Food Industry

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.


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