Operations

The Wyke Farms Wincanton site can pack up to 60t of product in 24 hours

Me & My Team

Me & My Team: inside track on Wyke Farms export hub

By Pete Hooper

An extension to Wyke Farms's Wincanton cheese store and export packing facility was completed in February 2021, transforming it into an export centre of excellence and the timing was perfect, says operations director Pete Hooper.

Left to right: Erik Vesløv, senior director, Technology and Process, Arla Foods Ingredients and Chris McAlinden, group operations director, Dale Farm

Dale Farm enters infant formula market in Arla Foods deal

By Gwen Ridler

Dale Farm, the Northern Ireland-based dairy cooperative, has become an ingredients supplier for infant formula products for the first time as part of a major supply partnership with dairy processor Arla Foods.

JPL planned to open a US site in 2022. Pictured: Founder Jake Lavelle

JPL Flavours sets sights on US expansion.

By Gwen Ridler

Cheshire-based flavours manufacturer JPL Flavours has revealed plans to open a US facility in 2022, as part of its continuing expansion in the UK and abroad.

UK Food & Drink Shows to move to 2022

UK Food & Drink Shows moved to 2022

By Food Manufacture

The UK Food & Drink Shows, due to take place at the Birmingham NEC between 5-7 July, have been postponed to April 2022.

Criticisms of ultra-processed foods could demonise healthy foods within the category

Ultra-processed food report risks demonising healthy options: BNF

By Gwen Ridler

Claims that excess consumption of ‘ultra-processed’ foods lead to health issues and obesity in children risk overshadowing other dietary risks and demonising some healthier food options, according to the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF).

Meat sales received a boost thanks to more at home meal occasions during the COVID-19 pandemic

Beef, lamb and pork sales hit £4.1bn in 2021

By Gwen Ridler

Sales of beef, lamb and pork grew to £4.1bn in the 52 weeks to 16 May 2021, thanks to consistent demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Meat Promotion Wales.

Loch Duart has secured a six-figure finance deal to help purchase a new feeding barge

Loch Duart secures six-figure finance deal

By Gwen Ridler

Scottish salmon business Loch Duart has boosted production through the purchase of a new feeding barge, after securing a six-figure asset financing deal from HSBC UK.

Left to right: Kepak commercial officer Tom Finn and National Farmers Union livestock board vice chair Wyn Evans

Kepak installs automated carcase classification machines

By Gwen Ridler

Kepak Group has signed a seven year contract with carcase classification specialist Meat and Livestock Commercial Services (MLCS) to provide the meat processor with three automated carcase classification machines in two of its UK plants.

Spiralling costs threaten the future of milk production in the UK

Dairy production threatened by spiralling costs

By Gwen Ridler

The UK dairy industry is set to face a challenging year on the back of spiralling production costs and variable milk prices, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Foyle Food Group has secured access to the US for its beef products

Foyle Food Group breaks into US beef market

By Gwen Ridler

Gloucester-based beef processor Foyle Food Group has won approval to export its products to the US, the fourth site to gain access to the market since restriction lifted late last year.

Food safety never sleeps

Food safety never sleeps

By Jerome Smail

In a world where COVID-19 has forced a readjustment of priorities in so many areas, food safety has rightly remained at the very top of the agenda for producers.

Warburtons is investing £56m to improve manufacturing and distribution capabilities

Warburtons invests £56m, creating 150 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Warburtons is investing £56m to boost manufacturing and distribution capabilities to manage increased demand for innovative and daily fresh products across the country.

Premier eyes international expansion after strong financial year

Premier Foods eyes new categories after transformative year

By Gwen Ridler

Premier Foods is eyeing new categories and bolt-on acquisitions while focusing on a new overseas strategy, according to plans revealed alongside results for a full year (FY) described as ‘transformational’ by one analyst.

Murphy & Son saves £100,000 through brewery innovation

Innovative approach pays off for Murphy & Son

By Jerome Smail

Brewing supplies and consultancy firm Murphy & Son claims to have saved nearly £100,000 over the past three years through its approach to product development.

Campden BRI continuous flow study aims to boost efficiency

Campden BRI study aims to cut over-processing costs

By Jerome Smail

An investigation into minimising over-processing could boost efficiency and profitability for food manufacturers, according to the project’s researchers at science and technology hub Campden BRI.

Tollcross: the factory would cease operations in the second half of 2022 under the plans

Pladis Tollcross factory to close, jeopardising 468 jobs

By Rod Addy

Pladis, the global snacking company, has announced a proposal to close its factory in Tollcross, Glasgow, subject to a full and meaningful consultation with employees putting 468 workers at risk of redundancy.

CapVest has agreed to sell Valeo Foods to Bain Capital Private Equity

Valeo Foods sale agreed by owner CapVest

By Gwen Ridler

The sale of Valeo Foods – owner of brands including Kettle and Rowse – to Bain Capital Private Equity has been agreed by current owner CapVest for an undisclosed sum.