Fruit, vegetable, nut ingredients

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.

Starbucks has pledged to recruit an additional 10,000 workers from the global community of refugees

Starbucks boss to hire 10,000 refugees

By Michael Stones

American coffee giant Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide, after US president Trump introduced tough new rules restricting migration from seven countries.

The FDF’s Ian Wright urged the prime minister to reassure the food industry about its continued access to foreign labour

Business Leaders’ Forum

FDF boss urges PM to offer labour supply assurances

By Michael Stones

The UK food industry urgently needs assurances from the prime minister about the security of EU nationals working in the UK after Brexit, says Food and Drink Federation (FDF) director general Ian Wright.

Ice Kitchen has secured a £150k investment from Dutch firm Jamin

Adult ice lolly firm wins £150k investment

By Gwen Ridler

Adult ice lolly manufacturer Ice Kitchen has landed a £150,000 investment from a Dutch confectionery retailer, to fuel the brand’s expansion in Britain.

DEFRA minister George Eustice promised Brexit would mean less red tape

Exclusive video interview

Food industry red tape to end after Brexit: DEFRA

By Michael Stones

Brexit will bring an end to food industry red tape, promises George Eustice, minister of state at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

James Kempley and Troy Foods’s own-label mayonnaise

Troy Foods launches own-label mayonnaise

By Gwen Ridler

Vegetable and salad producer Troy Foods is to launch its own range of mayonnaise, following a £200,000 investment into production capacity.

Almonds lead in four of the five main categories in the UK

Almonds are No.1 new product nut

By Noli Dinkovski

Almonds are for the first time the leading nut in new product introductions in Europe, new data has found.

Crisp entrepreneur Emily Wong was delighted to win the investment that will help her business grow

Emily Crisps wins investment for growth

By Rick Pendrous

Healthy snack brand Emily Crisps, which manufactures fruit and vegetable crisps, has sold a stake in its business to private equity firm Inverleith and investor club Hothouse Brands, in a move that will expand its range, marketing and distribution in...

The ASA banned two of Organic Burst's adverts for unauthorised health claims

Regulator bans two ‘superfood’ adverts

By Gwen Ridler

Two adverts for food products and supplements have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), because they featured unauthorised health claims.

Ramona Hazan reveals her plans for her brainchild Ramona's Kitchen

Me and my factory: Ramona’s Kitchen

By Noli Dinkovski

Ramona’s Kitchen owner Ramona Hazan tells Food Manufacture how she is drawing on her heritage to create a thriving food business. 

NFU boss Minette Batters warned the UK horticultural sector was particularly dependent on continental labour

Veg sector ‘most at risk’ from Brexit labour shortages

By Rick Pendrous

Brexit is the greatest policy challenge facing UK farmers at present, with continued uncertainty about access to the single market and huge concerns about access to workers from EU Member States – particularly within the horticulture sector, the deputy...

Rick Pendrous: the Unilever/Tesco Marmite row is a sign for things to come

Marmite and Toblerone point to trouble ahead

By Rick Pendrous

The recent spat between Unilever and Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco over the Marmite brand owner’s attempt to raise its price, was a clear sign of things to come in life after the Brexit vote.

The benefits of bio-fortification of crops cannot be ignored, says Sainsbury’s Brand boss Judith Batchelar

‘Bio-fortification’ of crops can meet global nutrition demand

By Rick Pendrous

The food supply chain will need to adopt advanced technologies – such as “bio-fortification of crops” – if the world is to meet the huge nutritional challenges it faces in the years ahead, says Judith Batchelar, director of Sainsbury’s Brand, who is responsible...

Clipper Tea won the Beverage manufacturing company of the year title


Clipper Tea races home to win top beverage award

By Michael Stones

Clipper Tea has won the coveted Beverage manufacturing company of the year title in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Nimisha Raj triumphed in the SME category of the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards


Nim’s Fruit Crisps wins SME Innovation of Year award

By Michael Stones

Children’s healthy snacks firm Nim’s Fruit Crisps has gobbled up the Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) trophy in the food and drink manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs). 

Winning line up: Mash Direct’s Jack Hamilton collects the top award from Michael Page Engineering and Manufacturing's senior manager Louise Mcreynolds and awards host Carol Smillie

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Mash Direct in monster win at manufacturing Oscars

By Michael Stones

Mash Direct, the Northern Ireland-­based ready meal and prepared vegetable supplier, has won the coveted overall Food Manufacture company of the year at the food and drink manufacturing Oscars, alongside the title Chilled, fresh and dairy manufacturing...

Chaucer boss Andy Ducker said the company's growth was fuelled by expansion into the US and existing markets

US expansion boosts revenues at Chaucer

By Gwen Ridler

Food ingredients manufacturer Chaucer posted a 17% rise in revenues and 20% growth in earnings over the past year, driven by expansion into the US.

Vegetarian Express gains £6M investment

Vegetarian Express £5.6M deal to open delivery routes

By Matt Atherton

Plant-based foods supplier Vegetarian Express has appointed a former-Premier Foods chief operating officer (coo) Tim Kelly as its new chief executive, after a funding management company bought a controlling interest in the company for £5.6M.

A peanut protein level of 1.5g will be safe for 95% of the population

‘May contain’ labels to be reassessed

By Rick Pendrous

‘May contain’ precautionary labelling of foods for the accidental presence of allergens could become far more useful for those suffering allergies, as scientists develop a “risk management toolbox” for industry, covering threshold dose allergen action...

Innocent Drinks is set to move out of gable top cartons into plastics

Innocent Drinks in recycling innovation

By Paul Gander

A waste management finance scheme based on Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs), which links a producer’s obligated payments with specific recycling investments, is set to support Innocent Drinks in a move out of gable top cartons into plastics, and aims to...

Wild bee colonies are in decline

Neonicotinoids in rape linked to bee decline

By Michelle Perrett 

Research that links neonicotinoid seed treated oilseed rape crops with the long-term population decline of wild bee species has further raised concerns about insecticide use, scientists have suggested.

Public Health England has recommended vitamin D supplements to compensate for lack of sunlight

Government guidelines propose vitamin D supplements in the diet

By Michelle Perrett

People in the UK need to consider dietary supplementation of the essential vitamin D in their diets to compensate for the absence of that produced in the body from exposure to sunlight during the months of October to March, according to new government...

Trend: meat intake reduction has led to new opportunities to target vegans

Falling meat consumption offers new opportunities

By Noli Dinkovski

Opportunities to target non-meat eaters have been highlighted in a new report that showed a 60% increase in global food and drink launches carrying a vegetarian claim between 2011 and 2015.

The Calais transport crisis is intensifying, warns the FTA

Lorry ‘slashed’, as Calais transport crisis deepens

By Michael Stones

The migrant threat to freight lorries at Calais is intensifying, with lorry roofs recently being slashed by stowaways trying to escape from queuing vehicles, warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Brian Young believes the outlook is positive for frozen food manufacturing

‘Bright’ outlook for frozen food manufacturers

By Matt Atherton

Frozen food manufacturing products are set to rise in popularity, based on consumers’ preference for less waste and higher nutrient value, according to a report from the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF).