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L-R: Jean-Jacques Masse, Meilleur Ouvrier de France for cuisine gastronomy; Jean-François Girardin, president of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Association; Louis Le Duff, founder and chairman of Le Duff Group; Phillipe Morin, CEO of Bridor; and Frédéric Lalos, Meilleur Ouvrier de France for Bakery


Bakery manufacturer Bridor acquires Pandriks

By Bethan Grylls

The French manufacturer of baked goods such as bread and patisseries has acquired organic and artisanal inspired bakery company Pandriks Holding B.V for an undisclosed sum.

L-R: Kieron Daniels, broiler technical services manager at Aviagen presents Brian Dickey with his award


Moy Park farmer breaks record

By Bethan Grylls

Brian Dickey who farms outside of Ballymena in Northern Ireland has scored an impressive European Production Efficiency Factor (EPEF), trumping Moy Park’s previous record and securing a prestigious Ross 440 award.

More than 81% of end users said that automation was their main challenge in 2023. Image: Getty


Automation biggest challenge for manufacturers

By Gwen Ridler

Automation is one of the biggest challenges for manufacturing businesses in the UK, with frustrations relating to cost, availability of staff and a lack of information major hurdles preventing adoption, according to a recent survey by Automate UK.

Strong Roots will continue as a separate entity within the McCain business. Image: Getty


McCain Foods acquires Strong Roots

By Gwen Ridler

McCain Foods has completed its acquisition of Dublin-based Strong Roots, strengthening its partnership with the frozen food producer.

Affordability and environmental impact are key factors driving demand for ready-to-eat meat products. Credit: Getty / gldburger


Driving demand for the ready-to-eat meat market

By Gwen Ridler

As ready-to-eat meat products experience a period of growth, Food Manufacture explores the major factors driving new product development (NPD), advances in packaging and how manufacturers are addressing environmental concerns over their products.

'Forever checmicals' appear in more than half of UK food, claims PAN UK. Image: Getty, Simonkr


‘Forever chemicals’ found in popular UK fresh produce

By Gwen Ridler

Commonly eaten fresh fruit and vegetables in the UK contain PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances) pesticides linked to a range of serious health problems, according to the Pesticide Action Network (PAN).

Harrison joined the business in 2021 as chief commercial officer. Credit: Princes Group


Princes Group appoints new CEO

By William Dodds

Food and drink manufacturer Princes Group has announced the appointment of Simon Harrison as its new chief executive.

The Hub allows Moo Free to trace every part of its supply chain


Moo Free unveils new traceability tool, The Hub

By Gwen Ridler

Dairy-free chocolate maker Moo Free is strengthening its sustainability credentials with the launch of The Hub, a business tool offering the manufacturer complete traceability across its supply chain.

DuelFuel's founder warns functional food innovators of alleged inconsistences in VAT rules, which has 'crippled' his business

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What makes a cake a cake?

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture speaks with DuelFuel's founder Tim Davies after his business has been forced to shut up shop, following what he calls 'an incorrect' decision and a potentially 'dangerous precedent' from HMRC around his product's...

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