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Michael Gove: ‘Historic opportunity’

Government launches post-Brexit farming consultation

By Michelle Perrett

Environment secretary Michael Gove has said there is a “historic opportunity” to deliver a farming policy which works for the whole industry, as he launched a new consultation today.

Dr Alison Tedstone: food and drink sponsorship of sport is becoming a ‘moral debate’

Health boss slams food sector sports funding

By Noli Dinkovski

The government’s leading nutritionist has slammed food and drink sponsorship of sporting and health-related events as being an inadequate way of addressing the nation’s obesity crisis.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told conference Labour was ‘on the threshold of power’. Photo credit: Chatham House

Labour conference draws mixed response

By Michael Stones

The Labour Party conference in Brighton this week drew a mixed response from food manufacturing and business leaders, with plans for a new industrial strategy drawing praise but criticism of business finding less favour.

The British Retail Consortium and the Food and Drink Federation have launched a search for sugar alternatives

Manufacturers search for sugar alternatives

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink firms have called on ingredients manufacturers and researchers to help identify potential sugar alternatives, in a bid to aid companies in reformulating their products and improve public health.

Gove: ‘Provenance matters because our future does not lie in a pile it high sell it cheap race to the bottom’

Provenance key to food exports, claims Michael Gove

By Rick Pendrous

The provenance of UK-produced food would underpin the government’s global export strategy as the nation moves towards Brexit, Michael Gove claimed in one of his first outings as the new environment secretary.

The Groceries Supply Code of Practice covers 10 large grocery retailers

Groceries Code comes under scrutiny

By Rick Pendrous

The UK food supply chain is coming under scrutiny at two events examining transparency, competition and focusing on the roles of Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) and the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP).

UK exports to non-EU exports have grown this year but Europe remained the top export destination

Non-EU food exports see significant growth

By Gwen Ridler

UK food and drink exports outside of the EU have seen significant growth in 2016 compared with last year, revealed a new report from the Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) released on Monday (November...

Will a spoonful of sugar make the regulatory medicine go down?

‘Mary Poppins Act’ needed to reduce sugar intake

By Rick Pendrous

The UK will probably strengthen rules governing the front-of-pack nutrition labelling of food and drink packs – something it has been restricted from doing as part of the EU – rather than watering them down following the Brexit vote, a food labelling...

UK exports rise after 2015 dip

FDF first-half results show 9% rise in UK exports

By Matt Atherton

The value of food and non-alcoholic drink exports rose by 8.7%, up by £528.3M over the past 12 months to £6.6bn, compared with the previous year, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

The FDF boss predicted a detailed plan for Brexit will be in place by October

Expect Brexit timeline by October, says FDF boss

By Noli Dinkovski

The boss of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) believes the Conservative government will set out a timetable for the UK’s exit from the EU at the time of its party conference, which takes place from October 2–5.

The vote in favour of Brexit has drawn a mixed food industry reaction

Brexit impact

Brexit: mixed response from food and drink industry

By Michael Stones

The UK food and drink sector has given a mixed response, so far, to voters’ decision to quit the EU. Here, we report food and drink industry leaders’ first reactions to the historic decision.

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Brexit debate

EU referendum: and the result will be …

By Michael Stones

No, we can’t predict the result of tomorrow’s EU referendum debate. But we can offer you a sneak preview of the possible outcome by voting in our very own Food Manufacture poll.

Food and drink firms have received a five-step guide to export success

Food manufacturers get five-point export advice

By Michelle Perrett

Food and drink manufacturers wanting to increase exports can benefit from a new guide developed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA).

Sajid Javid (centre) with the FDF's president Fiona Kendrick and director Ian Wright

Great British Food Unit to drive progress: BIS

By Mike Stones

The Great British Food Unit – a new partnership between food and drink manufacturers and two government departments, to be launched this year – will help to boost sales at home and abroad, the secretary of state for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)...

Pyramid auditing can lead to 'another pointless, non-risk based audit': PTF

Pyramid auditing 'adds to manufacturers' costs'

By Michael Stones

Pyramid or cascade auditing – the practice of using third parties to conduct audits of food manufacturing premises – can result in needless expense, add to red tape and risks compromising the intellectual property (IP) of some businesses, warns the Provision...

Food and non-alcoholic drink exports suffered to due to the weakening euro and strengthening pound

Food exports drop 5% due to currency factors

By Michael Stones

UK exports of food and non-alcoholic drink exports dropped 5.3% in value to £6bn in the first six months of the year, as the strength of sterling became “a growing concern”, warned the Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA).

Jamie Oliver imposed a home-grown sugar tax

Food manufacturers slam Jamie in sugar row

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers have hit back at millionaire, celebrity food star Jamie Oliver’s decision to add a 10p ‘sugar tax’ on all sweet drinks at his restaurants in protest at government's refusal to introduce a levy.

Thorntons' boss Paul Wilkinson will chair tomorrow's Business Leaders' Forum

Business leaders' forum

Business Leaders’ Forum: one day to go

By Michael Stones

Senior food and drink manufacturing executives are preparing for the Business Leaders’ Forum (BLF) in central London tomorrow (January 20). The event – staged by the Food Manufacture Group – is a morning seminar for the sector’s leaders to discuss the...

