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Dominic Watkins said labour had to be the starting point for discussions on food and drink manufacturing challenges

Business Leaders' Forum

Food industry labour and regulations are top challenges

By Michael Stones

Securing the food and drink industry’s labour needs and responding to the challenges of new legislation are among the top challenges facing manufacturers, according to law firm DWF.

Seabrook Crisps boss Daniel Woodwards: ‘It’s important for them to know you are sharing that burden’

Me and my factory

Crisp making boss on his mission to win over staff

By Noli Dinkovski

A West Yorkshire crisp making boss says his time spent working on the shopfloor has helped him turn around a negative culture between factory workers and management.

New food export markets could take 10 years to develop, said Promar International's John Giles (left). Meawhile, Paul Berryman (right) is taking part in a US trade mission

Business Leaders’ Forum

New food export markets ‘could take 10 years to develop’

By Michael Stones

New food and drink exports could take 10 years to develop, says agri-food consultancy Promar International, ahead of a trade mission to the US this week by a team from the Department for International Trade (DIT).

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.

Manufacturers must be prepared to exploit global opportunities (Flickr/Kevin Gill)

Oxford Farming Conference

Food firms must adapt to new markets pre-Brexit

By Matt Atherton

Food manufacturers must adapt to new markets ahead of Brexit, and add value wherever they can, said the Oxford Farming Conference’s chairman.

Food manufacturers could benefit from dining out trends (Flickr/Herry Lawford)

Oxford Farming Conference

Food firms to benefit from eating out trends

By Matt Atherton

Food manufacturers are set to benefit from two separate contradictory eating out trends, predicts the director of market research group MCA.

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).

What do millennials really think about the sugar tax? Watch this video to find out

Sugar tax

The sugar tax: what do millennials really think?

By Michael Stones

What do youngsters really think about the impact of the soft drinks levy, due to be introduced in 2018? After research published in The Lancet last week backed claims that the levy alone could not remedy Britain’s obesity epidemic, we look back at video...

Video highlights of the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2016

FMEAs

Food manufacturing Oscars – video highlights

By Matt Atherton

The best of the best in the food and drink manufacturing industry were celebrated at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) earlier this month. Enjoy the video highlights of the big night with this exclusive video show reel.

Food safety conference chair Professor Colin Dennis appealed for a stronger industry partnership with the Food Standards Agency

Food safety conference: chairman’s highlights

By Michael Stones

Greater sharing of food safety information was a key theme of Food Manufacture’s food safety conference, highlighted by conference chairman Professor Colin Dennis in this exclusive video interview.

DWF's Dominic Watkins highlighted the need to plan responses to a food safety challenge in advance

Safety conference

Food safety: stopping a risk becoming a crisis

By Michael Stones

Stopping a food safety challenge becoming a multi-million pound crisis depends on first acknowledging the problem and having a recovery strategy in place to mitigate it, according to DWF partner Dominic Watkins.

2 Sisters boss Janette Graham won the coveted Food Manufacture Personality of the year

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

2 Sisters boss: Trailblazers to make a ‘huge difference’

By Michael Stones

The Trailblazers apprenticeship programme will make a key contribution to attracting young talent into food and drink manufacturing, says 2 Sisters boss Janette Graham in this exclusive video interview, filmed after she won the Food Manufacture Personality...

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...

Brexit would offer food safety opportunities and risks

Food safety conference

Food safety policy to be restructured post-Brexit

By Matt Atherton

The UK needs a more joined up food policy after Brexit, to overcome sustainability, obesity and food safety issues, according to Which? chief policy adviser Sue Davies.

FMEA judge Jon Poole said entries in the Environment Initiative category were incredibly strong

Environmental entries impress FMEA judge

By Matt Atherton

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEA) judge Jon Poole was particularly impressed by the environmental initiative entries in this year’s judging process.

Food Crime Unit boss Andy Morling listed three key achievements of the past year

Food Safety conference

Food crime boss on three achievements

By Michael Stones

The Food Crime Unit achieved three key goals over the past year, its boss Andy Morling claims in this exclusive video interview, filmed at Food Manufacture’s safety conference.

FMEA judge Dale Fiddy gives his take on this year's entries

FMEA judge impressed by small companies

By Matt Atherton

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEA) judge Dale Fiddy said the quality of entries from small to medium-sized enterprises caught his attention in this year’s judging process.

