Our editor flags key moments of 2022 for food and drink. Credit Getty/erhui1979

7 key moments in 2022 for the food sector

By Bethan Grylls

As we bid 2022 farewell, Food Manufacture's editor Bethan Grylls gazes back over the course of this year and highlights seven notable moments for food and drink to take stock of - some of which will follow us into 2023.

Boparan: 'Christmas will be cancelled'


2 Sisters owner on CO2 shortage: food industry 'at breaking point'

By Rod Addy and Michelle Perrett

Ranjit Singh Boparan, owner of 2 Sisters Food Group and Bernard Matthews has warned the UK faces another cancelled Christmas, with the imminent CO2 shortage 'a massive body blow' threatening food supplies already challenged by labour shortages.

Tesco has entered a partnership with Loop over reusable packaging

Tesco partners with Loop on reuseable packaging

By Michelle Perrett

Tesco has entered a partnership with global reusable packaging platform, Loop to launch a new way for its customers to shop and buy a wide range of food, drink, household and beauty products in reusable and durable packaging.

George Eustice takes top role at Defra

George Eustice takes top role at Defra

By Michelle Perrett

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s controversial cabinet reshuffle saw some new changes affect the food and manufacturing sectors.

The growth of vegans and vegetarians is set to continue

Top 10 food trends for 2020

By Michelle Perrett

Stuart Kelly, global head of commercial at Lloyd’s Register, provides his 10 predictions for the food industry in 2020.

The two sides have been debating the legal text of a deal, but the agreement will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.

Food industry cautious on Brexit deal

By Dan Colombini

Food firms have welcomed an apparent deal between the Government and the EU, but experts and opposition MPs have warned that the industry’s worries are far from over at this early stage.

Lyons: Since the recall, food safety is now ‘the priority in decision making’

Swancote makes food safety priority

By Noli Dinkovski

The potato processing firm at the centre of a major product recall in 2015 has “radically changed its thinking” and now makes food safety “the priority in all of its decision-making”, according to the man appointed to oversee its transformation.

Understanding the role of gut microbes in diet-related health conditions is a key concern

Research body lays out food safety challenges

By Noli Dinkovski

Anti-microbial resistance and the role of gut microbes in diet have been identified as two of the leading challenges faced by the food industry following a consultation by Campden BRI.

NFU president hails Brexit opportunity

NFU president hails Brexit opportunity

By Aidan Fortune

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) in England has reiterated the importance of farming and food production when the UK leaves the EU.

OAL has won £900,000 of funding for its robotic ingredient handling project

Robotic ingredients handling project wins £900k funding

By Gwen Ridler

Robotics and automation provider OAL has won £900,000 of funding for its robotic ingredients handling project, in partnership with the University of Lincoln and condiments manufacturer English Provender Company (EPC).

Valentine’s Day meals criticised for high salt levels

Valentine’s Day meals criticised for high salt levels

By Gwen Ridler

Valentine’s Day meal deals contain “shockingly high” levels of hidden salt, with retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) one of the worst offenders, according to pressure group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).

Shah: manufacturers should face the new reality of greater transparency in the supply chain

Business Leaders’ Forum

Transparent supply chains are the future

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers shouldn’t “bury their heads in the sand” but face up to the “new reality” of greater transparency in the supply chain, the boss of a UK ingredients importer has claimed.

The audit is intended to help consumers understand how the EU food safety model works

EU auditors to examine food safety policy

By Michelle Perrett

An EU-wide audit of food safety policy, with particular focus on chemical hazards, has been announced by the European Court of Auditors (ECA).

Verdad 410 can be used in potato salad, coleslaw, refrigerated sauces, and dips

FiE 2017

Salad dip preservative has clean-label claims

By Noli Dinkovski

A preservative for dips, spreads and deli-style salads – made from a combination of fermented cane sugar and speciality vinegar – took centre stage at Corbion’s stand during Food Ingredients Europe, held in Frankfurt last November.

Farm and food factory businesses are struggling to find enough workers

Report flags up industry labour shortage

By Michelle Perrett

The majority (70%) of food and beverage manufacturing companies are struggling or in crisis with regard to the supply of low and unskilled workers, a survey by the Association of Labour Providers (ALP) has revealed.

Egg sales are up

Egg sales enjoy boom

By Michelle Perrett

Egg sales have topped 6bn for the first time in more than 40 years, according to the latest data released by the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC).

The surplus food distribution initiative has been tested at Nestlé’s factories

Nestlé links up with Company Shop to cut food waste

By Rick Pendrous

An innovative approach to minimising food waste has been developed by Nestlé UK and Ireland in partnership with Company Shop – the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus food – and supported by the Waste & Resources Action Programme.

The UK food supply chain should be reshaped on the basis of six principles, says professor Elliott


Six principles to reshape food supply chains: Professor Elliott

By Mike Stones

Six principles of food integrity – “akin to a new industrial revolution” – should be used to reshape the British food supply system in the run up to Brexit and beyond, according to Professor Chris Elliott’s keynote address at the Oxford Farming Conference...

Michael Gove has enlisted the help of food manufacturers to plan a new ‘gold-standard’ for British food and farming

Oxford Farming Conference

Food firms help DEFRA plan new ‘gold-standard’ produce scheme

By Mike Stones

Food manufacturers and farmers are helping government devise a new “gold-standard” scheme that measures food quality, in a bid to boost exports after Brexit, environment secretary Michael Gove revealed at the Oxford Farming Conference yesterday (January...

Naked Bacon will be available in UK supermarkets from January 10

Nitrite-free bacon set for UK launch

By Noli Dinkovski

A bacon product free of cancer-causing nitrites is to launch in the UK following a £14M investment by Northern Irish meat processor Finnebrogue.

Metal contamination sparked a recall of Greencore wraps

Metal contamination sparks Greencore recall

By Gwen Ridler

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore has been forced to recall wraps from three supermarkets, after they were contaminated with small pieces of metal.

Food safety problems could arise from relying on old, paper-based data capture systems

Food safety needs a boost from more robust data capture

By Rick Pendrous

Many UK food and drink manufacturers are putting themselves and their customers at risk by relying on outdated paper-based systems to capture data and monitor their operational performance and product quality, warn several suppliers of software to the...


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