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Wyke Farms md Richard Clothier said the  Oscars showcased world class manufacturing and innovation

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The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards reflect world class manufacturing

By Mike Stones

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) reflect the nation’s world class manufacturing standards and its ability to thrive in global export markets after Brexit, says Wyke Farms md Richard Clothier in this exclusive video, filmed after last year’s...

Food firms should open up about their needs: logistics boss

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Food firms should be open about their needs: logistics boss

By Noli Dinkovski

Food manufacturers should be open about their needs to third-party logistics firms if they want to receive the best market insight and value, the newly-appointed boss of NFT Distribution Operations has claimed.

Biscotti boss Paul Rostand received the trophy from Sanderson’s Mike Gallagher (right) and awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAs 2017

British biscotti firm takes on the Italian giants

By Mike Stones

Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA) winner The Great British Biscotti Company is taking on the Italian corporate biscuit giants in world markets and winning, according to the firm’s ceo Paul Rostand, in this exclusive video filmed on Oscar night.

First of two Oscars: Jeremy Faulkner, md SK Chilled Foods (centre right) and NPD manager Emma Bell, receive the first trophies from category sponsor Kevin Haynes (right) and awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAS 2017

SK Chilled Foods team will be ‘thrilled to bits’ at Oscar win

By Mike Stones

Ethnic snacks manufacturer SK Chilled Foods md Jeremy Faulkner said his workforce would be “thrilled to bits” to win the Food Manufacture Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

There as a surprising number of high quality female entries for the young talent category in this year’s FMEAs

FMEAs 2017

Female FMEA entrants’ quality ‘surprising and encouraging’

By Gwen Ridler

The high quality of women entering the Young talent of the year category at this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) proved campaigns promoting the food and drink industry to females were working, claimed Appetite Learning’s commercial director...

Nim’s Fruit Crisps ceo Nimisha Raja talks about winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award

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Winning FMEA boosts Nim’s reputation

By Gwen Ridler

Winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA) has grown the reputation and recognition for healthy snacks firm Nim’s Fruit Crisps, according to boss Nimisha Raja.

Food manufacturers’ training programmes are a key factor in staff retention strategies: Alex Bebbington

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Training programmes ‘are a key part of staff retention’

By Mike Stones

Food manufacturers’ training programmes are a key means of staff retention, particularly for young people, says Alex Bebbington, Appetite Learning’s commercial director and judge of this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

The food and drink manufacturing Oscars 2017 yielded a vintage crop of entries, says Waitrose technical manager Jonathan Bayne

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: ‘a vintage year’

By Mike Stones

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) 2017 has yielded a vintage crop of entries, with a particularly strong selection of Young talent of the year entries, says Waitrose technical manager and FMEA judge Jonathan Bayne.

Food innovators unveil NPD kitchens

Bingham & Jones

NPD experts unveil new innovation kitchens

By Noli Dinkovski

Top food innovators Jonny Bingham and David Jones claim their new product development (NPD) potential has been significantly boosted by the opening of two new ‘innovation kitchens’.

Food boss on the value of offering career progression

Me and My Factory

Salads boss on how career progression benefits all

By Noli Dinkovski

The director of a Leeds-based prepared salads and vegetables business has drawn on his own experience to highlight the value of giving staff the incentive to progress their careers.

The packaging industry will continue to give consumers exactly what they want, Waterhouse said

Food Manufacture’s 90th birthday

Food packaging ‘must mirror changing society’

By Matt Atherton

Packaging will continue to mirror the changing needs of society as it has over the past 90 years, says the Packaging Society’s chairman Chris Waterhouse.

Nutrition is more important than the latest food trend, said Judy Buttriss

Food Manufacture’s 90th Birthday

Nutrition ‘more important’ than latest food fashion

By Matt Atherton

Providing healthy, nutritious food is more important than trying to identify the latest food craze, urged the British Nutrition Foundation’s director general Professor Judy Buttriss.

Read the Food Manufacture Group's 90th Birthday supplement in the September issue of the Food Manufacture magazine

FOOD MANUFACTURE'S 90TH BIRTHDAY

Nutrition’s future is linked to epigenetics

By Matt Atherton

The science of food nutrition has advanced more over the past 50 years than at any time before, says the British Nutrition Foundation director general Professor Judy Buttriss.

