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First British Sugar strikes in 30 years loom

First British Sugar strikes in 30 years loom

By Anne Bruce

Unite the Union is preparing to ballot members at four British Sugar plants on industrial action over pay, in what could lead to the first strike action at the firm in 30 years.

Brand Cellar eyes food brand sellers

Brand Cellar eyes food brand sellers

By Anne Bruce

Brand rescue company Brand Cellar says it has had multiple enquiries from the confectionery sector as it builds its profile in the food industry.

ABF 'bad news' no worse than expected: analysts

ABF 'bad news' no worse than expected: analysts

By Anne Bruce

The “bad news was no worse than expected” said analysts, after Associated British Foods (ABF) posted its third quarter trading update to June 25 2011 this morning.

Own-label growth: Opportunity or threat?

Own-label growth: Opportunity or threat?

By Ben Bouckley

Increased penetration of own-label products within the UK retail sector will pose new challenges to branded food manufacturers in coming years, according to a recent webcast by Trace One and Planet Retail.

Synergy to launch cheaper alternative to coconut milk

Synergy to launch cheaper alternative to coconut milk

By Lorraine Mullaney

The rising price of coconut milk prompted savoury ingredients supplier Synergy to work with ready meal manufacturers to develop a cheaper alternative. As a result, the firm is set to launch a new product this month: a coconut milk flavoured powder called...

Coca-Cola Enterprises opens education centre

Coca-Cola Enterprises opens education centre

By Rick Pendrous

Simon Baldry, md for Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) in Britain committed his company to a policy of helping to develop “healthy, sustainable local communities” around its UK factories, as he officially opened the company’s fourth education centre at Sidcup...

PepsiCo UK admits missing reformulation targets

PepsiCo UK admits missing reformulation targets

By Graham Holter and Ben Bouckley

PepsiCo UK admits it has not hit all its self-imposed targets to make products healthier, but says the economy and technical challenges are partly to blame.

Recycled PET demand only limited by collection rates

Recycled PET demand only limited by collection rates

By Paul Gander

The use of bio-polyethylene terephthalate (bio-PET) by brand owners such as Coca-Cola is perfectly compatible with growth in demand for recycled PET (rPET), says converter and recycler APPE (formerly Artenius PET Packaging Europe). The firm says collection...

Stout expansion for Cumbrian Brewery

Stout expansion for Cumbrian Brewery

By Ben Bouckley

Hawkshead Brewery has spent £250,000 on expanding its brewery, which will allow it to produce 180 barrels or 50,000 pints a week.

Charbrew fights off the Dragons

Charbrew fights off the Dragons

By Anne Bruce

The Global Tea and Coffee Exchange is due to roll-out two lines into Sainsbury’s nationwide as the £500,000 turnover business takes-off.

EFSA defends aspartame work, denies dossier loss

EFSA defends aspartame work, denies dossier loss

By Ben Bouckley

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has denied a suggestion by two MEPs that it may have lost data relating to a previous safety evaluation of the high intensity sweetener aspartame (E951) and that it failed to examine it properly in the first place.

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Diageo invests £105m in Cameronbridge distillery

By Rod Addy

Diageo has dramatically upped efficiency and production in parallel with a £105m investment programme at its Cameronbridge distillery, which makes leading Scotch whisky and white spirit brands.

Unilever ceo Paul Polman

City sceptical over P&G bid for Unilever

By Ben Bouckley and Graham Holter

A City analyst has expressed scepticism about the likely truth of rumours that Procter & Gamble (P&G) could be lining up a £38bn hostile bid for UK consumer giant Unilever.

Charity still begins abroad, Innocent insists

Charity still begins abroad, Innocent insists

By Graham Holter

Smoothie manufacturer Innocent insists it remains committed to its charitable partners after a media report today claimed it had donated nothing to its principal foundation since 2008.

