Food Industry

The Office for National Statistics studied 17,000 products between September 2015 and June 2017 to determine the rate of shrinkflation

Shrinkflation hits food industry

By Aidan Fortune

The bread and cereals category has been most affected by shrinkflation since 2015, new pricing research has found.

Healthy living will impact on food megatrends in 2018

Top ‘mega’ food trends for 2018 revealed

By Michelle Perrett

Euromonitor International, the market research company, has predicted the top eight “megatrends” it believes will shape the packaged food sector during 2018.

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

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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...

Tesco group chief executive Dave Lewis will give the City Food Lecture

Tesco boss to discuss supplier partnerships

By Rick Pendrous

Tesco group chief executive Dave Lewis will use the City Food Lecture 2018 to offer his views on the ‘essential’ role supplier partnerships will have on the future of the UK’s food supply chain.

Lomond, owner of manufacturer Cake, has acquired Hall's Direct

Lomond buys food distribution business

By Gwen Ridler

Lomond – owner of bakery Cake – has acquired wholesale food distribution business Hall’s Direct, in a deal that will boost Lomond’s annual turnover to more than £30M.

Greencore reported a 46% rise in revenue

Greencore revenue up 46.1% after food-to-go boost

By Matt Atherton

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore reported a 46.1% rise in group revenue to £1.01bn in its interim results, boosted by strong growth in its food-to-go offering, and the acquisition of US firm Peacock Foods.

Greencore share price fell 20p last week

Greencore shares fall 7.5% after US customer deal

By Matt Atherton

Greencore shares dropped about 7.5% in value within three hours last week (April 25), before rallying, after its largest customer, Tyson Foods, revealed a £2.5bn ($3.2bn) takeover of convenience foods manufacturer AdvancePierre Foods.

Welsh food and drink boosted by £21M programme

Welsh food and drink gets £21M boost

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink in Wales is to get a £21M boost, as the Welsh government launches a programme to fund research into food production and safeguard thousands of jobs.

Food Manufacture's Business Leaders' Forum had four key sponsors

Business Leaders' Forum

Food firms are optimistic despite sector challenges

By Matt Atherton

The Business Leaders’ Forum – organised by the Food Manufacture Group – showcased the optimism in the food and drink sector, despite Brexit and international challenges, according to sponsor DWF, but raised more questions than answers, said Charpak, another...

DEFRA minister George Eustice promised Brexit would mean less red tape

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Food industry red tape to end after Brexit: DEFRA

By Michael Stones

Brexit will bring an end to food industry red tape, promises George Eustice, minister of state at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Engineering entry-level salaries have increased 4% since last year

Graduate engineers’ pay rose 4% since last year

By Matt Atherton

Engineering graduates could expect “good salaries”, claimed engineering consultancy firm adi Group, after latest figures revealed entry-level graduates’ salaries have increased 4% since last year.

An artists impression of that new food park. Courtesy of Hacer Developments

Food park could create 1k jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Up to 1,000 food and drink jobs could be created in Pembrokeshire, after plans were unveiled for a new food park.

Time to invest

Time to invest

By Alyson Magee

Rising labour costs and the need to become more flexible to meet changing customer demands is driving investment.

Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney said the Peacock Foods acquisition will transform the firm’s US business

Greencore to acquire $1bn US firm Peacock Foods

By Michael Stones

Greencore has revealed plans to acquire the US convenience food manufacturer Peacock Foods, which is valued at £594.3M ($747.5M) and has revenues of $1bn, alongside full-year results today (November 14).

2 Sisters boss Janette Graham won the coveted Food Manufacture Personality of the year

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2 Sisters boss: Trailblazers to make a ‘huge difference’

By Michael Stones

The Trailblazers apprenticeship programme will make a key contribution to attracting young talent into food and drink manufacturing, says 2 Sisters boss Janette Graham in this exclusive video interview, filmed after she won the Food Manufacture Personality...

The UK food industry ‘suffers by the absence of very strong championship from the government’, said the Greencore boss

Government ‘fails to back UK food’: Greencore boss

By Rick Pendrous

Government is failing to recognise the importance of food and drink manufacturing to the UK economy and is not providing the support it needs to grow both domestically and in export markets, Greencore boss Patrick Coveney has warned.

The food and drink sector will need to recruit 130,000 new employees by 2024

Attracting food industry talent ‘never more urgent’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers have never faced “a more urgent challenge” to attract talent, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), as it launched a new report designed to help plug the industry skills gap.

Greencore boss Helen Sisson explained the benefits of lean manufacturing

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Greencore boss sets out lean manufacture gains

By Michael Stones

Lean and green food manufacturing is about far more than “switching off the lights and lagging the pipes”, Greencore’s group technical director Helen Sisson explains in this exclusive video interview.