Kuyk: ‘Leaving Europe is something that nobody really knows, because we’ve never done it before.’

PTF boss: ‘Uncertainty is the biggest challenge’

By Noli Dinkovski

The biggest challenge facing the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote is the level of uncertainty over what leaving Europe means, the new head of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has claimed.

Watch our video interview with Nick von Westenholz (right) filmed at this year's Oxford Farming Conference. This video also features former environment secretary Owen Paterson

New Brexit boss appointed by National Farmers Union

By Michael Stones

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has appointed Nick von Westenholz to the new position of Brexit boss, as part of the organisation’s move to help put farming and food at the centre of the government planning for life after EU membership.

Nugent: ‘We collaborated with other people in our industry and through our trade association’

Me and My Factory

Pork processor: collaboration has reduced audits

By Noli Dinkovski

The director at a leading pork processor has claimed that industry-wide collaboration has enabled his company to reduce the meat sector’s audit burden following the horsemeat crisis.

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).

Tony O’Brien: responsible for producing 1M boxes of cereal daily

Me and My Factory

Problem-solving through teamwork at Kellogg UK

By Noli Dinkovski

Delivering a high-quality consistent product and a tireless quest to improve working practices are what drive Tony O’Brien on after seven years as plant director at Kellogg UK’s Manchester factory.

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones: a farmer on the move

The Black Farmer: ‘brands are the future’

By Noli Dinkovski

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones didn’t build a £10M business by sitting still – so Food Manufacture caught up with him while driving through the streets of London.

Food and drink manufacturers were concerned about how Brexit would affect their business

What food and drink manufacturers worry about most

By Matt Atherton

Brexit and the sugar tax topped food and drink manufacturers’ concerns this year, according to the Food Manufacture Group’s exclusive industry-wide survey. We explore the headline results of the survey with the editor of Food Manufacture Rick Pendrous.

Watch our exclusive interview with Mark Bullock. Noli Dinkovski asked the questions

Me and my factory

Lean and green tops the agenda for Kinnerton

By Gwen Ridler

Leaner manufacturing and improved staff engagement are the twin targets of Kinnerton Confectionery’s site in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire.

Simon Spanyol gave examples of lean manufacturing best practice from his many years’ experience at Mars

Lean webinar

Skilled managers ‘vital for lean manufacturing’

By Michael Stones

A skilled and fully-trained management team is vital for the success of lean and green food and drink manufacturing, according to fast-moving consumer goods improvement specialist Simon Spanyol, who took part in the Food Manufacture Group’s recent webinar...

M&S sourcing boss explained the benefits of lean, green and ethical sourcing

Lean webinar

M&S sourcing boss: what we expect from suppliers

By Michael Stones

Marks & Spencer (M&S) sets demanding standards for its suppliers but rewards top class achievement, explains the retailer’s head of responsible sourcing and packaging and Plan A Louise Nicholls, in this exclusive video interview.

Greencore boss Helen Sisson explained the benefits of lean manufacturing

Lean webinar

Greencore boss sets out lean manufacture gains

By Michael Stones

Lean and green food manufacturing is about far more than “switching off the lights and lagging the pipes”, Greencore’s group technical director Helen Sisson explains in this exclusive video interview.

Bernard Matthews technical boss Jeremy Hall joined the campylobacter debate

Foodex 2016

Campylobacter control needs unified approach

By Michael Stones

Combating campylobacter infection requires a broad industry approach of co-ordinated action, according to Food Manufacture's Big Video Debate on the subject at Foodex last month.

Apprenticeships need the backing of food and drink manufacturers, according to our Big Video Debate

Foodex 2016

Food firms should ‘do more to back apprentices’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers should do more to help apprentices find work in the sector, according to Jon Poole, chief executive of the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST).

Crime fighters: (l to r) Tony Hines, Lisa Jack and Andy Morling

Foodex 2016

Food and drink crime: what tops experts’ wish list

By Michael Stones

Persuading people to share information about suspected food and drink crime, co-ordinating intelligence sharing and harnessing technology to beat criminal activity topped the wish lists of experts taking part in Food Manufacture’s Big Video Debate on...

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