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How Pipers Crisps created a successful Food business

Alex Albone is a self-confessed failed serial entrepreneur. The 54-year-old founded a succession of firms selling salmon, soft drinks and beer in the 1980s and 1990s. None worked out. But then he looked closer to home and to potatoes. Albone&r
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Small Food Producer Feels Wrath of a Big Brand

Beware the wrath of big brands and their lawyers. What happens when a start-up gets hit for trademark infringement by a big corporation? When a curtly worded letter arrived accusing Bethany Eaton’s Nush Foods of trademark infringement, s
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Wheat prices threaten to add extra slice to grocery bills

Bread prices could rise on supermarket shelves in the run-up to Christmas after one of Britain’s biggest bakers said that it was in talks with retail chains to restore profits on baked goods. Allied Bakeries suffered losses in the &ldquo
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Somerset to benefit from 50 new food manufacturing jobs

Somerset’s food manufacturing sector is to benefit to the tune of 50 new jobs. Somerset Live reports that food production company Charlie Bigham's is creating the jobs at Dulcote Quarry to allow it to add further dishes to its range
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Food Manufacturer creating 170 Jobs

Two Sisters Food Group needs new recruits at its manufacturing sites in Derby and Heanor. A food manufacturing giant is looking to recruit an extra 170 jobs across its two Derbyshire factories as it looks to ramp up production ahead of the fes
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Gloom settles over Agri-Food firms

A UK government proposal to exempt food and agricultural products from border checks after Brexit could be unworkable, Irish farmers have warned. Joe Healy, the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) president, said the UK would have to compromise on
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Fast Food next in obsity battle

Health chiefs will set their sights on pizzas, burgers and sandwiches in an effort to shrink children’s waistlines. A year after the launch of the government’s childhood obesity strategy, Public Health England (PHE) said that it wo
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Toxic Eggs Serviced in Restaurants

Millions of customers may have been served poison eggs in restaurant food, it has emerged, as the regulator admitted that the contamination scandal was growing. Last week supermarkets across Britain were forced to withdraw salads and sandwiche
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Number of Scottish Breweries Doubles

A growing thirst for craft beer has resulted in the number of breweries in Scotland more than doubling in six years. Research shows that by the end of 2016 there were 115 breweries operating, compared with 55 in 2010. It was a similarly positi
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Food Manufacturers increase Exports

There may be growing concerns about Britain’s economy but the country’s food and drink manufacturers are doing their best to boost exports. Figures from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) revealed that UK exports rose by £10
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Jobs at risk as Seafood company goes into administration

Fish processing and import business Aquila has gone into administration, blaming the weakness of the pound following the Brexit decision for its troubles. Administrators from KPMG, Howard Smith and Jonny Marston, were appointed to the Grimsby-
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128 Job cuts at 2 Sisters owned Bernard Matthews site

Workers at Bernard Matthews “feel betrayed and let down” after confirmation that 128 jobs are to be lost, a union has claimed. The cuts will see 69 chicken production and 59 managerial jobs go, said the union Unite, which represent
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100 Jobs created as Food Logistics firm expands

A Worcestershire food logistics firm is set to create 100 jobs as part of a £1.5m expansion of its operations. Redditch-based Oakland International is creating the roles following the refurbishment of its chilled distribution facility in Cor
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UK Jobs at risk as Unilever looks to sell Spreads business

Consumer giant Unilever is selling its £6billion Flora and Stork spreads business in a major shake-up after a £115billion takeover bid from Kraft Heinz. In a wide-ranging overhaul, boss Paul Polman pledged a £4.3billion share
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Princes Foods considers closing Water Bottling Plant

Fears were today raised over the future of a bottled water plant based in the Shropshire Hills. Princes food and drink group, which operates the current bottling plant in Church Stretton, confirmed it is “conducting a review of its opera
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Orchard Valley Foods in Tenbury is sold to Norwegian buyer

Orchard Valley Foods, one of Tenbury’s biggest employers and a multi-award-winning business has been sold to a Scandinavian company. Staff briefings in Tenbury and at its warehouse in Leominster have been taking place to explain the deci
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Foldhill Foods invests in Apprenticeships

Experienced staff at the family-run pet food manufacturer Fold Hill Foods Ltd have been enhancing their skills. Employees based at Old Leake, near Boston in Lincolnshire, recently completed a 12-month bespoke training programme focused on Busine
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2 Sisters look to cut 630 jobs at West Midlands site

2 Sisters Food Group is planning to close an 'ageing' poultry processing plant where more than 600 staff are employed. The company is now consulting with staff at 'ageing' poultry processing plant in Smethwick in the Black Coun
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Lidl to create 400 new jobs in the UK

A new Lidl regional distribution centre in Birmingham, that will service 56 stores as part of major expansion in West Midlands, has opened its 11th and largest regional distribution centre (RDC) as part of its £1.5 billion expansion in the U
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Troy Foods salads brand doubles in value

Vegetable and salad manufacturer enjoys 50 per cent year-on-year growth in own brand salads range following new product launches. Troy Foods has seen its branded salads range grow by 50 per cent to a value of £5 million over the last 12
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Real Good Foods buys stake in Brighter Foods for £9 million

