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The latest food innovation – in pictures

By Michelle Perrett

Halal, Italian and Japanese were among the sources of inspiration behind some of the most innovative food launches over the past month.  

Click through our photogallery for insights into the top 10 food and drink trends

Top 10 US food and drink trends – in pictures

By Michelle Perrett

The rise of single male households and an ageing population are the top two of 10 key food and drink trends from the influential Chicago-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), portrayed in this photogallery.

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.

The Centre Stage at Foodex will be the location for Food Manufacture’s Big Video Debates

Foodex 2016

Food fraud, campylobacter and apprentices in Big Video Debates

By Michael Stones

Food crime, campylobacter and apprentices are the subject of three Big Video Debates at the Foodex trade event, which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham between Monday April 18 and Wednesday April 20.

Food and drink manufacturers could benefit from telling a story about their products

Innovation conference

Why manufacturers should tell ‘a story about food’

By Michael Stones

Telling a good story about the provenance of food and drink products could benefit manufacturers, Mintel’s David Jago told the innovation conference New Frontiers in Food and Drink.

The innovation conference highlighted the importance of innovation after the sugar tax

Innovation conference

Innovation conference highlights potential on offer

By Michael Stones

New product development will become even more important for food and drink manufacturers, after the Chancellor’s sugar tax budget bombshell, according director of the Aurora Ceres Partnership Steve Osborn, who chaired Food Manufacture's recent innovation...

CCE teamed up with Cranfield University to launch a five-step sustainability plan

Coca-Cola Enterprises in five-step sustainability plan

By Michelle Perrett

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has unveiled a five-step plan for the future of sustainable manufacturing, which includes ‘smart’ ingredients with the potential to replace sugar, fat and salt.

Edible insects: set for mainstream manufacturing success

Innovation conference

Edible insects: coming to a manufacturer near you

By Michael Stones

Edible insects are set for mainstream manufacturing success, as their US popularity is repeated on this side of the Atlantic, according to speakers at Food Manufacture’s innovation conference – New Frontiers in Food and Drink.

Premier has appointed Jette Andersen as md of the manufacturer’s International Business Unit

Premier Foods appoints international boss

By Michael Stones

Premier Foods has appointed a new international boss, Jette Andersen, to spearhead the manufacturer’s growth in the key markets of North America and Australasia.

Tulip is boosting its apprenticeship programme

Tulip boosts apprenticeship programme

By Michelle Perrett

Pork processor Tulip is extending its apprenticeship programme for 2016, offering 30 butchery, nine engineering and nine technical apprenticeships.

Food manufacturers should not target competitors' workers as a means of plugging the skills gap

Skills boss sets out scale of food industry challenge

By Michael Stones

The boss of the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) set out the scale of the challenge facing the food and drink manufacturing industry at the organisation’s Food & Drink Skills Conference this week.

Deals: stripping out the SABMiller takeover, overall deal value reached £10.7bn

Food and drink M&A activity hits five-year high

By Noli Dinkovski

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the food and drink sector reached a five-year peak in 2015 – even when stripping out the ‘mega-deal’ takeover of SABMiller by AB InBev – a report by business and financial advisory firm Grant Thornton has...

The new food and drink industry engineering apprenticeship aims to lift industry standards

New food Trailblazer apprenticeship to be launched

By Michael Stones

A new food and drink industry engineering apprenticeship will be launched tomorrow by the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD), as part of the government’s ‘Trailblazer’ programme.

IFST boss Jon Poole warned ditching the Food Technology A-Level will have 'unintended consequences'

Business Leaders' Forum

Food leaders attack the Apprenticeship Levy

By Noli Dinkovski

Government plans to impose an employers' Apprenticeship Levy and scrap a key A-Level qualification have come under fire from food and drink industry leaders.

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)...

Happy holidays from the Food Manufacture team

Happy holidays from the Food Manufacture team

By Michael Stones

Happy holidays and a prosperous New Year from the whole Food Manufacture team. The team will be back on January 4 to bring you more breaking news, insight and analysis from the fast-moving world of food and drink manufacturing.

