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Food and farming industry leaders featured in the New Year's Honour List (Flickr/ Peter Smithson)

New Year’s Honours list 2017: Who was awarded what?

By Matt Atherton

The bosses of Scotland’s biggest egg producer, a snack foods business and a salad producer are among the food industry leaders who received recognition in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Destiny Foods agreed a merger with Compagnie des Desserts

Destiny Foods agrees £60M merger

By Matt Atherton

Specialist desserts manufacturer Destiny Foods has completed a merger with global desserts maker La Compagnie des Desserts, to create a £60M-a-year turnover company.

Brexit presented Britain’s biggest peacetime challenge, said Ian Wright

Brexit is ‘biggest problem in peacetime’: FDF boss

By Noli Dinkovski

Brexit has left government and industry faced with the “most important, complex and troubling issue in peacetime history”, the boss of the food and drink sector’s biggest trade body has claimed.

Overseas investment in UK firms has been spurred by the falling pound

Overseas investors look to UK food sector

By Rick Pendrous

Overseas investors are showing an increased appetite for UK and Irish food and drink firms – aided by a low pound exchange rate following the Brexit vote – but clouds are gathering on the horizon as concerns rise about the sector’s continuing access to...

Food and drink exports are set for £2.9bn boost, according to the government's action plan

Food and drink exports forum targets £2.9bn boost

By Michael Stones

Premier Foods and Walkers Shortbread are joining a range of food and drink manufacturers at a meeting today (December 14) organised by the Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) designed to help add nearly £3bn to the sector’s export sales.

Food prices will rise without access to non-UK EU workers, claimed 32 food and drink organisations (Flickr/Rich Girard)

Food prices to rise without access to EU workers

By Matt Atherton

Food prices will rise without access to non-UK EU workers, warned 32 food and drink organisations, including the Food and Drink Federation and the British Retail Consortium.

Coop Denmark has increased productivity to 450 food items picked an hour

More food industry warehouse automation needed

By Rick Pendrous

The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) in April and rising concerns over the future of the UK labour pool following the Brexit vote on June 23 have revealed the need for higher levels of productivity within distribution centres (DC), according...

75 food producers signed a letter calling for access to the Single Market after Brexit

Food coalition calls for Brexit Single Market access

By Matt Atherton

Some of Britain’s biggest food businesses – including 2 Sisters, Müller and Wyke Farms – have urged the government to ensure continued access to the EU’s Single Market and labour after Brexit.

Regional governments should be given power to regulate the number of non-UK EU nationals working in Northern Ireland's food industry, claimed the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Federation

Food industry migrant quota recommended

By Matt Atherton

The number of migrants working in Northern Ireland’s food and drink sector should be regulated by regional government, recommends a Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association (NIFDA) report.

Foreign investors cash in on weak pound

Overseas investment boosted in UK due to weak pound

By Matt Atherton

Foreign investment in UK food and drink firms accounted for more than a third of all acquisitions in the third-quarter of this year, as overseas companies look to cash in on the weak pound, which cut takeover costs by up to 20%.

Article 50 can only be triggered after Parliamentary vote

Brexit Latest

PM’s Brexit plans thwarted after key court ruling

By Matt Atherton

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans have been thrown into confusion after she lost a High Court battle to trigger Article 50 without a vote in Parliament – causing a jump in the pound’s value.

Kerry Group reported 2.2% growth in the nine months to September 30

Kerry Group reports growth despite Brexit fears

By Matt Atherton

Irish food and ingredients firm Kerry Group reported 2.2% growth in its consumer foods division in its financial update for the nine months to September 30, despite Brexit uncertainty and fluctuating currencies.

Foodservice is a lucrative market that could be being neglected by manufacturers says Shore Capital's Clive Black

Foodservice an opportunity for manufacturers

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers could boost sales by targeting the £56.5bn foodservice market as more people eat outside the home, said Shore Capital’s head of research Clive Black.

