All news articles for June 2021

The EU is to push back its ban on UK chilled meat entering Northern Ireland

EU to push back chilled meat ban

By Gwen Ridler

UK meat firms will be allowed to continue supply retailers in Northern Ireland with chilled processed meat products, as the EU moves to postpone the ban due to kick in this month.

Coca-Cola GB is rolling out 100% rPET on all its on-the-go bottles from September

The Complete Package

The Complete Package: June packaging trends

By Rod Addy

Coca-Cola GB's roll out of fully recycled rPET across on-the-go bottles, a water bottle that reminds consumers to keep drinking and Graphic Packaging's new dual-ovenable tray all feature among the latest packaging trends.

The pay dispute at British Sugar has sparked a ballot for strike action by Unite members

Unite threatens strike action at British Sugar

By Gwen Ridler

Industrial action has been threatened across British Sugar’s factories in the east of England, after members of worker union Unite rejected a ‘not so sweet’ pay offer from the manufacturer.

Molson Coors has invested £25m in a new canning line and upgrades to beer and cider packaging

Molson Coors invests £25m in new canning line

By Gwen Ridler

Molson Coors Beverage Company has invested £25m into a new hard seltzer canning line and upgrades to its beer and cider packaging facilities at its Burton-upon-Trent brewery.

The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry has opened a new EU office

CBD regulatory group opens EU office

By Gwen Ridler

The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI) has opened a new Brussels office as it expands its membership offering into the EU.

A worker at Len Wright Salads

Food manufacturers adopt industry 4.0 via Made Smarter

By Rod Addy

Potato producer Fylde Fresh and Fabulous, chocolate manufacturer Ye Olde Friars and cake and pudding maker Classic Desserts are among the latest businesses to sign up to the north west Made Smarter Adoption programme.

The Wyke Farms Wincanton site can pack up to 60t of product in 24 hours

Me & My Team

Me & My Team: inside track on Wyke Farms export hub

By Pete Hooper

An extension to Wyke Farms's Wincanton cheese store and export packing facility was completed in February 2021, transforming it into an export centre of excellence and the timing was perfect, says operations director Pete Hooper.

Food firms will be faced with a number of hurdles in the near future, according to the IFST

IFST report highlights major hurdles in the future of UK food

By Gwen Ridler

Complexity surrounding food regulations, the dilution of food standards and limited access to food technicians will be the major hurdles affecting food and drink firms in the near future, according to a new report from the Institute of Food Science and...

SMEs in all sectors are struggling financially

Surge in food SMEs in significant financial distress

By Rod Addy

The amount of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in food and drink manufacturing in significant financial distress has risen by 35%, comparing the first quarter of 2020 with the first quarter of 2021.

Former Dairy Crest chief executive Mark Allen will take the role of AG Barr chairman

AG Barr appoints former Dairy Crest CEO as chair

By Gwen Ridler

Former Dairy Crest chief executive Mark Allen is to join drinks manufacturer AG Barr as an independent non-executive director and chairman designate, with effect from 1 July 2021.

Small businesses will be exempt from the Government's junk food ad ban

Small businesses exempt from junk food ad ban

By Gwen Ridler

Small business are to be exempt from the Government’s ban on junk food advertising, as sweeping bans on ads for foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) come into force next year.

Strikes at Weetabix have been suspended after talks between Unite and the manufacturer

Strikes suspended at Weetabix factories

By Gwen Ridler

Planned strike action across Weetabix’s Northamptonshire sites has been suspended following ‘constructive talks’ between workers union Unite and the manufacturer.

Left to right: Erik Vesløv, senior director, Technology and Process, Arla Foods Ingredients and Chris McAlinden, group operations director, Dale Farm

Dale Farm enters infant formula market in Arla Foods deal

By Gwen Ridler

Dale Farm, the Northern Ireland-based dairy cooperative, has become an ingredients supplier for infant formula products for the first time as part of a major supply partnership with dairy processor Arla Foods.

JPL planned to open a US site in 2022. Pictured: Founder Jake Lavelle

JPL Flavours sets sights on US expansion.

By Gwen Ridler

Cheshire-based flavours manufacturer JPL Flavours has revealed plans to open a US facility in 2022, as part of its continuing expansion in the UK and abroad.

UK Food & Drink Shows to move to 2022

UK Food & Drink Shows moved to 2022

By Food Manufacture

The UK Food & Drink Shows, due to take place at the Birmingham NEC between 5-7 July, have been postponed to April 2022.

Criticisms of ultra-processed foods could demonise healthy foods within the category

Ultra-processed food report risks demonising healthy options: BNF

By Gwen Ridler

Claims that excess consumption of ‘ultra-processed’ foods lead to health issues and obesity in children risk overshadowing other dietary risks and demonising some healthier food options, according to the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF).

Meat sales received a boost thanks to more at home meal occasions during the COVID-19 pandemic

Beef, lamb and pork sales hit £4.1bn in 2021

By Gwen Ridler

Sales of beef, lamb and pork grew to £4.1bn in the 52 weeks to 16 May 2021, thanks to consistent demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Meat Promotion Wales.

Healthy is the main driver for consumers looking for snacks, according to Glanbia

Healthy choices dominate snacking trends

By Gwen Ridler

Health and wellness were the main drivers behind snacking choices among UK consumers, according to a new report from ingredients specialist Glanbia Nutritionals.

Loch Duart has secured a six-figure finance deal to help purchase a new feeding barge

Loch Duart secures six-figure finance deal

By Gwen Ridler

Scottish salmon business Loch Duart has boosted production through the purchase of a new feeding barge, after securing a six-figure asset financing deal from HSBC UK.

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