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Food science under spotlight at IFST jubilee conference

Food science under spotlight at IFST jubilee conference

Mapping the future of food science is the aim of the Institute of Food Science & Technology’s (IFST’s) jubilee conference next month, according to its chief executive Jon Poole.

Published: 16-Apr-2014

Manufacture foods to showcase quality: NFU

Manufacture foods to showcase quality: NFU

Farmers stepping into food manufacturing to supplement their incomes should use the opportunity to showcase the qualities of the rural sector, such as better food security and freshness, the National Farmers Union (NFU) president has said.

Published: 16-Apr-2014

Manufacturers miss big breaks with small innovations

Manufacturers miss big breaks with small innovations

Food and drinks manufacturers could be missing out on ground-breaking new product development opportunities by making too many small adaptations to existing products, a leading consultant has warned.

Published: 14-Apr-2014

Invest in small food firms or risk losing income

Invest in small food firms or risk losing income

Big food and drink manufacturers should invest in small firms to protect their income streams and benefit from injecting an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit into their businesses.

Published: 11-Apr-2014

Food firms could treble productivity with lean tools

Food firms could treble productivity with lean tools

Food manufacturers could treble their productivity with no new resources by applying lean manufacturing tools, according to Professor Peter Hines, partner at lean consultancy SA Partners.

Published: 02-Apr-2014

Foodex 2014 – video highlights

Foodex 2014 – video highlights

The consequences of the horsemeat crisis, filling the yawning skills gap, lean and green manufacturing and social media were just some of the topics tackled by the Food Manufacture Group at Foodex 2014, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham last week.

Published: 02-Apr-2014

Teatime tweets drive food manufacturers’ sales

Teatime tweets drive food manufacturers’ sales

Timing social media posts to reach customers at key times of the day – such as before teatime – is helping food manufacturers to boost sales and engage new customers, according a seminar at the Foodex trade event last week.

Published: 02-Apr-2014

Experts call for more integration to tackle food fraud

Experts call for more integration to tackle food fraud

Food fraud must be tackled through a more integrated approach from government and industry and better resources for food inspectors and enforcement officers.

Published: 31-Mar-2014

Foodex skills debate highlights the challenge

Foodex skills debate highlights the challenge

A more co-ordinated approach to attracting youngsters into food and drink manufacturing, and greater efforts by firms to promote the benefits of working in the sector were two of the key themes to emerge from the Big Video Debate on ‘Plugging the skills gap’ at Foodex.

Published: 28-Mar-2014

Fear factor, not cash, limits food factory automation

Fear factor, not cash, limits food factory automation

Food industry automation projects stall not because of lack of finance, but because of the ‘fear factor’ that firms won’t have engineers with the know-how to install or maintain systems.

Published: 28-Mar-2014

Beware due diligence issues post-horsegate – lawyer

Beware due diligence issues post-horsegate – lawyer

Due diligence has weaknesses and isn’t a perfect defence against food fraud, despite offering firms legal protection, Dominic Watkins, partner and head of food at law firm DWF has warned.

Published: 28-Mar-2014

‘It will be war on sugar and salt’: Michael Portillo

‘It will be war on sugar and salt’: Michael Portillo

Food and drink manufacturers face “war” on sugar and salt, warns broadcaster and former cabinet minister Michael Portillo.

Published: 26-Mar-2014

Food firms missing out because of ‘dinosaur attitude’

Food firms missing out because of ‘dinosaur attitude’

A “dinosaur attitude” is causing food and drink manufacturers to miss out on the benefits of integrating sustainability into their businesses, according to the boss of malt manufacturer Muntons.

Published: 24-Mar-2014

Distribution partnerships a growing trend

Distribution partnerships a growing trend

Distribution partnerships where retailers and food manufacturers share truck space with competitors will become a growing trend, predicts Roly Taplin, vice president of agrifood at DHL Supply Chain.

Published: 21-Mar-2014

Aspall invests £4.3M and doubles capacity

Aspall invests £4.3M and doubles capacity

Cider producer Aspall has pumped £4.3M into a new warehouse and packaging building to help double its capacity.

Published: 14-Mar-2014

Food industry co-operation key benefit of apprenticeship week

Food industry co-operation key benefit of apprenticeship week

Two key achievements of National Apprenticeship Week were to foster industry co-operation on the campaign to attract more youngsters and to focus the government’s attention on the sector, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Published: 12-Mar-2014

‘We need fresh approach’ to attract youngsters: DEFRA minister

‘We need fresh approach’ to attract youngsters: DEFRA minister

Food and drink manufacturers sometimes lose out to other industries in the competition to attract new talent and need “a fresh approach”, says food and farming minister George Eustice.

Published: 10-Mar-2014

Colleges must deliver practical skills for food industry

Colleges must deliver practical skills for food industry

It is vital to the future of food and drinks manufacturing that people in the sector are given the right skills to succeed from the beginning of their career to the end, according to the technical manager of a leading food training college.

Published: 05-Mar-2014

Investment in HACCP will yield returns: rice boss

Investment in HACCP will yield returns: rice boss

Food quality will suffer unless manufacturers put more effort into hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) systems, a leading rice processor has warned.

Published: 03-Mar-2014

Firms face early adopters’ penalty for FIR label changes

Firms face early adopters’ penalty for FIR label changes

Food and drink manufacturers who have taken early action to comply with the EU’s new food labelling legislation could face an early adopters’ penalty, if their label changes are superseded by new rules. 

Published: 28-Feb-2014

Boulder Brands UK md claims social media is critical for business growth

Boulder Brands UK md claims social media is critical for business growth

Social media is critical for food businesses to communicate with customers, especially for those offering niche products, Boulder Brands UK md Simon Hazlett has claimed.

Published: 13-Feb-2014

Tough year in prospect: Business Leaders’ Forum

Tough year in prospect: Business Leaders’ Forum

This year will be prove challenging for food and drink manufacturers, predicted Paul Wilkinson, chair of the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum.

Published: 11-Feb-2014

£1M distillery investment gives Adnams spirit to grow

£1M distillery investment gives Adnams spirit to grow

Investing nearly £1M into a distillery has allowed Adnams the brewer to side-step into a new market and diversify its offering, according chief executive Dr Andy Wood.

Published: 10-Feb-2014

Food and drink firms miss energy savings

Food and drink firms miss energy savings

Food and drink manufacturers fail to properly use existing equipment to save energy in production and as a result are looking in the wrong places to cut costs.

Published: 31-Jan-2014

Business Leaders’ Forum: sponsors’ spotlight

Business Leaders’ Forum: sponsors’ spotlight

The chance to engage with clients and design products and services attuned to the needs of food and drink manufacturers were just two of the reasons sponsors gave for backing the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum.

Published: 30-Jan-2014

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