Operations

Animal rights protestors blockaded Arla's distribution site in Buckinghamshire

Vegan activists blockade Arla plant

By Gwen Ridler

Vegan protest group Animal Rebellion have blockaded the Arla distribution centre in Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, demanding the dairy producer transition to plant-based by 2025.

Moo Free has secured £900k in funding to help expand and rebrand

Moo Free secures £900k funding package

By Gwen Ridler

Devon-based plant-based chocolate manufacturer Moo Free has secured a £900,000 funding package from Santander UK, to support its expansion plans.

Rethinking UK game at Holme Farmed Venison

Rethinking UK game at Holme Farmed Venison

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive interview, Holme Farmed Venison (HFV) managing director Nigel Sampson discussed how his business eschewed the traditional methods of processing game meat in an effort to appeal to an audience more interested in locally sourced, fresh...

Winterbotham Darby has invested £5m in a new plant-based production plant

Winterbotham Darby invests in £5m production plant

By Gwen Ridler

Winterbotham Darby is to open a second plant-based manufacturing facility at its Milton Keynes production site, as part of a £5m investment into its meat alternative brand Squeaky Bean.

Made Smarter helps small to medium-sized firms understand where industry 4.0 could fit into their strategies

Made Smarter

How Made Smarter is helping firms grow through digital tech

By Rod Addy

Food manufacturers classed as small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are proving keen to implement industry 4.0 via Made Smarter and it's paying off, says Donna Edwards, director for Made Smarter's North West adoption programme.

Brecks recently invested in Plant & Bean, a dedicated plant-based meat business

Brecks secures seven-figure funding package

By Gwen Ridler

Plant-based ingredients firm Brecks has secured a seven-figure funding package from HSBC UK to help support its international expansion and meet demand in 2021.

Olam International announced plans to float its shares on the London Stock Exchange

Olam LSE listing ‘vote of confidence’ for UK food

By Gwen Ridler

Olam International’s plans to list on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) would provide a significant boost for the food and drink sector and provide a vote of confidence for investors, according to Oghma Partners.

The integrated systems are designed to cut the time and labour needed to deliver smokehouse-style products

Meat smoking tech from GEA offers smokehouse-style taste

By Rod Addy

Food processing equipment supplier GEA has developed a continuous production method for smoking meat and meat replacement products designed to recreate the flavours and aromas associated with traditional smokehouses.

Left to right: Newlat Food chairman Angelo Mastrolia with Symington's chief executive David Cox

Symington’s acquired by Italian food firm

By Gwen Ridler

Chicken Tonight manufacturer Symington’s has been acquired by Italian producer Newlat Food for £53m, as it eyes growth internationally and aims to transform one of Symington's factories purely into a pasta facility.

Milton: 'We have seen an increase in the use of robotics'

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: Menzies on industry trends

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: Menzies on industry trends

By Gwen Ridler & Rod Addy

The food industry faces three immediate trends offering pitfalls and opportunities, according to Caroline Milton, head of manufacturing at Menzies, headline sponsor of the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards in this videocast.

Wholebake has been acquired by Elysian Capital III

Wholebake acquired by investment fund Elysian Capital III

By Gwen Ridler

Healthy snack bar manufacturer Wholebake has been acquired by investment fund Elysian Capital III, as part of the latter’s purchase of parent company Healthful Holdings Group from Bridges Fund Management.

Greggs, Ornua and Ag Barr posted their latest financial results this week

Food and drink financial round-up

By Gwen Ridler

Greggs, AG Barr and Ornua have all posted growth and strong sales in spite of COVID-19 related challenges, in this round-up of food and drink manufacturer’s financial results.

Morrisons to face a bidding war, with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice set to jump in the ring

Morrisons bidding war on the horizon

By Gwen Ridler

A bidding war for big four supermarket Morrisons is likely to begin, after reports private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) is poised to launch a counter-bid for the business.

The status of eggs in 2021: Noble Foods interview

The status of eggs in 2021: Noble Foods interview

By Gwen Ridler

Exports, supply of labour and the future of egg replacement products were some of the key developments discussed with agriculture director at Noble Foods Graham Atkinson in this exclusive interview.

Workers are being put at risk when PPE is washed at home

Staff at risk from inadequately washed PPE

By Gwen Ridler

Thousands of workers are at risk from inadequately cared for personal protective equipment (PPE) because it is being washed at home, according to the Textile Service Association (TSA).

Kemp: 'We're starting to see that people are recognising that everybody should feel proud to work where they are'

Curbing staff shortages with better places to work

By Gwen Ridler

Providing a more desirable place to work is the first step towards improving staff retention and handling labour shortages within the food and drink industry, according to Pentadel managing director James Kemp.

Generation Z are calling for change to how they access healthy food

Gen Z demand radical change from the food sector

By Gwen Ridler

Generation Z-ers from across Europe have called for radical change from the food sector, demanding that how they access, consumer and learn about healthy food should be overhauled.

The decision to move Lactofree production to the UK was in response to demand rocketing for free-from dairy products

Arla details Settle factory development in Lactofree move

By Rod Addy

Arla Foods UK has confirmed the creation of production, warehouse management and quality control jobs and investment in processing equipment, filling lines and packaging facilities at its Settle factory as it begins Lactofree milk production.

The JDE plant makes Kenco, Tassimo and Millicano coffee

Jacobs Douwe Egberts coffee plant deal close for workers?

By Rod Addy

Jacobs Douwe Egberts's (JDE's) coffee factory workers in Banbury, Oxfordshire will be balloted on a new pay and employment conditions’ package that removes controversial ‘fire and rehire’ proposals, according to trade union Unite.

Morrisons's board has unanimously agreed to the terms of the £9.5bn takeover led by Fortress

Morrisons takeover: retailer could face bidding war

By Gwen Ridler

Morrisons faces a potential bidding war after Apollo Global Management announced it was considering a bid following the retailer's announcement that it had approved an offer led by US-based Fortress Investment Group.

Molson Coors has invested £25m in a new canning line and upgrades to beer and cider packaging

Molson Coors invests £25m in new canning line

By Gwen Ridler

Molson Coors Beverage Company has invested £25m into a new hard seltzer canning line and upgrades to its beer and cider packaging facilities at its Burton-upon-Trent brewery.