COVID-19

2 Sisters is to create 100 jobs at its Thetford site

2 Sisters recruitment drive to create 100 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters Food Group is to create 100 new jobs at its processing plant in Thetford, Norfolk in response to an ‘unprecedented jobs crisis’ caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Fatherson's Halloween range

Fatherson Bakery: business after Food Manufacture awards win

By Rod Addy

Laurence Smith, managing director of Fatherson Bakery, shares its progress since winning Small Bakery Manufacturer of the Year at the 2020 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards and new product development plans in this podcast.

Breweries such as Shepherd Neame have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic

How are breweries surviving coronavirus?

By Michelle Perrett

As the UK went into lockdown, panic buying dramatically boosted volume sales for food and drink retailers, while for the brewery sector the closure of pubs had a devastating effect.

Cuerden: 'It’s important that you establish your risk of food fraud'

Legal Opinion

How to guard against food fraud post-COVID-19

By Simon Cuerden

Food fraud costs the UK food and drinks industry £12bn every year through overpayments for lesser ingredients, unfair competition and reputational damage.

FMEA winner Rodda has posted growth in its latest financial results

Rodda’s restructure delivers strong results

By Gwen Ridler

Cornish clotted cream producer and former winner of Food Manufacture’s Dairy Manufacturer of the Year Award AE Rodda & Son Group has reported strong annual results following a restructure.

Stokes: 'Boxed services, delivery services have seen tremendous demand'

FOOD MAN TALKS

British Game Alliance boss on COVID-19’s market impact

By Rod Addy

As game season approaches, Liam Stokes, chief executive of the British Game Alliance, says the market is likely to deliver 70% of usual volumes due to game farmers’ cautious approach to supply.

Arla has been hit by Coronavirus cases

Arla Foods confirms COVID-19 cases

By Michelle Perrett

Arla Foods has taken precautionary action to contain cases of COVID-19 at its site in Settle, Yorkshire after nine staff and contractors tested positive.

McCain hoped to support the potato industry during the pandemic through a £25m investment

McCain Foods in £25m potato industry investment

By Gwen Ridler

Frozen food producer McCain Foods (GB) has invested £25m into the UK potato industry to help navigate the pressures of the coronavirus and erratic weather caused by climate change.

EIT Food CEO on funding the fight against COVID-19

EIT Food boss exclusive interview: part 1

Coronavirus funding fostering food firm innovation

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive interview, Andy Zynga, boss of European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food, addresses likely access to funding after the Brexit transition period and three funding recipients that caught his eye.

EIT Food has invested €5.4m (£4.87m) in supporting startups during the coronavirus outbreak

€5m COVID-19 support fund for food firms

By Gwen Ridler

A new €5.4m (£4.87m) support fund to help food and drink startups navigate the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak has been announced by innovation and investment group EIT Food.

Vibrant Foods claims there has been a 'huge explosion in demand' for its Eat Real brand

Exclusive interview with Rohit Samani, chairman, Vibrant Foods: Part 1

Vibrant Foods boosts Indian food production

By Rod Addy

Indian foods manufacturer Vibrant Foods has increased production at its TRS Foods factory in Southall and East End Foods West Bromwich factory by 50% to manage surging sales, sparked by the coronavirus lockdown.

Traceability issues could cost food manufacturers the trust of its consumers

Recalls heighten consumer mistrust in food firms

By Gwen Ridler

More than a third of UK consumers believe food and drink firms are not transparent enough when it comes to product recalls, according to standards and barcode provider GS1 UK.

The BFAWU has raised grievances overs the apparent overlooking of their members for agency staff at Greencore Northampton

Greencore in trade union row over agency workers

By Gwen Ridler

Prepared foods manufacturer Greencore is in dispute with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) for hiring agency staff to meet demand while lower paid employees remain on furlough.

Retail sales of cheese, milk and butter grew during lockdown

Dairy retail sales boomed during lockdown

By Michelle Perrett

Milk, cheese and butter sales boomed in retail during lockdown as consumers drank hot beverages and scratch cooked at home, new data from marketing campaign, Milk Your Moment has revealed.

Surya Foods is continuing to prioritise the safety of its staff

Surya Foods confirms five coronavirus cases

By Michelle Perrett

Harwich-based wholesaler Surya Foods has said it is continuing to prioritise the safety of its staff after five coronavirus cases were found at its site.

The National Food Strategy makes urgent recommendations

National Food Strategy issues urgent call to action

By Michelle Perrett

The National Food Strategy has intensified pressure on food manufacturers to support healthy eating, with author Henry Dimbleby claiming the industry clothes “itself and its products in false virtue”.