All news articles for November 2014

The US Black Friday shopping craze is sweeping across the UK

US Black Friday shopping craze hits UK

By Michael Stones

The US shopping craze Black Friday is sweeping Britain today, with the police called to quell supermarkets disturbances as shoppers jostled for the best buys, while some retailers slashed food and drink prices.

Morrisons underestimated the demand the promotion would generate

Morrisons wine offer scores own-goal

By Rod Addy

A Morrisons wine promotion provoked outrage from shoppers after it failed to meet the demand it had created, provoking a reprimand from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Barnes (r) will take on full leadership of Aldi UK & Ireland, without Heini (l)

Aldi hands sole leadership to Barnes

By Laurence Gibbons

Matthew Barnes will take sole responsibility for Aldi’s UK and Ireland business next spring, when he is appointed as ceo.

Finsbury Food Group won the coveted Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year trophy

Finsbury Food wins bakery manufacturing Oscar

By Michael Stones

Finsbury Food Group has won the Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars, ahead of a financial update which looked forward to improved profits next year.

Fraud is costing the food industry £11.2bn a year

Food fraud costs UK firms £11bn a year

By Laurence Gibbons

Food fraud is costing UK food and drink manufacturers a whopping £11.2bn a year, equivalent to 85% of their total profits, a report from the University of Portsmouth has claimed.

The deal means UB can have a much more secure supply of cocoa beans and chocolate

United Biscuits crafts cocoa supply pact with Cargill

By Rod Addy

United Biscuits (UB) has clinched a three-year partnership with international food conglomerate Cargill ensuring dedicated cocoa and chocolate supplies for products such as Jaffa Cakes and McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives.

Young talent of the food and drink industry

Food Manufacturing Awards

The best young talent in food and drink

By Nicholas Robinson

The very best and brightest young talent the food and drink industry has to offer were recognised for the first time at the food manufacturing Oscars earlier this month.

Supermarket bosses should be ashamed of the big rise in campylobacter infection rates, said Which?

Campylobacter: ‘Supermarket bosses should hang heads in shame’

By Michael Stones

Consumer pressure group Which? claims supermarket bosses should “hang their heads in shame”, after the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest testing results revealed a big rise in the levels of campylobacter infections in the chickens they sell.

Campylobacter breeds on raw chicken and is destroyed by cooking

FSA campylobacter results make grim reading

By Rod Addy

Tests show campylobacter contamination increased substantially over the summer in shop-bought raw chicken and the food industry must do more to tackle the problem, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Visitors at the new innovation centre for Walkers Deli and Sausage Co

Samworth Brothers restructures and adds 370 jobs

By Rod Addy

Samworth Brothers has split its Walkers Midshire Foods division into two separate businesses: Walkers Deli and Walkers Sausage Co, while separately announcing the creation of 370 jobs at another facility.

Simpson-Daniel (l) and Froebel (r)

Biltong firm announces acquisition

By Rod Addy

New World Foods Europe has bought Yorkshire-based Kings Biltong – the latest deal to be clinched in that sector in the past year.

More than a third of consumers will not have turkey for Christmas dinner this year

Brits say stuff it to turkey dinner this Christmas

By Laurence Gibbons

More than a third of Brits (35.1%) will shun the traditional turkey dinner this Christmas in favour of other meats, according to research by e-commerce business service Webloyalty.

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