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Ole & Steen and Ivy Farm feature in our latest senior appointment round-up. Credit: Getty/Hispanolistic


Ivy Farm and Ole & Steen announce new recruits

By Bethan Grylls

While Ole & Steen is looking for a new group CEO, it has also announced the new appointment of Graham Hollingshead as its UK MD. Meanwhile, Dr Harsh Amin has joined cultivated meat start-up Ivy Farm as its chief scientific officer.

Ben Lee, MD at Soanes Poultry

Me & My Team

From farm to factory: Inside Soanes Poultry

By Ben Lee

Soanes Poultry’s managing director Ben Lee covers how he came into the food sector and the importance of animal welfare at the Yorkshire chicken producer.

Cargo thieves are targeting higher value goods based on demand and shortages. Credit: Getty/shironosov


Food most targeted in supply chain thefts

By Bethan Grylls

A BSI report surveying global supply chain risks between 2021 and 2022 has identified food and fuel as top commodities involved in supply chain thefts, alongside an influx of sophisticated cyberattacks.

William Reed expands leading portfolio with agtech focused website. Credit: Getty/witsarut sakorn


William Reed launches new agtech website

By Bethan Grylls

The company behind leading titles including Food Manufacture, British Baker and The Grocer, has launched a new site dedicated to the agtech space.

The UK had a strong raft of products on show at this year's Anuga. Photo credit: Koelnmesse / Anuga / Eingang Süd

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How are UK food and drink producers achieving sustainable growth?

By Sandra Sullivan

More than 7,800 exhibitors set up shop at Anuga earlier this month, with sustainable growth a key theme. FDEA’s Sandra Sullivan interviewed several UK producers to understand how they are balancing sustainability with profit.

Leadership and Business Leaders' Forum 2023 are the topic of this month's podcast

Food Manufacture Podcast

Episode 8: Business Leaders’ Forum 2023

By Gwen Ridler

The Food Manufacture Podcast returns to talk leadership and Business Leaders’ Forum 2023, sponsored by Accruent, E.ON and the Welsh Government.

Find out what was on delegates' minds at Business Leaders' Forum 2023

Business Leader's Forum

Business Leaders’ Forum 2023: Video round-up

By Gwen Ridler

Champions of the food industry discuss how they navigate change and the essential tools every leader needs in their armoury to tackle today’s headwinds in this exclusive video from Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum.

More than £10m invested in the business. Credit: Getty/olm26250


Pilgrim’s UK’s recovery plan working well

By Bethan Grylls

Pilgrim’s UK’s recovery and growth plan is progressing well as operational losses drop by 84%, with the company continuing to make big decisions to help face challenging market.

Food Manufacture hears from popcorn brand Joe & Seph's MD. Credit: Getty/mediamasmedia

Me & My Team

From home kitchen hobbyist to thriving SME

By Adam Sopher

Adam Sopher, co-founder and CEO of gourmet popcorn brand, Joe & Seph’s, tells his family’s story of success, fun flavours and non-soggy popcorn.

Boots chief executive Seb James was a keynote speaker at the 2023 LIVE conference


The Grocer and Retail Week launch LIVE 2024

By Gwen Ridler

The Grocer and Retail Week have joined forces to create a new two-day conference and exhibition bringing together the biggest and best in the retail and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors.

The UK Government offers employers support in becoming leaders in inclusivity with its Disability Confident Leader scheme. Credit: Getty/MoMo Productions

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Being a Disability Confident Leader

By Bethan Grylls

With the news that Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) has retained its status as a Disability Confident Leader in the UK, we hear from the company’s vice president of customer service and supply chain on what it means and how it’ll be championing inclusivity...

How to manage people through change. Credit: Getty/wildpixel

The Talent Poole

Change leadership

By Jon Poole

A significant aspect of leadership is managing and leading people through change. Pete Headridge explores his experiences leading effective change with The Talent Poole.

2023's biggest threats to food and drink manufacturers. Credit: Getty/Richard Drury

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Today’s biggest risks in food and drink manufacturing

By Bethan Grylls

Marsh, a leading insurance broker and risk advisor, recently highlighted several big threats producers should be aware of in 2023. Here we summarise the findings and how one might mitigate against them.

What's the secret to HARIBO's success? Credit: Getty/deepblue4you

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Standing the test of time

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture interviews Phil Murphy, HARBIO’s UK head of marketing, to find out how the sweets brand has maintained relevance since it rolled out UK production more than 50 years ago.

What are your options for managing a potential pension surplus? Credit: Getty/PM Images

Legal brief

Pension scheme surplus – a nice problem to have?

By Daniella Farsiani

With many manufacturer pension schemes appearing to have a surplus, Daniella Farsiani, associate at Eversheds Sutherland, discusses the issues and opportunities this imposes on the sector.

Independent drinks brand Flawsome! tells its start-up story. Credit: Getty/andresr


Life as a start-up

By Bethan Grylls

In this exclusive Q&A, the founders of ‘wonky’ drink company Flawsome! disclose the ups and downs of their journey, how it all began and what’s next.

Ultimately, leadership is about people and, in particular, about having an emotional understanding of customers, of those working within the business, and of other key stakeholders.

The Talent Poole

Empathetic leadership

By Jon Poole

Jackie Bowen shares her experiences and views with ‘The Talent Poole' on empathetic leadership and what this means to her as executive director of the Clean Label Project.

Andy York on the motivation and impact of the organisation’s first-ever Human Rights Impact Assessment

Me & My Team

Human rights: working with teams across the supply chain

By Andy York

Like many large food companies, Pilgrim’s UK relies on multi-functional teams stretching across its supply chain. Here, Andy York, human rights manager, explains the motivation and impact of the organisation’s first-ever Human Rights Impact Assessment....

Carlisle is a city in Cumbria in England. Credit:Getty/StockSolutions


pladis opens new Carlisle warehouse

By Bethan Grylls

As part of a £12m investment, leading global snacking company pladis has opened a new warehouse which brings with it 50 new jobs.

FSA and FSS call for views on Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Credit: Getty/We Are


Call for evidence on Trans-Pacific Partnership deal

By Bethan Grylls

The two agencies that govern food standards in the UK are calling for businesses and consumers to offer their views on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Stratagem on closures: “It's just a big domino effect of the current crisis we're in

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What’s driving food factory closures – and how to avoid them

By Bethan Grylls

With news of administrations, proposed closures and complete shutdowns haunting the headlines, Food Manufacture takes a deep dive into the drivers, whether this is a trend set to last and what businesses can do to turn things around.

Tracey Hughes is no stranger to challenging times, taking on the role as MD of Henley Bridge shortly before the Covid pandemic hit

Me & My Team

Surviving hard times in business

By Tracey Hughes

Tracey Hughes, managing director of the sweet treat sourcing and suppling specialist, Henley Bridge, discusses how she has been leading a team through these tough times we’ve all felt.

This month, Jon Poole interviews Chris Kong, Better Nature Tempeh CEO, on how to be an entrepreneurial leader

The Talent Poole

Entrepreneurial leadership

By Jon Poole

Not all leaders are entrepreneurs, however, the behaviours demonstrated by entrepreneurial leaders can be highly impactful. This month, ‘The Talent Poole’ explores entrepreneurial behaviours with Chris Kong, chief executive of Better Nature.

Addy: 'If we risk nothing, we gain nothing and we lose the opportunity to grow.'

Column: We need to talk about

Collaboration and trust between manufacturers

By Gwen Ridler

In his latest column, Provision Trade Federation director general Rod Addy explores the strength of collaboration between manufacturers and how uniting around a common cause can lead to even greater strength within the food industry.

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