Paul Wilkinson unwrapped four surprises of the food manufacturing year

Business Leaders’ Forum

Four food and drink industry surprises of 2015

By Michael Stones

A shift in power from retailers to their suppliers, leading to a better year than expected, was one of four key surprises that shaped the UK food and drink industry last year, Paul Wilkson, chair of the Food Manufacture Group Business Leaders’ Forum told...

Chairman Keith Boardall (left) and deputy chief executive Marcus Boardall

Frozen distributor Reed Boardall reports steady results for 2015

By Rick Pendrous

Reed Boardall Group, the Yorkshire-based cold storage and transport firm has just reported another year of steady performance with revenues rising to just under £66M in the year to March 31 2015, an increase of 3% from the previous year’s total sales...

Food firms should prevent more people becoming obese


Food firms should prevent obesity not manage it

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturers should forget about managing people that are currently obese and instead focus on preventing more people becoming overweight, according to a leading expert.

Wild (centre) picks up her award from FMEAs host Mark Durden-Smith (left) and b3 jobs md Marcus Brasier (right)

Don’t overlook our industry: Young Talent winner

By Laurence Gibbons

Young people shouldn’t overlook the food industry as it can offer many job roles and quick progression, according to the winner of the Food Manufacturing Excellence Award (FMEA) for Young Talent of the Year.

Top 12 trends will influence next year's food and drink industry: Mintel

Top 12 food and drink trends for 2016: Mintel

By Michael Stones

Alternatives everywhere is the first of 12 top trends that will dominate the food and drink industry next year, predicts market research specialist Mintel.

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.

Some visionary companies understood the need to invest in preventive maintenance, said Gagg

Preventive maintenance vital for cash-strapped firms

By Rod Addy

Food firms are targeting asset care as a way to ease pressure on profits, but lack of properly trained staff is proving a hindrance, according to Peter Gagg, md of MCP management consultants.

WHO issued a strong recommendation for sugar to form less than 10% of an individual’s daily energy intake

Food firms ‘sow seeds of doubt’ in WHO

By Rod Addy

World Health Organisation (WHO) sugar guidance is “disappointing” and suggests food firms have persuaded it to take a softer line on consumption, claims pressure group Action on Sugar (AoS).

Food firms are cheating consumers with 'clean labels' claims Blythman

Industry launches attack on ‘shaming’ book

By Linda Groves

The food industry has slammed accusations made in a book, claiming the sector was knowingly misleading consumers about food ingredients and production processes. 

Commercial GM crops could be grown in the UK following EU rule changes

EU changes open door to more GM

By Nicholas Robinson

New legislation allowing EU Member States (MSs) to regulate the growth of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in their territories will change the face of the UK food industry, according to a leading academic in the field.

Must try harder: Schools should provide better information about food industry careers

Young stars explain how to attract others

By Nicholas Robinson

Schools must play a bigger role in attracting young people to the food and drink manufacturing sector, according to the UK’s top young industry talent.

Jodie Adcock, a line leader at Thorntons, won the Young Talent of the Year Award

Big brands aim to pull in young female talent

By Nicholas Robinson

Female students have gained access to some of the world’s largest food manufacturers, as part of an industry drive to boost young talent in the sector.

The strain could affect meat from cattle

Food Safety Conference

Emerging zoonosis ups pressure on food industry

By Nicholas Robinson

Another major microbial threat is set to put food businesses under more pressure, as scientists only just begin to ask questions about it, an expert has warned.

Fosh: 'designing and driving forward the future skills agenda'

Industry Skills Partnership backed by £3M boost

By Rod Addy

The government is pumping £2M into the launch of a new partnership designed to deliver food industry recruits in England with practical, competitive skills that will satisfy employers.

The Taste the Future event aimed to inspire a new generation of food industry leaders

Four top tips for aspiring food industry leaders

By Michael Stones

Be passionate: love what you do and who you do it for, was the top advice for young people aiming to be the food industry leaders of tomorrow, at an event staged recently by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

You can listen again at any time to the free, one-hour webinar. See article for details

Obesity quotes chart wide ranging webinar

By Michael Stones

Nearly 1,300 people registered for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour, independent webinar on the roots of Britain’s obesity crisis and its remedies. Here, we capture a flavour in quotes of the wide-ranging debate.

Obesity experts sum up webinar messages

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Obesity webinar speakers sum up key messages

By Michael Stones

Calls to base Britain’s obesity debate on a more scientific footing and the urgent need to reformulate food and drink products were just two of the key messages speakers took from the Food Manufacture Group’s obesity webinar last week.


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