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Bakkavor's CEO suggests there's other areas the dip brand could dip its toe into

News

Bakkavor acquires UK humous brand Moorish

By Bethan Grylls

The dip brand, which was founded by former BBC journalist Julie Waddell in 2012, has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by the fresh foods provider.

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...

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

News

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.

Pictured from L-R: Adam Park, Matt Birch, Charlotte Hill (Felix Project CEO), Paul Drechsler and Gabriel Fernández. Credit: Left image: BigTImages / Right image: Mars Wrigley

News

Powerhouses on the move

By Bethan Grylls

Leaders at Amazon Fresh, the International Chamber of Commerce UK, and Hello Fresh have been appointed onto The Felix Project’s Board of Trustees, while Gabriel Fernández steps into the role of president of Global Emerging Markets (GEM) for Mars Snacking.

Philip Raynor, Glebe's Farm's managing director, tells Food Manufacture about his role

All in a Day's Work

All in a Day's Work: Glebe Farm MD

By Philip Rayner

In May's edition of All in a Day's Work, we hear from Glebe Farm's managing director Philip Rayner.

UK-made seaside treat on rocky ground from 'cheap' imports posing as locally produced goods. Credit: Stanton & Novelty

News

British rock candy faces extinction

By Bethan Grylls

Ten Blackpool-based confectionery manufacturers have come together to urge UK Government to grant rock origin protection status after ‘cheap, imitation imports’ place their businesses at risk.

Tate & Lyle CFO Dawn Allen and innocent Drinks' COO James Davenport will be departing their roles

News

C-suites stepping down

By Bethan Grylls

Both innocent Drinks and Tate & Lyle have lost key leaders, as James Davenport and Dawn Allen depart their respective roles as innocent COO and Tate & Lyle CFO.

Geoff Eaton shares some of his experiences which have required real resilience with The Talent Poole this month

The Talent Poole

Resilience within food leadership

By Jon Poole

Resilience is a critical behaviour which is likely to be called upon from time to time by most leaders. This is especially the case for leaders in the food sector, given the formidable challenges most businesses continue to face. Geoff Eaton, Butcher’s...

The panel at Small Beer's recent event, featuring (third from left and moving right) Emma Loisel, Felix James and James Cadbury

Short read

Can one business make a difference?

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture looks at whether start-ups with strong ethical and sustainable foundations can make meaningful and positive change in the way things are done.

Little Moons announces the appointment of Joanna Allen as its new Chief Executive Officer

News

Little Moons nabs Graze CEO

By Bethan Grylls

The mochi brand will see the head of Graze, Joanna Allen, take the helm this summer, following the sudden departure of Mike Hedges earlier this month.

When so much is at stake, why is this crucial piece of the puzzle ignored? Credit: Getty/Adam Gault

Short read

M&A: Going beyond the balance sheets

By Martyn King

Martyn King of management consultancy Chasm Ltd explores the role of operational due diligence when buying, selling or managing multiple sites.

L-R: Food Manufacture editor Bethan Grylls with Fran Ball on stage at the 2024 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Short read

Arla’s hat trick

By Bethan Grylls

Fran Ball, VP of production at Arla, reflects on what it means to have won at this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards and the processes and people that helped secure the dairy company’s three trophies.

Little Moons expects to open its new state-of-the-art 50,000 sq. ft. production facility in Kettering in H1 2024.

News

Little Moons loses CEO and explores consolidation

By Bethan Grylls

Mike Hedges, CEO of Little Moons, has stepped down with immediate effect, with the company now actively seeking for a replacement at the same time as exploring the consolidation of its operations.

Food Manufacture visited Baker & Baker's gluten-free facility last month to meet the team

Me & My Team

Baker & Baker and the gluten-free factory

By Matt Ball

Matt Ball, Baker & Baker’s plant manager within its gluten-free site in West Sussex, talks about the facility’s growth in innovation and capability, and how he’s championing safety and retention in his team.

Sometimes to reach a goal, you need to work together. Credit: Getty/Rudzhan Nagiev

The Talent Poole

Collaboration and relationship building

By Jon Poole

The scale and complexity of the food sector underlines the critical need for collaboration, especially given the many significant challenges the industry continues to face. So, who better to guide us through her experiences and insights into collaboration...

