All news articles for December 2018

The Government is planning ‘realistic but ambitious goals’ to achieve further salt reduction

‘Mixed progress’ on salt reduction targets: PHE

By Noli Dinkovski

The food industry has achieved “mixed progress” in meeting the latest Government salt reduction targets, according to Public Health England’s (PHE’s) first assessment since the introduction of voluntary targets in 2006.

The food and drink industry reacts to the Government's Resources and Waste strategy

Industry responds to Government’s waste strategy

By James Ridler

The Government’s new Resources and Waste Strategy, which will see food manufacturers forced to pay recycling costs for their packaging, has had a mixed reception from the food and drink industry.

The BSC is backing a campaign for fair legal representation for injured workers

BSC backs injury drive

By James Ridler

A union campaign for fair access to legal representation for injured workers has won backing from the British Safety Council (BSC).

Natures Way has lowered accident rates by engaging employees in health and safety policy

People before paperwork at Natures Way

By Rod Addy

Natures Way Foods has put engaging all its workers at the heart of its health and safety policy, leading to an accident rate 80% lower than the food industry average, chief operating officer Richard Parr told Food Manufacture.

Robles: ‘Agile start-ups are taking market share from the big brands’

Development hub

The future of food: the age of the bots

By Ellie Woollven

Marius Robles, chief executive and founder of Reimagine Food, forecasts how the consumer and macro trends of the next 10 years will affect food manufacturing.

BDCI festival chairman Chris Aldersley (left) with former England rugby captain Matt Dawson

Meat industry celebrated at BDCI dinner

By James Ridler

The meat industry descended on London in full force at this year’s Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) annual dinner.

The Government's new Resource and Waste strategy will force food manufacturers to pay for their own recycling costs

Food manufacturers forced to pay recycling costs

By James Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers will be forced to pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste under the Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy, as it introduces annual food waste reporting.

Sainsbury's and Asda may have underestimated the enormity of the investigation into their proposed merger

Sainsbury’s and Asda succeed in extending merger timetable

By Rod Addy

Sainsbury’s and Asda have won their appeal against the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) timeline to respond to submitted evidence on their proposed merger, securing a further 11 days over Christmas to reply.

Of the 568 samples of lettuce examined, 30 were shown to be norovirus-positive

Deadly norovirus found in one-in-20 lettuces

By Noli Dinkovski

More than one-in-20 lettuces sold in the UK are contaminated with the potentially deadly bug norovirus, a major study funded by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has found.

The commitments are part of Coca-Cola’s ‘world without waste’ global vision

Coca-Cola makes plastic recycling commitments

By Noli Dinkovski

The Coca-Cola Company has made investment pledges with two companies working towards making polyethylene terephthalate (PET) waste easier to recycle, as part of its commitment make at least 50% of all its bottles from recycled materials by 2030.

The deal has secured a 9.3% pay increase for production staff at the two plants, Unite has claimed

2 Sisters to boost poultry processing jobs, pay

By Rod Addy

2 Sisters Food Group aims to recruit 250 additional staff and increase pay by 9.3% by April next year at its West Bromwich site D and Wolverhampton site E poultry factories, trade union Unite claims.

Plant-based foods continue to grow in popularity

NON-MEAT PROTEIN

Why plant power is a defining 2018 food trend

By Nick Hughes

Consumers’ increasing demand for for plant-based foods is challenging manufacturers to develop high-protein, tasty alternatives to meat, with varying results.

Meat processors are investing in equipment, despite economic uncertainty

MEAT & POULTRY PROCESSING

Can processors meet the craving for convenience?

By Chloe Ryan

Despite the Brexit uncertainty, meat and poultry processors are continuing to invest heavily in plants and equipment. Yet, consumer demand is constantly evolving, with pre-cooked and easy to cook formats increasingly popular. So how are manufacturers...

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