All news articles for October 2014

The EFRA committee is investigating the impact of price volatility for milk and dairy products

Dairy prices enquiry launched

By Rod Addy

An official enquiry into dairy prices has been launched by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee following the rapid plunge in milk prices in the past year.

Slow in the exports of Scotch

Diageo puts brakes on Scotch whisky expansion

By Nicholas Robinson

Weakening global demand for Scotch whisky could put the brakes on Diageo’s plans to upgrade its northern distilleries as part of the business’s £1bn expansion plan announced in 2007.

Modern machinery will be installed at the site if planning permission is given

150 new jobs at ex-First Milk site

By Nicholas Robinson

Maelor Poultry plans to invest £10M in First Milk’s ex-Maelor cheese packing site near Wrexham, creating up to 150 new jobs.

More than four in 10 shoppers said they had bought, or planned to buy, pumpkins

Three in 10 to shop for scary treats in discounters

By Rod Addy

Supermarkets face a Halloween shock as three in 10 shoppers (29%) said they aimed to buy seasonally-themed products from high street discount retailers, according to the latest IGD research.

Highley: Healthy foods make good business sense

Government pressure to go healthy ‘good for business’

By Nicholas Robinson

Government pressure on food firms to make healthier products could boost business for food manufacturers and retailers, as more consumers tried to lead a healthy lifestyle, according to new research.

Consumers' coffee tastes are changing, says FIS

Coffee firms should broaden ranges

By Rod Addy

Coffee manufacturers could boost sales by developing the broader variety of products that consumers buy elsewhere in Europe, according to Carlos Diaz, food director at Food Innovation Solutions (FIS).

Kendrick aims to inspire the next generation of food engineers at Sheffield Hallam University

Students unaware of jobs in science and engineering

By Laurence Gibbons

Half of all UK teachers, and students aged 14–16, are unaware of the science and engineering careers available, despite four out of five young people saying they would consider such a role, according to Nestlé.

Food firms are exploring alternative ways to reduce their impact on the environment and encourage consumers to recycle

Food manufacturing oscars

Step change in food firms’ environmental initiatives

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturers are transforming their impact on the environment and the entries for this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) reflect this, according to food industry consultant Jean Feord.

Nutrafeed got into difficulties after clinching a contract with Weetabix

Weetabix contract dragged Nutrafeed into administration

By Rod Addy

Food recycler Nutrafeed Ltd was dragged into administration after a contract with Weetabix to handle waste cereal led it into severe financial difficulties, according to an administrators’ report from Duff & Phelps.

Nutritionists have defended the government's 'Eatwell Plate'

Nutritionists defend government advice on food

By Laurence Gibbons

Claims that the government’s ‘Eatwell Plate’ promotes excessive sugar intake and contributes to growing health problems in the UK have been rubbished by leading nutritionists.

Farmers and processors need to manage price risk volatity in cereals

Wheat growers face a 4.8Mt UK surplus next year

By Rick Pendrous

Increased volatility in grain prices as a result of weather and societal upheaval across the globe, while often causing farmers considerable pain, could provide a “huge opportunity” for the UK’s arable sector in the long term with effective price risk...

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