Much of the UK food industry relied on the contributions of overseas nationals

UK food industry depends on migrants

By Michael Stones

Migrant workers make a key contribution to food and drink manufacturing and their loss to the sector would be seriously damaging, according to informed industry sources.

Coleshill: 'The skills agenda is a top priority'

Cargill, PepsiCo, Mars woo female engineers

By Rod Addy

The food industry is wooing female engineers in a partnership between food manufacturers Cargill, PepsiCo and Mars and youth skills initiative MyKindaCrowd.

Sugar and obesity debate so far

Sugar: the big fat debate – in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

As the debate about the levels of sugar, salt and fat in food manufacturers’ products and their contribution to obesity intensifies, we chart the key points over the past six months – in photographs.

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Obesity webinar to set record straight on fat, salt and sugar

By Michael Stones

Frustrated by apparent half-truths, misrepresentations and downright falsehoods peddled in the debate about fats, sugar and salt? Then, sign up for our free, one-hour webinar, which aims to set the scientific record straight on these controversial topics.

McCain's apprentice Charlotte Linford meets George Eustice, food and farming minister last week during his visit to McCains' Peterborough factory

Food industry co-operation key benefit of apprenticeship week

By Michael Stones

Two key achievements of National Apprenticeship Week were to foster industry co-operation on the campaign to attract more youngsters and to focus the government’s attention on the sector, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Sourcing UK food for school dinners supports industry

Government pledges to support British food

By Michael Stones

Environment secretary Owen Paterson has pledged to significantly boost the proportion of British food bought by government agencies in 2014.

Students toured CCE's Edmonton plant, before quizzing top executives about food and drink industry careers

Food firms support ‘See inside manufacturing’ plan

By Mike Stones

Nestlé, Mondelēz International and Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) have joined other food and drink manufacturers to invite more than 1,600 students, teachers and careers advisors to visit their businesses this month as part of the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’...

Courses need to meet firms' needs

Train reaction

By Gary Scattergood

The industry needs more skilled employees and it needs them quickly. But is there a coherent training and careers regime? Gary Scattergood investigates

Food and non-alcoholic drink exports rose by 2.5% to £6.1bn, after a slow start in the first quarter

Food and drink exports pick up after slow start

By Mike Stones

Exports of British food and non-alcoholic drink rose by 2.5% to £6.1bn in the first half of 2013, after a slow start, revealed figures released today (September 23) by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

£100,000 in bursaries will be offered to students accepted onto the food engineering degree course

Food engineering students to get 100k in bursaries

By Mike Stones

Students accepted to study for the UK’s first food and drink engineering degree will be offered a combined total of £100,000 in bursaries in their first year to help stave off student debt, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Sales of food and drink manufacturing robots slumped in the second quarter in contrast to general industry sales

Food and drink robot numbers slump

By Mike Stones

Sales of food and drink manufacturing robots slumped in the second quarter of this year – down 65% – compared with the previous quarter, in contrast to buoyant sales in general manufacturing.

Food and drink manufacturers are more optimistic about business prospects, revealed the FDF survey. The results mirror the latest CBI survey

Food manufacturers more optimistic about business

By Mike Stones

British food and drink manufacturers are stepping up investment, reflecting growing optimism about business prospects, according to a survey by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

Can new labels change consumer behaviour?

By Rick Pendrous

The government has at last published its hybrid front-of-pack (FoP) nutritional labelling scheme, to widespread applause from health campaigners, major retailers and some manufacturers - although not all - that have supported it.

Nestlé boss urges action to promote the course to students

Act now to train the UK's first food engineers

By Gary Scattergood

A concerted PR, marketing and social media campaign needs to be quickly launched if the 40 places on the first accredited food and drink engineering course are to be filled.

Cash-strapped: Small-scale food manufacturers could boost output if banks boosted lending

Small food manufacturers’ growth plans stifled by banks

By Gary Scattergood

Small food and drink firms make a crucial contribution to the £1,000bn driven through local economies by small businesses each year, but it could be far greater if banks loosened their purse strings.

Simon Baldry, md CCE: 'We have neglected food and drink manufacturing'

Food and drink manufacturers ‘neglected’

By Rick Pendrous

The government should focus more on the contribution that food and drink manufacture makes to the economic prosperity of the nation, rather than focusing as it does on other sectors, said Simon Baldry, md of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE).

Mars: for work, rest and ... hosting a visit of MPs to see inside food and drink manufacturing

MPs tour Mars to ‘see inside food manufacturing’

By Mike Stones

Mars Chocolate UK in Slough – home of Mars, Snickers, Galaxy and Maltesers – hosted a visit by MPs and Peers yesterday (June 12) as part of ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ (SIM) initiative.

The Queen set out the government's plans for a groceries code adjudicator in a speech before both Houses of Parliament

Grocery adjudicator’s success depends on referrals

By Mike Stones

The success of plans to appoint a groceries code adjudicator ― set out in the Queen’s speech today (May 9) ― will depend upon the adjudicator's ability to listen to third-party referrals and levy penalties, say food and drink manufacturers.


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