All news articles for January 2024

Gen Z are becoming less inclined to choose an alcoholic drink, according to Mintel. Image: Getty, franckreporter


Gen Z turns it back on alcohol over emotional impact

By Gwen Ridler

Generation Z – people born between 1997-2012 – are increasingly turning their noses at alcohol over growing concerns of its emotional impact and the cost of alcoholic drinks, according to new research from Mintel.

2023 was a highly volatile year for the global commodities market and 2024 will see further disruption. Getty/CharlieAJA


Sugar, oil and gold likely to see price hikes in 2024

By Bethan Grylls

The Smart Cube’s senior commodity specialist examines the fluctuating commodity market and how things are shaping up this year, as he warns oil, gold and sugar costs are set to rise.

A 'whey' cool system

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Don’t cry over chilled milk

By Grahame Keeping

Adequate cooling is an essential part of any waste prevention programme, something farmer-owned dairy co-operative, First Milk, has recently invested in to keep its whey and cream products in top condition. Grahame Keeping from J&E Hall, which designed...

'It’s a privilege to lead the ofi sustainability team' says new CSO Roel van Poppel


ofi appoints chief sustainability officer

By Bethan Grylls

Roel van Poppel has been announced as ofi’s chief sustainability officer, responsible for scaling the ingredients suppliers’ positive impact across its five product platforms.

Regal Foods flexes appetite for further growth as it acquires Love Handmade Cakes


Regal Food acquires Love Handmade Cakes

By Bethan Grylls

The acquisition of the Yorkshire-based cake manufacturer comes just 24 months after Regal Food Products Group Plc snapped up premium desserts manufacture, Just Desserts Yorkshire.

The Princes brand makes a range of products including tinned tuna. Credit: Getty / bajker


Princes suffers £50.7m loss in 2022/23

By William Dodds

Food and drink manufacturer Princes suffered a pre-tax loss of £50.7m, its financial results for the 12 months to 31 March 2023 confirm.

Happy Drinks COmpany has secured a £440k loan from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Flexible Growth Fund. Image: Getty, Yau Ming Low


Happy Drinks Company creates jobs after £440k loan

By Gwen Ridler

Clean-label drinks firm Happy Drinks Company is to create 24 jobs to support the expansion of its bottling and manufacturing operations, after securing a £440k loan from Liverpool City Council.

Hot fill food container sealing presents a range of challenges to food and drink manufacturers. Credit: Selig Group

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Sealing the deal with hot fill containers

By Victor Sachs

Victor Sachs, technical services manager at Selig Group, discusses the challenges associated with hot fill food container sealing and how these can be overcome with the right choice of liner seal.

FoodMan Job latest vacancies - roles within food safety and technical. Credit: Getty/Anawat_s

Job seekers

Five food and drink career opportunities

By Bethan Grylls

This month, we bring you five more job positions which have opened up across the UK within the food manufacturing setting. Find out more about the roles here and how to apply.

Richard Zaltzman announced as EIT Food new CEO


EIT Food announces new CEO

By Bethan Grylls

Richard Zaltzman has taken on the role of CEO at EIT Food, as Andy Zynga steps down.

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