in the UK, an expert specialising in the sector has claimed.

Published: 19-May-2014

Over-65s prime target for functional food businesses

Over-65s prime target for functional food businesses

Targeting the ageing population will boost the UK’s “stagnating” functional food and drink sector, a leading analyst has predicted.

Published: 12-May-2014

Department of Health ‘difficult’, says Dairy UK boss

Department of Health ‘difficult’, says Dairy UK boss

The boss of Dairy UK has criticised the Department of Health (DH) for putting obstacles in the way of the dairy industry in the form of salt targets.

Published: 02-May-2014

Warburtons boss: innovation vital in discounters’ market

Warburtons boss: innovation vital in discounters’ market

Innovation is vital in a retail market increasingly dominated by discount outlets, says Jonathan Warburton, chairman of Warburtons.

Published: 30-Apr-2014

Recession was a good one for food industry

Recession was a good one for food industry

Food and drink manufacturers had a good recession, despite the economy not recovering from it yet, according to leading economist Sion Roberts.

Published: 28-Apr-2014

Progress on sustainable palm oil unfairly criticised

Progress on sustainable palm oil unfairly criticised

UK food manufacturers are still being unfairly criticised for using palm oil, despite the work they have done to source it sustainably, according to the corporate social responsibility (CSR) director of a global food oil business.

Published: 16-Apr-2014

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