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Unemployment has fallen to its lowest level in more than 40 years

‘Protect labour market’, as jobless rate falls: CBI

By Michael Stones

The UK’s flexible labour market must be protected by the government, urges the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), after the latest labour market statistics revealed a 125,000 rise in employment and 57,000 fall in unemployment.

Fresh fruit and veg firm Reynolds gets extra cooling

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Fresh fruit and veg firm Reynolds gets extra cooling

By Rick Pendrous

Reynolds, a supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables, has partnered with temperature control and mobile power specialist Aggreko to provide additional cooling capacity for its packing lines during the warmer summer months.

Plant protein demand is forecast to double in just eight years

Pea protein giant in €40M plant spend

By Noli Dinkovski

A plant-based ingredients maker is to meet growing global demand for pea protein by ploughing €40M (£35M) into increasing its production capacity in France.

Colin Dennis detected “increased passion to communicating the importance of science and innovation” at IFT17

Reports from IFT17

IFT show highlights food science communication

By Michael Stones

The passion to communicate food science more effectively characterised the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT’s) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Las Vegas last month, according to the organisation’s immediate past president Professor Colin Dennis.

The snacks sector is dominated by two key trends – Clean supreme and Disruptive green, says Innova

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Sustainable snacking: two trends dominate sector

By Michael Stones

The global snacks sector is dominated by two key trends – Clean supreme and Disruptive green – Innova Market Insights director of innovation Lu Ann Williams told the Food Manufacture Group’s latest webinar: Sustainable snacking trends for 2017.

Sainsbury had worked with suppliers to reduce prices

Sainsbury cuts prices after supplier talks

By Matt Atherton

Sainsbury has “worked with suppliers” to cut its prices lower than the other big four supermarkets, claimed the retailer in its first-quarter trading report.

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority now has more powers to protect workers in the food supply chain

Gangmasters’ body gets policing powers

By Rick Pendrous

New police-style powers have been given to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to tackle modern slavery and labour exploitation in the agri-food supply chain.

EHL says the new unit will enable it to source new ingredients and develop its product range

Herbs and spices specialist opens third site

By Noli Dinkovski

An importer, blender and packer of food ingredients around the world has increased its manufacturing capacity by 50%, after acquiring a 750m2 manufacturing site in Stockport.

The IFT hopes the Food Evolution film will combat prejudices against GM technology

Reports from IFT17

IFT film aims to ‘fight myths about food science’

By Michael Stones

Fighting myths about food science is the aim of a new film commissioned by the US-based Institute of Food Technology (IFT). Ahead of the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, which starts today (June 26), Food Manufacture talked to Professor Colin Dennis,...

Health benefits: phytosterols can help decrease cholesterol uptake and lower cholesterol in the blood

New plant sterols boost heart health food claims

By Noli Dinkovski

A highly concentrated, water-dispersible source of plant sterols, designed to support cardiovascular health, was unveiled at nutrition show Vitafoods Europe last month.

Today's the big day for our free, one-hour webinar on sustainable snacking trends

Snack trends webinar: today is the big day

By Michael Stones

There's still time to register for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar – Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 – which takes place today at 3pm, London time.

Our sustainable snacking webinar takes place tomorrow at 3pm: there's still time to book your free place

Snack trends webinar: tomorrow is the big day

By Michael Stones

There's still time to register for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar – Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 – which takes place tomorrow (Thursday, June 15) at 3pm, London time.

NIm's Fruit Crisps signed a new supply deal with Homemade Speciality Products

Nim’s Fruit Crisps signs new supply deal

By Matt Atherton

Nim’s Fruit Crisps has signed a deal with snacks distributor Handmade Speciality Products to distribute its apple, pear, pineapple, and beetroot and parsnip crisps to the education and healthcare sectors, it was revealed this week (June 12).

The team from the University of Reading took the gold prize in this year's Ecotrophelia awards

Vegetable sushi wins student innovation prize

By Gwen Ridler

Students from the University of Reading have won the UK leg of this year’s Ecotrophelia Awards – the pan-European competition for ecologically inspired innovative new product development (NPD) – in a contest dominated by vegetarian and vegan products. 

Don’t miss your free place at our one-hour webinar on hot snacking trends at 3pm on Thursday June 15

Free snacks webinar: what questions will you ask?

By Michael Stones

Questions about snacking trends, healthy ingredients, sustainable production and insects are among the topics raised by delegates ahead of the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar at 3pm on Thursday June 15. What questions will you ask?

Efficient water use will feature in our free, one-hour sustainable snacking webinar at 3pm on Thursday June 15

Snacks webinar focuses on sustainable production

By Michael Stones

Sourcing sustainable snacking ingredients and hot consumption trends will take centre stage during the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar at 3pm on Thursday June 15.

