Manufacturing

NSF's EyeSuceed augmented reality glasses

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Using augmented reality in the food factory

By Bethan Grylls

Will augmented reality (AR) become a reality in food factories? Bethan Grylls investigates, as she speaks to both tech professor Bob Stone and NSF – co-creator of EyeSucceed.

Out of the frying pan into the fire...or will 2023 hold more hope? Credit: Getty/Yagi Studio

Ingredients challenges and opportunities for 2023

By Bethan Grylls

As we enter the new year, Food Manufacture examines three key ingredients challenges and opportunities for the food and drink sector, from rising costs and purchasing habits, to the food safety risks of climate change, and the potential of precision fermentation....

Clive Black: Shrinkflation shows a complete misunderstanding of how consumers connect with brands

‘Shrinkflation’ damages food brand reputations

By Noli Dinkovski

Shrinkflation is a “dangerous strategy” for manufacturers of branded products to embark upon, as it shows a complete misunderstanding of how consumers connect with brands, a leading food and drink analyst has argued.

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.

Ross McMahon (centre) talks about Kendal Nutricare’s double award win at the FMEAs

FMEAs

Double award win to boost business for manufacturer

By Gwen Ridler

Kendal Nutricare’s double award win at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) will raise the manufacturer’s profile with customers and suppliers, says the firm’s ceo Ross McMahon in this exclusive video interview filmed on Oscar night.

Food firms should open up about their needs: logistics boss

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Food firms should be open about their needs: logistics boss

By Noli Dinkovski

Food manufacturers should be open about their needs to third-party logistics firms if they want to receive the best market insight and value, the newly-appointed boss of NFT Distribution Operations has claimed.

New single-arm 'cobot' for food factories

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New single-arm 'cobot' for food factories

By Rick Pendrous

Building on the success of YuMi, its collaborative, dual-arm industrial robot (cobot), ABB has unveiled a new single-arm collaborative robot, which combines advanced capabilities with a small footprint.

Food Manufacture’s most read stories of 2017

Food Manufacture’s most read stories of 2017

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters boss Ranjit Boparan’s call to give evidence before a parliamentary committee and Nestlé’s relocation of some of its manufacturing operations to Poland feature in this photogallery of the most read stories on our website this year.

Food safety problems could arise from relying on old, paper-based data capture systems

Food safety needs a boost from more robust data capture

By Rick Pendrous

Many UK food and drink manufacturers are putting themselves and their customers at risk by relying on outdated paper-based systems to capture data and monitor their operational performance and product quality, warn several suppliers of software to the...

The food manufacturing year in news stories: click through the timeline to revisit some of the most memorable moments of 2017

Food manufacturing milestones: key events that shaped 2017

By Amy Langley

As another busy food and drink manufacturing year draws to a close, we look back at some of the key events that have shaped the fortunes of Britain’s biggest businesses, as reported over the past 12 months on this website.

2 Sisters is to create 100 new jobs at its Flixton factory

2 Sisters to create 100 new jobs

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters Food Group is to create 100 new jobs at its East Anglian chicken processing facility, following an upgrade of the factory ahead of the busy Christmas period.

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.

First of two Oscars: Jeremy Faulkner, md SK Chilled Foods (centre right) and NPD manager Emma Bell, receive the first trophies from category sponsor Kevin Haynes (right) and awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAS 2017

SK Chilled Foods team will be ‘thrilled to bits’ at Oscar win

By Mike Stones

Ethnic snacks manufacturer SK Chilled Foods md Jeremy Faulkner said his workforce would be “thrilled to bits” to win the Food Manufacture Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

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.

Trend reporting software for online inspection

Manufacturing product file

Trend reporting software for online inspection

By Rick Pendrous

In response to feedback from food processors, Loma Systems has launched version two (v2) of its Trending-Reporting-Analysis-Capture-Software (TRACS).

Food manufacturing Oscars: meet the 2017 winners

FMEAs 2017

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2017: meet the winners

By Mike Stones

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) 2017 culminated on Wednesday (November 1) with the award of the overall Food Manufacture Company of the Year award to ethnic snacks manufacturer SK Chilled Foods, after the firm first won the Chilled Food...

