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The food manufacturing year in news stories: click through the timeline to revisit some of the most memorable moments of 2017

Food manufacturing milestones: key events that shaped 2017

By Amy Langley

As another busy food and drink manufacturing year draws to a close, we look back at some of the key events that have shaped the fortunes of Britain’s biggest businesses, as reported over the past 12 months on this website.

The Co-op plans to donate 100,000 meals over the festive period. Image courtesy of the the Co-op Group

Co-op to donate 100,000 meals over Christmas

By Gwen Ridler

The Co-op revealed plans to donate 100,000 meals to vulnerable people during the run-up to Christmas, in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare.

Mash Direct triumphed in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards last night. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists


Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: meet the winners

By Michael Stones

Mash Direct has won the coveted, Food Manufacture company of the year trophy in the food and drink manufacturing Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during a glittering awards celebration at the Hilton on Park Lane, in London last...

Apprenticeships need the backing of food and drink manufacturers, according to our Big Video Debate

Foodex 2016

Food firms should ‘do more to back apprentices’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers should do more to help apprentices find work in the sector, according to Jon Poole, chief executive of the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST).

The 2 Sisters Food Group boss highlighted the key contribution apprentices make

Foodex 2016

2 Sisters boss: ‘apprentices play a key role’

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters Food Group relies on apprentices to help plug the skills gap, according to its group technical learning and development manager, who helped frame the government’s new Trailblazer programme of apprenticeships.

2 Sisters Food Group: the year so far – in photos

2 Sisters’ year so far – in photos

By Michelle Perrett

2 Sisters Food Group has packed a lot into the first three months of 2016. Here we capture the highlights of the food manufacturer's year, so far – in photographs.

Jonathan Russell has been promoted to control 2 Sisters' £1.5bn procurement budget

2 Sisters appoints new group procurement director

By Michael Stones

2 Sisters Food Group has promoted Jonathan Russell to director of group procurement, responsible for the manufacturer’s £1.5bn a year purchasing budget and for managing its supply chain.

Meet the beehive team

Food industry execs beehive team on course for £50k

By Michael Stones

A team of senior women food industry executives has passed the half way point in its bid to raise £50,000 for charity Farm Africa, after building beehives in Tanzania last month to boost local farmers' income from honey.

Lorraine Hendle, front left, is building beehives in Tanzania with eight other food industry business leaders

Top business women build beehives in Africa

By Michael Stones

Senior women business leaders from the the food and drink industry – including managers from 2 Sisters Food Group, Bakkavor and the Food Manufacture Group’s publisher William Reed Business Media – are completing a week of building beehives in Tanzania;...

2 Sisters Food Group faces £500k+ bill after flood

Weather damage costs 2 Sisters £500k+

By Rod Addy

2 Sisters Food Group faces repairs costing more than £500,000 after a freak tidal surge swamped poultry farms in Lincolnshire in December last year.

Boparan: ‘Taking actions to address chilled performance'

Poultry giant strives to address losses

By Rod Addy

2 Sisters Food Group wrestled to right its balance sheet in the first quarter (Q1) of its current financial year, with weak profit performance casting a shadow on strong sales growth.

The Haughley Park site makes roasted chicken products

2 Sisters ‘heartbreaking’ factory closure plan

By Rod Addy

Plans to close 2 Sisters Food Group’s roast chicken processing plant at Haughley Park, near Stowmarket in Suffolk are “heartbreaking” and highlight the need for government support for manufacturers.

Police are investigating an alleged assault on a 2 Sisters worker, said Unite

Police probe 'assault' on 2 Sisters worker: union

By Lorraine Mullaney

West Midlands police is investigating an alleged assault on a 2 Sisters worker who was leaving one of the food group’s sites after finishing a shift, claims Unite the union.

Ranjit Boparan's 2 Sisters is negotiating with the union USDAW

2 Sisters’ staff in talks to avoid strike

By Lorraine Mullaney

Staff at Carlisle ready meals manufacturer Cavaghan & Gray offered their parent company 2 Sisters a compromise package last week (July 5) in a bid to avoid industrial action.

Read our top six stories of the year

Top food manufacturing stories - in photos

By Mike Stones

Premier Foods, the 2 Sisters Food Group and E.coli 0104 all feature in our heroes and villains gallery of the top food manufacturing stories of the year so far, published on FoodManufacture.co.uk.

Stephen Henderson is the firm's new finance director

2 Sisters appoint two new board members

By Dan Colombini

Meat processing firm 2 Sisters Food is stepping up its growth agenda with the appointment of a new finance director and chair of its audit committee.