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Design guidelines are being developed for recyclable flexible packaging

Push to identify sustainable design

By Paul Gander

The drive to establish best practice in flexible packaging design, sorting and recycling is gaining pace at European level, with the growing number of stakeholders within circular economy initiative CEFLEX now moving towards a first draft of its design...

The UK could benefit by up to £21bn through better data management

Better data quality would boost sales

By Rick Pendrous

Suppliers could increase sales by 1–3% by improving the quality of their product data, according to new research from barcode standards body GS1 UK.

Theresa May: ‘The world of work is changing’

Workers’ rights come under closer scrutiny

By Michelle Perrett

Food manufacturers could be facing a new raft of employment regulations as the UK government unveiled plans to increase workers’ rights in response to the Taylor Review earlier this week (February 7 2018).

Food firms will need healthy balance sheets to cope with increased costs

Business Leaders’ Forum

Be warned: prepare for a hard Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturers have been urged to plan ahead to ensure their businesses are financially robust enough to cope with the extra costs and barriers to trade they are likely to encounter following a hard Brexit.

The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29 2019

Davos speech sparks renewed call for Brexit clarity

By Michelle Perrett

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has called for clarity from the government over the transition plans for exiting the EU, following a speech by Brexit secretary David Davis.

Naked Bacon will be available in UK supermarkets from January 10

Nitrite-free bacon set for UK launch

By Noli Dinkovski

A bacon product free of cancer-causing nitrites is to launch in the UK following a £14M investment by Northern Irish meat processor Finnebrogue.

The budget attracted both bouquets and brickbats

Budget 2017

Chancellor’s £3bn Brexit budget gets mixed reception

By Mike Stones

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s second budget of the year – in which he allocated £3bn over the next two years to prepare the UK for Brexit – has received a mixed reception from food industry and business leaders.

Food manufacturers need to analyse the supply chains before Brexit

BREXIT

Contingency plans needed to mitigate Brexit risks

By Rick Pendrous

Food manufacturers and retailers in the UK need to start preparing their contingency plans for a ‘hard’ Brexit – in which no deal is agreed with the EU – in order to mitigate the risks they face, warns a leading supply chain expert.

Workers' productivity fell last year, resulting in 5% less revenue per worker

Food manufacturers lose £400M as productivity falls

By Matt Atherton

Falling productivity cost food and drink producers an extra £400M in labour costs last year, a report has revealed, as manufacturers are urged to make strategic changes ahead of more challenging market conditions.

Exports have grown, but manufacturers have little confidence in the UK’s economy

Exports rise as confidence in UK economy drops

By James Ridler

Manufacturers’ exports have continued to rise over the past year, according to a survey conducted by the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and business advice firm BDO, while their confidence in the UK’s economy sinks lower.

Froneri UK NPD brand technologist Catherine Ford (left) and Froneri UK head of marketing Charlotte Hambling (right)

Froneri ice cream sales rise after warm start to 2017

By Matt Atherton

Ice cream firm Froneri UK has reported a 16.3% rise in sales so far this year, benefiting from the warm start to 2017, and boosted by its Kelly’s of Cornwall brand and franchised Nestlé and Cadbury products.

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