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Companies are yet to realise the full benefits of digital technologies

Digital could help to unlock £56bn in value

By Michelle Perrett

Food and drink companies could unlock £56bn in value for the sector over the next decade by investing in digital technology, new research from Accenture, the professional services company, has claimed.

Packs made from flexible packaging need to be made easier to recycle

European flexibles project stakes a claim in circular economy

By Paul Gander

A consortium of European businesses across the flexible packaging supply chain has set up a new project to “advance better system design solutions” to facilitate recycling, while also developing tools to calculate food waste savings as a part of their...

Aquaculture faces a number of challenges, including sea lice and Brexit, according to the Scottish government

Sea lice and Brexit among Scottish seafood challenges

By Helen Gilbert

Sea lice, and the effect of Brexit on international trade relationships and employment, are among the challenges that may hinder the growth of the Scottish fish and shellfish market, a report has found.

The government needs to focus on food manufacturing over agriculture, claimed Ian Noble

Food manufacture ‘should trump agriculture’: Mondelēz boss

By Rick Pendrous

Government needs to focus greater attention on and provide more support for food and drink manufacture – the value added part of the supply chain – rather than agriculture, Professor Ian Noble, senior research and development director for confectionery...

UK exports rise after 2015 dip

FDF first-half results show 9% rise in UK exports

By Matt Atherton

The value of food and non-alcoholic drink exports rose by 8.7%, up by £528.3M over the past 12 months to £6.6bn, compared with the previous year, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Fosh is impressed by the high quality new talent that the food and drink industry is attracting

Food manufacturing oscars

Food industry ‘teaming with’ high quality new talent

By Laurence Gibbons

The food and drink industry is “teaming with” young talent injecting passion and fresh qualities into businesses, according to the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink.

Pesticides: vital tool or threat to food security and the environment?

Food prices would rocket if pesticides banned

By Michael Stones

Food prices would rocket if pesticides were banned or their use severely restricted, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU); a claim hotly disputed by environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth (FoE).

The food and drink industry needs a body to match the Automotive Council, said FDF president Richard Evans

FDF suggests industry body to match Automotive Council

By Michael Stones

British food and drink manufacturers should be represented by an industry council, similar to the car industry’s Automotive Council, said Richard Evans, Food and Drink Federation (FDF) president.

Totte: 'Strategy now beginning to bear fruit'

Real Good Food Company tackles sugar woes

By Rod Addy

Napier Brown’s Immingham sugar plant is ready for commissioning and should help the firm offset the negative impact of plunging sugar prices, according to owner Real Good Food Company (RGFC).

Strong sales of Cathedral City helped Dairy Crest achieve a 4% increase in key brand growth

Dairy Crest expects £10M profit boost from Nine Elms sale

By Michael Stones

Dairy Crest expects to report full-year profits ahead of market expectations, thanks to a £10M boost from the sale of its Nine Elms milk depot, according to its interim management statement covering the nine months to December 31 2013.

The heads of 2 Sisters' poultry divisions, among others, will report to the protein boss

2 Sisters announces leadership restructure

By Rod Addy

2 Sisters Food Group has created two new leadership roles, effective immediately: chief operating officer, protein, and chief operating officer, chilled, ambient and frozen.

New lightweight robotic arm provides easy automation

Universal Robot makes light of automation

R A Rodriguez will be showing the Universal Robot, a lightweight robotic arm that provides easy automation, at The Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition. It will demonstrate how complementary technology can now add intelligence and even greater scope...

Food and drink manufacturers have been tipped for export success by the CBI

Business bosses pick out food sector as ‘champion sector’

By Mike Stones

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has highlighted food manufacturing and agriculture as one of seven key “champion sectors” for growth, urging the government to develop a “coherent industrial strategy to boost exports”.

Manufacturing showcase wins Cabinet approval

Manufacturing showcase wins Cabinet approval

By Freddie Dawson

A new exhibition designed to promote UK food and drink manufacturing, organised by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), has won praise from business secretary Vince Cable.

Northern Ireland's dairy sector made a key contribution to growth

Northern Ireland food firms beat the recession

By Freddie Dawson

Northern Ireland’s food and drink sector is not only weathering the global economic recession but thriving, according to a government report and industry leaders.

The colour of money

The colour of money

The market continues to shift from synthetics to naturals, but the biggest growth will be in the use of colouring foodstuffs, predicts RTS Resource

A slice of the action

A slice of the action

Sales are rising, but growth is slow and patchy in bakery and confectionery ingredients, says RTS Resource

Floor to ceiling

Floor to ceiling

By Rick Pendrous

She may have worked her way up to divisional operations director but Allison Smith has her feet firmly on the shop floor

Suppliers face tough times

Suppliers face tough times

By Hayley Brown

In "preparation for the challenging economic outlook for 2009", The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) is streamlining its business by consolidating its...

Game for expansion

Game for expansion

Kilmarnock-based game processor Braehead Foods has moved into a new purpose-built facility six times the size of its old one to meet growing...

Continuous Improvement - Where are they now?

Continuous Improvement - Where are they now?

By Kevin Bennett

Establishing an accurate, honest, and, where required, critical picture of 'where we are now' in improvement programmes is never easy. However, it is...


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