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Unlike profit figures, the strength of business relationships are hard to define

How to benchmark business relationships

By Rick Pendrous

A new business relationship management and benchmarking subscription service for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands and suppliers, launched by Food Manufacture’s publisher William Reed, is gaining increased traction within the sector.

Morrisons has appointed Kevin Havelock as a non-executive director

Morrisons makes senior appointment

By James Ridler

Morrisons has appointed Unilever’s Refreshment division president Kevin Havelock as a non-executive director, effective from February next year.

UK grocery price rise and shoppers buy less, according to a new Nielsen report

UK grocery market sees 2.9% growth year-on-year

By James Ridler

UK grocery sales have grown 2.9% year-on-year, according to a new report from information specialist Nielsen, as the European grocery market grew at the fastest rate in three years. 

GroceryAid to raise fund through two training courses in partnership with Bridgethorne

GroceryAid raises funds through training course

By James Ridler

Training provider Bridgethorne is to raise funds for grocery charity GroceryAid through two special one-day training courses for fast moving consumer goods suppliers.

Tetra Pak launches cloud-based monitoring of kit

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Tetra Pak launches cloud-based monitoring of kit

By Rick Pendrous

A condition monitoring service has been launched by Tetra Pak to help food and drink manufacturers to predict machine failures before they occur. 

Crowdsourcing for food and drink innovation become 'the new normal': Julian Coleman

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Crowdsourcing ‘new normal’ for product development

By Noli Dinkovski

Crowdsourcing has become the “new normal” for new product development among leading global companies, and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands are leading the way, the director of a leading provider has claimed.

Thorntons makes and sells a wide range of chocolate and confectionery products

Q3 growth at Thorntons hit by slow sales

By Rod Addy

Slow sales in February and March and planned store closures hit sales at Thorntons in its third financial quarter (Q3), the confectionery firm reported in a trading statement.

Unilever ceo Paul Polman

City sceptical over P&G bid for Unilever

By Ben Bouckley and Graham Holter

A City analyst has expressed scepticism about the likely truth of rumours that Procter & Gamble (P&G) could be lining up a £38bn hostile bid for UK consumer giant Unilever.

Lactalis-Nestlé Chilled Dairy UK slashes finished goods waste by 70%

Lactalis-Nestlé Chilled Dairy UK slashes finished goods waste by 70%

By Elaine Watson

Demand planning accuracy at Lactalis-Nestlé Chilled Dairy UK has surged 10% to 85% over the past two years leading to a significant improvement in availability and a huge drop in waste in a category in which 70% of volumes are now sold on promotion.

Prince Charles to food industry: 'Your planet needs you'

Prince Charles to food industry: 'Your planet needs you'

By Elaine Watson

Food manufacturers and retailers “simply must become stronger advocates of sustainable forms of fishing and of other agriculture” if we are to avert environmental Armageddon, Prince Charles has urged.

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