Ian Wright urged manufacturers 'don't panic'

FDF boss urges ‘don’t panic’ over Brexit

By Matt Atherton

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) director general Ian Wright has urged manufacturers “don’t panic”, over Brexit worries, while acknowledging the UK was at the point of “maximum uncertainty” regarding exit planning.

Business confidence has fallen since the Brexit vote

70% of food firms less confident since Brexit vote

By Matt Atherton

Almost 70% of food and drink firms are less confident about UK business prospects than they were before the EU referendum, while many report some of their non-UK EU staff plan to return home after Brexit, warns a Food and Drink Federation (FDF) survey.

Non-UK EU workers are vital to the logistics industry, the FTA said

EU workers are vital to the logistics industry: FTA

By Matt Atherton

Non-UK EU workers make as vital contribution to the logistics sector as their counterparts do in the National Health Service and the construction industry, said the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Watch our video interview with Nick von Westenholz (right) filmed at this year's Oxford Farming Conference. This video also features former environment secretary Owen Paterson

New Brexit boss appointed by National Farmers Union

By Michael Stones

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has appointed Nick von Westenholz to the new position of Brexit boss, as part of the organisation’s move to help put farming and food at the centre of the government planning for life after EU membership.

Top food manufacturers' reported dip in growth for first time in 15 years

Food and drink producers’ revenue falls to 15-year low

By Matt Atherton

The UK’s top 150 food and soft drink manufacturers saw revenue fall last year for the first time in 15 years, due to deflation and investor uncertainty, according to a report from OC&C Strategy Consultants.

Hilton Food Group's operating profits rose by 25.7%

Hilton Food Group’s profits rise 25%

By Gwen Ridler

Meat processor Hilton Food Group has reported a 25.7% growth in operating profit to £17.3M in its interim results for the 28 weeks to July 17 2016.

Scotland's food manufacturers expect the sector to boom

Scottish food and drink sector to create 14,000 jobs

By Matt Atherton

Scotland’s food and drink manufacturers expect to boost turnover by an average of 24% over the next five years, and to create 14,000 new jobs, according to a survey by the Bank of Scotland.

Morrisons, Dairy Crest and ABF headed for positive trading updates this month?

Good news on the way for Morrisons: Shore Capital

By Matt Atherton

Morrisons, Dairy Crest and Associated British Foods (ABF) are just three companies expected to report trading updates this month, but what can we expect to hear from them?

Welcome to next month's news

Next Month’s News: our podcast preview

By Matt Atherton

Welcome to Next Month’s News, the latest edition in Food Manufacture Group’s new podcast series predicting what topics will dominate our headlines over the next four weeks.

Non-UK nationals working in Britain rose by 88,900 in the months before the EU referendum

Number of EU workers surge pre-referendum

By Gwen Ridler

The number of EU workers in the UK rose by almost 90,000 in the run up to the EU referendum, according to new figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

A coalition of businesses leaders, led by the BSDA, is campaigning to block the UK sugar tax on soft drinks

Coalition formed to block UK sugar tax

By Gwen Ridler

Business leaders in the food and drink industry have formed a coalition to oppose the UK soft drinks tax, following a report that claimed the tax would place 4,000 jobs at risk and wipe £132M from the economy.

McDonald's is to create 5,000 new UK jobs by the end of next year

McDonald’s to create 5,000 jobs by 2017

By Matt Atherton

McDonald’s plans to create over 5,000 new jobs in the UK by the end of next year, despite consumer confidence falling to a 21-year low, according to a new survey.

Rick Pendrous, editor of Food Manufacture

Brexit impact

Food sector licks its wounds after Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

Despite all signs to the contrary, I don’t think many of us on the Remain side really expected a Brexit vote in our heart of hearts. Which made the result to leave the EU even more of a shock when we woke up on Friday June 24.

A more integrated supply chain is needed post Brexit, argues Tsinopoulos

Brexit: food firms need integrated supply chains

By Gwen Ridler

An integrated supply chain that standardises legislation, systems, policies, and engineering methods is needed post-Brexit, according to a leading university academic.