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Gourmet hub launches

Gourmet hub launches

By Anne Bruce

Startup Cacomo Gourmet has launched a website targeted at gourmet food lovers, as it pioneers the online sale of ready meals and baked goods made from scratch and delivered to your door.

Meat processors call for risk-based approach to inspections

Meat processors call for risk-based approach to inspections

By Rick Pendrous

Primary meat processors are increasing pressure on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to bring about a change to EU law that would allow a more risk-based approach to checking meat plants using private, accredited third-party inspectors.

‘Shocking’ salt claims anger sausage makers

‘Shocking’ salt claims anger sausage makers

By Graham Holter

Sausage manufacturers have hit back after a report accused them of producing products with dangerously high salt levels, and say that the results are misleading, while 2012 reduction targets risk going too far.

FIR compromise cuts pressure on UK food firms

FIR compromise cuts pressure on UK food firms

By Ben Bouckley

A food law expert says he is surprised by a new compromise on the EU Food Information Regulation that removes the need for food firms to provide front-of-pack nutrient data, but warns that enhanced Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) could still raise...

Stobart warns of BOGOF supply chain strain

Stobart warns of BOGOF supply chain strain

By Ben Bouckley

Transport giant Eddie Stobart has warned that the supermarket demand for two-for-one offers is placing a strain on logistics firms, and increasing the number of miles the company’s fleet runs empty.

FSA recommends graded approach to meat inspection charges

FSA recommends graded approach to meat inspection charges

By Rick Pendrous

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) Board today responded to meat industry lobbying by agreeing to recommend that ministers adopt a “tapered” approach to the introduction of meat inspection charges.

Vion Foods proposes Thorne site closure

Vion Foods proposes Thorne site closure

By Ben Bouckley

Vion Food UK is proposing to close its Thorne poultry processing site near Doncaster after identifying several acute operational difficulties.

Record profits for Cranswick as new coo arrives

Record profits for Cranswick as new coo arrives

By Ben Bouckley

Cranswick announced today that it has appointed former fresh pork md Adam Couch as chief operating officer (coo), as it unveiled record sales and profits for 2010/11.

Oyster herpes virus devastates EU stocks

Oyster herpes virus devastates EU stocks

By Freddie Dawson

Oysters in France and Ireland have been stuck by the Oyster Herpes Virus (OHV), which is causing upwards of 60% mortality in farms and creating a European shortfall that has no short-term solution, experts have warned.

Ireland to expand meat exports but spurns cloning

Ireland to expand meat exports but spurns cloning

By Rick Pendrous

Cloning is unlikely to form part of Ireland's armoury of technological weaponry as the country seeks to expand its meat and livestock exports over the next decade, says Padraig Brennan, a senior analyst for Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board

Salmon farmer harvests rivals

Salmon farmer harvests rivals

By Anne Bruce

Asda and Tesco salmon supplier Grieg Seafood Hjaltland, this week acquired Skelda Salmon Farms and G Duncan (Salmon) for £2.19m.

Burger factory set for big freeze

Burger factory set for big freeze

By Graham Holter

Northern Ireland meat processor Freeza Meats has unveiled a new £750,000 freezing system at its factory in Newry, County Down.

Ocado ceo Tim Steiner: Increasing numbers of food firms are entering the online grocery arena

Online sales help brands counter own label threat

By Ben Bouckley

Limited supermarket shelf space and own label competition are reasons why food firms are growing online sales, both directly and through third-party sites, says food and grocery analyst IGD.

Findus Group targets selective acquisitions

Findus Group targets selective acquisitions

By Ben Bouckley

The Findus Group says it may well pursue “selective bolt-on acquisitions”, after it emerged that chilled and frozen foods giant’s owner is trying to renegotiate its banking covenants.

Talking Japanese? Surprisingly few UK sushi constituents come from Japan

Nuclear scare fails to dent UK sushi sales

By Ben Bouckley

Despite Food Standards Agency (FSA) screening of food imports from Japan, UK sushi producers speaking to FoodManufacture.co.uk off the record say there has been no consumer backlash against ‘nuclear' sushi.

Save your skin

Save your skin

By Anne Bruce

Severed fingers, crushed skulls, exploding offal cookers and slips trips and falls: is it a House of Horrors freakshow? No, it's a list of just a few of the recent accidents in the food and drink manufacturing sector.

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...

Fishing industry can angle for funds

Fishing industry can angle for funds

The English fishing industry has secured a £1.9m EU funding award that will be used to improve fish processing factories in Devon and North Shields, in addition to other schemes.

Cumberland sausage makers hope for higher prices

Cumberland sausage makers hope for higher prices

By Graham Holter

Cumberland sausage producers believe there may be an opportunity to get better prices now that the European Union (EU) has given official recognition to their products.

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