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Allan, with Macphie chairman Alastair Macphie

Macphie appoints sustainability manager

By Rod Addy

Food ingredients manufacturer Macphie has appointed Kirsty Allan to the newly created post of sustainability manager to drive forward its environmental agenda.

GrowUp Farms has secured investment £100m for a new vertical farm in Kent

New vertical farm secures £100m investment

By Gwen Ridler

GrowUp Farms has secured £100m from green infrastructure investment firm Generate Capital to fund the creation of its new vertical farm at Discovery Park, Kent.

The conference will tackle fat, salt and sugar reduction as well as a host of other issues

Virtual Reformulation conference: one month to go

By Rod Addy

Some of the UK's foremost experts on food and drink reformulation will offer essential insight and guidance on vital topics at Food Manufacture's virtual conference Reformulation: What Next? from 29-30 March.

Intakes of added and free sugar should stay as low as possible, according to EFSA

Sugar intake levels in line with current recommendations

By Gwen Ridler

Intakes of added and free sugar should be as low as possible – in line with current recommendations – for a nutritionally adequate diet, according to a new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

AHDB stresses the growth in plant-based food in January is from a low-base

Meat-free share fails to rise in Veganuary

By Rod Addy

Meat-free foods failed to grow market share throughout Veganuary 2022, compared to January last year, according to Kantar figures cited by levy body AHDB.

Restaurants need to evolve their plant-based offer beyond the burger, Quorn argues

Top plant-based restaurant trends outlined by Quorn

By Rod Addy

Top plant-based restaurant trends have been highlighted by Quorn in a survey of 2,000 consumers and while the burger remains the favourite menu choice, restaurants should expand their repertoire the meat-free manufacturer argues.

Twinings Ovaltine performed well in its interim period, ABF said

Sugar and ingredients soar as ABF offsets inflation

By Rod Addy

Associated British Foods (ABF) claims its sugar and ingredients divisions have delivered powerful performances in the 24 weeks to 5 March 2022, while Twinings Ovaltine proved a star performer in its grocery channel.

GMB Union members have voted in favour of strike action at the Valeo Foods plant in York

Valeo pay dispute sparks vote for strike action

By Gwen Ridler

GMB Union members at the Valeo Foods plant in York – home to confectionery brands Fox’s Glacier Mints, Mint Humbugs and Poppets – have voted in favour of strike action after a dispute over pay.

Plant-based burgers can maintain their juiciness through cooking with PrimeLock+

Givaudan launch looks to improve plant-based burger mouthfeel

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive podcast interview, Flavio Garofalo – Givaudan global category director – discussed the development of the ingredients manufacturer's newest product PrimeLock+ and its roles in the development of plant-based burgers and meat analogues....

Gousto has secured more than £200m through fundraising over the past two months

Gousto secures £172.3m investment

By Gwen Ridler

Recipe box firm Gousto welcomed three additional blue-chip institutional investors onto its register after securing $230m (£172.3m) of investment led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 last month.

Invest NI has offered Pure Roast Coffee £209,295 towards R&D, the creation of ten jobs, and web development

Pure Roast Coffee secures £1m retail contract

By Rod Addy

Coffee roasting, packaging and distribution specialist, Pure Roast Coffee, which is based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, has secured its first contract with a major retailer in Britain - worth £1m.

Brexit red tape cost food firms about £60m last year, with Export Health Certificates the worst offender

Brexit red tape costs food businesses £60m

By Gwen Ridler

Brexit red tape has cost food businesses £60m in 2021, as continued shortages of registered veterinarians placed pressure on an industry already stretched thin after the UK’s split from the EU.

Salmonella contamination sparked a number of food recalls this month

Salmonella sparks food recalls

By Gwen Ridler

Salmonella contamination has sparked recalls of infant formula, pork snack products and frozen raw dog foods over the past month, according to reports by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Mackie's has announced plans to expand its factory and increase production

Mackie’s at Taypack factory expansion plans

By Gwen Ridler

Crisp manufacturer Mackie’s at Taypack has announced plans to expand its production capabilities as it celebrated a bumper year for new product development and festive sales.

Elkes Biscuits has been sold to Boparan Private Holdings for an undisclosed sum.

Elkes Biscuits sale saves more than 500 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Uttoxeter-based Elkes Biscuits has been sold to the Boparan Private Office (BPO) for an undisclosed fee, saving the jobs of more than 500 employees at the site.

Leese: 'A judicial review may yet arise as a result of the Cleveland Case'

Legal Opinion

Have courts seen the last of Cleveland Meat Company?

By Hannah Leese

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has been involved in a protracted dispute concerning the infamous Carcass 77 slaughtered at Cleveland Meat Company Limited back in 2014.

Aldi said the multi-category competition is part of its ongoing commitment to locally-sourced products

Aldi launches supplier contest for listings

By Rod Addy

Aldi has launched Grow with Aldi, a UK-wide competition for suppliers offering space on shelf if approved by a 'Dragons Den' style expert judging panel at the retailer's HQ.

CCEP claimed growth across almost all categories

Financial roundup

CCEP sales fizz, Heineken toasts growth, Kerry Group revenue up

By Rod Addy

Sparkling drinks drove strong full-year sales growth for Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) as markets began to recover from the pandemic, while Taste & Nutrition helped lift Kerry Group's annual performance and Heineken's revenue rose.

Harrow (Pictured) discussed the latest trends and future challenges in the frozen food market

Frozen food momentum to continue post-pandemic: BFFF CEO

By Gwen Ridler

Consumer spend on frozen food will continue grow after the pandemic, with frozen fruit and plant-based some of the biggest trends. according to British Frozen Food Foundation (BFFF) chief executive Richard Harrow.

Kerry is to acquire biotech firms c-LEcta and Emmex

Kerry acquires duo of biotech firms

By Gwen Ridler

Nutrition and ingredients firm Kerry has acquired biotechnology firms c-LEcta and Emmex in a bid to expand its technology portfolio and manufacturing capabilities across fermentation and developing enzymes for use in the production of food and drink....

More than 40 brands have pledged to drop use by dates from packaging to help curb food waste

Food firms join campaign to ditch use by dates

By Gwen Ridler

More than 40 food and drink brands have signed up to an initiative to move away from use by labels in an effort to encourage consumers to use their senses to assess the quality of their food.