Leonard said patience was a key weapon for small firms

Food Vision 2015

Small food firms’ key innovation weapon

By Laurence Gibbons

Small scale food and drink manufacturers have a key weapon in the battle to bring innovative new products to market – patience, according to the boss of one business.

Raymond would like the British government to support the dairy sector in the UK more

Dairy crisis

Desperate dairy sector needs government support

By Laurence Gibbons

The UK’s ‘desperate’ dairy sector needs more support from the British government, according to National Farmers Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond.

Clark mapped out the key trends to follow at the Food Vision event

Food Vision 2015

Top social trends food firms must follow

By Laurence Gibbons

Four top trends – sobriety, risk management, nutritional supplements and everyday indulgence should guide food and drink manufacturers when planning innovation.

It was a good week for whisky drinkers, as the chancellor cut duty on their favourite tipple

Discount stores Aldi and Lidl create 1000 jobs

By Michael Stones

The hard discount store chains created a total of 1,000 jobs Last week, as Lidl and Aldi both unveiled two new distribution centres, with 500 jobs a piece. This week’s Good week, bad week also reports good news for whisky drinkers, Charlie Bigham and...

Fevzi-Hunt (far left) at the ribbon cutting for the new site

Alpro’s biggest challenges during £28.5M expansion

By Laurence Gibbons

Managing growing market share and multiple suppliers were the biggest challenges Alpro faced when constructing its new £28.5M production facility at its existing Burton Latimer site, near Kettering.

Food investments and acquisitions dominated our headlines

Food manufacturing investments lead good news

By Laurence Gibbons

Food manufacturing investments and acquisitions dominate the headlines in the latest edition of Good week, Bad week – your sideways look at the past seven days in food and drink manufacturing.

Greggs' results top our list of good news this week

Good week, bad week (Wk 10)

By Michael Stones

High street baker Greggs, new food manufacturing roles and Mondelēz International all feature in Good week, bad week; our sideways look at the past seven days in food and drink manufacturing.

Terry Jones set out the PTF's recipe for growth

Provision Trade Federation plans growth

By Michael Stones

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has set out a three-year plan to grow its influence, services to members and membership numbers, under its new director general Terry Jones.

Environment secretary Liz Truss backed an EU investigation into red tape

DEFRA backs new Brussels red tape probe

By Michael Stones

A new EU probe into cutting red tape is being backed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), environment secretary Liz Truss told this website last week.

Bakkavor job cuts top our food industry headlines

Good week, bad week (Wk 9)

By Laurence Gibbons

Grim news for food manufacturing jobs leads our selection of the top headlines of the past seven days in the latest edition of Good week, bad week.

Jobs topped our good news

Good week, bad week (Wk 8)

By Michael Stones

News of new food and drink manufacturing jobs leads this edition of Good news, bad news, your sideways look at the past seven days in the UK food and drink industry.

The week in headlines

Good week, bad week (wk 7)

By Laurence Gibbons

Tesco, Tulip and Premier Foods had good news to report this week, as our Good week, bad week spotlight picks out the food industry firms that were up and those that were down over the past seven days.

Darby: 'We've got our foot on the gas in terms of investing'

Premier Foods has its ‘foot on the gas’ – ceo

By Nicholas Robinson

Premier Foods will pump up to £25M into its production facilities in a bid to boost output and efficiencies across the UK and bolster its recovery this year, according to ceo Gavin Darby.

Good week, bad week charts who was up and who was down in the UK food industry over the past seven days

Food industry firms: Good week, bad week (wk 6)

By Michael Stones

That was the food industry week that was – good for some and bad for others. In our sideways look at the past seven days, we chart the firms with something to celebrate and those that may prefer to forget the week.

Was your week sunny or cloudy? Read our Good week, bad week nominations

Food manufacturing: Good week, bad week

By Laurence Gibbons

How was your business week – tough, terrific or just indifferent? In this new occasional series, the Food Manufacture Group takes a sideways look at the week’s food and industry news.

Sponsors of the Business Leaders' Forum valued access to senior food and drink manufacturing executives

Business leaders’ forum

Business forum gave access to top food execs

By Michael Stones

Unrivalled access to top food and drink manufacturing executives was the top reason singled out by the sponsors of the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum for backing the event.

Watkins said food and drink firms shoud prepare for the impact the General Election could have on their businesses

Business Leaders' Forum

Prepare for election threats and opportunities

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturers should prepare for the threats and opportunities arising from the General Election in May, according to law firm DWF.

Eaton: 'Much greater competition in manufacturing'

Business Leaders’ Forum

Business leaders tackle fat tax at industry forum

By Rod Addy

Debate about taxing ‘unhealthy’ foods provoked division at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum and was a top hot topic singled out by Geoff Eaton, chairman of New England Seafood International.

Top ways food and drink firms can secure investment

Top three tips to securing investment

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink firms seeking crowdfunding must provide detailed business information to ensure they stand out from the competition to potential investors.

The food industry must shout about its impact on health, says Whitlock

Oxford Farming Conference

Promote health benefits or risk political sidelining

By Laurence Gibbons

The food industry must promote about its health benefits or risk being sidelined in the lead-up to the General Election in May, according to the chairman of the Oxford Farming Conference.

UKIP agriculture spokesman: “Any worker who is here legally at the moment will stay here'

Oxford Farming Conference

UKIP spokesman speaks up for migrant workers

By Michael Stones

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has acknowledged the contribution of migrant workers to the food industry, while its agriculture spokesman revealed how his poultry business relied on a contractor staffed by east European workers.

