COVID-19

Petre comments on the four pillars of Weetabix's sustainability programme

Weetabix outlines sustainability efforts

By Gwen Ridler

Closed loop recycling, the impact of COVID-19 and the future of sustainability at Weetabix were key topics in our exclusive podcast interview with the manufacturer’s head of supply chain.

Nestlé has stressed that, despite the discovery of a limited number of infections, its factories remain fully operational

Latest on COVID-19 at Nestlé UK

By Rod Addy

COVID-19 is in retreat at Nestlé’s Fawdon factory, but staff have tested positive for the virus at the company’s coffee processing plant at Tutbury in Staffordshire.

Tofoo Co has seen growth throughout the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to a surge in scratch-cooking

The Tofoo Company to launch frozen tofu range

By Gwen Ridler

The Tofoo Company aims to pioneer UK frozen tofu products, managing director David Knibbs told Food Manufacture, after separately revealing the company’s recruitment drive and growth plans in this exclusive podcast.

Howorth: 'Will future category ranging and sourcing decisions be made on the basis of supply chain risk?'

Opinion

Will COVID-19 spark a new approach to retailer/supplier relationships?

By Dave Howorth

Back in March, when panic-buying consumers stripped the supermarket shelves and loaded their cupboards and freezers, the big question on everyone’s lips was: 'Will the food and drink supply chain cope and, more importantly, will there be food on...

The announcement of the winner of the Factory Manager of the Year occurs during The Grocer's 'Golden Week' during which all other trophies for The Grocer Gold Awards are announced online

Factory Manager of the Year 2020 revealed

By Rod Addy

Jo Taylor of dairy giant Arla Foods UK has been named Factory Manager of the Year 2020 after a closely-fought contest involving companies from every food and drink category across the UK.

Bakkavor is to create 127 new jobs in Highbridge

Bakkavor to create 127 new jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Desserts manufacturer Bakkavor is to create 127 new jobs at its Highbridge site as it gears up for the busy Christmas period.

ABF's latest results revealed healthy food sales while Primark took a coronavirus hit

ABF food sales strong amid Primark profit hit

By Gwen Ridler

Food sales remain strong at Associated British Foods (ABF), but coronavirus pressures on the business’s retail operations cut into annual sales and profit.

The investment has enhanced cheese packing capacity and capabilities

Ornua Foods UK invests £3m in Leek factory

By Rod Addy

Dairy product supplier Ornua Foods UK has announced a £3m investment in cutting and packing equipment at its Leek factory to boost capacity in response to strong consumer demand for its cheese.

Function ingredients have seen a sales boost thanks to the coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns

Ingredients and NPD

Functional agenda: Healthy ingredients receive boost during pandemic

By Michelle Perrett

Vegan ingredients, fruits and traditional cakes are just a few of the products benefiting from the coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted increased consumer focus on health, indulgence, provenance and functional ingredients.

A nationwide lockdown could spell doom for foodservice suppliers already hit by coronavirus restrictions

Lockdown fears increase for foodservice suppliers

By Gwen Ridler

A nationwide lockdown would put foodservice suppliers at risk and quash further mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the food and drink sector, according to financial adviser Oghma Partners.

Nestlé, Cranswick, SK Chilled Foods and Bernard Matthews are among those firms grappling with COVID-19 cases

COVID-19: Nestlé, Cranswick latest

By Rod Addy

Cranswick Foods’ Watton pork processing plant will continue production according to one analyst, after almost half of its staff tested positive for COVID-19, while Nestlé's Fawdon factory has confirmed 40 cases there.

Miles: 'local authority food teams went into the pandemic already 20% below full strength'

COVID-19 depletes local authority food safety staff

By Rod Addy

The coronavirus pandemic has slashed local authority food safety staff numbers, which were already significantly below where they needed to be, according to Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Emily Miles.

Oscar Mayer's Chard operations makes supermarket own-label ready meals

Oscar Mayer Chard: 860 potential redundancies

By Rod Addy

Oscar Mayer is proposing to transfer production of supermarket own-label ready meals away from Chard in Somerset, putting 860 workers under threat of redundancy after managers ran out of options.

The webinar will address the perfect storm facing food manufacturers confronted with Christmas, Brexit and COVID-19

Webinar highlights lean thinking in COVID-19 world

By Rod Addy

Lean manufacturing, efficiency and cost saving have become even more vital as food processors face off against the disruption caused by the pandemic and the end of the Brexit transition period.

Parish: 'The Government also needs to increase support for redistribution of surplus food to those who need it most.'

Government lacks preparation in face of COVID-19, Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

The Government stands accused of being unprepared for Brexit and a second wave of the novel coronavirus by a parliamentary committee report as new lockdown regulations threaten to force suppliers to cease operations.

The BBPA is demanding a tailored financial support package for brewers and pubs

Coronavirus: brewers and pubs face 290k job cuts

By Rod Addy

A total of £7.4bn and more than 290,000 jobs could be wiped out unless the Government regularly reviews the 10pm pub curfew rule and creates tailored financial support for pubs and brewers.

A number of food factories have reported coronavirus cases in the past week

Coronavirus: latest on food factory outbreaks

By Gwen Ridler

Food manufacturers continue to report coronavirus cases in their factories, with situations developing at Pilgrim’s Pride and Danish Crown sites in Cornwall and Bernard Matthews’s Holton plant in Suffolk.

Greggs factory has been temporarily closed due to a

Coronavirus cases at Greggs factory halts production

By Michelle Perrett

Greggs has temporarily halted production and sent 300 staff home from its factory near Newcastle after a “small number” of coronavirus cases were confirmed among staff working at the site.

Raynor Foods has gone national

Me and My Team

Raynor Foods: Adapting, innovating and going national

By Michelle Perrett

Raynors, the sandwich supplier, was Manufacturing Company of The Year at the 2020 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards. Matt Raynor, chairman, talks about the company and overcoming the challenges of Covid-19.

Greencore is the subject of a Early Day Motion

MP: Government should force Greencore sick pay change

By Michelle Perrett

Labour MP for Brent Central Dawn Butler has called for the Government to intervene to require Greencore to provide food factory workers with 100% of their normal pay during their period of self-isolation.