Real Good Food plc has acquired an 84.33% interest in Brighter Foods for total consideration of up to £9m, on a cash and debt free basis, with Robin Williams remaining as CEO. Tywyn-based Brighter Foods creates and manufactures snack bar
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Westbridge Food Group sold to Thai buyers for £60 million

Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Foods has bought UK-based meat and ready-made products manufacturer Westbridge Food Group (WFGL) in a deal worth around £60 million. Westbridge Food Group Limited specialises in selling meat and ready-made
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Food Wholesaler has fine reduced from £120,000 to £80,000

A food wholesaler fined £120,000 for using an unrefrigerated vehicle to deliver "high-risk" goods has had its penalty reduced on appeal. Global Foods Ltd, based in Cardiff, was found delivering meat to a takeaway in an unsuitab
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Pet Food business grows from £0 to £25 mill in 5 years

Canagan Pet Food owner explains how he took the business from £0 To £25m in 5 years. Eddie Milbourne is founder and managing director of international pet food brand Canagan, a business that exports to over 35 countries, with over 4,00
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South West Food & Drink Park will create Food jobs

The creation of a flagship food and drink innovation centre on the outskirts of Weston-super-Mare has moved a significant step forwards. North Somerset Council has successfully bid for and secured £9.36m funding from the West of England
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Pioneer Foods Fined £275,000

One of Cumbria’s best known food firms has been fined £275,000 for a string of “alarming” food hygiene offences. Pioneer, which employs more than 300 people and last year had a turnover of more than £37 million, a
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Brexit vote cost Irish food producers €570m

The Brexit vote cost Irish food producers more than €500 million last year, according to the Irish food board. Bord Bia, which is responsible for promoting the sale of Irish food and drink in foreign markets, said that the weakness of ste
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Morrisons delivers strong results

Surging sales of shimmering macaroons and better service have helped the once-troubled Wm Morrison to record its strongest Christmas performance in seven years. The Bradford-based grocer has raised its full-year profit forecast again after str
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Muller Wiseman fined £400,000 following Engineer fall

A dairy company has been fined £400,000 after a refrigeration engineer fell 15ft (4.6m) through a fragile roof panel. Muller UK and Ireland Group was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court after an investigation by the Health and safety Exe
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Tesco enjoys sales boost

Shoppers spent £480 million more at supermarket tills over Christmas than the year before during a record festive trading period in which Tesco has emerged as one of the big winners. Total supermarket sales jumped by 1.8 per cent in the
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Cereals suffer in the morning rush

The traditional bowl of cereal is being ditched in the morning rush to work or school. It has been replaced by snacks on the go, such as takeaway bars from cafés and coffee shops. Sales of cereals usually eaten with milk, such as cornfl
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Diet drinks no healthier than sugary versions

Diet drinks make no difference to weight gain and should not be seen as healthier than their full-sugar counterparts, according to researchers. People who switch to sugar-free fizzy drinks may eat more because they feel that they are being hea
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Wales tries to poach Irish Food Companies

A British agency is targeting Irish food and drink companies to relocate to Wales after the Brexit vote. The threat to the €24 billion-a-year sector is from Food and Drink Wales, a subsidiary of Business Wales. The inward investment agenc
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ABF to set up new Bakery in Lincolnshire

Associated British Foods is setting up a new bakery in the UK on the site of its former British Sugar plant in Lincolnshire. A spokesperson for the Kingsmill bread maker told just-food: "We are delighted to confirm that planning permissio
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Reward offered following arson attack at Ice cream Factory

Ice cream bosses are offering a £50,000 reward for information leading to the the successful conviction of arsonists responsible for Christmas Eve attacks on a shop and warehouse in Bradford. Paul Morris, operation director at Icestone G
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Food Manufacturers face huge Labour shortages

Food Processors and Growers in the UK face "a clear emerging labour crisis" in the wake of the Brexit vote, NFU deputy president Minette Batters told an audience of governmental, regulatory and industry figures at a policy seminar in Lon
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Farmers turn to food banks after delay in EU subsidies

Farmers are being forced to use food banks because of a delay of more than a year in the payment of subsidies, according to the BBC. Thousands of farmers have yet to receive their “basic payments”, the main European Union subsidy p
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Brexit means cheaper food for Britons

The food industry told us last week that we should be worried about food prices rising after Brexit and given the fall in the value of the pound. Some might consider this wonderful positioning for a bout of profiteering but certainly not a valid p
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Sugary Drink Tax will Benefit Children the most

The health of children will benefit most from the sugar tax on the UK soft drinks industry, according to a study. It predicted if sugar was cut in the sweetest drinks in response to the tax, levels of tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes w
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150 Jobs to Go at Avana Bakery

About 150 people face losing their jobs at a Newport bakery under plans to close the site. Food Utopia said it was consulting on plans to end production at Avana Bakeries by the end of January. The bakery in Rogerstone had been "unabl
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10 Food Trends that will shape 2017

2017 promises to be one of the most exciting in the history of food and retailing as technology takes a bigger role in food production, retail environments and consumer communication, and as a new administration in Washington promises to make sign
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Armed Police make Terror Arrest at Moy Park Poultry factory

Armed police stormed a factory last night and arrested a man on suspicion of terrorism-related offences, according to witnesses. It is understood one man was held at the Moy Park poultry factory in Ashbourne overnight. Police have confirme
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Appalling Food a health hazard in Hospitals

