Adams said the centre will have the capability to train up to 20,000 people a year

Coca-Cola Enterprises’ centre to attract industry recruits

By Nicholas Robinson

Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE) latest education centre will attract young people into the food and drink manufacturing industry and play its part in helping to train around 20,000 people a year that pass through the centres in total when it opens in Milton...

Agri-food businesses are on the brink of 'a golden age' - driven by surging demand, said Simon Coveney

Agrifood business ‘on brink of golden age’: Irish farm minister

By Michael Stones

Agri-food businesses face “a golden age” Simon Coveney, Irish minister for agriculture, fisheries and the marine, told the Oxford Farming Conference, the day before Irish food board Bord Bia confirmed food and drink exports reached nearly £8.27bn (€10bn)...

Rebuilding trust in the integrity of the food supply chain after the horsemeat crisis will be a hot topic at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum

Business Leaders’ Forum to set out the challenges

By Michael Stones

Top food manufacturing executives will set out the challenges, and some of the solutions, for the year ahead at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum next month, according to its chairman Paul Wilkinson.

Double FMEA award winner Richard Clothier said the horsemeat crisis had heightened shoppers' interest in local food

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Wyke Farms boss collects Oscars on film

By Michael Stones

The horsemeat crisis sparked consumers’ growing interest in local food, says Wyke Farms' boss Richard Clothier, in this exclusive video filmed at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) at the London Park Lane Hilton, last month.

The Food manufacturing excellence awards were attended by hundreds of industry professionals

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Food manufacturing excellence awards 2013 – video highlights

By Laurence Gibbons

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton, in London to celebrate the 13th annual Food manufacturing excellence awards, last week (November 21).

Jack Hamilton, of Mash Direct, received the trophy from Mary Hunter, md of category sponsor Columbus, and Julia Bradbury (right)

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Mash Direct wins Most innovative small food manufacturer title

By Michael Stones

Mash Direct has won the coveted title Most innovative small food or drink manufacturer of the year in the industry Oscars – Food Manufacture’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Jim Everest received the Oscar from award's host Julia Bradbury and Iceland's Nigel Broadhurst

Ardo UK to redouble efforts after FMEA win

By Rod Addy

Ardo UK will improve efficiencies across its whole operations to grow in the ‘tough’ frozen foods market after winning the Food Manufacturing Excellence Award (FMEA) for Frozen Company of the Year.

Premier Foods was crowned the overall Company of the Year at the 2013 Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards

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Premier Foods wins top manufacturing award - caught on film

By Laurence Gibbons

Winning the Food Manufacturing Excellence Award for Company of the Year was a reflection of many years of perseverance, dedication and improvement by Premier Foods, according to the boss of its Ashford site.

Growing grain to feed to stock was creating an over-reliance on meat and dairy products that was bad for the evironment and disastrous for public health, warned Tim Lang

Food industry warned ‘the crunch is coming’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers face “a big crunch”, as the consequences of the public health and environmental damage associated with the over production of meat and dairy foods begins to bite.

Volac's new protein drink is helping the dairy sector to feel upbeat about its pledge to tackle health issues

Volac’s upbeat way to battle obesity

By Laurence Gibbons

Ingredients supplier Volac’s first foray into the retail market with high protein juice drink Upbeat has helped the dairy sector deliver on its voluntary pledge to tackle health issues – such as obesity.

The need to search more effectively for food fraud along the supply chain was a key lesson of the horsemeat crisis, said Sue Davies

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Which? names three top lessons from horsemeat

By Michael Stones

The need to identify opportunities for fraud along Britain’s complex food supply chain was one of three key lessons to be learned from horsemeat crisis, according to consumer watchdog Which?

'Earned recognition' could help regulators make the most of limited resources, said FSA boss Andrew Rhodes

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Fewer inspections for firms with good safety record

By Michael Stones

Food manufacturers with good food safety records and full third-party auditing procedures can expect fewer inspections, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Denny-Finch believes technology could be the answer to reassuring consumers over the ethical background of the products they buy

Technology to boost trust in food industry

By Rod Addy

The latest technology could provide the answer for food and drink manufacturers looking to provide consumers with confidence that the products they buy have been produced as ethically as possible.

Karro plans to improve efficiencies and increase exports out of its Malton site

Karro Food Group’s top two priorities

By Gary Scattergood

Increasing volumes and improving efficiencies are the two main priorities in the year ahead for Karro Food Group, which was formed following a management buyout of Vion’s pork division last December.

Fengrain's conference will take place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough on November 7

Tesco boss to attend Fengrain Conference

By Michael Stones

Tesco’s technical director Tim Smith is to address Fengrain’s cereals conference at the East of England Showground, Peterborough on November 7.

Too trusting: that was Owen Paterson's verdict on European food regulations in our exclusive video interview

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EU food regulations ‘too trusting’: DEFRA boss

By Mike Stones

The European system of food regulation is “too trusting”, environment secretary Owen Paterson told in the second part of our exclusive video interview.

Owen Paterson pledged to help open up the beef and lamb export market to Russia, worth more than £100M over three years

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Food manufacturers better off under DEFRA

By Mike Stones

British food and drink manufacturers benefit from leadership of the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), insists environment secretary Owen Paterson.

Precision testing of foods and traceability throughout the supply chain are key themes of the Food Safety conference. For details of our early bird ticket offer, telephone Ellie Ray on 01293 610279 or email

Food safety conference highlights precision testing

By Mike Stones

Putting precision testing and traceability firmly in the context of food safety are two key themes of Food Manufacture’s one-day Food Safety conference, suggested by its chairman Professor Colin Dennis.

A lot of bottle: the global trend towards ethnic and spicy foods is benefiting Tabasco sales, said the McIlhenny Company

Ethnic food trend hots up markets for Tabasco

By Mike Stones

The global popularity of spicy foods, combined with the trend towards ethnic foods in the US, makes Tabasco pepper sauce poised for growth, claims its manufacturer the McIlhenny Company.

Dickinson: 'Disposable income is going to stay under pressure'

BRC symposium: no easy ride from economy

By Rod Addy

Retailers and manufacturers can’t expect an easy ride from the economy any time soon – that was a key message from the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC’s) annual symposium in London.

Benelam said it was important that women are constantly encouraged to consider their diets

Food firms should encourage nutrient-rich diets for women: BNF

By Laurence Gibbons

Food manufacturers should encourage women to eat nutrient-rich diets after the British Nutrition Foundation’s (BNF) latest Task Force Report proved women’s diets before and during pregnancy can affect an infant’s health.

1.3M children from over 3,000 schools and nurseries will be involved in the week

BNF programme to teach role of food manufacturers

By Laurence Gibbons

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has today (June 3) launched a week–long programme to educate children on the role food and drink manufacturers play in the production of their food.

Frances said consumer recycling was crucial to helping CCE achieve its carbon footprint reduction target

Consumer recycling key to carbon footprint: CCE

By Gary Scattergood

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has launched a study with 10 British households to understand why recycling rates are so low despite people claiming they frequently recycle.

Food foods should embed sustainability into the DNA of their businesses: Driscoll

Collaboration key to sustainable food system

By Laurence Gibbons

Food manufacturers need to work more closely with government, civil society and research organisations to build a sustainable food system, according to Forum for the Future.

Food scientist warns not to dumb down food sustainability

Food sustainability shouldn’t be dumbed down: top scientist

By Michael Stones

Dumbing down messages about food sustainability risks souring the debate about food sustainability, a top scientist told the Institute of Food Science & Technology’s (IFST’s) spring conference yesterday (April 19).

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