Step inside Lincoln & York and learn what makes the coffee roaster tick

Me and My Factory

Step inside the coffee roastery at Lincoln & York

By Gwen Ridler

Food Manufacture steps inside coffee firm Lincoln & York’s Brigg roastery to learn about the team behind the production process and its culture of upward growth within the business in the latest episode of Me and My Factory.

Carr's Group reveals plans to restructure its agriculture division


Restructure plans on the cards for Carr’s Group

By Gwen Ridler

Agriculture and engineering group Carr’s Group has revealed plans to restructure its animal feed block business in its interim results for the six months to 29 February 2024.

Hurayra Pet Food is 100% halal certified


Halal cat food to hit store shelves this summer

By Gwen Ridler

Leeds-based entrepreneur Aihtsham Rashid has launched a brand new 100% halal certified pet food company, Hurayra Pet Food, in response to lack of options currently on the market.

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.

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.

(L-R) Founder Andy Selch and NPD manager Colette Warren


SRSLY ditches the high street to focus on exports

By Gwen Ridler

Low-carb bread and ready meals firm SRSLY is pivoting away from the UK high street to prioritise direct to consumer and export markets after failing to drum up interest in physical stores.

Hilton Food Group posted its preliminary full year results for 2023. Image: Getty


Hilton Food Group posts growth in full year results

By Gwen Ridler

Meat processor Hilton Food Group has posted sales and profit growth for the year ended 31 December 2023 in its preliminary results, underpinned by the recovery of its seafood business and raw material costs driving up revenues.

BENEO's Wigjmaal plant expected to have new heat pump in operation by June 2024


BENEO plant to get 'green makeover'

By Bethan Grylls

The installation of the heat pump at its site in Wijgmaal, Belgium this summer will enable energy to be recovered from waste water, dropping BENEO’s CO2 emissions significantly.

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

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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.

This World Water Day, CCEP's water lead Francesca O’Hanlon reflects on the company's progress and why action on water is a business imperative for all. Credit: CCEP + Getty/Jonathan Knowles

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Liquid assets: The need for business action on water

By Francesca O’Hanlon

The diamond-water paradox was a puzzle to the man that coined the term, economist Adam Smith. Although water is, unarguably, more valuable to humans, why do diamonds command a higher price?

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

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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.

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.

Shipping costs have seen drastic price increases amid Red Sea attacks. Credit: Getty/djtrener


How to ride the wave in a permacrisis

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture’s upcoming webinar brings together expert panel to provide overview of UK economy and geopolitical climate, as they strive to help food producers minimise disruption in volatile times.

Profits froze for food manufacturers in q$ 2023. Image: Getty, Yevtony


Profits freeze for food manufacturers

By Gwen Ridler

Food was the only manufacturing category to see profitability stall over the ‘crucial’ Christmas period, according to inventory management software brand Unleashed latest Manufacturer’s Health Index.

Food Manufacture examines several technologies available on the market to improve water efficiency on site and a few companies which have already started to reap benefits. Credit: Getty/siculodoc


3 ways of improving your factory’s water efficiency

By Bethan Grylls

While water is estimated to cover 70% of planet Earth, it would be foolish to consider it a resource in abundance. In fact, in just one year’s time, the WWF predicts that two-thirds of the world’s population could be facing water shortages.

Naomi Ikeda, R&D tax incentives senior manager at Ayming, explores key funding opportunities for British agri-food companies. Credit: Getty/andreswd

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Financing the future of food

By Naomi Ikeda

The UK relies on its agri-food sector to feed the nation, but the sector is currently choking on a concerning combination of geopolitical and environmental hazards. British businesses must keep close to new and so far, underutilised, opportunities.

How much thought have you given your digital strategy? Credit: Getty/ Floriana

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Creating a digital strategy for your traceability set-up

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture’s webinar on ‘Strategies for improving your supply chain traceability’ raised important questions around technology investments, as well as highlighting some current and emerging tools for enhanced traceability, including 2D barcodes....

Manufacturers remain optimistic despite many admitting to increasing prices in the face of cost pressures Image: Getty, gerenme


Manufacturers remain optimistic in the face of cost pressures

By Gwen Ridler

More than two thirds (68%) of food and drink businesses are optimistic about future growth, despite costs continuing to be a significant challenge, according to a survey by accountancy and business advisory firm Johnston Carmichael.

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