The NHS is putting patients at risk with appalling food, senior doctors have warned. Ministers have been told that people staying in hospital to get better are being presented with food lacking in essential nutrients and loaded with salt even
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UK’s largest food and drinks manufacturer named

A little-known tycoon has toppled Associated British Foods to become the UK’s largest food and drinks manufacturer. Ranjit Boparan, the so-called “chicken king”, has unseated ABF after buying rival businesses that have helped
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Watchdog examines complaint over poultry contract

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has received a complaint that a contract between a poultry farmers’ co-op and the Manor Farm chicken-processing company breaches competition law. Last month The Sunday Times revea
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Tesco back in profit but no cause for celebration

The chain’s chief has coaxed back the profits. But lurking behind them lies £18bn of debt. It was two years ago that Dave Lewis got his first taste of the hysteria that comes with being chief executive of Tesco. Sir Richard Bro
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Grocers feel pain of a thousand price cuts

If you felt you were getting more bang for your buck when you went shopping last month, that’s because you were. Stores dropped their prices in September. The latest shop price index from the British Retail Consortium and Nielsen shows t
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Deadly superbug found in Pork sold at Supermarkets

Pork bought from Sainsbury’s and Asda has tested positive for a livestock strain of MRSA. Laboratory tests on a sample of 97 British-produced pork products sold at UK supermarkets found that three were contaminated with the potentially fatal
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Irish-Swiss Food Group withholds Boss's bonus

The Irish-Swiss food group Aryzta said that it had withheld the chief executive Owen Killian’s €877,000 performance-related bonus after a year of falling profits. The global food group, which owns the Cuisine de France brand, has en
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Crafty Tactics: Big Brewers tap into Micro Brewery boom

Jamie Keough, an outgoing Texan, moved to Kenmare in Co Kerry with her husband, Paul, in 2014. She fell in love with the landscape, the lifestyle and, this year, a little-known beer called Blasket Blonde. On March 4, Keough shared a photo on I
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Muller plans to cut 229 UK Food Industry Jobs

German-based dairy giant Muller has announced plans to close its Aberdeen and East Kilbride plants and is warning of 229 job losses. Farms which send milk to the north-east dairy will be required to pay for the increased cost of transport.
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McCormick make third offer for Premier Foods

Sweetening the deal has brought Premier Foods to the table, but the maker of Bisto gravy and Mr Kipling’s cakes has told its American suitor that it must offer more than 65p a share if any takeover is to succeed. The British food manufac
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Stop the Supermarkets wasting Food

I had a conversation the other day about food being wasted. It surprised me. I thought I’d heard it all: wonky carrots rejected, orders for beans switched from Kenya to Guatemala. I heard from a retailer that used to sell tons of superma
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Greencore develops taste for Food on the Go

Greencore is reaping the rewards of an increased appetite for its on-the-go foods. The Irish company recorded revenue of £356 million for the quarter to the end of December, an increase of 6.8 per cent on the same period last year, once
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KitKat trademark battle: Nestlé v Cadbury

Free-marketeers will be encouraged by the CJEU decision, others will say that the bar is too high for protection Last week, Nestlé suffered a near terminal blow in its unrelenting attempt to register the four-fingered KitKat bar as a UK t
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Whiskey boss loves to call the shots

Mark Reynier, Waterford Distillery’s chief, plans to show the industry how to make truly artisanal whiskey Attending a wine fair in 1986 as a young, third-generation wine merchant, Mark Reynier tossed his business card into a raffle. He
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McWaiter, there’s a gross pretence in my burger!!

We’re not loving it any more. McDonald’s has been having a torrid time: profits down 15% in America, calls to ban it from Russia and contamination scandals in China. Meanwhile, Britain’s TV chefs have spent years trumpeting healt
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Delay threatens AB InBev’s merger with SABMiller

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s hopes of completing its £71 billion takeover of SABMiller in the second half of this year are under threat amid suggestions that securing South African regulatory approval could take at least 18 months. The m
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AG Barr reports strong Sales

A fizzing performance over Christmas has helped the maker of Irn-Bru to report strong sales in the final three months of the year. Shares in AG Barr, which makes Irn-Bru, Rubicon and Tizer drinks, closed 12p, or 2.3 per cent, higher on 527&frac1
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Greencore shows appetite for US growth

Greencore is reaping the benefits of investment in its US and UK operations as the Irish food company recorded a 10 per cent increase in operating profits. The company - which released full year results to the year ended September 25, 2015, ye
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Pupils’ Thai food a hot topic

Councils are facing criticism for importing meat for school meals from as far away as South America and Asia rather than buying exclusively from suppliers closer to home. Data released to The Sunday Times under freedom of information laws has show
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Small food Producers finding new routes to market

Kath Dawson loves getting her hands dirty on her 120-acre farm. Following in the muddy footsteps of four generations of farmers, she was more accustomed to working with crops than computers. That was until three years ago — when her business
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Tax sugary drinks and restrict TV adverts

A tax on sugary drinks is essential to stop children getting fat, an influential committee of MPs urges today. An end to two-for-one deals on biscuits, a ban on TV advertising for sweets and cakes before the 9pm watershed and limits on the siz
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Associated British Foods see profits fall

