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Bakkavor has 20,000 employees and operates 25 factories in the UK, making a range of fresh prepared products

Bakkavor plans job cuts at Spalding site

By Rod Addy

Another blow has been struck to Lincolnshire food production, as Bakkavor has announced planned job cuts at its Spalding salad factory in order for production to remain sustainable at the site.

The union wants to ensure workers' terms and conditions are met should a sale go ahead

Unite demands Hain Daniels sale talks

By Dan Colombini


Unite, the union, has urged Hain Celestial’s UK arm, Hain Daniels, to “come clean” with workers over its potential sale plans.

Whitworths is focusing on NPD after a downturn in performance for last year

Whitworths to launch plant-based ready meals

By Dan Colombini

Seeds and nuts producer Whitworths is seeking to enter the lucrative plant-based ready meal sector with a new range planned for next year, as the firm announced a reduction in turnover in its full-year results.

The Pennine Foods Factory in Sheffield is under review

Pennine Foods to close Sheffield factory

By Dan Colombini

Hundreds of jobs are set to be lost with the proposed closure of the Pennine Foods factory in Sheffield, owned by 2 Sisters Food Group.

Unions have hit out at the US president's plans to apply 25% tariffs to Scotch whisky

GMB slams Trump post-Brexit whisky tariffs

By Dan Colombini

Trade union GMB Scotland has hit out at US president Donald Trump’s intention to apply 25% tariffs on Scotch whisky as part of any future trade deals, with Brexit on the horizon.

Sustainable manufacturing methods have helped boos the sales of chicken in the UK

Poultry firms welcome UK industry growth stats

By Dan Colombini

Poultry producers have welcomed the news that the share of consumers in the UK visiting chicken outlets and restaurants has shot up from 40% in the last year.

Trends, foodservice and family play big roles at Shaws

Trends and challenges at Shaws

By Gwen Ridler

Staying on top of flavour trends, effective reformulation and foodservice sales have all contributed to the success of chutney and relishes producer Shaws, according to managing director Jan Docker.

A new £5m distillery has been planned in Llandudno, north Wales

New £5m distillery to create jobs in Wales

By Gwen Ridler

The Welsh Whisky Company has announced plans to open a £5m distillery and create new jobs in Llandudno, north Wales with support from the Welsh government.

Tata Chemicals Europe n 2010, and it has invested substantially in the site

ME AND MY TEAM

British Salt: pure approach pays off

By Stephen Crabb

Stephen Crabb, head of operations for salt and bicarbonate at British Salt, explains why the level of purity his plant can get to has worldwide appeal.

The project is funded through the EU’s Interreg Atlantic Area programme

Welsh and NI firms in EU healthy food funding boost

By Noli Dinkovski

Small and medium-sized (SME) food and drink businesses in Wales and Northern Ireland are set to benefit from a €1.2m (£1.09m) European project aimed at broadening their knowledge and capacity to supply the growing demand for innovative healthy food.

The Welsh Government is warning food and drink businesses to prepare for a number of challenges

Welsh firms urged to prepare for Brexit deadline

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink businesses in Wales should plan for the 31 October Brexit deadline regardless of whether they export to the EU or not, according to the Welsh Government.

Pickstock’s collaboration with farmers has raised the number of carcases hitting specification

Farmers aid Pickstock’s carcase uplift

By Noli Dinkovski

Closer collaboration with farmers has enabled beef processor Pickstock Telford to show a 15-percentage point uplift in prime carcases hitting their specifications over three months to the end of July.

Knibss: ‘I always describe it as a bit like walking into a house you’re going to buy and you instantly know that it’s the right place.’ David Knibbs (left) and wife Lydia (right).

Exclusive interview

Riding the meat-free wave at The Tofoo Company

By Gwen Ridler

Finding the perfect small business to build into a nationwide brand has proved to be a massive success, as the owners of The Tofoo Company explain in this exclusive podcast interview.

Wincanton's new chief executive, export success for the British Game Alliance and a new listing for the Meatless Farm co all feature in this round-up

Food and drink manufacturing news round-up

By Gwen Ridler

From a senior appointment at one of the UK’s largest chilled supply chain operators to export success for the British Game Alliance, we round-up some of the latest developments in the food and drink manufacturing industry.

The food industry is the biggest output generator out of any UK manufacturing sector and is also growing exports strongly

Industry pumps £30 billion into economy

By Rod Addy

UK food processors pump £30bn into the economy, representing 15.1% of manufacturing output, according to an analysis produced by Santander and manufacturers' organisation Make UK.

Soya International has been bough by AAK. Left to right: Marco Oomen, Sonny Arora and Alec van Veldhoven

Soya International bought by Scandinavian oils and fats processor

By Gwen Ridler

UK-based ingredients manufacturer Soya International has been acquired by vegetable oils and fats processor AAK, headquartered in Sweden, for an undisclosed sum, in a bid to become the world’s leading supplier of soy-based emulsifier lecithin.

ABF still in a strong position claim experts, despite poor performance from sugar division

ABF still a strong bet despite sugar profit drop

By Gwen Ridler

Associated British Foods (ABF) continues to be a safe bet within the food and drink manufacturing industry, despite taking a hit from dwindling sugar profits, according to industry experts.

Kent Crisps is to export its products to Disney World in Florida

Kent Crisps secures Disney World export deal

By Gwen Ridler

Packets of Kent Crisps will soon appear at the Walt Disney World Resort theme park in Florida, after a successful pitch at part of the Government’s Food is GREAT campaign.

Carrie Jones-Barber and Steven Verweij, poised to start the packing line at Evesham

Bakery ingredients firm launches packing line

By Rod Addy

Dawn Foods has made 'significant investment' in a new automated dry packing line at its Evesham factory in Worcestershire, following the launch of revamped packaging across its entire product portfolio.

Green and Black's founder and Gusto chief executive Craig Sams (pictured) shares his top tips for food start-ups

Gusto boss shares top tips for food start-ups

By Gwen Ridler

Innovation and knowing where your strengths lie are the key factors in setting up a successful food start-up, according to Gusto boss and Green & Black’s co-founder Craig Sams.