Northumbrian Fine Foods's £1.2M investment into a new production line has create 40 jobs

Biscuit manufacturer creates 40 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Up to 40 jobs have been created at a biscuit manufacturer in Gateshead, after the company’s new £1.2M bake oven and production line became fully operational.

Boosting apprenticeships was a key means of lifting productivity, said DEFRA boss Tim Render

Food manufacturers face ‘four key challenges’

By Michael Stones

Food manufacturers face four key challenges – with the need to boost productivity topping the list – according to Tim Render, director of food and farming, at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

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.

TCL develops a packaging film suitable for ultra-high cooking temperatures

Ovenable film handles high heat

By Rick Pendrous

A new ovenable high definition printed packaging film suitable for ultra-high cooking temperatures has been added to TCL Packaging’s product range. 

Manufacturers need to shift to more plant-based foods, said Tim Lang

Plant-based food needed or risk ‘health disaster’

By Matt Atherton

Manufacturers need to shift from producing “ultra-processed” foods to more plant-based food, or risk disaster for public health and the environment, warns food policy expert Professor Tim Lang from City, University of London. 

DWF's Dominic Watkins highlighted the need to plan responses to a food safety challenge in advance

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Food safety: stopping a risk becoming a crisis

By Michael Stones

Stopping a food safety challenge becoming a multi-million pound crisis depends on first acknowledging the problem and having a recovery strategy in place to mitigate it, according to DWF partner Dominic Watkins.

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).

Lobbying campaigns could mean Biocide-based cleaning chemical will continue

Safety conference

Biocide-based cleaning chemical use may continue

By Rick Pendrous

Proposals from the European Commission (EC) to restrict the use of some widely used chlorine-based food factory cleaning chemicals have been delayed, thanks in part to a campaign by UK food manufacturers and chemicals suppliers, according to an expert...

SK Foods won the Judges' Star Performer category of the food and drink manufacturing Oscars

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

SK Foods wins Judges’ Star Performer Oscar

By Michael Stones

Chilled ethnic snacks producer SK Foods has landed the coveted Judges’ star performer trophy in the food manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during an awards celebration at The Hilton Park Lane, last week.

Crime is widespread throughout the food supply chain

Food Safety conference

Crime boss reports supply chain-wide offences

By Michael Stones

Food Crime Unit boss Andy Morling revealed his team had detected crime throughout the food supply chain over the past year at Food Manufacture’s food safety conference.

Linpac is using Biomaster silver ion technology in poultry packs

Antimicrobial growth led by clean-label

By Paul Gander

The use of in-pack antimicrobials and other forms of active packaging is likely to be driven over the next few years by both the shelf-life requirements of ‘clean-label’ formulations with fewer additives and by the need to fight specific pathogens such...

Deli Sensi: environmental health officers closed the Batley site last October after rat droppings were found (picture: Kirkless Council)

Sandwich firm owner pleads guilty to rat infestation

By Noli Dinkovski

The owner of a Dewsbury-based sandwich making firm has pleaded guilty to a series of food hygiene offences at two of its sites, one of which had a rat infestation in the food production area.

Jonny Bingham (left) and David Jones: ‘A great opportunity has been missed or neglected’ (Photo©Sacha Ferrier)

Retailers should trust suppliers’ innovation teams

By Jonny Bingham & David Jones

Since the big ‘re-set’ of the supermarket shelves, where scores of products vied for a reduced and downsized space allocation, we have seen an escalation in own-label activity.

Restricting disinfectant use could jeopardise hygiene in food production

Food safety update: biocides defy clean definition

By Paul Gander

Food industry disinfectants are battling a motley band of pathogens. But how do you maintain food hygiene while minimising biocide residues? Paul Gander asks whether legislation is helping or hindering this process.

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2016

Food Manufacturing Oscars

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: Sponsors profiles 2016

By Rick Pendrous

Big thanks to the sponsors of the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, which take place at the London Hilton in Park Lane on Wednesday November 2. Here's a quick guide this year’s category sponsors.

A review hygiene regulations is likely to be sparked by Brexit

Brexit will drive review of hygiene regulations

By Noli Dinkovski

A skills shortage and the impact of Brexit are the two main challenges facing the food industry, the newly appointed chairman of the Society of Food Hygiene & Technology (SOFHT) has claimed.

Cooked poultry operations will be integrated into the Faccenda supply chain, starting with duck

Poultry producers sign £10M joint venture deal

By Noli Dinkovski

Poultry producers Dartmouth Foods and Faccenda Foods are to open a new £10M facility in Plymouth as part of a joint venture to maximise the operating potential of both companies.

The British frozen food market is value at more than £8bn

British frozen food market worth a cool £8bn

By Michael Stones

Food manufacturers face an £8bn-plus opportunity to target the frozen food market, according to a new report from the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF).

Abergavenny Fine Foods' md Melanie Bowman has brought the company back from the ashes

Cheese firm rebuilds factory destroyed in fire

By Matt Atherton

Abergavenny Fine Foods opened its new factory on July 7, a year after fire destroyed the company’s goat’s cheese production at Blaenavon, south east Wales.

Tesco has unveiled new pots for its food-to-go products

New pots for food-to-go at Tesco

By Rick Pendrous

Food packaging suppliers Faerch Plast and Colpac recently joined forces to develop a new pack design in conjunction with fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor for a new Tesco food-to-go range.

Raw and lightly cooked eggs deemed safe by a new report

Runny eggs safer than thought: new research

By Gwen Ridler

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) could change its advice on eating raw and runny eggs, after a report identified a big reduction in the risk of salmonella from UK hens’ eggs.

Pomace: Researchers are looking at introducing it into cereal products, including bread, muffins and biscuits

Blackcurrant pomace has fibre-enriching potential

By Noli Dinkovski

A food producer has joined forces with the University of Huddersfield as part of an international project to test the viability of a fruit by-product that has the potential to enrich the fibre content of bread by 15%.

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.

Food Manufacture's 'Top tweets of the Week'

Food Manufacture’s ‘Top tweets of the week’

By Matt Atherton

Maggots in Morrisons’ broccoli, Coca-Cola’s plans to boost output and our quest for a food manufacturing hero all featured in the top tweets from Food Manufacture’s readers this week.

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Food manufacturers face challenging times: survey

By Rick Pendrous

Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, food and drink manufacturers face even more business challenges than they did before. The scale of those challenges was revealed by our exclusive survey of Food Manufacture Group readers.

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.

The FSA may expand its guidance to food manufacturers to cover food storage and freezing advice for consumers

FSA to consider freezer advice on food labels

By Michelle Perrett

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) plans to consider whether to expand its guidance to food manufacturers to cover food storage and freezing advice for consumers. 

Lamberts: N8 AgriFood will explore solutions to food security, agritech and consumer health issues across the supply chain

UK agrifood research programme launched

By Rick Pendrous

The global challenges of ensuring sustainable, resilient and healthy food supplies for all is the focus of the international launch of the N8 AgriFood programme today (June 21).

Special K Biscuit Moments and Cheetos were among the recalled products

Undeclared allergens cause food recalls

By Gwen Ridler

Salmon skewers, cheese snacks and breakfast snacks were some of the products recalled last month over reports of undeclared allergens, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).


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