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2 Sisters Food Group boss Ranjit Boparan will appear before a parliamentary committee today

2 Sisters boss Boparan faces parliamentary committee today

By Michelle Perrett

2 Sisters Food Group boss Ranjit Boparan will appear before a parliamentary committee today (October 25), after allegations were made about food safety, hygiene and welfare breaches at the company’s West Bromwich plant.

IFST has elected David Gregory as its new president

IFST elects new president

By Gwen Ridler

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has elected David Gregory as its new president, succeeding former president Maureen Edmonson.

Bakery closure: Avana ceased general production last Friday (Flickr Live4Soccer/(L4S))

Newport bakery closes with 161 job losses

By Noli Dinkovski

A bakery in Newport is to close with the loss 161 of jobs after its owner said market conditions had meant the business was no longer viable.

Mash Direct triumphed in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards last night. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists


Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: meet the winners

By Michael Stones

Mash Direct has won the coveted, Food Manufacture company of the year trophy in the food and drink manufacturing Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during a glittering awards celebration at the Hilton on Park Lane, in London last...

Ranjit Singh Boparan

Boparan acquisitions in 2016 – in pictures

By Gwen Ridler

It’s been a busy year for 2 Sisters Food Group and its owner Ranjit Singh Boparan, marked by a series of acquisitions across the food and drink industry.

2 Sisters Food Group is launching another recruitment drive

2 Sisters Food Group in recruitment drive

By Michael Stones

2 Sisters Food Group is staging a series of recruitment events in the East Midlands in a bid to fill dozens of vacancies of manufacturing and other roles.

The 2 Sisters Food Group boss highlighted the key contribution apprentices make

Foodex 2016

2 Sisters boss: ‘apprentices play a key role’

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters Food Group relies on apprentices to help plug the skills gap, according to its group technical learning and development manager, who helped frame the government’s new Trailblazer programme of apprenticeships.

Jonathan Russell has been promoted to control 2 Sisters' £1.5bn procurement budget

2 Sisters appoints new group procurement director

By Michael Stones

2 Sisters Food Group has promoted Jonathan Russell to director of group procurement, responsible for the manufacturer’s £1.5bn a year purchasing budget and for managing its supply chain.

Food manufacturers should not target competitors' workers as a means of plugging the skills gap

Skills boss sets out scale of food industry challenge

By Michael Stones

The boss of the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) set out the scale of the challenge facing the food and drink manufacturing industry at the organisation’s Food & Drink Skills Conference this week.

It has been a mixed week for the food industry

2 Sisters, Morrisons and apprentices make week’s headlines

By Laurence Gibbons

2 Sisters Food Group’s decision to snap up S&A Foods’s former site in Derby and reports of Morrisons’ potential exit from the FTSE 100 leads our selection of the top headlines in food and drink manufacturing.

Star turn: Mark Durden-Smith (L) and Jeremy Praud (R) present to the Oscar to 2 Sisters Kevin Akehurst and Simon Grayling

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

2 Sisters wins FMEA Oscar for campy prevention

By Michael Stones

Pioneering work on the prevention of campylobacter has won the 2 Sisters Food Group the Judges’ star performer trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) –in London last week (Tuesday, November 3).   

Ranjit Singh

2 Sisters’ boss gets honorary degree

By Michael Stones

2 Sisters Food Group ceo Ranjit Singh is to receive an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent University, partly in recognition of his contribution to UK food manufacturing.

Meet the beehive team

Food industry execs beehive team on course for £50k

By Michael Stones

A team of senior women food industry executives has passed the half way point in its bid to raise £50,000 for charity Farm Africa, after building beehives in Tanzania last month to boost local farmers' income from honey.

Bakkavor job cuts top our food industry headlines

Good week, bad week (Wk 9)

By Laurence Gibbons

Grim news for food manufacturing jobs leads our selection of the top headlines of the past seven days in the latest edition of Good week, bad week.

Edlin at 2 Sisters' Carlisle site, where prototype green energy kit is being tested

2 Sisters Food Group’s green plan creates 150 jobs

By Rod Addy

2 Sisters Food Group is investing millions of pounds in a green initiative that looks set to create 150 jobs as well as dramatically slashing its energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

2 Sisters saw net losses of £143.3M, but growth in like-for-like operating profit, pre-tax profit and sales

2 Sisters Food Group hit by costs of £163.5M

By Rod Addy

Costs and charges of £163.5M increased 2 Sisters Food Group’s debts across the past full financial year, according to results just posted by parent company Boparan Holdings.

2 Sisters insisted it had done nothing wrong

Chicken hygiene row intensifies, as Unite slams DH

By Michael Stones

The row over hygiene standards at poultry producers 2 Sisters Food Group and Faccenda has intensified, after Unite the union slammed health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s bid to allay public concern.

Retailers, including Lidl, have played a big role in boosting the UK job market

Retailers help boost UK job market

By Laurence Gibbons

There were more jobs gained than lost in the UK food and drink sector – taking into consideration manufacturing, distribution, packaging and retail – over the last six months, can exclusively reveal.

Britain's top privately-owned food and drink businesses with the largest sales

Britain’s top private food and drink companies

By Nicholas Robinson

Brakes is Britain’s top private food and drink business, with annual sales of more than £3bn and profits of £140M, according to The Top Track 100 compiled by The Sunday Times.  

Dutch food firm installs new drum

New marinating system for Dutch processor

Dutch food processor 2 Sisters Storteboom, a division of UK-based 2 Sisters Food Group, has installed a new ValueDrum marinating system from Marel at its Zeewolde plant.

2 Sisters Food Group faces £500k+ bill after flood

Weather damage costs 2 Sisters £500k+

By Rod Addy

2 Sisters Food Group faces repairs costing more than £500,000 after a freak tidal surge swamped poultry farms in Lincolnshire in December last year.

Constantly evolving threats posed by food germs must be fought with effective training, Campden BRI claims

Campden BRI targets microbiological skills gap

By Rod Addy

Tesco, Sainsbury and 2 Sisters Food Group are among the firms contributing to a report published by Campden BRI designed to tackle the lack of training to fight microbiological food contamination.

2 Sisters’ new £1M microbiology lab will help it combat pathogens, said the firm’s technical chief

£1M 2 Sisters lab poised to open

By Rod Addy

2 Sisters Food Group’s new £1M microbiology lab will help keep it on top of threats posed by pathogens, the firm’s technical chief told

The Haughley Park site makes roasted chicken products

2 Sisters ‘heartbreaking’ factory closure plan

By Rod Addy

Plans to close 2 Sisters Food Group’s roast chicken processing plant at Haughley Park, near Stowmarket in Suffolk are “heartbreaking” and highlight the need for government support for manufacturers.


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