All news articles for May 2018

Soft drinks firm Cawston Press has generated £1m through an equity fundraising initiative

Cawston Press raises £1m in fundraising

By Aidan Fortune

Soft drinks company Cawston Press is expanding its overseas presence following a successful equity fundraising initiative that generated £1m.

Tayto has acquired Pop Notch for an undisclosed sum

Tayto buys popcorn company

By James Ridler

Snack manufacturer Tayto has acquired Northern Ireland-based popcorn company Pop Notch for an undisclosed sum.

Heather Mills has bought the Walkers factory in Peterlee

Heather Mills buys former Walkers plant

By James Ridler

Heather Mills – media personality and owner of vegan food manufacturer Vbites – has bought the former Walkers Crisps factory in Peterlee, County Durham, vowing to bring jobs back to the site.

Vince Shiers: ‘If the supplier uses a lab not accredited for allergen testing, then the value of a ‘nut-free’ claim is questionable’


Minimising the risk of supplier-driven recalls

By Paul Gander

The causes of product recalls often originate inside the four walls of a food factory. But what measures can be taken to minimise the risks of supplier-driven recalls?

Pansear Foods has partnered with Biffa to help reduce waste

Saucy waste management trial pays off

By Rod Addy

Waste management company Biffa has delivered a bespoke solution for Panesar Foods to help the cooking sauces and condiments firm reduce its environmental footprint and cut costs.

The deadline for survey submissions is Wednesday 6 June


Take our food safety survey and win £100

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink firms are being invited to enter an annual food safety survey that is offering participants the chance of winning £100 in Amazon vouchers.

Leverton Brothers was fined a total of £10,000 for an arm crush incident

Potato producer fined for arm crush

By James Ridler

Producer Leverton Brothers has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 for safety failings, after a worker’s arm was seriously injured in a potato grading machine.

Apprenticeships in focus

Bakkavor's focus on apprenticeships

By James Ridler

Fresh prepared foods supplier Bakkavor is committed to its apprenticeships, and this includes feedback from both sides. In our new series focusing on both sides of the apprenticeship story, Cian Short, group apprenticeship manager and development chef...

AG Barr has recalled 750ml glass bottles of its drinks

AG Barr recalls bottles for cap error

By James Ridler

Soft drinks manufacturer AG Barr has recalled a number of its bottled drinks, because a fault in the packaging process could cause the caps on these drinks to pop off unexpectedly and cause injury.

Bill Jermey explains the importance of apprenticeships


Time to tackle the skills gap

By Bill Jermey

The skills and training world is changing rapidly, with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and new apprenticeship standards. Bill Jermey of the Food and Drink Training and Education Council discusses the opportunity apprenticeships provide.

Tastemakers has partnered with rugby star Jonny Wilkinson to launch a new healthy drinks range

Rugby’s Jonny Wilkinson launches health drink

By Ellie Woollven

London-based food and drink innovation company Tastemakers has revealed it has been working with ex-England rugby football star Jonny Wilkinson on a range of drinks made from kombucha, a fermented or black green tea.

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