Jean-Philippe (third from left) with a handful of Tilda farmers

Me & My Team

Tilda’s climb to the top

By Jean-Philippe Laborde

Managing director Jean-Philippe Laborde of the well-known rice brand talks about Tilda’s strategy since he took the helm five years ago, from innovation and keeping costs down, to teamwork and trailing new rice cultivation techniques.

A new era for Prima Bakeries Group as it announces it will become an employee-owned business

News

Prima Bakeries Group becomes employee-owned

By Bethan Grylls

The Group which includes Redruth-based Prima Bakeries and St Columb-based Cornish Premier Pasties, has announced its transition to an employee-owned business.

Pictured: Kavita Jain and Tim Warren

News

Two Unilever leaders join Mars Wrigley

By Bethan Grylls

Two new recruits will join the senior leadership team at Mars Wrigley Global Emerging Markets (GEM) as the snacking business looks to strengthen its global position and innovation offering.

Rich Clothier talks business strategy with Jon Poole in this month's column

The Talent Poole

Strategic business planning

By Jon Poole

January, for many businesses, represents the start of a new business year and the beginning of a new business planning cycle. It is therefore timely for The Talent Poole to explore the processes and thinking behind a good strategy and business plan, brought...

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

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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.

Richard Zaltzman announced as EIT Food new CEO

News

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.

David Collard (left) and Adam Sims (right). Credit: Bart Ingredients

News

Bart Ingredients to appoint new CEO

By Bethan Grylls

Effective 1 April, current chief commercial officer, Adam Sims, will be taking on the role of CEO at the Bristol-based herbs, spices and ingredients manufacturer.

Legal expert Katrina Anderson highlights UK regulation to be aware of this year. Credit: Getty/Jonathan Knowles

Legal Brief

Four laws to keep an eye on in 2024

By Katrina Anderson

Katrina Anderson, commercial and regulatory lawyer and associate director at international legal practice, Osborne Clarke, highlights several regulations to be mindful of this new year.

Members of the meat industry share their Christmas wishes Image: Getty, Dan Brownsword

Opinion

Meat industry shares its Christmas wishes

By Gwen Ridler

With the new year rapidly approaching, we ask members of the meat processing industry to tell us their Christmas wishes and what new developments they’re hoping for the sector in 2024.

Bethan Grylls reflects on 2023 and some of Food Manufacture's most read stories. Credit: Getty/Olemedia

Opinion

A word from the Editor: Year in review

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls reflects on some of Food Manufacture's most read stories for 2023 and notable moments for the year, as we get set to welcome 2024.

Kerry Gainsborough's senior leadership team, with Angie third from left, standing. Credit: Kerry

Me & My Team

Leading a factory, motherhood and the menopause

By Angie Grocock

Kerry’s plant manager for its Gainsborough site, Angie Grocock, talks about her unconventional career path and the importance of positive leadership.

FMEA Business Leader of the Year 2024 finalists

News

Meet the finalists: Business Leader of the Year

By Bethan Grylls

The finalists for the 2024 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards have been announced; here’s a bit more about those in the line-up for Business Leader of the Year.

Credit: Graham Wilkinson to join AHDB as new CEO. Credit: Getty/kokouu

News

AHDB gains new CEO

By Bethan Grylls

Graham Wilkinson has been announced as the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board’s (AHDB) new chief executive officer, with the current CEO Tim Rycroft stepping down this December.

Ian Stone, president of BFFF, highlighted the opportunities for frozen food players in 2024

News

Frozen food in good place but challenging perceptions persist

By Bethan Grylls

The British Frozen Food Federation’s (BFFF) Annual Luncheon saw hundreds of business leaders gather to celebrate the trade association’s 75th birthday at a time when frozen food sales are soaring, but low-quality misconceptions remain a challenge.

Jon Poole interviews Cameron Rigg and Claire Martino to talk coaching and mentoring

The Talent Poole

Growing talent through coaching and mentoring

By Jon Poole

This month in The Talent Poole, we hear from Cameron Rigg and Claire Martino, both part of a small group of volunteers who have created and run the mentoring scheme, ‘Flourish-in-Food’.

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