Clothing sales at Primark have helped cover up a sour set of results from Associated British Foods, which saw its sugar operations swing from £64 million profit to a £3 million loss. The discount clothing retailer, which has been o
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Food Shoppers ‘tricked’ out of £1bn by supermarkets

Families could benefit from cheaper weekly food bills as Britain’s biggest ­supermarkets are today referred to the competition watchdog. The grocery giants have been creating the illusion of savings that don’t exist through &ld
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Supermarket price wars hit Food Producers in pocket

Food-producing companies that depend on supermarkets for their livelihood are struggling to make ends meet because of a “savage landscape”. A survey by Begbies Traynor, the corporate rescue and recovery practice, said that the numb
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Aldi overtakes Waitrose in Supermarket war

Bargain-hunting shoppers have flocked to discount supermarkets in such numbers that Aldi has overtaken Waitrose to become the country’s sixth largest grocery chain. The German discount retailer’s sales rose by 16.8 per cent in a ye
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Graham’s Dairy’s Stirling plans could bring 450 jobs

Graham’s Dairy’s Stirling plans could bring 450 jobs Plans for a new £20 million research and training centre by Graham’s Dairy could create 450 jobs. The Graham family, who have been farming in Stirlingshire for fi
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Creamery Future

It'S ALL hands on deck to secure the long-term future of First Milk's Campbeltown creamery and milk production in the area. At a meeting of NFU Scotland's Kintyre branch, held on Tuesday evening, around 40 members turned out to dis
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Bakkavor Salads rewards 29 Employees for their long service

Bakkavor Salads rewards 29 Employees for their long service Bakkavor Salads has rewarded 29 of its employees for their long service and commitment to the company with gift vouchers for completing ten or 25 years working there. The awards w
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Culina Foods to create 280 jobs at Port Salford

Food firm Culina has confirmed plans to become the first tenant of the multi-million pound Port Salford development, in a move that will create 280 jobs. It comes after Peel was given the green light for the project last week, despite a previo
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Water reduction targets for Food Production

Experts warn global action is needed on water usage in food production The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is urging coordinated action to reduce the amount of hidden water used in food and drink production – estimated at up t
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Dairy Industry needs Government Support

Dairy Industry Needs Unstinting Support of Government, Says Dairy UK Chairman The UK dairy industry will need unstinting support of Government during 2015 if it is to realise its full potential and successfully overcome the effects of the curr
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2SFG signs £50 mill food waste energy deal

Food manufacturer 2 Sisters has signed a £50 million deal to convert food waste to renewable heat and energy in all of its UK sites. The contract between H2 Energy, based in Liverpool, and 2 Sisters will see animal by-products converted
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Meadow Foods announces £11.2 mill operating profit

Independent dairy Meadow Foods announced an operating profit of £11.2 million for the year to March 31, 2014. This was 15.6 per cent up on the year and came as turnover leapt 23 per cent to £420.7m. The company also announced a
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Ireland wins US Beef Export Approval

Irish beef will be the first from Europe to be sold in the United States in almost 16 years, after the lifting of a ban that had stemmed from an outbreak of mad cow disease in the late 1990s. The United States had agreed to lift the ban last y
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Premier Foods Appoints Pizza Boss

Premier Foods brings Pizza Express CEO Richard Hodgson on board as non-exec director FMCG company Premier Foods has appointed Richard Hodgson, chief executive (CEO) at Pizza Express, to its board in the role of non-executive director with imme
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Produce World continues expansion

Produce World Ltd, a privately owned family business with a turnover of £180 million a year, wants to build 21,000 sqm of processing and packaging facilities and a further 13,000 sqm of general industrial, storage and distribution space on f
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Pork Farms merger faces competition probe

The merger of Pork Farms with Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry business has been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for an in-depth investigation, the competition watchdog has confirmed. The CMA announced in Decem
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Drinks firm Diageo sentenced after two workers injured

Drinks company Diageo Scotland Ltd has been fined for safety failings after two workers were injured in falls at separate plants in Moray. Robert Edward, then 51, fell nearly four metres from a portable ladder while clearing a blockage inside
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Growth question hangs over Premier Foods

Premier Foods plc, the UK food group, appears to have a solid strategy in place - but whether it can succeed in eking out top-line growth in a tough trading environment is, at present, less than certain. Shares in the Ambrosia and Sharwood'
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United Biscuits sold to Turkey's Yildiz for £2bn

The UK company behind the McVitie's, Jaffa Cakes and Penguin brands has been bought by Turkish food group Yildiz Holdings for a reported £2bn. United Biscuits (UB) was put up for sale by its private equity owners Blackstone and PAI P
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Nottingham Food Manufacturing scores £7m investment

Nottingham-based Southglade business park is set to receive a £7m investment to develop manufacturing in the area. The scheme, partly funded by £3.8m of European finance, will pay for a 30,000sq ft expansion of the park, the constr
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Dairy Crest sells milk business to Müller

The company born out of the state milk marketing board is to sell its dairies business for £80 million as it focuses on household spreads and cheese brands. Dairy Crest said the sale to Müller UK & Ireland would create a “more
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Sour first-quarter sales for Thorntons

