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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 James 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 James 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 James 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 James 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 James 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 James 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 James 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 James 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.