Fresh produce

The Office for National Statistics studied 17,000 products between September 2015 and June 2017 to determine the rate of shrinkflation

Shrinkflation hits food industry

By Aidan Fortune

The bread and cereals category has been most affected by shrinkflation since 2015, new pricing research has found.

Karia shared his plans to grow the Janke & Nayns' brand in the next three years. Left to right: Jake Karia, wife Neeyantee and brother Naynesh

Me & My Team

Street food brand shares growth plans

By Jake Karia

Managing director Jake Karia, wife Neeyantee and brother Naynesh have ambitious plans to grow their award-winning street food-style brand Jake & Nayns’.

The British Free Range Egg Producers Association wants to restore balance to contracts

Egg contracts under scrutiny

By Aidan Fortune

A “gross imbalance” in contracts between egg producers and packers has led to reform calls by the industry trade body.

The continuing Brexit debacle has led to representatives from the food industry to call for more time to agree a deal

Food industry demands more time for Brexit deal

By Aidan Fortune

The food industry has called for an extension to Britain’s impending exit from the EU following Parliament’s rejection of the Government’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

Concerns over food allergens have reached a new high following two Pret-linked fatalities

In depth: clean-label

The Pret effect takes hold

By Lynda Searby

With allergens increasingly in the spotlight, the Government is to review allergen labelling policy, leaving manufacturers under pressure to comply with more stringent legislation and meet the demands of an increasingly cautious public.

Detection and inspection equipment is evolving to help with traceability as well as tracing contaminants

Equipment in-depth

Detection and inspection: a vision of the future

By Alyson Magee

The latest detection and inspection equipment can help manufacturers improve quality and traceability as well as reduce contamination and food waste, bringing cost savings too.

Avondale posted turnover growth in 2018 however pre-tax profits were down

Avondale Foods warns against currency fluctuations

By Aidan Fortune

Fresh foods provider Avondale Foods has reported a record turnover for the past year, but has warned that fluctuations between euro and sterling could cause issues in the future.

Shore Capital's Clive Black has criticised politicians for Brexit uncertainty

UK an ‘embarrassment’ for lack of Brexit agreement

By Gwen Ridler

The Government’s inability to reassure UK food producers on the future of the industry post-Brexit has made the country an international embarrassment, Shore Capital head of research Clive Black has claimed.

The Government has appointed Ben Elliot to the position of Food Surplus and Waste Champion.

Food Waste Champion appointed

By Aidan Fortune

Environment secretary Michael Gove has appointed Ben Elliot to the newly-created role of Food Surplus and Waste Champion.

Meet the food manufacture apprentice

Meet the apprentice: Thanet Earth

By Gwen Ridler

Kent-based vegetable grower Thanet Earth has discovered real value in its apprenticeship programme, in association with training provider Remit.

The food and drink industry reacts to the Government's Resources and Waste strategy

Industry responds to Government’s waste strategy

By Gwen Ridler

The Government’s new Resources and Waste Strategy, which will see food manufacturers forced to pay recycling costs for their packaging, has had a mixed reception from the food and drink industry.

Of the 568 samples of lettuce examined, 30 were shown to be norovirus-positive

Deadly norovirus found in one-in-20 lettuces

By Noli Dinkovski

More than one-in-20 lettuces sold in the UK are contaminated with the potentially deadly bug norovirus, a major study funded by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has found.

Noble Foods has been given permission to extend its Happy Egg site in Lincoln

News in brief

Egg factory extension approved

By Gwen Ridler

Gü Puds and Happy Egg owner Noble Foods has won planning permission to extend its factory in Lincolnshire.

Greencore believes there are more opportunities to be had in food to go and snacking

Greencore to maintain focus on food-to-go

By Aidan Fortune

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore is to continue its focus on the food-to-go sector following an “eventful year” for the business.

Plans for a plastic tax in this year's budget were slammed by members of the food and drink industry

Food and drink industry responds to 2018 Budget

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink industry representatives have challenged the plastic packaging tax consultation revealed in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s 2018 Budget, which was announced on Monday (29 October).

Princes' tomato supply chain has received ethical accreditation

Princes' supply chain gains ethical accreditation

By Gwen Ridler

International food and drink group Princes has sourced 100% of the tomatoes in its Italian supply chain from farms with independent ethical accreditation, according to a new report.

Food businesses are expecting to be hit with increased costs due to stockpiling ahead of Brexit

Stockpiling costs mounting ahead of Brexit

By Aidan Fortune

British food and drink manufacturers considering stockpiling ahead of Brexit are being faced with increased costs while business confidence dips further.

MuscleFood has launched its festive range including a giant pig in blanket

MuscleFood launches festive range

By Aidan Fortune

Online food retailer MuscleFood has launched a new Christmas range, featuring the biggest pig in blanket available in the UK.

Hewston: ‘It’s part of a journey to developing a brand of our own, which may mean we acquire a  food business’

Me and my team

Creating a buzz at Bumble Hole

By Andrew Hewston

Bumble Hole is a hive of activity, processing up to six million eggs a week. Company owner Andrew Hewston outlines ambitious plans to crack new opportunities.

Bumble Hole opens £2m factory to meet demand

Bumble Hole in £2m hard-boiled outlay

By Noli Dinkovski

Egg processor Bumble Hole Foods is to meet the growing demand for hard-boiled eggs in salads and ready meals with the opening of a new £2m facility at its Midlands site.

McCann: ‘We are developing a range of free-from and vegan products, including  vegan cheeses and yogurts, which is very exciting for our NPD team’

Development hub

Innovation driving success at Willowbrook

By Ellie Woolven

Northern Ireland’s Willowbrook Foods attributes its sustained success to its Innovation Centre and an ongoing ability to adapt to customers’ changing requirements.

Rising commodity costs are putting the squeeze on already under pressure producers

Rising costs pile pressure on margins

By Aidan Fortune

Rising commodity costs due to a drop in supplies is placing a squeeze on already under-pressure UK food and drink manufacturers

Marks & Spencer has announced a raft of senior hires for its food team

Marks & Spencer Food makes raft of new hires

By Gwen Ridler

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced a raft of senior hires to its Food division’s leadership team, in a bid to modernise the franchise while protecting the best of the brand.