Chocolate manufacturers Thorntons has reported an 11.9% plunge in its first-quarter sales. Bosses at the firm have attributed the fall to fluctuating order patterns of supermarkets and various other outlets. The luxury chocolatier released
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Ready meal maker reports growth of 39%

Frozen ready meal retailer and manufacturer Cook based in Sittingbourne sees pre-tax profits grow by 39% to 2.4 million in year ending March 31, 2014. According to Kent Online, Cook’s turnover has risen to £35.8 million, up
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Food industry tempts tomorrow's engineers

More than 2,400 students and teachers are to be targeted in a bid to inspire interest in engineering and other STEM-related careers in the food and drink manufacturing sector. Between October and November, food and drink businesses across the
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Finsbury to create dominant baking company with £60m deal

Finsbury Food, the cake maker, has swallowed one of its oldest rivals in a deal that would create a new dominant force in British baking. Finsbury, which is best known for making celebration and novelty cakes, has acquired Fletcher’s Bak
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Job hopes in Food Producer deal

A Convenience Food Manufacturer has revealed plans to create North-East jobs after buying a specialist firm. Symington’s is targeting growth at Tanfield Foods, in Consett, County Durham, after acquiring the company. The firm, which h
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Interview: John Laud, Barclays' Food & Drink sector

John Laud, relationship director in Barclays' Food, Drink and Packaging sector, discusses his views on the industry with TM. How do you rate Barclays’ involvement in the UK food and drink manufacturing sector? Amongst the many subs
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Why 1914 was a key year for the Food Industry

In the food industry, a constant flux in technology, the economic environment and public taste make rapid change the norm. But there was one year when the changes were more significant, more long-lasting than typical. That year was 1914—
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UK Food & Drink enjoying large scale investment

Confidence is returning in the UK food and drink industry after a period marked by recession as Protel is currently tracking 333 active projects with a combined potential investment value of over £3bn. In food, strong areas include poul
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Interim Manager: Job Seeking Advice

Interim Managers are unique. They may find themselves actively seeking work (assignments) 3 or 4 times a year. As such they need to become experts in searching for assignments to maximise their earning potential and minimise the frustration of sen
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Tesco named & shamed in payment dispute

A small business owner has given up what should have been a lucrative deal with Tesco in protest at the supermarket group’s payment practices. Food Manufacturer Moo Free Chocolates said that it had to threaten the world’s third lar
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SMEs optimistic after strong quarterly growth

Small and medium-sized manufacturers have recorded the fastest pace of recruitment in the sector since records began in 1988. The milestone is only one of the many positive factors currently contributing to the strong quarter posted by manufac
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Bakery firm in health and safety probe

One of Britain’s biggest bakery firms is facing a probe by the fire service and government regulators after an undercover investigation revealing serious health and safety failings putting the lives of workers at risk. Honeytop Specialit
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Award-Winning Muntons Plans £5.4m Bioenergy Boost

Award-winning malted ingredients company Muntons is to invest £5.4m in an anaerobic digestion plant to treat liquid waste from its ingredients business at its Stowmarket headquarters. The Suffolk-based environmental trailblazer will gene
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End of the 'best before' date?

Use-by and sell-by dates have been heavily criticised for being inaccurate, especially when it comes to meat - resulting in tonnes of food being thrown away unnecessarily. To solve this problem of wastage, a more accurate method has been devised b
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Profit rise for Greggs

Shares in bakery chain Greggs rose 4% after restructuring efforts and new lines helped underlying profits jump by almost half. The Newcastle-based company, which has 1,661 stores, said first-half profits jumped 48% to £16.9 million on an
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Adams Food Ingredients buys FoodTec for £1.2m

A sister company of Staffordshire-based Adams Foods has acquired a developer of products for the food manufacturing industry from Dairy Crest. Adams Food Ingredients (AFI) in Leek has bought the business and assets of FoodTec for £1.2m.
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Interview - Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby

Premier Foods plc is emerging from the long shadow of its debt burden with a new refinancing package and a clear mandate to grow its categories and brands. But, in the tough UK operating environment, growth is proving hard to come by. Premier CEO
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Tesco & Morrison losing market share

The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published today for the 12 weeks ending 20 July 2014, show familiar trends bringing new market and retailer records. Grocery price inflation has fallen for the tenth successive period an
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JBT buys food preservation equipment provider

JBT Corp said it has purchased the ICS Solutions business from Stork Food and Dairy Systems. ICS Solutions, located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Gainesville, GA (USA.), is a worldwide leader in the engineering, installation and servicing
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Oil contamination a major cause of machinery failure

Between 70-80% of all hydraulic failures, which can lead to machinery failure, can be traced back to contaminated oil, according to leading drives and controls manufacturer, Bosch Rexroth. The warning has been issued due to increasing concerns
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Halal food firm seals Euro deal

Expanding Blackburn halal food manufacturer KQF has agreed a series of new deals providing a strong foothold in Europe. It has just sealed an agreement to sell it products through one of France’s largest hypermarket chains Leclerc, which
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Wyke Farms go 100% Green

Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, today welcomed Baroness Verma, the parliamentary under-secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to officially open its £1m water recovery plant.
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Nestlé To Adopt Modular Factories

Nestlé has created a blueprint for a new type of factory that can be built in half the time of a more traditional one for about 50%-60% of the cost. The modular factory will be made of multiple, easy-to assemble component sections desig
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Thwaites to leave 200 year old site

