All news articles for May 2013

The marriage of Shuanghui and Smithfield Foods could bring opportunities for UK businesses such as Cranswick, said Shore Capital

Cranswick to benefit from global pig merger: City

By Mike Stones

UK meat firm Cranswick is likely to reap strategic benefit from the merger of China’s largest meat processor and pig producer, Shuanghui International, with the world’s largest pork processor North America’s Smithfield Foods, according to City analyst...

Badger cull row: Are badgers victims or villains?

Badger cull: RSCPA again accused of ‘bullying and hypocrisy’

By Mike Stones

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has again been accused of “bullying and hypocrisy”, after Freedom Food – its wholly owned subsidiary – wrote to farmers in the new badger cull areas, warning those who allowed the cull...

Don’t get hammered. Manufacturers should guard against the risk of religious discrimination, following the growing number of cases brought by Christian workers

Rising number of Christian discrimination claims

By Gary Scattergood

Manufacturers need to be increasingly aware of putting their businesses at risk of accusations of religious discrimination when seeking to change employee terms and conditions, with a legal expert reporting a growing trend in the number of tribunal cases...

A diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in meat was not necessarily more sustainable, according to a new greenhouse gas emissions study

More fruit and veg doesn’t make diet more sustainable

By Gary Scattergood

A healthy diet lower in meat and higher in fruit and vegetables is not necessarily more sustainable – and may lead to higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE), a new study has claimed.

Frances said consumer recycling was crucial to helping CCE achieve its carbon footprint reduction target

Consumer recycling key to carbon footprint: CCE

By Gary Scattergood

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has launched a study with 10 British households to understand why recycling rates are so low despite people claiming they frequently recycle.

‘Aside from Tesco initially responding to the problem in Ireland, industry spokespeople were largely absent in the beginning,’ said Andrew Rhodes

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Horsemeat webinar – highlights captured in quotes

By Mike Stones

The horsemeat crisis was undeniably devastating for the UK food industry but there may be a number of positive outcomes, according to speakers at Food Manufacture’s webinar earlier this month. Here we capture in quotes the highlights of the webinar –...

The horsemeat crisis proved food retailers and manufacturers were not solely responsible for food safety and quality, said Hilary Ross

Horsemeat webinar

Manufacturers and retailers not solely responsible for safety

By Mike Stones

A key lesson from the horsemeat crisis was that responsibility for food safety should be shared throughout the food industry and was not solely the role of food manufacturers and retailers, according to a leading food lawyer.

The IFST survey aims to help students find the placements they need

IFST 50th jubilee survey studies work placements

By Mike Stones

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) is surveying food and drink manufacturers and colleges to gauge the extent of work placement opportunities for students.

The horsemeat crisis could have a silver lining, said Mintel's Kiti Soininen

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Horsemeat crisis more opportunity than threat: Mintel

By Mike Stones

The horsemeat crisis could be more of a long-term opportunity than a threat to the UK food industry, Mintel told the Food Manufacture Group’s horsemeat webinar earlier this month.