All news articles for June 2015

BFFF: Labelled date of freezing should be the date of freezing of the burger, not of the meat ingredient

UK frozen food sector wins EC date labelling battle

By Rick Pendrous

The UK’s frozen food sector is celebrating a partial victory with the European Commission (EC) over a disagreement relating to the date labelling of frozen meat products required under the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulations, which came into...

'Genomics can bring an opportunity to unlock a lot of insights'

Genomics set to change the future of food safety

By Rick Pendrous

Scientific advances in the use of genomics – the study of DNA within organisms and application of DNA sequencing – has been agreed as the top of five strategic priorities for action identified by the committee which advises the Food Standards Agency (FSA)...

Ocado faced a hard drive to reach long-term profitability, said Shore Capital

Ocado’s ‘profitability problem' remains: city analyst

By Michael Stones

Ocado faces a key profitability problem, despite speculation that the online supermarket and distribution business is poised to agree an international deal, according to leading City analysts Shore Capital.

£80M Müller and Dairy Crest deal would be 'good for the UK liquid milk industry', according to analysts

Müller’s third-party milk offer pushes £80M sales

By Nicholas Robinson

Müller’s £80M buyout of Dairy Crest could be completed by the end of this year, after the German firm offered to supply fresh milk to a third-party processor to appease competition fears.  

Are the campylobacter reduction targets set for chicken correct?

Sainsbury scientist queries campylobacter targets

By Rick Pendrous

The targets set by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for reducing campylobacter contamination in fresh chicken in order to achieve a 50% reduction in food poisoning from the bacterium have been called into question by a member of the an expert committee...

Justine Fosh is the chief executive of the National Skills Academy

Training boost for food manufacture

By Nicholas Robinson

Food and drink manufacturers short on skilled workers will receive a boost in support after the dairy industry announced its successful Eden Project training scheme would be accessible to all sectors.

The illegal veg gangmasters built a £1.6M business ‘on a lie’

Veg gangmaster pair jailed for illegal £1.6M business

By Michael Stones

A Lithuanian couple who built an illegal £1.6M gangmaster business “based on fraud, lies and deception” – involving the supply of labour for field scale vegetable crops – has been jailed.

Bakery skills bonus: Susan Gravill, John Emes, md, Adrian Barnard, bakery manager, and Sharon Callaghan sales manager

Bakery profits on rise after skills training

By Michael Stones

A Yorkshire bakery has boosted profits by lifting output, cutting waste and improving communication between teams, after implementing a skills training programme.

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