Beer maker Thwaites has announced it will relocate from its 200 year old brewery in order to modernise and grow. The move away from its traditional home in the heart of Blackburn, Lancashire, will allow the brewery to make a bigger range of al
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Dairy Crest's appeal may grow after deals

Strategically, Dairy Crest's deals with fellow UK dairy group Fayrefield Foods and New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra to serve the global infant formula market are astute moves. The agreements, announced today (3 July), give UK-focused Dairy
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Farne Scoops Food Industry Oscar

Scottish Borders based smoked salmon and fish business, Farne Salmon in Duns, is celebrating after scooping a trio of national product awards in The Grocer magazine’s Food and Drink Own Label Awards. The company received a Gold and Silve
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80 jobs on the line at Kellogg's

Around 80 jobs are at risk at the Kellogg’s Manchester head office. It comes after plans were announced to move its European Financial Services Centre to Bucharest in Romania. The centre is currently run from the cereal company&rsquo
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Save 20% on Engineering Recruitment Costs

In addition to offering our clients a Full Refund Guarantee Scheme, Food Careers Ltd are now offering a 20% reduction on our standard recruitment fee for all engineering recruitment assignments accepted during the months of June and July 2014.
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Kent Food Manufacturer prosecuted for Safety failings

A Kent-based food manufacturer has been prosecuted for the second time after a worker had his fingers crushed by an unguarded machine at its Rochester factory. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the safety int
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Food Manufacturer laying the foundations for growth

The York-based company is collaborating with business improvement company Nicholson Consultancy to develop a robust and efficient manufacturing process that will enable the company to develop its production facility to meet future growth. York
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An Alternative to Heat Sealing

While 90 – 95 % of all sealing is still done with heat, an alternative technology has emerged: ultrasonic sealing. Ultrasonic vibrations melt the packaging material from the inside out (versus from the outside in as in heat sealing) and bond
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HJ Heinz fined after Engineer’s hand is sliced off

Internationally known food manufacturer, HJ Heinz, was sentenced on 16 May for serious safety failings after an engineer had his hand severed whilst working on a machine in their Norfolk plant. Alec Brackenbury, 49, was a self-employed enginee
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AG Barr chairman to step down

Ronnie Hanna, chairman of AG Barr, told shareholders at the Scottish group’s annual meeting on Tuesday that he would be stepping down at the end of the year. The news follows last month’s announcement by Alex Short, the finance directo
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Inspiring the Engineers of tomorrow

The Appetite for Skills programme was developed to educate and inspire, and to encourage more bright young people to give consideration to a career as an engineer within the food and drink industry. The most recent event took place at Sheffield Ha
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Soft drinks firm Cott Corp. buys Aimia Foods

Cott has seen sales and profits come under pressure Canadian soft drink manufacturer Cott Corp. has acquired UK food and beverage group Aimia Foods. Cott will pay an initial US$80m for Aimia, which manufactures products including cereals,
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Scotch Distilleries to Share £5m Green Fund

Distilleries in Scotland are to benefit from a £5 million fund to help them become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The funding, half of which will from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) with the remainder matched by the p
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Arla Buckinghamshire giant dairy opens

A giant dairy that cost £150m to build and can produce 1.5 million bottles of fresh milk a day has opened in Buckinghamshire. The Arla dairy at Aylesbury was officially opened by Agriculture Secretary Owen Paterson. The 70 acre (24 h
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New Wrapping Machine will increase sales at Uncle Joe's

The confectioner behind the famous Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls is anticipating growth and international sales following the acquisition of new wrapping machinery with support from Yorkshire Bank. The confectioner behind the famous Uncle Joe&r
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Sales of Pet Milk up at Delamere Dairy

Knutsford, Cheshire based Delamere Dairy said like for like sales for its TopLife Formula in the first four months of 2014 has increased by 32.5 per cent. A north west producer of goat’s milk products has hailed the success of its range
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Stop wasting money on maintenance

Too many UK food and drink manufacturers are wasting huge amounts of money by not taking a more holistic approach to their asset care and maintenance operations, according to the boss of a leading specialist consultancy." While the asset
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Climate change behind British food price rises?

British food price rises could be looming as a result of climate change, according to a report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report adds that worldwide food shortages and poverty will increase the risk
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Budget reaction: ‘sizeable gains’ for UK manufacturers?

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget, Phil Orford, chief executive of the Forum of Private Business, believes energy policies and export will provide sizeable gains for UK manufacturers over the next few years. “On export the Chan
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Coca-Cola Wakefield marks quarter century with investment

Coca-Cola has marked twenty-five years at its Wakefield factory by announcing it is set to surpass £100m in investments at the facility in the last five years. The landmark anniversary in Wakefield coincides with the official opening of
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Scottish beer maker to open country’s first sake brewery

A Scottish beer manufacturer has announced plans to open the country’s first sake brewery. Arran Brewery, based in Dreghorn, North Ayrshire, is to fund the project through a crowdfunding initiative, which it hopes will eventually raise &
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Young's Seafood benefits from simplification

Young's Seafood said that profitability improved during 2013 thanks to a "corporate simplification project" and rising sales. The company said that operating profit in the 12 months to 30 September rose to GBP20.4m. Changes to th
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R&R Ice Cream will become global player, says new CEO

