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Staff shortages and the demand for vegan products were just two of the challenges facing food manufacturers in 2020

Challenges and trends for food and drink in 2020

By Gwen Ridler

The availability of seasonal staff, increasing cost pressures and the rise of veganism are all key challenges that will shape the future of food and drink in the UK, according to Regency Purchasing Group.

The new warehouse will free up space to help boost production

Jobs created at new food warehouse

By Gwen Ridler

Up to 20 jobs are to be created at world foods manufacturer Regal Foods, as part of an expansion of its warehousing capacity at its Bradford headquarters.

Kingston: ‘We know which way the market is heading, so we’ve geared up to cater for that’

Me & my team

Pecan Deluxe Candy: Hitting the sweet notes

By Graham Kingston

Operational investment, a flexible approach and staff motivation are key to the success of Pecan Deluxe Candy, says managing director Graham Kingston.

Morrisons' fresh produce depot has levelled up thanks to Brillopak

Robots make light work of potatoes

By Noli Dinkovski

Productivity and efficiency at Morrisons’ fresh produce depot in Rushden, Northamptonshire, has reached “a whole new level” after the installation of two automated Brillopak crate-loading potato cells, the retailer has claimed.

Little Moons planned to create 150 new job at its £3.5m factory

Mochi brand opens £3.5m factory in London

By Gwen Ridler

Mochi brand Little Moons has opened a £3.5m factory in London in a bid to meet increasing demand in the UK and internationally, with plans to create 150 jobs.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory opened its new £13m line in Coleford last week

New £13m line opens at Coleford Lucozade factory

By Gwen Ridler

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has opened a new £13m energy and water-efficient line at its Coleford, Gloucestershire factory in a bid to meet demand and cut down on its impact on the environment.

The growth of vegans and vegetarians is set to continue

Top 10 food trends for 2020

By Michelle Perrett

Stuart Kelly, global head of commercial at Lloyd’s Register, provides his 10 predictions for the food industry in 2020.

Ocado reported a pre-tax loss of £214m in 2019

Warehouse fire deepens Ocado loss in 2019

By Gwen Ridler

Online retailer Ocado has reported a £214m pre-tax loss for the year ended December 2019, after costs resulting from a fire at its Andover customer fulfilment centre ate into profits.

Cranswick said the White Rose Farm acquistion had pushed its pig self sufficiency to over 30%

Cranswick expands pig-rearing business

By Gwen Ridler

Meat firm Cranswick has acquired the Buckle family’s pig farming and rearing operations as it continued its pursuit of self sufficiency in UK pigs.

Tulip is confident for the year ahead, despite posting a £73.9m loss

Tulip remains confident despite £73.9m loss

By Gwen Ridler

Meat processor Tulip reported a loss of £73.9m for the year ended 30 September 2019, as the business starts on its road to recovery for the full year 2020.

Rooster's £850k brewing will double the brewer's output

Craft brewer invests £850k in new site

By Gwen Ridler

Harrogate-based Rooster’s Brewing Company has invested £850,000 in a new brewery and taproom in a bid to meet demand for its range of craft beers.

The sale means Indulgence Patisserie will continue to trade as a going concern

Jobs saved at rescued desserts maker

By Noli Dinkovski

Jobs at desserts maker Indulgence Patisserie have been saved after certain assets of the company were bought out of administration by specialist turnaround investment firm Volvere.

Farming, trade and adapting to change post-Brexit

Farming, trade and adapting to change post-Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

The future of farming in the UK post-Brexit, the growing trend of plant-based foods and trade negotiations outside the EU were standout discussions at this year’s Business Leaders’ Forum, according to chair Geoff Eaton.

Bowman's new Poland site will help the producer meet demand from European customers

European expansion for UK ingredients business

By Gwen Ridler

UK-based Bowman Ingredients has invested £8m in a new European manufacturing facility, as it looks to expand its global presence and meet growing customer demand.

Heck has invested £1.5m in vegan and chicken products

Heck invests £1.5m in sausage line

By Gwen Ridler

Yorkshire-based Heck has invested £1.5m in new sausage and burger machinery on the back of increased demand for vegan and chicken products.

Key takeaways from the Business Leaders’ Forum

Key takeaways from the Business Leaders’ Forum

By Gwen Ridler

Energy, sustainability and the environment were the key takeaways from this year’s Business Leaders’ Forum from Food Manufacture, according to associate sponsor EDF.

Innovation has been key to Flower & White's growth last year

Me & my team

Flower & White: Masters of meringue

By Leanne Crowther

Leanne Crowther, co-founder of Flower & White, explains how the company has elevated the humble meringue to new heights through product innovation and hard work.

The industry has had a mixed response to the Government's Agriculture Bill

Industry response to Government’s Agriculture Bill

By Gwen Ridler

Industry reactions to the newly published Agriculture Bill were mixed, but questions have been raised about the Government's commitment to food security and the impact of future trade deals in a post-Brexit landscape.

Tariff increases on Scotch whisky threaten any future trade deals with the US

Whisky tariffs threaten future trade with US

By Gwen Ridler

Further tariffs on Scotch whisky by the US could threaten future trade negotiations with the superpower after the UK’s split with the EU, workers union GMB has warned.

Trade deals, dairy worries and stockpiling are hot topics in this Brexit round-up

The Brexit effect: the latest food industry news

By Gwen Ridler

Calls to fast-track deals with China and the US, concerns for the future of dairy trade with the EU and the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU on cold storage stockpiling all feature in this round-up of food industry Brexit news.

Mitsubishi has been urged to remove is advertising from a Channel 4 documentary

NPA hits back at new Channel 4 documentary

By Gwen Ridler

The National Pig Association (NPA) has urged car manufacturing giant Mitsubishi to distance itself from a Channel 4 documentary that depicts activists performing criminal acts.

Jack Hamilton talked to Food Manufacture about what lies ahead for the comapny

Mash Direct marching toward growth in 2020

By Gwen Ridler

Growth in 2019, the rise of veganism and “import substitution” are all key to supporting growth for Mash Direct in 2020, according to chief executive Jack Hamilton.

Senseye, ABB and Teknomek discuss the ways in which manufacturers can make their factories smarter

A smarter way for manufacturing

By Noli Dinkovski

Predictive maintenance, coupled with good design, can help maximise a plant’s output and minimise downtime. So, what’s the best way for manufacturers to capitalise on this smarter way of working?

Whiteside: 'Consumers won't be dictated to'

Greggs boss: Making consumer choices healthier

By Gwen Ridler

Making food as healthy as possible without sacrificing taste and texture is key to improving the nation’s diet, according to Greggs chief executive Roger Whiteside.

Don't miss your chance to have your voice heard in our State of the Nation survey

Last chance to contribute to industry research

By Rod Addy

Senior industry personnel have less than a week to make their voice heard and outline their business’ expectations, aims and activities in 2020 in Food Manufacture’s exclusive State of the Nation survey.

Standards post-Brexit and carbon emissions were key topics at the Oxford Farming Conference

NFU president Minette Batters calls for food commission

By Gwen Ridler

Repeated calls for a food sector council and criticism of the Government’s stance on maintaining standards in future trade deals were key takeaways from today’s politics briefing at the Oxford Farming Conference.