Food and drink industry people on the move

People on the move in food and drink

By Laurence Gibbons

Young’s Seafood, Müller Wiseman Dairies and Wyke Farms all feature in our latest roundup of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Top food and drink trends for 2016

Food and drink trends focus on smaller brands

By Noli Dinkovski

The growing importance of smaller food and drink brands, arising from the fragmentation of consumer beliefs about food, is one of 10 key trends identified next year by New Business Nutrition.

Food industry people on the move

Food industry people on the move

By Laurence Gibbons

Samworth Brothers, Iglo Food Group and Dawn Foods all made top line appointments as part of their preparations for expansion in 2016.

  People starting careers in food businesses should be hungry for knowledge, says King

Big interview new starter advice

Food business starters should be hungry for knowledge

By Laurence Gibbons

Young people starting their food business careers should hungry for knowledge about the roles they’ve taken on and slip a “finger in lots of pies”, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) boss Jane King. 

Food and drink in 2016 – in pictures

Top food and drink trends for 2016 – in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

Mintel has unveiled 12 top trends it predicts will shape the food and drink industry over the next year. To find out what they are and how each of them will influence consumers and deliver key opportunities, enjoy our photogallery.

MexImport Group will source traditional food and drink from Mexico

Mexican business leaders create UK venture

By Alice Foster

Three Mexican business leaders have created a multi-million pound venture, MexImport Group, which will source traditional food and drink from their homeland.

Raymond Blanc

British Food Fortnight wins French chef support

By Michael Stones

British Food Fortnight – the annual celebration of food and drink which begins tomorrow – has enlisted big name backing, including French chef Raymond Blanc, to promote the nation’s finest produce.

Premier blamed a production fault for its recall of 33,600 gravy granule tubs

Premier Foods blames recall on production fault

By Michael Stones

Premier Foods has blamed a production fault for its recall of thousands of tubs of Bisto For Chicken Gravy Granules and Reduced Salt Bisto For Chicken Gravy Granules.

Cutting portion sizes and packaging could help beat obesity

Smaller food and drink packages can 'beat obesity'

By Michael Stones

Smaller food and drink packages sold in supermarkets and smaller portions served at home and in restaurants could help beat Britain’s obesity crisis, claims news research from the University of Cambridge.

Food and drink people on the move

Food industry people on the move

By Laurence Gibbons

Carl Ravenhall’s decision to quit his role as boss of Müller Wiseman Dairies leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Food industry people on the move

People on the move in the food industry

By Laurence Gibbons

The creation of a new md role for Burton’s Biscuit Company’s UK & Ireland business leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Follow our three top tips to win a  manufacturing Oscar

How you can win a food and drink manufacturing Oscar

By Michael Stones

There’s still plenty of time to submit your winning entry in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), ahead of the July 17 deadline. So, here’s how to impress the judges and bring home a much-coveted food and drink manufacturing Oscar.

Many food manufacturers are turning to premiumisation

Food and drink firms focus on premiumisation

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers are increasingly exploiting premiumisation by focusing on niche products in a bid to insulate their businesses from the low prices arising from  the supermarket price war, reveals a new report.

Free-from food manufacturers had to build brand loyalty, said Varjonen

Vitafoods 2015

Top four tips to succeed with free-from

By Nicholas Robinson

Free-from food and drink manufacturers must defend themselves against fickle consumers if their brands are to remain successful in one of the fastest growing markets, experts have urged. 

Deals and partnerships lead the past week's headlines

New Anglo-American partnership leads Good Week/Bad Week

By Laurence Gibbons

A new partnership between the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and its American counterpart – the Institute of Food Technologists – leads the selection of good and bad news from the past seven days in a special edition of Good Week/ Bad...

Costing a packet: complying with the FIR labeling rules cost more than many firms predicted

FIR compliance ‘costs more than firms predicted’

By Michael Stones

Many food manufacturers are spending more than they intended on complying with the new EU labelling rules, set out in the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIR), after details about compliance arrived late and were confusing to interpret, claimed...


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