All news articles for May 2024

2 Sisters has donated 1m meals during May 2024. Credit: 2 Sisters


2 Sisters boss aims to donate 5m meals per year

By William Dodds

2 Sisters owner Ranjit Singh Boparan is planning to donate 5m meals per year to food charity FareShare, working in tandem with customers and supply chain partners.

Founder Steve Monk (pictured) is looking to accelerate savoury biscuits growth with the new funds.


UK savoury biscuits SME raises £550k

By Bethan Grylls

Good Guys Bakehouse, founded by ex-United Biscuits general manager, Steve Monk, has raised £550k to fuel retail growth for its biscuits range.

According to the IPCC, global warming of 1.5°C could reduce crop yields by up to 30% in some regions and expose an additional 250m people to food insecurity by 2050.  Credit: Getty/peepo

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PepsiCo’s free tool to address climate impact on crops

By Bethan Grylls

The free to use, open-source platform allows users to identify specific climate risks across the globe, whilst providing mitigating actions farmers can take to lessen impact and improve yields in the future.

Less than half of consumers trust manufacturers, according to EIT Food


Less than half of consumers trust food manufacturers

By Gwen Ridler

Consumer trust in the food system has dropped, with less than half of shoppers trusting food manufacturers over a perceived lack of competency and openness, according to EIT Food.

Food and drink M&A deal volume was up this year, but the value of deals fell. Image: Getty, Martin Barraud


Food and drink M&A reaches highest levels since 2016

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity has reached the highest deal volume since 2016, but the value of deals continued to decline in the face of lingering macroeconomic headwinds.

Christine Tacon is to step down as Red Tractor chair


Tacon to step down as Red Tractor chair

By Gwen Ridler

Christine Tacon is to step down as Red Tractor chair to avoid a potential conflict of interest related to her recent appointment to the board of retailer The Co-op.

One in six UK consumers admit to being addicted to ultra-processed foods, according to Lifesum. Image: Getty, Petrochenko


Brits admit to ultra-processed food addiction

By Gwen Ridler

UK consumers admit to being addicted to ultra-processed foods (UPFs), with a vast majority consuming them at least once a week, according to new research by healthy eating platform Lifesum.

Greencore posted rapid growth in its 2024 half-year results


Greencore’s profits skyrocket in half-year results

By Gwen Ridler

Greencore’s profits rocketed in the first half of the 2024 financial year, with the convenience foods manufacturer predicting its full-year results to be ahead of current market expectations.

Legislation ending exports of livestock for slaughter and fattening receives Royal Assent. Credit: Getty/Miguel Perfectti


UK law ends live animal exports

By Bethan Grylls

The Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Act has received Royal Assent and mandates that animals are slaughtered domestically.

Leadership coach, Amy Wilkinson, explains how you can be better networker. Credit: Getty/Compassionate Eye Foundation/David Oxberry

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5 ways to beat networking nerves

By Amy Wilkinson

Leadership coach Amy Wilkinson gives top tips to help you build your conversation confidence and help you forge meaningful connections at food and drink business events.

Parm and Satvinder Bains founded the business in 2020. Credit: SHICKEN

Me and my team

'The plant-based category is a marathon, not a sprint'

By Parm and Satvinder Bains

SHICKEN founders Parm and Satvinder Bains tell Food Manufacture about their longstanding commitment to the creation of authentic Asian plant-based dishes and how they grew from a kitchen start-up to build a multi-million-pound business and a state-of-the-art...

Jon Poole speaks to James Eid (pictured below) founder of Earth & Wheat to hear how he's harnessing creativity

The Talent Poole

Breaking bread: James Eid’s recipe for creative leadership

By Jon Poole

James Eid is the founder of Earth and Wheat, a subsidiary of his family’s business, Signature Flatbreads. At only 24 years old, Eid has, through his enthusiasm and creativity, challenged the family business and also the wider food industry by re-thinking...

Glenrath Farms, The Happy Egg Co and Bumble Hole Foods respond to Animal Justice Project's recent investigation. Image: Getty


Suppliers respond to egg industry investigation

By Gwen Ridler

Suppliers implicated in a recent undercover investigation that claimed to have found sick, dying and dead hens in RSPCA assured farms have hit out at the accusations levelled at their businesses.

Is drought in the Panama Canal flooding your supply chain with risk? Credit: Getty/35007

Legal Brief

Navigating business risks in face of the Panama Canal drought

By Matt Taylor and Nikki Hussey

Matt Taylor, partner at Eversheds Sutherland, and Nikki Hussey, senior associate at the firm, look at how the Panama Canal drought has caused disruption to UK food and drink producers and the benefits to testing your legal position.

Pictured top: Graeme Williams, Baker & Baker / Bottom (L-R): Martin Drewery and Paul Trotter, Silvery Tweed


Leadership changes at two bakery producers

By Bethan Grylls

European bakery business Baker & Baker has appointed a new UK CCO, whilst cereal and seed manufacturer Silvery Tweed announces technical manager.

Arla's Lockerbie site (pictured) has been promised £34 million's worth of a £300+ investment


Arla to invest more than £300m into UK sites

By Bethan Grylls

On the day of the Farm to Fork Summit, the dairy giant has said it will be injecting money into four of its sites across the UK, in addition to its previously announced plans for its Taw Valley site.

Industry experts take Food Manufacture talk us through how to take the stress out of audits. Image: Getty, andresr


Taking the stress out of audits

By Gwen Ridler

Audits can be a time consuming and often confusing practice for food and drink firms, but can the process be simplified? Food Manufacture asked experts in the field what steps manufacturers can take to ease their burden.

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