Andrew McLean, Co-head of consumer practice, Stephenson Harwood

Business Leaders' Forum

Mergers a key theme of food manufacturing bosses’ forum

By Michael Stones

Mergers and acquisitions in the food and drink manufacturing sector emerged as a key theme of the Business Leaders’ Forum staged earlier this month in central London by our sister title Food Manufacture.

Lise Madsen (centre), md, Honeyrose Bakery

Business Leaders' Forum

UK government is ‘anti-organic’: bakery boss

By Gary Scattergood

The UK government is anti-organic and is therefore failing “to promote its benefits” to the public, the boss of an organic and free-from bakery has claimed.

Paul Wilkinson, chairman of The Business Leaders' Forum

Business Leaders’ Forum

Food manufacturing bosses praise ‘government understanding’

By Michael Stones

Government’s improved understanding of the food and drink manufacturing sector was one of three key themes of Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum, which took place on Tuesday, January 15, according to the event chairman Paul Wilkinson.

Young: promoting exports should be higher up the government agenda

Government ‘more concerned with badgers’ than food manufacturers

By Gary Scattergood

Promoting British food exports should be higher up the government’s agenda than dealing with badgers, according to the director general of the British Frozen Food Federation.In an exclusive video interview for, Brian Young said greater...

Gary Frank with two robot-ready muffins

Fabulous Bakin’ Boys gets boost from robotics

By Mike Stones

Cake, flapjack and muffin maker, the Fabulous Bakin’ Boys are reaping the benefits of a £3M investment in robotic technology, which is enabling the firm to grow new markets, cut costs and boost efficiency.

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – video highlights

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – video highlights

By Michael STONES

Hundreds of food and drink manufacturing industry leaders gathered at the Park Lane Hilton in London for the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) earlier this month. Here, we provide a flavour of the big night − caught on film. 

Roman Manthey and Matthew Swindall receives the award from Elaine Marshall, executive director of William Reed Business Media, and TV chef Simon Rimmer

Coca-Cola Enterprises wins top environmental award – on film

By Michael STONES

A successful plan to boost recycling rates during the London Olympic Games helped Coca-Cola Enterprises to win a top trophy in the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – the Oscars of the food and drink manufacturing industry.

Up for grabs: robotic opportunities to lift work rates and hygiene standards

Install robots or die, food manufacturers told

By Mike Stones

Food and drink manufacturers should adopt robotic technology or risk losing out to foreign competition, warns Mike Wilson, director of the Automation Advisory Service.

Sam Richards, an engineering apprentice at Nestlé's Tutbury plant, warned food firms are missing out by failing to recruit in schools and sixth form colleges

Food firms miss recruitment chance: Nestle Apprentice

By Mike Stones

Food and drink manufacturers are missing out on recruiting young talent by failing to promote their industry in schools and colleges, Nestlé apprentice Sam Richards told the HR Forum at trade event Foodex, staged at the NEC.

Terry Jones, FDF communications director: co-ordinating efforts to attract 137,000 recruits within the next five years

Food manufacturers plan to attract recruits

By Mike Stones

Food and drink manufacturers must improve the image of their industry if they are to attract new recruits, warns the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Improve chief executive Jack Matthews talks to about the industry skills shortage

Government support needed for skills gap

By Mike Stones and Dan Colombini

Sector Skills council Improve has urged the government to “remove the shackles” from the food industry, which are currently preventing many firms from targeting a younger generation of workers to the sector.

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