Campylobacter: rapid surface chilling was ‘the nearest thing we have to a silver bullet’

Foodex 2016

Campylobacter: rapid chilling is ‘nearest to silver bullet’

By Michael Stones

Campylobacter control using rapid surface chilling (RSC) is “the nearest thing we have to a silver bullet”, and should be adopted widely to cut infection levels, according to Bernard Matthews group technical director Jeremy Hall.

The 2 Sisters Food Group boss highlighted the key contribution apprentices make

Foodex 2016

2 Sisters boss: ‘apprentices play a key role’

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters Food Group relies on apprentices to help plug the skills gap, according to its group technical learning and development manager, who helped frame the government’s new Trailblazer programme of apprenticeships.

The Food Crime Unit boss aims to build trust with food and drink manufacturers to fight crime

Foodex Big Video Debate

Food Crime Unit boss aims to win food firms’ trust

By Michael Stones

Winning food and drink manufacturers’ trust, as a first step to persuading them to share information to help combat crime, is the top priority of the head of Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) Food Crime Unit Andy Morling.

Insects as human food: coming to a plate near you?

Innovation conference

Insects as human food set for tasty growth

By Michael Stones

Insects as a source of human food are set for big growth, driven by western consumers’ sense of culinary adventure and environmental responsibility, according to speakers at our food innovation conference last month.

Don't miss your free place at our lean and green manufacturing webinar at 11am on Tuesday April 26

Lean webinar

Retailers’ interest in lean manufacturing is ‘massive opportunity’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink retailers’ growing interest in lean manufacturing is a “massive opportunity” for manufacturers, according to Lauras International, which is sponsoring Food Manufacture’s free, one-hour webinar focusing on the topic at 11am on Tuesday April...

Food and drink manufacturers could benefit from telling a story about their products

Innovation conference

Why manufacturers should tell ‘a story about food’

By Michael Stones

Telling a good story about the provenance of food and drink products could benefit manufacturers, Mintel’s David Jago told the innovation conference New Frontiers in Food and Drink.

The innovation conference highlighted the importance of innovation after the sugar tax

Innovation conference

Innovation conference highlights potential on offer

By Michael Stones

New product development will become even more important for food and drink manufacturers, after the Chancellor’s sugar tax budget bombshell, according director of the Aurora Ceres Partnership Steve Osborn, who chaired Food Manufacture's recent innovation...

The Business Leaders' Forum offered valuable food and drink manufacturing insights, agreed the sponsors

Business Leaders’ Forum

Business Leaders: ‘premier event in food calendar’

By Michael Stones

The Business Leaders’ Forum (BLF) – organised by the Food Manufacture Group – has grown to become “probably the premier event in the food calendar”,  according to host sponsor DWF.

Watkins said the food industry was positive for a good year ahead

Business Leaders' Forum

Food business leaders more outward-looking this year

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink business leaders were more outward-looking at this year’s Business Leaders’ Forum (BLF) ahead of a “positive” year in the food industry, despite various challenges it faces.

IGD boss Joanne Denney-Finch asked:where was the shopper at the Business Leaders' Forum?

Business Leaders’ Forum

Business Leaders: 'one person was missing'

By Michael Stones

One person was missing from the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum, according to Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of grocery think tank IGD. That person was the shopper, it was claimed.

Retaining a knowlegable workforce is the key to business success

Food boss: people integral to business growth

By Laurence Gibbons

Retaining knowledgeable employees who are committed to the business is the key to any successful food manufacturing business, according to one food boss.

Richard Clothier, md Wyke Farms

Business leaders' forum

What keeps Wyke Farms boss awake at night?

By Michael Stones

What keeps Wyke Farms md Richard Clothier awake at night? “Everything”, he tells us in this disarmingly frank video interview. But his particular concerns focus on the availability of labour and the UK’s potential exit from the EU.

Diversifying to other products has paid off for Pheonix

Me & My Factory

Rapeseed oil pressing firm diversifies for growth

By Noli Dinkovski

Cold-pressed rapeseed oil production has helped Phoenix Group grow from nothing into a £1.7M business in little over six years, but the ambitious Nottinghamshire-based company isn’t stopping there.

Geoff Eaton: food and drink manufacturers should do more to help improve the national diet

Business Leaders’ Forum

Jamie Oliver ‘deserves food manufacturers’ thanks’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers should thank celebrity chef and anti-sugar campaigner Jamie Oliver for focusing attention on their contribution to healthy eating, according to Geoff Eaton, chairman of New England Seafood International.

A new Scottish independence referendum would be triggered by a UK vote to quit the EU, said James Withers


Scottish food and drink manufacturers ‘fear Brexit’

By Michael Stones

Scottish food and drink manufacturers fear the consequences a vote to quit the EU, according to the boss of Scotland Food and Drink, who urged a back-to-basics approach to manufacturing.