Labour's Huw Irranca-Davies pledged a more joined-up approach to food policy if Labour is successful at the next's election

Oxford farming conference

Food policy to be key to next Labour government

By Michael Stones

Labour has pledged to put food policy at the heart of a new “industry strategy”, while introducing a more joined-up approach to food safety and health challenges, if it is successful after the general election on May 7.

Winning not one but two FMEAs will boost team morale, said Dawn Meats boss Isla Roebuck

food manufacturing awards

FMEA wins boost team morale: Dawn Meats boss

By Michael Stones

Winning not one but two Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) in the industry’s Oscars last month will boost team morale, said Dawn Meats boss Isla Roebuck.

The 007-themed awards evening left guests stirred but not shaken by the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing

food manufacturing awards

FMEAs 2014 video highlights

By Laurence Gibbons

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing, last month (Thursday November 20).

The Young Talent award celebrated the achievement of youngsters with the potential to become the ceos of tomorrow

food manufacturing awards

Thorntons’ youngster wins young talent Oscar

By Michael Stones

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Patrick Coveney said the trophy was a tribute to Greencore's entire workforce

food manufacturing awards

Greencore boss wins personality award in FMEA Oscars

By Michael Stones

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney has won the coveted Personality of the year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton in a glittering awards ceremony last week.

Post revealed the biggest challenges to growing meat in a lab

Two biggest hurdles holding back cultured meat

By Laurence Gibbons

Boosting production and winning public acceptance are the biggest challenges for scientists seeking to make cultured meat more widely available, according to the scientist leading the research.

Food firms should share the amount of food they are wasting and work more collaboratively with food redistribution charities to tackle food waste

Five-step plan to beat food waste

By Laurence Gibbons

Food waste charity Hubbub has launched a five-step manifesto to help food manufacturers tackle food waste.

Girls were often put off studying science and maths by its boring image and lack of role models, said Edwina Dunn

Study science and maths for ‘fast track’ career

By Michael Stones

Young people who study science and maths at A’ Level can expect a fast-track career in business, said the chair of a new campaign to promote the subjects among school children.

Food firms are exploring alternative ways to reduce their impact on the environment and encourage consumers to recycle

Food manufacturing oscars

Step change in food firms’ environmental initiatives

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturers are transforming their impact on the environment and the entries for this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) reflect this, according to food industry consultant Jean Feord.

Fosh is impressed by the high quality new talent that the food and drink industry is attracting

Food manufacturing oscars

Food industry ‘teaming with’ high quality new talent

By Laurence Gibbons

The food and drink industry is “teaming with” young talent injecting passion and fresh qualities into businesses, according to the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink.

Durden-Smith has set UK food and drink manufacturers a mission to join him to celebrate the best the industry has to offer


TV star sets food and drink industry a mission

By Laurence Gibbons

TV star Mark Durden-Smith has set food and drink manufacturers a mission to join him in celebration of the best the industry has to offer at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) next month.

Food safety risks should not be overlooked when reforumating foods to combat Britain's obesity epidemic, said Dr Sarah Stringer

Food safety conference

Beware food safety impact of reformulation

By Michael Stones

Small-scale food manufacturers have been warned to beware the food safety consequences of reformulating their products to remove salt, sugar and fat.

Rapid surface chilling can combat campylobacter at the modest cost of 4–5p a bird. But some retailers seem wary of adding to shoppers' costs

Food Safety conference

New campylobacter control costs only 4–5p a bird

By Michael Stones

A new technique to control campylobacter infections in poultry – which killed 110 Britons last year – is being developed at the modest cost of only 4–5p a bird.

Walton: 'A lot of our recent misfortunes ... were unpredicated, but they were not unpredictable'


Prepare for food industry shake-ups, says IGD expert

By Rod Addy

Food firms can prepare for ‘unpredictable’ market shake-ups if they make themselves more outwardly-focused and more open to change, according to IGD chief economist James Walton.

Darby: 'The move to convenience stores is great for brands'

Exclusive interview: IGD 2014 Convention

Brands must target occasions, consumption, says Premier Foods

By Rod Addy

Premier Foods is targeting eating occasions and changing shopper habits in order to boost sales of brands such as Mr Kipling cakes and Ambrosia desserts, according to its boss Gavin Darby.

The food industry is successfully filling its skills gap, says Dawson

Exclusive interview: IGD 2014 convention

Food industry successfully filling skills gap

By Laurence Gibbons

The food and drink industry’s quest to attract new talent is gaining ground, according to the president of Mars Chocolate UK Fiona Dawson.

Denney-Finch said she was not surprised that delegates voted the rise of the discounters as the most disruption force over the last year


IGD boss highlights food industry challenges

By Laurence Gibbons

The rise of the discount retailers was the most disruptive force on the UK grocery market in the last year, according to delegates at the IGD conference yesterday (October 7).

Richard Clothier: food firms have nothing to fear and much to gain from the mandatory energy audits

No need to fear energy audits: Wyke Farms boss

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturers have no need to fear compulsory energy audits that must be conducted by December 2015, says Wyke Farms’ boss Richard Clothier.

Small firms should make most of the energy scheme that is mandatory for large businesses

Free energy webinar

Small firms should adopt ESOS too

By Laurence Gibbons

Small food and drink manufacturers should adopt the framework set out in the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) even though they do not have to comply with the legislation.

Don't miss the glittering evening on Thursday November 20

Food manufacturing oscars

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards: vintage year

By Michael Stones

This year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) attracted a record number of entries and the calibre of those entries wowed the judging panel.

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