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

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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.

Jane King: on a mission to revitalise the AHDB

Improve supply chain transparency urges AHDB boss

By Michael Stones

Food manufacturers should help to improve transparency in the food supply chain and share more information about changing customer tastes more openly, urges Jane King, new boss of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), in this exclusive...

A simpler licencing system is needed to stimulate innovation

Better veterinary medicines regulations needed

By Michael Stones

Improved veterinary medicine regulations are needed urgently to help the EU safeguard food supplies and protect human health, according to a recent conference.

Investment at Aspall is paying off for the Suffolk firm

Investment brings more control for Aspall

By Laurence Gibbons

Cider manufacturer Aspall’s widespread investment programme has helped it gain more control over its business, according to its boss.

Mitchell offered three top tips for energy management

Top three energy tips for food firms

By Laurence Gibbons

Food manufacturers could cut their energy costs by operating more energy efficiently, avoiding production during expensive peak demand periods and working more closely with their energy providers.

Campylobacter eradication must start at farm level, Dawkins urged

Faccenda’s steam tool cuts campylobacter by 80%

By Rod Addy

Faccenda Foods has achieved 80% campylobacter reductions in its whole chickens and plans to launch the first UK continuous production line application of SonoSteam, which enabled that, for Asda in June.

Jones said the barriers between food businesses and retailers were broken down at the event

Break down barriers to retail buyers

By Laurence Gibbons

Barriers to retail buyers can be smashed by food and drink entrepreneurs, according to the founder of business support organisation Enterprise Nation.

Campylobacter control should not be compromised by supermarket price war: Jeremy Hall

Supermarket war ‘blunts campylobacter control’

By Michael Stones

The battle against campylobacter, Britain’s leading cause of food poisoning, has been compromised by the big four supermarkets’ price war against discount stores Aldi and Lidl, warns Bernard Matthews group technical director Jeremy Hall.

Video roundup of the week's food industry headlines

Sainsbury jail sentences top our headlines

By Michael Stones

Jail sentences for Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe and its former boss Justin King lead our Good news, bad news sideways look at this week’s top food industry headlines.

Sue Davies wants a beefed up Food Standards Agency

Beefed up Food Standards Agency would ‘boost safety’

By Michael Stones

A beefed up Food Standards Agency (FSA) – will full powers restored to oversee food standards, hygiene and safety – is the centre piece of consumer pressure group Which?’s wish list from the next government.

Deals and partnerships lead the past week's headlines

New Anglo-American partnership leads Good Week/Bad Week

By Laurence Gibbons

A new partnership between the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and its American counterpart – the Institute of Food Technologists – leads the selection of good and bad news from the past seven days in a special edition of Good Week/ Bad...

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