All news articles for December 2014

Season's greetings

Merry Christmas from Food Manufacture

By Michael Stones

Season’s greetings from all the team at the Food Manufacture Group. We will be back next year with more online news, video and podcast interviews together with infographics and other rich media coverage of the fast-moving world of food and drink manufacturing.

Tesco faces a second financial probe, this time by the Financial Reporting Council

Tesco finances face new probe

By Michael Stones

Troubled supermarket giant Tesco faces a fresh probe into its accounts by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

Arla's milk price cut was 'the worst possible Christmas present', said the NFU

Arla milk price cut prompts angry reaction

By Michael Stones

Dairy giant Arla’s decision to cut the price of milk paid to producers has prompted an angry reaction from the National Farmers Union (NFU) and a plea to buy British dairy products over the Christmas period.

The UK could follow Italy's lead, if it is success in getting a 'generic descriptor' aproval for 'probiotic' yogurts

Probiotic term could reappear on yogurt in UK

By Rick Pendrous

The term ‘probiotic’ could make a re-appearance on pots of yogurt on sale in UK supermarkets, if Italy is successful in getting approval for its use as a ‘generic descriptor’.

Thorntons blamed the profit warnings on lower sales to supermarkets

Thorntons issues Christmas profits warning

By Michael Stones

Thorntons has issued a Christmas profits warning, telling investors profits will be lower than expected due to a slump in supermarket orders.

Food Manufacture Group’s news of the year

The Food Manufacture Group’s year in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

It’s been another busy year for the Food Manufacture Group. We travelled the country to bring you the latest news and views online and in print and event formats about the hottest topics facing UK food and drink manufacturers in 2014.

Yorkshire Provender will increase its workforce from 12

30 new jobs after Yorkshire Provender investment

By Nicholas Robinson

Soup manufacturer Yorkshire Provender will create 30 new jobs next summer after investing £2.4M to double the size of its Melmerby-based factory to meet growing consumer demand for fresh soup.

More Britons said cheers to a beer this year

Beer bounces back this year: Mintel

By Michael Stones

More British drinkers said cheers to beer this year, as sales bounced back from recession, according to market research organisation Mintel.

Jam and honey will fuel the growth in the spreads and syrups market

Jammy growth for spreads market

By Laurence Gibbons

The syrups and spreads market is expected to grow by 22.5% in the UK, fuelled by the popularity of jam and honey, according to research agency Canadean.

Top food manufacturing news of the year

Top food manufacturing news of the year

By Laurence Gibbons

An article revealing the identity of Britain’s most popular chocolate bar was the most widely read on this site during 2014.

Happy Cashmas: shoppers are expected to spend £6.5bn at supermarkets in the fortnight before Christmas

Christmas sales strongest for 25 years

By Michael Stones

Britain’s beleaguered retailers are experiencing their strongest pre-Christmas sales for 25 years, with grocery sales showing the sharpest rises.

Sainsbury has teamed up the GLA to beat labour exploitation

Sainsbury agrees gangmaster partnership with GLA

By Michael Stones

Sainsbury has joined forces with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) in a bid to prevent labour exploitation, in the same week that two men were convicted of exploiting migrant food industry workers in Cambridgeshire.