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GM-free food is big US export opportunity for manufacturers

GM-free food is big US export opportunity for manufacturers

Exporting food free from genetic-modification (GM) to the US is a big opportunity for UK food manufacturers, according to Northern Ireland-based prepared vegetable supplier Mash Direct.

Published: 14-Feb-2017

Food firms face higher labour costs after Brexit

Food manufacturers face higher labour costs after Brexit

Food and drink manufacturers may face higher labour costs after Brexit, because they’ll have to compete for fewer non-UK EU workers, warns law firm DWF.

Published: 14-Feb-2017

Sugar tax is a ‘blunt instrument’ against obesity

Sugar tax is a ‘blunt instrument’ against childhood obesity

The sugar tax is a “blunt instrument” to tackle childhood obesity that “victimises” a sector already lowering sugar and calories in its products, according to law firm DWF.

Published: 14-Feb-2017

Food firms are optimistic despite sector challenges

Food manufacturers are optimistic despite Brexit challenges

The Business Leaders’ Forum – organised by the Food Manufacture Group – showcased the optimism in the food and drink sector, despite Brexit and international challenges, according to sponsor DWF, but raised more questions than answers, said Charpak, another sponsor of the event.

Published: 13-Feb-2017

Food industry labour and regulations are top challenges

Food industry labour and regulations are top challenges

Securing the food and drink industry’s labour needs and responding to the challenges of new legislation are among the top challenges facing manufacturers, according to law firm DWF.

Published: 10-Feb-2017

Manufacturers warned off ‘having a go’ at prices rises

Food manufacturers warned about ‘having a go’ at prices rises

Food manufacturers have been warned off “having a go” at prices rises to exploit inflation, at the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum (BLF).

Published: 06-Feb-2017

Crisp making boss on his mission to win over staff

Crisp making boss on his mission to win over staff

Daniel Woodwards

Chief operating officer - Seabrook Crisps

A West Yorkshire crisp making boss says his time spent working on the shopfloor has helped him turn around a negative culture between factory workers and management.

Published: 02-Feb-2017

Sharing positive manufacturing experiences will lift recruitment

Positive food manufacturing experiences will lift recruitment

Showcasing the positive experiences of those working in farming and the food and drink manufacturing sector is the best way of attracting new talent, says National Farmers Union director general Terry Jones.

Published: 01-Feb-2017

New food export markets ‘could take 10 years to develop’

New food export markets could take 10 years to develop

New food and drink exports could take 10 years to develop, says agri-food consultancy Promar International, ahead of a trade mission to the US this week by a team from the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Published: 30-Jan-2017

FDF boss urges PM to offer labour supply assurances

Food industry 'urgently needs workforce assurances'

The UK food industry urgently needs assurances from the prime minister about the security of EU nationals working in the UK after Brexit, says Food and Drink Federation (FDF) director general Ian Wright.

Published: 27-Jan-2017

Food firms must adapt to new markets pre-Brexit

Food manufacturers must adapt to new markets

Food manufacturers must adapt to new markets ahead of Brexit, and add value wherever they can, said the Oxford Farming Conference’s chairman.

Published: 20-Jan-2017

Manufacturers should cash in on eating-out trends

Food manufacturers could benefit from becoming a foodservice business

Food manufacturers could benefit from the growing popularity of eating out, claims the director of market research group MCA.

Published: 13-Jan-2017

Food firms to benefit from eating out trends

Food firms to benefit from eating out trends

Food manufacturers are set to benefit from two separate contradictory eating out trends, predicts the director of market research group MCA.

Published: 09-Jan-2017

Food industry red tape to end after Brexit: DEFRA

Food industry red tape 'to be halted after Brexit'

Brexit will bring an end to food industry red tape, promises George Eustice, minister of state at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Published: 05-Jan-2017

Infant formula maker targets ‘world class’ manufacturing

Infant formula manufacturer targets exports

Ross McMahon

Chief executive - Kendal Nutricare

An infant formula producer has claimed a push towards ‘world class’ manufacturing standards is enabling his firm to capitalise on the huge markets of Asia and north Africa.

Published: 04-Jan-2017

The sugar tax: what do millennials really think?

The sugar tax: what do millennials really think?

What do youngsters really think about the impact of the soft drinks levy, due to be introduced in 2018? After research published in The Lancet last week backed claims that the levy alone could not remedy Britain’s obesity epidemic, we look back at video interviews exploring how young people think the levy will impact their buying habits.

Published: 21-Dec-2016

Food manufacturing Oscars – video highlights

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards video hightlights

The best of the best in the food and drink manufacturing industry were celebrated at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) earlier this month. Enjoy the video highlights of the big night with this exclusive video show reel.

Published: 22-Nov-2016

Bradgate Bakery young talent highlights social media importance

Bakery youngster wins top manufacturing award

Social media should be used more effectively to recruit youngsters, according to the winner of the Young Talent of the Year award at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2016, Wojciech Kalinowski.

Published: 22-Nov-2016

Wyke Farms’s md: ‘All our markets look for environmental sustainability’

Cheese boss: ‘All our markets look for environmental sustainability’

Wyke Farms’s customers worldwide demand high environmental standards, says the cheese maker’s md Richard Clothier in this exclusive video interview, after winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA).

Published: 18-Nov-2016

Food safety: stopping a risk becoming a crisis

Food safety: stopping a risk becoming a crisis

Stopping a food safety challenge becoming a multi-million pound crisis depends on first acknowledging the problem and having a recovery strategy in place to mitigate it, according to DWF partner Dominic Watkins.

Published: 15-Nov-2016

Food safety conference: chairman’s highlights

Food safety conference: chairman’s highlights

Greater sharing of food safety information was a key theme of Food Manufacture’s food safety conference, highlighted by conference chairman Professor Colin Dennis in this exclusive video interview.

Published: 15-Nov-2016

2 Sisters boss: Trailblazers to make a ‘huge difference’

Food boss: Trailblazers apprenticeship plan to make ‘huge difference’

The Trailblazers apprenticeship programme will make a key contribution to attracting young talent into food and drink manufacturing, says 2 Sisters boss Janette Graham in this exclusive video interview, filmed after she won the Food Manufacture Personality of the year award.

Published: 11-Nov-2016

Mash Direct in monster win at manufacturing Oscars

Mash Direct delivers monster win at manufacturing Oscars

Mash Direct, the Northern Ireland-­based ready meal and prepared vegetable supplier, has won the coveted overall Food Manufacture company of the year at the food and drink manufacturing Oscars, alongside the title Chilled, fresh and dairy manufacturing company of the year.

Published: 04-Nov-2016

Bakery manager: ‘handmade’ cakes driving growth

Cake maker sees growth in handmade

Tracey Lindle

A Scottish bakery manager has claimed consumer demand for products that look like they are made by hand is driving growth in the sector.

Published: 01-Nov-2016

Food safety policy to be restructured post-Brexit

Brexit to offer opportunities and risks for food safety

The UK needs a more joined up food policy after Brexit, to overcome sustainability, obesity and food safety issues, according to Which? chief policy adviser Sue Davies.

Published: 28-Oct-2016