Jon Poole: The IFST is co-operating ‘very well’ with its US equivalent

REPORTS FROM IFT17

Food challenges are common globally: skills boss

By Mike Stones

Food industry challenges are the same throughout the world, and different regions can learn from each other in tackling them, the boss of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) has claimed.

Meat firm boss: Tom Martin took on the Ossett-based business in 2014

ME AND MY FACTORY

Meat firm boss on his switch from IT to food

By Noli Dinkovski

The owner of a Yorkshire-based pie and meat maker has confessed to being lucky in his search for a food business, after making an unconventional switch from a successful career in IT.

Alice Nield (left) and Alice Bryant

Reports from IFT17

US food show offers answers for UK students

By Michael Stones

Two British students gained valuable insights into the global industry after visiting one of the world’s biggest food shows – the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT’s) Annual Meeting & Food Expo – in Las Vegas in June.

Campden BRI technology director Richard Akkermans said new technology would boost food safety

Food Safety Conference

Latest food safety tech ‘keeps food fresher’

By Matt Atherton

The latest technology in food manufacturing will help to keep food as fresh as possible, while not compromising on safety, says Campden BRI technology director Richard Akkermans.

Gill Green talks about Clipper Teas winning an FMEA

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Core values key to winning an FMEA

By Gwen Ridler

Staying true to your core values and being the best at what you do is key to winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award, according to Wessanen UK – owner of last year’s Beverage manufacturing company of the year Clipper Teas.

Nick Brown explains how CCEP has become more sustainable

Coke boss gives packaging sustainability advice

By Gwen Ridler

Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP’s) head of sustainability Nick Brown is urging food and drink manufacturers to reform recycled packaging collection systems, as his business steps up its recycling programme.

FMEA entries should be submitted by Monday July 24

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FMEA Oscar hopefuls ‘should play to their strengths’

By Matt Atherton

Entrants to this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) should use their unique strengths as the basis for their entries, recommended FMEA judge Simon Chattock, ahead of the deadline for entries on Monday July 24.

Labour will feature in most FMEA categories, predicts awards judge Jeremy Richardson

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Labour ‘one of this year’s awards themes’: FMEA judge

By Matt Atherton

Coping with the challenges of a reduced labour market will be one of the key themes of this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEA), predicts FMEA judge, Jeremy Richardson, speaking ahead of the deadline for entries on Monday July 24.

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.

Food safety conference chair Steven Walker says trust was this year's main theme

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Trust was ‘key issue’ at Food safety conference

By Matt Atherton

Developing trust with food safety regulators was the key issue of this year’s Food Manufacture Food safety conference, says the conference chair and Campden BRI director general Professor Steven Walker.

Mash Direct director Jack Hamilton advises how to win a food manufacturing Oscar

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Ways to win a food or drink manufacturing Oscar

By Matt Atherton

Showcasing innovation, answering each question individually and using award entries to measure year-on-year improvement were Mash Direct’s top three tips for winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA), after the business triumphed at last year’s...

Cheese blender: Melvin Glynn bought Windyridge in 2012

ME AND MY FACTORY

Cheese blending boss on exclusive Guinness deal

By Noli Dinkovski

A cheese blending boss has claimed a new factory and an exclusive Guinness deal is likely to double the turnover of his business by the end of the year.

Organic tea boss on why premium pays

Organic tea boss: demand for premium goes global

By Noli Dinkovski

Organic tea maker Clipper Teas is experiencing “real international demand” for premium black tea variants, according to the man responsible for developing the business.

The British Poultry Council’s Reg Smith says the UK has to be more vocal on a global scale

Food Safety Conference

UK needs to be more vocal on global meat antibiotic use

By Matt Atherton

The UK’s meat sector needs to be more vocal in encouraging Asian countries to cut antibiotic use, as treatment here has significantly reduced, says the British Poultry Council’s (BPC’s) Reg Smith.

John Barnes said the industry would gain more control with the new FSA scheme

Food Safety Conference

Food firms ‘to get more control’ with new FSA plan

By Matt Atherton

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) plan to refocus its resources to investing more money in strategic science and data analysis will give food and drink manufacturers more control over their destiny, according to former-FSA head of local authority enforcement...

