Fears are growing over the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak could have on the food and drink sector, both domestically and internationally.
Manufacturing pay – including for food sector workers – recorded its highest level in two-and-a-half years, reports a survey by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.
Greencore said it was confident of mitigating any Brexit-related cost increases, as it reported a 9.1% rise in like-for-like sales to £417M on a constant currency basis, in the 13 weeks to December 30.
Rising labour costs and the need to become more flexible to meet changing customer demands is driving investment.
PPMA show preview
In response to demand from food packers wanting to code secondary flat-pack boxes and cartons, Rotech will unveil its new RF-Box Feeder at the show. One of five exhibits on its stand, the RF-Box Feeder enables users to pre-mark flat cases prior to erection...
For the first time since the meteoric rise of the natural colours market several years ago, supply and demand are in balance, writes Lynda Searby
Müller UK & Ireland Group has confirmed that its standard milk price for February 2015 will be unchanged, but has stressed it couldn’t guarantee prices beyond that point.
The food industry should brace itself for an increase in labour costs as the number of people in employment reaches record levels, warns the Association of Labour Providers (ALP).
Bakery ingredients supplier Renshaw Napier has asked contract cleaning specialist Hygiene Group to service its production facility in Liverpool.
US vegetable processor Lamb Weston has used SignalDemand’s EnterpriseOptimizer software to maximise output and visibility of its potato supply and capacity.
Increasing demand for ready meals inspired one of Ireland's largest poultry processors to invest in new production lines, which were installed by Marel Townsend Further Processing.
Blue sky's the limit for Jardox's new factory
To meet increasing demand for its existing range and expand into new product areas, savoury ingredients supplier Jardox has invested £2.2M in expanding its premises.
The Edinburgh Salmon Company (ESC) predicts export growth will lift its turnover to £50M within the next five years, after its acquisition by French equity firm Merinvest earlier this month for an undisclosed sum.
Ginsters has overcome supply issues to become the first manufacturer to secure 100% sustainable palm oil in the category of branded savoury pastries, in co-operation with fats and oils supplier AAK.
Continuous replenishment drive will be 'key challenge'
Increasing demand for cross-category continuous replenishment and flexibility and growing calls for sustainability are core challenges that manufacturers must face to add value to the supply chain, according to General Mills.
Food service giant Brakes Group is demanding that suppliers pay to use its online purchasing and supply management system, or lose contact with company buyers.
Surviving stagnant domestic demand and breaking into lucrative export markets are key challenges for UK manufacturers over the coming year, according to a new study, which also warns that cutting supply chain costs carries potential risks.
Real Good Food Co is anticipating significant growth this year driven by a dramatic reversal of fortunes in its Napier Brown sugar business and an "exceptional" performance in bakery ingredients.
Asda has challenged suppliers to help it make its ambient and frozen supply chain as ‘responsive’ as its fresh food delivery system.
While the proposed merger of Northern Foods and Greencore will inevitably mean job losses at both companies, it is unlikely to result in scores of factory closures, City analysts have predicted.
Fairtrade supply gets nuttier
The Fairtrade Foundation aims to boost the amount of Fairtrade certified fruit and nuts and intermediate ingredients for UK manufacturers of compound products such as cakes, biscuits, ice cream and ready meals.
Strong UK demand for recycled food-grade PET and HDPE boosts prices
UK demand for food-grade recycled plastics continues to outstrip supply and drive prices, according to a new report from the UK government-funded Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
Sales of chilled ready meals surged 8.4% in the year to July 11, while volumes shot up 14.4% over the same period, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel.
Britain’s meat processors are missing out on lucrative overseas demand for offal, it has emerged. This is particularly the case with tripe (large stomach lining) – and other so-called ‘fifth quarter’ by-products of carcass ‘deconstruction’.
Retailers are using carbon labelling for market advantage, claims NFU
Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union (NFU), has accused retailers of using different forms of carbon labelling on products as means...
EU reform alters price of sugar
Associated British Foods (ABF) will be selling white sugar for around 480 euro (or £408) a tonne next year compared with just under 600 euro/t...
Bad relationships threaten production
Supply chain collaboration will help beat slump
Greater collaboration between manufacturers in the supply chain will be essential in helping to secure the future of the food industry, a new report...
The UK glass industry is fighting on different fronts to ensure that supply matches demand, pricing is seen to be fair and - not least - that...
Weak links down the supply chain lead to the surge in allergen product recalls
Poor due diligence continues to push up numbers of allergen-related product recalls, according to a leading food safety consultant.Kevin Swoffer said...
More arrests in Greenvale bribery investigation
Five people have now been arrested in connection with the ‘rogue traders’ incident earlier this year, following allegations that a potato...
Study aims to help farmers
A study investigating added value opportunities for products has been commissioned by government-funded body English Farming and Food Partnerships...
Apetito in talks over closing Dudley pies plant
More than 70 staff at Apetito’s pies and pastries factory in Dudley face an uncertain future after company bosses said mounting losses could force...
Food supply chain needs radical review
Solutions to help safeguard UK food and drink supply amid rising international demand are being worked on by independent research body Chatham...
Branded foods key to Greencore’s US entry
Greencore’s planned entry into the US market is likely to come through the acquisition of a chilled food business supplying brands, bosses have...
Premium wheat prices growing organically
Organic milling wheat prices, which rocketed by £100/t to more than £200/t at the turn of the year, show no sign of cooling as global supplies...
The promise of reduced labour costs, increased productivity and no overtime is any employer's dream, but by challenging traditional shift patterns it could become a reality. Rebecca Green reports
Horlicks packs up
Up to 70 jobs will go at Glaxo-SmithKline's Horlicks factory in Slough when the firm outsources carton and bottle production at the end of 2007. "The...
Müller wraps with Integra
Yoghurt maker Müller has invested in a Rose Forgrove high-speed Integra flow wrapper capable of 80 wraps a minute to help reduce labour costs while...
Bach calls for extended milk contracts to stabilise prices and build trust in market
Longer-term milk supply contracts could help tackle yo-yo pricing and even out supply and demand in a sector plagued by instability and mistrust, the...
Fold or shrink? It's a wrap
UK machine-builder Marden Edwards has acquired neighbouring shrink-wrap equipment specialist Wraps UK, in a move which will allow the company to...
Sainsbury's shelf gaps blamed on pallet handling difficulties
retailer may have tried to achieve too much, too soon in Depots
Good news for UK organic milk survivors -- but not until 2006
The market for organic milk will stabilise in 2006, with supply being balanced by demand, according to a survey by Organic Monitor.The survey said...