Supply And Demand

Three-month average pay settlements in manufacturing rose to 2.3%

Manufacturing pay hits two-and-a-half-year high

By Matt Atherton

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 reported a 9.1% rise in like-for-like sales

Greencore confident of mitigating Brexit threats

By Matt Atherton

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.

Time to invest

Time to invest

By Alyson Magee

Rising labour costs and the need to become more flexible to meet changing customer demands is driving investment.

Offline box feeder for flexibility

PPMA show preview

Offline box feeder for flexibility

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...

A significant proportion of new products contain colouring foods

Growing a rainbow revolution

By Lynda Searby

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 Wiseman Dairies said it aimed to improve production efficiencies

Müller holds milk price – but for how long?

By Rod Addy

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.

Businesses should brace themselves to hand over more money to workers

Brace yourself for increased labour costs

By Laurence Gibbons

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).

US vegetable processor maximises potato output

Get a grip on global supply chain

US vegetable processor Lamb Weston has used SignalDemand’s EnterpriseOptimizer software to maximise output and visibility of its potato supply and capacity.

Poultry processor invests in new production line

New lines get ready for more sales

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.

Export growth will help the firm lift its turnover to £50M within the next five years, said Colin Burke

Scots salmon firm to boost exports after acquisition

By Mike Stones

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.

Sustainably Cornish. Ginsters has become the first manufacturer to secure 100% sustainable palm oil in savoury pastries

Sustainable palm oil coup for Ginsters

By Rod Addy

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.

Cut supply chain costs carefully, report urges

Cut supply chain costs carefully, report urges

By Ben Bouckley

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.

ready meal

Chilled ready meals sales up 8.4% year-on-year

By Elaine Watson

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.

UK is missing out on lucrative overseas market for offal

UK is missing out on lucrative overseas market for offal

By Rick Pendrous

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’.

A stitch in time saves nine

A stitch in time saves nine

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

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...


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