Clipper Teas' Mark Bagwell says the new development will put operations under the same roof

Organic tea maker sets out 10-year vision

By Noli Dinkovski

Organic tea maker Clipper will be able to meet predicted growth for the next 10 years when its new “best-in class” facility opens in the autumn, according to the man in charge of overseeing the development.

FMEAs' judges give their hints and tips for winning an award

FMEAs

How to win a food manufacturing Oscar

By Matt Atherton

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) judges have urged companies entering the awards to include the entire story behind their success in their applications, for the best chance to win a food and drink manufacturing Oscar.

John Barnes will discuss earned recognition at this year's food safety conference

Firms ‘must prepare for promising’ earned recognition

By Matt Atherton

Food Manufacture’s food safety conference will arm delegates with the latest information on earned recognition, according to Enmoore food safety consultant and former Food Standards Agency (FSA) boss John Barnes.

Nim's Fruit Crisps owner, Nimisha Raja, said using the 'British' brand will help with life after Brexit

Me and My Factory

Nim’s Fruit Crisps founder on life after Brexit

By Matt Atherton

Promoting the British origin of food and drink products will pay off for manufacturers after Brexit, according to Nim’s Fruit Crisps founder and ceo Nimisha Raja.

Typhoo Tea boss Somnath Saha claims there was a ‘knee-jerk reaction’ to Brexit

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Typhoo boss: Brexit is a grocery-wide export opportunity

By Noli Dinkovski

Brexit provides an export opportunity for the whole food and drink sector thanks to the strong reputation of British products, the boss of the UK’s second largest tea manufacturer has claimed.

Coca-Cola's Jane Buckley is responsible for the production of Glacéau Smartwater

ME AND MY FACTORY

Coca-Cola boss on overcoming first impressions

By Noli Dinkovski

The boss at Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) Morpeth site has claimed her management style has been helped by a greater understanding of how others perceive her – boosting staff engagement at the site.

‘The protein trend is quite prevalent at the moment’: Carr

Gluten-free growth is creating new markets: Edme

By Noli Dinkovski

Bakery growth is continuing to be driven by premium, indulgent and artisanal products, but the ever-increasing popularity of gluten-free is enabling opportunities in new markets.

This year's food safety conference will build on the success of last year's event staged in London

Food safety conference helps plan for change

By Michael Stones

The Food Manufacture Group’s one-day food safety conference will help businesses prepare for change over the next five years, according to food hygiene consultant and former Food Standards Agency (FSA) boss John Barnes.

Meat firm boss: ‘We've got the capacity to produce new products in line with demands’

ME AND MY FACTORY

Pork producer: ‘We’ll continue to innovate’

By Noli Dinkovski

A meat firm boss has claimed innovation through new product development (NPD), and improved shelf-life and packaging, will allow his business to grow both supermarket sales and its own retail arm.

The sugar tax was victimising part of the food sector already lowering its sugar content, Watkins said

Business Leaders' Forum

Sugar tax is a ‘blunt instrument’ against obesity

By Matt Atherton

The sugar tax is a “blunt instrument” to tackle childhood obesity that “victimises” a sector already lowering sugar and calories in its products, according to law firm DWF.

The US market is a big oportunity for GM-free products

Business Leaders' Forum

GM-free food is big US export opportunity for manufacturers

By Matt Atherton

Exporting food free from genetic-modification (GM) to the US is a big opportunity for UK food manufacturers, according to Northern Ireland-based prepared vegetable supplier Mash Direct.

Food manufacturer's labour costs may go up after Brexit, DWF partner Hannah Robbins said

Business Leaders' Forum

Food firms face higher labour costs after Brexit

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink manufacturers may face higher labour costs after Brexit, because they’ll have to compete for fewer non-UK EU workers, warns law firm DWF.

Food Manufacture's Business Leaders' Forum had four key sponsors

Business Leaders' Forum

Food firms are optimistic despite sector challenges

By Matt Atherton

The Business Leaders’ Forum – organised by the Food Manufacture Group – showcased the optimism in the food and drink sector, despite Brexit and international challenges, according to sponsor DWF, but raised more questions than answers, said Charpak, another...

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