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Food fads and trends must be separated before innovating

Food firms need to understand difference between trends and fads

Food and drink manufacturers should understand the differences between fads and trends before investing money in innovations, according to food futurologist Morgaine Gaye.

Published: 07-Apr-2015

Small food firms’ key innovation weapon

Small firms benefits over big businesses

Small scale food and drink manufacturers have a key weapon in the battle to bring innovative new products to market – patience, according to the boss of one business.

Published: 01-Apr-2015

Desperate dairy sector needs government support

Dairy sector needs more government support

The UK’s ‘desperate’ dairy sector needs more support from the British government, according to National Farmers Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond.

Published: 27-Mar-2015

Top social trends food firms must follow

Food firms must follow social trends

Four top trends – sobriety, risk management, nutritional supplements and everyday indulgence should guide food and drink manufacturers when planning innovation.

Published: 24-Mar-2015

Alpro’s biggest challenges during £28.5M expansion

Food firms' changing market share biggest challenge during investment

Managing growing market share and multiple suppliers were the biggest challenges Alpro faced when constructing its new £28.5M production facility at its existing Burton Latimer site, near Kettering.

Published: 18-Mar-2015

Zwanenberg’s buyout of Westlers boosts product quality and branding

Hot dogs get meatier after buyout

Zwanenberg Food Group’s acquisition of meat manufacturer Westlers has helped the business revamp its product quality and marketing, according to the firm’s marketing controller.

Published: 09-Mar-2015

Perfect storm thwarting small food and drink firms

Food and drink business growth held back

There is a perfect storm holding back fast-growing small food and drink firms, according to entrepreneurs celebrated by the government.

Published: 04-Mar-2015

Provision Trade Federation plans growth

Provision Trade Federation sets sights on growth

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has set out a three-year plan to grow its influence, services to members and membership numbers, under its new director general Terry Jones.

Published: 04-Mar-2015

DEFRA backs new Brussels red tape probe

EU red tape probe backed by DEFRA

A new EU probe into cutting red tape is being backed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), environment secretary Liz Truss told this website last week.

Published: 02-Mar-2015

Premier Foods has its ‘foot on the gas’ – ceo

Premier Foods's investment update

Premier Foods will pump up to £25M into its production facilities in a bid to boost output and efficiencies across the UK and bolster its recovery this year, according to ceo Gavin Darby.

Published: 11-Feb-2015

Business forum gave access to top food execs

Food manufacturers’ forum offers access to top execs

Unrivalled access to top food and drink manufacturing executives was the top reason singled out by the sponsors of the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum for backing the event.

Published: 27-Jan-2015

Prepare for election threats and opportunities

Food industry threats and opportunities

Food and drink manufacturers should prepare for the threats and opportunities arising from the General Election in May, according to law firm DWF.

Published: 26-Jan-2015

Supermarket turmoil could benefit suppliers

Supermarket turmoil may mean clarity for suppliers

Turmoil in the grocery sector may bring greater clarity for their suppliers, predicts Wyke Farms md Richard Clothier.

Published: 26-Jan-2015

Business leaders tackle fat tax at industry forum

Fat tax and discount retailers in spotlight

Debate about taxing ‘unhealthy’ foods provoked division at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum and was a top hot topic singled out by Geoff Eaton, chairman of New England Seafood International.

Published: 23-Jan-2015

Top three tips to securing investment

Top ways food and drink firms can secure investment

Food and drink firms seeking crowdfunding must provide detailed business information to ensure they stand out from the competition to potential investors.

Published: 19-Jan-2015

Promote health benefits or risk political sidelining

Food industry must shout about health credentials

The food industry must promote about its health benefits or risk being sidelined in the lead-up to the General Election in May, according to the chairman of the Oxford Farming Conference.

Published: 16-Jan-2015

Does Groceries Code Adjudicator need new teeth?

Groceries code powers spack political debate

Tougher powers for the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) were under discussion at last week’s Oxford Farming Conference.

Published: 14-Jan-2015

UKIP spokesman speaks up for migrant workers

UKIP speaks up for migrant food workers

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has acknowledged the contribution of migrant workers to the food industry, while its agriculture spokesman revealed how his poultry business relied on a contractor staffed by east European workers.

Published: 12-Jan-2015

Food policy to be key to next Labour government

Food policy to be at heart of next Labour government

Labour has pledged to put food policy at the heart of a new “industry strategy”, while introducing a more joined-up approach to food safety and health challenges, if it is successful after the general election on May 7.

Published: 09-Jan-2015

FMEA wins boost team morale: Dawn Meats boss

Meat firm wins top food manufacturing industry Oscars

Winning not one but two Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) in the industry’s Oscars last month will boost team morale, said Dawn Meats boss Isla Roebuck.

Published: 03-Dec-2014

FMEAs 2014 video highlights

Food manufacturing industry celebrates – on film

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing, last month (Thursday November 20).

Published: 01-Dec-2014

Thorntons’ youngster wins young talent Oscar

Food manufacturing award won by sweet youngster

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Published: 26-Nov-2014

Greencore boss wins personality award in FMEA Oscars

Sandwich boss wins food manufacturing Personality award

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney has won the coveted Personality of the year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton in a glittering awards ceremony last week.

Published: 24-Nov-2014

Two biggest hurdles holding back cultured meat

Cultured meat update from lead scientist

Boosting production and winning public acceptance are the biggest challenges for scientists seeking to make cultured meat more widely available, according to the scientist leading the research.

Published: 20-Nov-2014

Five-step plan to beat food waste

How food firms can tackle food waste

Food waste charity Hubbub has launched a five-step manifesto to help food manufacturers tackle food waste.

Published: 17-Nov-2014