All news articles for February 2019

Sales of fruit and vegetables are on the rise as more consumers switch to meat-free meals

Meat-free meals on the rise

By James Ridler

UK consumers ate 4.4bn meat-free dinners in 2018, as a growing trend of vegetarian, vegan and flexitarian diets saw a surge in sales of fruits and vegetables.

Food and drink firms feel the negative impact of Brexit worse, reports Creditsafe

Brexit negatively impacts food and drink

By James Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers have reported more negative impact from Brexit than any other business sector in the UK, according to a new report.

Paulson & Co has upped its stake in Premier Foods

Investor ups stake in Premier Foods

By James Ridler

US activist investor Paulson & Co has upped its stake in Mr Kipling and Batchelor brand owner Premier Foods to 11.9%.

Shore Capital's Clive Black doesn't see a worst-case scenario for M&A activity after Brexit

Business Leaders' Forum

No worst-case scenario for mergers and acquisitions

By James Ridler

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the UK food and drink industry will continue, regardless of the outcome of Brexit, with the potential of the economy accelerating should a deal be agreed before 29 March, according to Shore Capital head of research...

Winter safety and facial recognition feature in this round-up

Supply chain news round-up

By James Ridler

Advice for businesses to survive harsh winter weather and advances in facial recognition technology in the warehouse feature in this round-up of supply chain news.

The fluoride content in food should be labelled, urged a health expert

Labelling call for fluoride in products

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers should be encouraged to label the fluoride content of their products to minimise consumers’ risk of exposure to the mineral, a leading professor has argued.

Mondelēz is renting trucks and warehouse space to facilitate stockpiling

Mondelēz confirms stockpiling in UK

By James Ridler

Confectionery and snacks giant Mondelēz has joined the number of food and drink manufacturers stockpiling goods and raw materials to buffer itself from a worst-case scenario of a no-deal Brexit.

Change in food regulations ‘unnecessary’

Change in food regulations ‘unnecessary’

By James Ridler

Allergen labelling law doesn’t need overhauling, it just needs to be applied correctly, according to Dominic Watkins, law firm DWF’s head of food, speaking at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum 2019.

Acryleast can be used in food typically high in acrylamide, such as crackers. Picture © Kerry Group plc

New yeast can slash acrylamide levels: Kerry

By Noli Dinkovski

A non-genetically modified organism (GMO) yeast that is claimed to reduce acrylamide levels by up to 90% in a wide range of food and drink products has been launched by Kerry Group.

Last year’s winning team were from the University of Nottingham

Ecotrophelia UK 2019 offers £2,000 to winners

By Rod Addy

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) and food and drink research organisation Campden BRI are urging UK food science and technology students to take part in this year’s Ecotrophelia UK competition.

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