EC calls for new aspartame action

EC calls for new aspartame action

By Ben Bouckley

The European Commission (EC) has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to conduct a wholesale review of the safety of the world’s most widely used sweetener, aspartame.

Bottlegreen stake sold to SHS

Bottlegreen stake sold to SHS

By Ben Bouckley

Premium adult soft drinks business Bottlegreen has been sold to Northern Irish-based food group SHS, which already owns the Shloer, WKD and Merrydown brands.

Daivd Beckham: Pepsi's YouTube video of the football icon is indicative of a growing trend

Large brands boost online advertising spend

By Rick Pendrous

Major brand owners such as Coca-Cola, Mars and Unilever are increasing their marketing spend on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to interact directly with consumers using smartphones, while small firms are also upping their...

Banbury plant director Christine Bense describes her current role as

Business as usual for Kraft coffee boss

By Rod Addy

While Kraft’s takeover of Cadbury has stirred up controversy, it’s been business as usual at Banbury, its biggest instant coffee plant in the world. That's according to plant director Christine Bense.

Artist's impression of the new Ruskin Square development

Nestlé UK may be tempted to stay in Croydon

By Graham Holter

Nestlé UK may keep its headquarters in Croydon, despite reissuing a warning that it is "reviewing other options" outside the London borough in a bid to escape its dilapidated site by 2014.

'Royal Virility Performance': the special edition beer launched by Brewdog to coincide with the royal wedding

'Arise Sir Willy': size matters for Brewdog

By Graham Holter

Fresh from launching an aphrodisiac beer for the royal wedding laced with herbal Viagra, Scottish beer maker Brewdog has voluntarily stopped supplying some larger customers until it completes a new brewery in 2012.

City raises glass to Diageo

City raises glass to Diageo

By Anne Bruce

Drinks group Diageo pleased city analysts today reporting a 7% year-on-year growth in like-for-like sales in the third quarter, with sales volumes up 2%.

Aimia installs new £1m pouch line

Aimia installs new £1m pouch line

By Rod Addy

Beverage manufacturer Aimia Foods has invested in a new pouch packing line to broaden the range of services it can offer foodservice, vending, leisure catering and retail consumers.

Cains sells Liverpool link in beer export drive

Cains sells Liverpool link in beer export drive

By Graham Holter

Cains Brewery has shaken off a recent survival warning from auditors to increase sales and employ 10 new staff following a decision to focus more heavily on exports.

MEP fears 'stupid' DWP decision on Twinings jobless

MEP fears 'stupid' DWP decision on Twinings jobless

By Ben Bouckley

A UK MEP says the government would be "criminally stupid” not to apply for specialist EU support for Twinings workers set to lose their jobs when tea production transfers to Poland.

The Tate developer

The Tate developer

By Rod Addy

Paul Cornillon seems amazingly laid back for a man responsible for coordinating Tate & Lyle’s global development plans, or as he phrases it, “putting the 'D' in R&D”.


Badger brewer to open new site by autumn

Badger brewer to open new site by autumn

By Anne Bruce

Independent brewer Hall & Woodhouse will move into a new brewery at the end of the year, allowing it to significantly increase production volumes in a bid to build on a 2010 turnover of £90m.

No need to taste Whisky for authenticity…

No need to taste Whisky for authenticity…

By Anne Bruce

Liquor connoisseurs will be sorry to hear that there may soon be no need to uncork spirits to test them for authenticity, after academics based at Leicester University announced they are working on a new ‘through the bottle’ handheld scanning device to...

Managers go it alone

Managers go it alone

The management buyout of one of Heineken’s Universal Beverages factories has created a new firm, Bevisol, which will ferment alcoholic beverages and supply alcoholic beverage producers.

Stand-off

Stand-off

By Rod Addy

Geneva has a rich history. The earliest stages of St Peter's Cathedral there date back to 1160. A famous hotbed for Protestant revolutionary zeal in the 16th18th Century and home to church reformer Calvin, the European headquarters of the UN is also...

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