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FDF director general Ian Wright spoke of the uncertainties still surrounding Brexit

Business Leaders’ Forum

Brexit uncertainty ‘great concern’ for industry

By Gwen Ridler

Food manufacturers are greatly concerned by the lack of progress made by government over Brexit negotiations, according to Food and Drink Federation director general Ian Wright.

Charles Reed, group md of William Reed, on a previous Farm Africa expedition

Food industry leaders prepare for African charity trek

By Mike Stones

A team of senior food industry leaders – including Charles Reed, group md of William Reed, publisher of the Food Manufacture Group – is preparing for a charity trek to scale Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano straddling the Uganda-Kenya border, in a bid...

The Food Manufacture Group wishes you a Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year

Festive best wishes from the Food Manufacture team

By Mike Stones

Festive best wishes from everyone at the Food Manufacture Group. The team will return on Tuesday January 2 to bring you more news, views, insight and analysis from Britain’s biggest and best manufacturing sector: food and drink.

The bakery manufacturing Oscar was presented by Debbie Day (right), partner with category sponsor Lockton, and collected by Sonia Young on behalf of The Bread Factory

FMEAs 2017

Artisan bakery wins food manufacturing Oscar

By Mike Stones

Craft baker The Bread Factory has won the coveted Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in London, earlier this month.

An Oscar in the bag: Clipper Teas' Anthony Buckton collected the award from Dan Dixon of category sponsor Foodex and awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAS 2017

Clipper Teas bags top food and drink manufacturing Oscar

By Mike Stones

Clipper Teas bagged a top trophy in the food and drink manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – earlier this month at The Hilton on Park Lane in London.

The packaging industry will continue to give consumers exactly what they want, Waterhouse said

Food Manufacture’s 90th birthday

Food packaging ‘must mirror changing society’

By Matt Atherton

Packaging will continue to mirror the changing needs of society as it has over the past 90 years, says the Packaging Society’s chairman Chris Waterhouse.

Nutrition is more important than the latest food trend, said Judy Buttriss

Food Manufacture’s 90th Birthday

Nutrition ‘more important’ than latest food fashion

By Matt Atherton

Providing healthy, nutritious food is more important than trying to identify the latest food craze, urged the British Nutrition Foundation’s director general Professor Judy Buttriss.

Government must protect existing export opportunities and help open up new ones

Food exports: ‘government must do more to help’

By Noli Dinkovski

The UK is “open for business” with the rest of the world, but government needs to do more to promote food and drink exports before and after Brexit, a senior figure at the Department for International Trade (DIT) has suggested.

Campden BRI technology director Richard Akkermans said new technology would boost food safety

Food Safety Conference

Latest food safety tech ‘keeps food fresher’

By Matt Atherton

The latest technology in food manufacturing will help to keep food as fresh as possible, while not compromising on safety, says Campden BRI technology director Richard Akkermans.

Boosting food and drink exports is the aim of our one-day conference on October 5

Exports conference

Exports conference: still time for early-bird ticket

By Michael Stones

There is still time to buy early-bird tickets for the Food Manufacture Group’s exports conference – to take place at Ardencote Manor, Warwickshire on Thursday October 5 – ahead of the deadline (July 31).

The US market is a big oportunity for GM-free products

Business Leaders' Forum

GM-free food is big US export opportunity for manufacturers

By Matt Atherton

Exporting food free from genetic-modification (GM) to the US is a big opportunity for UK food manufacturers, according to Northern Ireland-based prepared vegetable supplier Mash Direct.

The sugar tax was victimising part of the food sector already lowering its sugar content, Watkins said

Business Leaders' Forum

Sugar tax is a ‘blunt instrument’ against obesity

By Matt Atherton

The sugar tax is a “blunt instrument” to tackle childhood obesity that “victimises” a sector already lowering sugar and calories in its products, according to law firm DWF.

Food manufacturer's labour costs may go up after Brexit, DWF partner Hannah Robbins said

Business Leaders' Forum

Food firms face higher labour costs after Brexit

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink manufacturers may face higher labour costs after Brexit, because they’ll have to compete for fewer non-UK EU workers, warns law firm DWF.

Dominic Watkins said labour had to be the starting point for discussions on food and drink manufacturing challenges

Business Leaders' Forum

Food industry labour and regulations are top challenges

By Michael Stones

Securing the food and drink industry’s labour needs and responding to the challenges of new legislation are among the top challenges facing manufacturers, according to law firm DWF.

New food export markets could take 10 years to develop, said Promar International's John Giles (left). Meawhile, Paul Berryman (right) is taking part in a US trade mission

Business Leaders’ Forum

New food export markets ‘could take 10 years to develop’

By Michael Stones

New food and drink exports could take 10 years to develop, says agri-food consultancy Promar International, ahead of a trade mission to the US this week by a team from the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Which way will you vote? Vote in Food Manufacture's preview poll

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.

Questions from Food Manufacture’s lean and green webinar were answered by Jeremy Praud and Simon Spanyol

Lean webinar

Lean manufacturing: your questions answered

By Michael Stones

The Food Manufacture Group’s recent webinar – Lean and green manufacturing: realising world class potential – drew an audience of hundreds of food and drink industry professionals, who put more than 50 questions to our expert panel. Here we answer some...

