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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 James 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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