R&R Ice Cream will become global player, says new CEO The new chief executive of R&R Ice Cream knows how to operate in challenging environments. He spoke to Business Editor Bernard Ginns. Ibrahim Najafi’s father rose from humble begi
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Classic Cuisine Serves Up New Dessert Range

Frozen food manufacturer Classic Cuisine has introduced a new dessert range to capitalise on the growing demand in the category. The Northampton-based firm is now offering a raspberry ripple meringue roulade, a chocolate and caramel short cake
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Producers pledge £1.9m for breaches to packaging rules

An increasing number of obligated producers have committed to pay over £1.9m in total to compensate for breaches of packaging waste regulations, figures from the Environment Agency indicate. Details of civil sanctions administered betwee
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Creative Foods could cut 149 jobs in Flint

Nearly 150 people face losing their jobs after a Flintshire food company announced plans to close. Flint-based Creative Foods, which makes ready meals and other products, could close by May. The company said a consultation was under way wi
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UK Poultry adds more than paltry sum to GDP

It turns out that the contribution the poultry industry makes to Britain’s economy every year is more than just chicken feed.  An analysis by Oxford Economics showed that the poultry sector made a £3.3 billion gross value adde
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Food Industry leaders call for collaboration

The food industry must collaborate more and share information in order to win back consumer trust, according to speakers at British Frozen Food Federation’s annual business conference. As the government continues to talk of ‘green
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Samworth Brothers acquires Soreen

Samworth Brothers has bought malt loaf brand Soreen, its first takeover in 28 years. The Melton company owns the Ginsters pasty and Dickinson & Morris pork pie brands. Gibbs Croft, part of the Samworth group, purchased the brand and its bakery
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Glorious deal as food manufacturer TSC sold to Billington

Food manufacturer TSC Foods, responsible for the Glorious! soup brand, has been sold to family-owned business Edward Billington and Son for an undisclosed figure. Production will continue at TSC’s Scunthorpe facility, where it produces s
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Peperami gobbled up by US meat snacks firm Jack Link's

Peperami has been gobbled up by US meat snacks firm Jack Link's after being sold by consumer goods giant Unilever. The German-made sausage snack, marketed with the slogans "a bit of an animal" and "too spicy for ya", ha
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Women needed to engineer bright future for British industry

For her 18th birthday, in 1981, Carol Marsh's parents gave her a ZX81 computer. The ZX81, a small black box with four chips, a single kilobyte of memory and a tendency to overheat, was the first mass-market computer, and got a generation hooke
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Indulgence Patisserie plans to "double turnover"

UK firm Indulgence Patisserie aims to double its turnover to GBP16m (US$26.7m) in the next three to five years, managing director Angus Allan told just-food. "We anticipate that most of our growth will come from increased sales of our Ind
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Tulip eyes Chinese expansion after factory investment

UK pork manufacturer Tulip has set its sights on China after the company invested GBP37m (US$62m) into upgrading its facilities for export markets. Tulip, part of Denmark-based co-op Danish Crown, has spent GBP22m spent on upgrading its Ashton
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Macphie of Glenbervie announce £6.3m wind turbine investment

Two-turbine development will power company's food production facility The family behind Macphie of Glenbervie food business is expanding into the renewables sector with a proposed two turbine development on the Glenbervie Estate in Aberdee
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Ready meals to get Red Tractor meat seal of approval

Ready meals will for the first time be branded with a Red Tractor logo to reassure consumers when the meat they contain is from a UK farm. The move comes as the food industry grapples to win back public confidence following the horsemeat scand
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Coca-Cola shares hit by profit fall

Ready meals will for the first time be branded with a Red Tractor logo to reassure consumers when Shares of beverage giant Coca-Cola saw their biggest fall in two years after its profit fell due to slowing sales in the US and Europe. Coca-Cola
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Food Careers welcomes new employee

We are pleased to welcome a new employee to Food Careers. James Hibbert joins the business as Recruitment Consultant, assisting clients to recruit personnel within the Technical / Quality discipline. James has amassed 13 years of experience wo
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Profits nosedive at drinks maker Halewood International

Knowsley firm which makes Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer saw sales rise but profits drop to £6.7m Andy Smallman, managing director of Halewood International, with some of the company's products Lambrini producer Halewood I
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Ballot called over Gaymer Cider pay dispute

Workers at Gaymer Cider's Somerset facility are to vote on possible strike action following a dispute with the company over pay. Union Unite confirmed it will be balloting over 100 production workers at the Shepton Mallett plant during the
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Kettle launches "better for you" baked line

Up-market crisp maker Kettle Foods is launching a line of lower-calorie baked chips in the UK. The range is aimed at "health-conscious female consumers", the snack business owned by Diamond Foods indicated. The baked chips contain le
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Bright Blue Foods to close Manchester site

Bakery manufacturer Bright Blue Foods has proposed the closure of its production facility in Manchester, with 57 jobs at stake. The manufacturer, formerly known as McCambridge Foods, said the closure was designed to make the best use of its fact
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Lincolnshire farming company fined for forklift death

A Spalding farming business has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 in fines and costs after a farm manager was killed when he was hit by a forklift truck. Peter Barney, 58, of Broadgate, Weston, was walking from his car across the ya
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Young Food Engineers want job satisfaction