Greencore boss Helen Sisson explained the benefits of lean manufacturing

Lean webinar

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.

Sensory study: 57% of people aged 65 and over had one or both senses impaired

Adapt food for older tastes, sensory study claims

By John Wood

Research into the way ageing affects the senses of taste and smell suggests that food manufacturers need to modify their food to make it more appetising for people whose senses are impaired.

The food safety conference provided lots of food for thought

Food safety conference

Food safety conference: key lessons learnt

By Laurence Gibbons

A greater need for collaboration between the food industry and government to boost data sharing to help improve food safety was one of the key messages from the Food Manufacture Group’s food safety conference.

Consumers are becoming bored with 'dull' everyday food, says Young

Reignite senses with exciting new products

By Nicholas Robinson

Food manufacturers must work harder to excite “bored” consumers and find ways to engage their senses, master chocolatier Paul A Young said following his involvement in Tate Britain’s Sensorium exhibition in London.

Food Manufacture Group’s news of the year

The Food Manufacture Group’s year in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

It’s been another busy year for the Food Manufacture Group. We travelled the country to bring you the latest news and views online and in print and event formats about the hottest topics facing UK food and drink manufacturers in 2014.

Patrick Coveney said the trophy was a tribute to Greencore's entire workforce

food manufacturing awards

Greencore boss wins personality award in FMEA Oscars

By Michael Stones

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney has won the coveted Personality of the year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton in a glittering awards ceremony last week.

Griffiths: 'If you show neglect, consent or connivance, you could be prosecuted'

Food safety conference

Focus is on fraud under new EU rules

By Rick Pendrous

Manufacturers will face much tougher scrutiny and audits from their retail customers, which could face soaring financial penalties running into millions of pounds for mislabelled products under new EU rules, a regulatory expert has warned.

The Personality of the Year award is part of the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2014

Competition heats up among industry heavyweights

By Rod Addy

Competition to become Personality of the Year 2014 is intensifying as the deadline to vote draws closer, so readers will have to act fast to register their online nomination.

Many high-calorie foods gave no 'feeling of satiation', so encourage over-eating, said MacGregor

Obesity webinar

Anti-sugar campaigners flag up satiety message

By Rod Addy

Unhealthy foods don’t satisfy consumers’ appetites in the same way as other foods, meaning they end up eating more, fuelling the obesity “pandemic”, according to campaigners.

Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

Food scientists: it's time to raise your voices

It’s time for food scientists to raise their heads above the parapet and make the case for science and technology in feeding the world. The huge challenges facing us and the need to help the public navigate the miasma of dodgy food messages they are constantly...

£100 worth of Amazon vouchers are up for grabs for one lucky person who completes the online survey

National food and drink manufacturing survey opens

By Rod Addy

How will your company fare in 2014 in areas such as filling skills gaps, handling rising costs and profit growth? Now’s your chance to have your say and find out what your peers think.

Reserve your free place at our one-hour webinar by emailing

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.

Lack of engineering know-how makes food firms scared about investing in automation, says one expert


Fear factor, not cash, limits food factory automation

By Rod Addy

Food industry automation projects stall not because of lack of finance, but because of the ‘fear factor’ that firms won’t have engineers with the know-how to install or maintain systems.

Rudge claimed the food industry is almost invisible to young people

Foodex 2014

Food industry is ‘almost invisible’ to students

By Michael Stones

The food industry is “almost invisible” to students, warns a young person taking part in the Food Manufacture Group’s Big Video Debate on skills, to take place on Tuesday (March 25) at the Foodex show near Birmingham.

FIR your questions answered part two – in pictures

FIR webinar

FIR your questions answered part two – in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

The Food Manufacture Group assembled a crack-team of webinar speakers to help equip food and drink businesses with the information they need to prepare for the Food Information to Consumers Regulation, due to be enforced on December 13 2014.

Don't miss our free Big Video Debates at Foodex, dealing with social media, the lessons learnt from the horsemeat crisis, skills and lean and green manufacturing techniques

Big Video Debates on horsemeat and social media at Foodex

By Michael Stones

Learning the lessons of the horsemeat crisis and the latest updates on social media, plugging the skills gap and lean and green food and drink manufacturing are the subjects of four separate, free-to-attend, Big Video Debates at the Foodex event later...

FIR your questions answered – in pictures

FIR webinar

FIR your questions answered – in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

Last month the Food Manufacture Group assembled a crack-team of webinar speakers to help equip food and drink businesses with the information they need to prepare for the Food Information to Consumers Regulation, due to be enforced on December 13 2014.

The Scottish government pledged to end 'the scourge of misleading information' about the origin of food

'We'll make food labelling clearer': Scottish government

By Michael Stones

Consumers in Scotland will receive far clearer information about the origins of their food, the Scottish government has pledged, after launching a new partnership yesterday (February 11) to deliver that promise.

Further legislation to curb sales of food and drink to children was predicted by Tam Fry

Tougher regulation of food industry could be on way

By Rick Pendrous

Britain’s food industry is likely to face increasing political scrutiny and further calls for greater regulation over the coming year, according to leading food industry figures canvassed by this website.


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