The webinar, Sustainable snacking trends for 2017, takes place at 3pm on Thursday June 15

European Snacks Association backs free snacking webinar

By Michael Stones

Key insights into the €14bn European snacks market will be on offer in the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar, to take place at 3pm on Thursday June 15, courtesy of the European Snacks Association (ESA) and other leading industry experts.

Nim's Fruit Crisps: a factory tour in photographs

Me and My Factory

Nim’s Fruit Crisps’ factory operations – in pictures

By Matt Atherton

Founder and ceo of Nim’s Fruit Crisps, Nimisha Raja, believed so passionately in the quality of her product that she sold her home to finance the company’s new factory. Here’s a tour, in photographs, of the facility that Raja built with the investment.

The NFU is becoming 'increasingly concerned' about the fruit and vegetable sector

Fresh produce fears ‘growing’ after dry winter

By Matt Atherton

Worries about the impact of dry weather on the nation’s fruit and vegetable crops, and livestock production, have been voiced by farmers, after one of the driest winters in 20 years.

Fyffes has been suspended from the Ethical Trading Initiative (Flickr/@nelli.es)

Fyffes suspended from Ethical Trading Initiative

By Matt Atherton

Fyffes has been suspended from the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) with immediate effect, after an investigation into union claims of workers’ rights abuses in its supply chain.

Food Evolution aims to restore science to the global debate about GM technology

Food science gets the big screen film treatment

By Michael Stones

Food science takes centre stage in a new documentary film, funded by the US-based Institute of Food Technology (IFT), which received its UK premiere in London on Tuesday (May 3).

Don’t miss your free place at our webinar on sustainble snacking trends to take place at  3pm on Thursday June 15

Food snacking trends under sustainability spotlight

By Michael Stones

Food snacking trends are probed from the perspective of sustainable ingredients sourcing in the Food Manufacture Group’s latest free webinar to take place at 3pm on Thursday June 15.

The prime minister’s snap general election announcement offers a chance to forge a national food and farming policy, say industry leaders

Election 2017

National debate needed on food and farming policy

By Michael Stones

Politicians should set out their plans to develop the UK’s £108bn food and drink manufacturing sector ahead of the general election on Thursday June 8, insist industry leaders.

The Brexit clock will begin ticking after Article 50 is triggered today

Prioritise food, urges industry as Brexit triggered

By Michael Stones

The food and drink sector should receive priority in the forthcoming Brexit talks – which will begin after Article 50 is triggered today – urges a range of industry organisations.

Food manufacturers should follow Lidl’s example and buy more British food, urged the NFU

Food firms should buy more British food: NFU

By Michael Stones

Food manufacturers should buy more British food, urges the National Farmers Union (NFU), after thanking discount retailer Lidl for backing British food and farming.

Labour turnover has continued to fall year-on-year, as manufacturing workers increasingly prefer to sit tight

Labour turnover falls again – as workers sit tight

By Michael Stones

Labour turnover in the British workforce fell to 14% last year – down from 16% in the previous year, according to the latest Annual Labour Turnover data from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Growing Underground is one of three finalists in the BBC Future Food Award

BBC Future Food Award finalists revealed

By Michael Stones

The BBC Future Food Award finalists include an underground urban salad producer, a seaweed producer and a community seed co-operative.

Food popularity: avocados were second in the IRI list, up 28% on 2015

Almond milk and avocados top fastest-growing food

By Noli Dinkovski

Almond milk, avocados and new flavours of water were the three fastest-growing food product categories in 2016, as consumers began to embrace the ‘clean-eating’ trend.

Food flavour trends in 2017 are being led by the ‘refreshing’ cucumber

Cucumber named 2017 ‘flavour of the year’

By Noli Dinkovski

Cucumber is expected to be ‘flavour of the year’ in 2017, based on growing demand for refreshing, clean and healthy food and beverages, a Swiss fragrance and flavour company has claimed.

Food trends are being led by fake information, say Jonny Bingham (right) and David Jones (Photo©Sacha Ferrier)

Fear the food fads, innovation experts warn

By Noli Dinkovski

The dominance of the health agenda in food is leading to a “massive increase in faddy products” that hold no long-term value, two food innovation experts have warned.

Consumers' changing expectations about product labelling is having a big impact on manufacturers and retailers

Food allergens: the cost of inaccurate reporting

By Mark Thomson

The rapid change in consumer expectations when it comes to product labelling has had a palpable effect on retailers and is changing the way the food and drinks manufacturing industry is operating.