EU referendum: four factors underpin the case for membership, says the Greencore boss

Four reasons to stay in the EU: Greencore boss

By Michael Stones

Four factors explain why the food and drink industry would be much better off if the UK voted to retain EU membership rather than opting to leave, Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney told the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders Forum in London.

Belief and dedication was the key to a successful food and drink business

The Big interview

Kolak boss shares top advice to young food starters

By Laurence Gibbons

Start-up food and drink manufacturers must have a strong belief in their products and persevere, despite the challenges, in order to succeed in business, according to the boss of one snack food firm.

It has been a mixed week for the food industry

2 Sisters, Morrisons and apprentices make week’s headlines

By Laurence Gibbons

2 Sisters Food Group’s decision to snap up S&A Foods’s former site in Derby and reports of Morrisons’ potential exit from the FTSE 100 leads our selection of the top headlines in food and drink manufacturing.

Obesity, EU and productivity will be the FDF's three key areas for 2016

FDF’s top three ambitions for 2016

By Laurence Gibbons

Tackling the UK’s obesity epidemic, resolving the debate surrounding Britain’s membership of the EU and boosting productivity will be the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) top three ambitions for 2016, can exclusively reveal.

Food industry awards video highlights

Food manufacturing Oscars – caught on camera

By Laurence Gibbons

Relive the carnival atmosphere from the 15th annual Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) and hear from some of the winners as they picked up their gongs in this exclusive video.

Wild (centre) picks up her award from FMEAs host Mark Durden-Smith (left) and b3 jobs md Marcus Brasier (right)

Don’t overlook our industry: Young Talent winner

By Laurence Gibbons

Young people shouldn’t overlook the food industry as it can offer many job roles and quick progression, according to the winner of the Food Manufacturing Excellence Award (FMEA) for Young Talent of the Year.

Jeremy Hall proudly cradles the Oscar received from Mark Dureden-Smith and Leon Wright of FoodManJobs

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Turkey boss sets out goal on campylobacter

By Michael Stones

Bernard Matthews group technical director Jeremy Hall has set out his mission to make poultry the meat of choice over the next 10 years by preventing campylobacter food poisoning.

Double win: Mark Durdan-Smith (L) and Mark Lynch (R) present Moy Park's Gary Leslie and Mike Mullan with the top award of the evening

Food Manufacture Excellence Award

Moy Park Oscar winners: the video interview

By Michael Stones

“Truly delighted”, was the verdict from Moy Park’s human resources director Mike Mullan, after his firm scooped the top award in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

The food safety conference provided lots of food for thought

Food safety conference

Food safety conference: key lessons learnt

By Laurence Gibbons

A greater need for collaboration between the food industry and government to boost data sharing to help improve food safety was one of the key messages from the Food Manufacture Group’s food safety conference.

  People starting careers in food businesses should be hungry for knowledge, says King

Big interview new starter advice

Food business starters should be hungry for knowledge

By Laurence Gibbons

Young people starting their food business careers should hungry for knowledge about the roles they’ve taken on and slip a “finger in lots of pies”, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) boss Jane King. 

Lakhani is predicting growth at Kolak Snack Foods

Snack market will grow despite war on fat

By Laurence Gibbons

The crisp and snack market will continue to grow despite greater public focus on sugar, salt and fat content in foods, according to the boss of one snack firm.

Own-label manufacturing has brought many benefits for Genius

Genius feels benefits of own-label manufacturing

By Laurence Gibbons

Manufacturing own-label products alongside its branded free-from bakery items has helped Genius Foods build stronger relationships with retailers, according to the firm’s boss.

Don't miss our video news summary of good and bad food industry news

Snacks investment, mega merger and recalls make headlines

By Michael Stones

Nim’s Fruit Crisps’ new £350,000 Kent factory investment and SABMiller’s agreement “in principle” to a takeover bid from rival Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev feature in our latest Good News, Bad news video roundup.

Supermarkets to blame for downfall

Big four retailers ‘dug their own grave’

By Laurence Gibbons

The big four supermarkets have “undoubtedly” dug their own grave and contributed to the “crisis” in the retail industry,  according to Clive Black of Shore Capital.

Being too comfortable could cause food safety problems

Food safety conference

Beware of food safety comfort zones

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturers should be aware of falling into food safety comfort zones or they risk costly recalls, producing inefficiently and not satisfying their customers.

Andy Morling aims to build new a new relationship with food and drink manufacturers to beat crime

Food Safety conference

Crime boss appeals for food industry partnership

By Michael Stones

The new boss of the Food Crime Unit, Andy Morling, issued a passionate plea for partnership to beat food and drink crime, in this exclusive video interview, filmed at Food Manufacture’s Food safety conference.

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