There as a surprising number of high quality female entries for the young talent category in this year’s FMEAs

FMEAs 2017

Female FMEA entrants’ quality ‘surprising and encouraging’

By Gwen Ridler

The high quality of women entering the Young talent of the year category at this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) proved campaigns promoting the food and drink industry to females were working, claimed Appetite Learning’s commercial director...

Weetabix has taken action to close its gender pay gap. Group HR and IT director Stuart Branch pictured

Weetabix closes gender pay gap

By Gwen Ridler

Weetabix Food Company UK & Ireland is taking action to close its gender pay gap, which it claims is already lower than the UK company average, according to a new report from the company.

Food Manufacture’s new look website

Food Manufacture’s new website

By Michael Stones

Watch out for the Food Manufacture Group’s new, refreshed website, coming to your smartphone, tablet or desktop on Tuesday (October 3).

Be among the first to learn who won what award by booking your place at the London Hilton on Wednesday November 1

FMEAs 2017

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2017 shortlist

By Michael Stones

Welcome to the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2017 shortlist, showcasing the achievements of the 60-plus food and drink manufacturers and individuals, some of whom will win one or more manufacturing Oscars at our gala awards evening at the London...

Members of the baking industry were recognised at this year's Baking Industry Awards. Pictured: David Wright (left) and Richard Cox

Food manufacturers recognised at Baking Industry Awards

By Gwen Ridler

Cake Shop Bakery owner David Wright was crowned Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards (BIAs) Wednesday night (September 6), while ingredients producer Macphie was named UK Bakery Manufacturer of the Year.

Meat firm boss: Tom Martin took on the Ossett-based business in 2014

ME AND MY FACTORY

Meat firm boss on his switch from IT to food

By Noli Dinkovski

The owner of a Yorkshire-based pie and meat maker has confessed to being lucky in his search for a food business, after making an unconventional switch from a successful career in IT.

Fairfield Farm Crisps has signed a deal with equipment provider Fabcon Food Systems to expand production

Fairfield Farm Crisps invests to expand production

By Gwen Ridler

Snack manufacturer Fairfield Farm Crisps has signed a deal with equipment provider Fabcon Food Systems for an undisclosed amount to expand the production capabilities at its factory in Essex.

Gill Green talks about Clipper Teas winning an FMEA

FMEAS

Core values key to winning an FMEA

By Gwen Ridler

Staying true to your core values and being the best at what you do is key to winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award, according to Wessanen UK – owner of last year’s Beverage manufacturing company of the year Clipper Teas.

Manufacturers could be missing out on millions of pounds from research and development tax credits

Manufacturers missing out on tax credits millions

By Gwen Ridler

Manufacturers are missing out on millions of pounds by not taking advantage of research and development (R&D) tax credits to help support growth, according to a new report by business consultancy RSM.

Exports were one of the top growth opportunities for food and drink manufacturers

Food manufacturing opportunities revealed in EEF plan

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink manufacturers could increase growth by exporting to emerging markets, and by investing in innovation, according to a sector bulletin by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and Santander.

The FDF urged government to invest in innovation and apprenticeships

FDF wants ‘new sector deal’ to boost productivity

By Matt Atherton

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has called on the government to create “a new sector deal” for UK food and drink manufacturers, to exploit export growth opportunities that are expected after Brexit.

New drinks and seasonal donuts feature in this summer's new product launches

Canned water leads summer product launches

By Gwen Ridler

Drinks firms CanO Water and Orchard Twist hoped to quench consumers’ thirsts this summer with their new beverage product launches, featured in this photogallery.

Ops director Mark Bagwell wants Clipper Teas to become a global brand

Organic tea maker Clipper – in pictures

By Noli Dinkovski

Organic and Fairtrade tea specialist Clipper Teas is on track to produce 1.2bn teabags this year from its production facility in Beaminster, Dorset.

Nim's Fruit Crisps: a factory tour in photographs

Me and My Factory

Nim’s Fruit Crisps’ factory operations – in pictures

By Matt Atherton

Founder and ceo of Nim’s Fruit Crisps, Nimisha Raja, believed so passionately in the quality of her product that she sold her home to finance the company’s new factory. Here’s a tour, in photographs, of the facility that Raja built with the investment.

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