Key members of the UK food industry met in January 2014 to establish a unified strategy to encourage more young people into food engineering. Representatives from companies such as Festo, Nestle, Arla Foods, the National Skills Academy and the
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Scotch whisky gains protected status

A new government scheme has been launched which will protect the status of genuine Scotch whisky in the European Union. The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme has been launched to prevent popular drinks with specific geographical origins being
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Tulip invests in Cornwall “centre of excellence”

Tulip, the UK arm of Danish Crown, plans to invest GBP490,000 (US$806,000) in developing a "centre of excellence" for gammon and bacon production in Cornwall. The investment will be made across Tulip's facilities in Bodmin, Bugle
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Bakkavor avoids pizza plant strike

Bakkavor has announced that the planned industrial action ballot will not go ahead. In a statement it said: “Bakkavor Group is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with the GMB union regarding pay discussions at its Bakkavor
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Inside the Chocolate Factory after Acquisition

Justin Cook , head of the Irish arm of Mondelez International – the Cadbury and Kraft amalgamation – tells John Mulligan how the initially tricky marriage is going and that innovation is key to the company's growth. Justin Cook
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600 jobs to go as 2 Sisters close site

Six hundred jobs are to be lost with the closure of a Suffolk chicken-processing plant next month. In August, the 2 Sisters Food Group said it was planning to shut the plant at Haughley Park near Stowmarket. The firm said consultations wit
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Food Manufacturing MEng Mechanical Engineering course

The industry-backed mechanical engineering degree – MEng Food Engineering, at Sheffield Hallam University is now open for applications. Specially designed to create employment-ready mechanical engineers with the skills most sought after
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Food Manufacturers dominate inaugual Manufacturing 100 list

Yorkshire's well-known food and drink manufacturers have dominated the upper echelons of the inaugural Manufacturing 100. The list champions Yorkshire's diverse manufacturing pedigree with furniture makers rubbing shoulders with steel
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Determined effort to save Confectionery Manufacturer jobs

A Sweet company which is looking to move its manufacturing operations out of Skegness has welcomed recent discussions with two Lincolnshire authorities. Following the announcement that Glisten Confectionery wants to relocate manufacturing from
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Common food poisoning cause targeted

A strategy aimed at cutting the number of people getting ill from Britain's most common cause of food poisoning has been launched by an industry watchdog. Every year campylobacter is linked to about 460,000 poisoning cases, 22,000 hospital
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Humber's billion pound Food Industry Conference

Delegates at this year's Humber Seafood Summit are to get a tasty reminder of the region's contribution to the nation's dining tables thanks to Hull and East Yorkshire Bondholders. The group's marketing team has produced maps f
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5600 New Scottish Food & Drink jobs on menu

Around 5,600 jobs could be created in the food and drink industry over the next five years, according to a report which concluded that it is one of Scotland's strongest performing sectors of the economy. Two-thirds of firms in the sector p
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Threat to 250 jobs at Heinz foods

The firm, which has a manufacturing plant with 1,200 staff in Wigan, said it regretted the impact it would have on its employees. Food giant Heinz has warned that almost 250 jobs could be cut in the UK and Ireland under organisational changes.
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15,000 jobless young people to get taste of food industry

Thousands of unemployed youngsters will be given an insight into the food and grocery industry under a new scheme being launched aimed at helping them find jobs. Around 15,000 jobless 18 to 25-year-olds across Britain will be offered a day'
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Union wants job guarantees as GSK sells Lucozade and Ribena

Responding to the news that the Lucozade and Ribena brands have been sold by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to Japanese company Suntory for £1.35 billion, Unite has called for copper bottomed guarantees on jobs and terms and conditions. Unite reg
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Top-selling baby foods less nutritious than home meals

Baby foods made by firms including Cow and Gate, Heinz and Ella’s Kitchen have far fewer nutrients than homemade meals, according to a new study. Many contain high levels of sugar and some are promoted for use from four months of age &nd
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Soft drinks giant ‘targets Lucozade’

Two of Britain’s best known drinks brands, Lucozade and Ribena, are reported to be a £1bn takeover target for the owner of Irn-Bru. AG Barr, which recently failed to pull off a deal with Britvic to create Europe’s largest sof
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Interview with Mondelez UK Head of Manufacturing

Mondelez International, the snacks subsidiary of food manufacturing giant Kraft, began making the world’s favourite biscuit, Oreo, in Sheffield in May. James Pozzi talks to Ian Dearn about the £6m investment in his Cadbury-Trebor facil
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Kavli to invest in Castle MacLellan facility

Kavli, the UK cheese spread and dip manufacturer, is to invest GBP5m (US$7.5m) in an expansion of its Castle MacLellan food facility in Scotland. The company said it is looking to capitalise on "strong growth prospects" for its premi
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Scotch Egg Producer Hatches £3.5m Expansion Plan

Leading Scottish egg producer Glenrath Farms of Peebles is about to invest more than £3.5 million in a new cracking and processing facility in an attempt to add value to its second-quality eggs. Speaking yesterday, the founder of the com
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£3.3m funding for food sector to tuck into

North East Lincolnshire has been awarded a massive £3.3 million pot of funding. Following its successful Regional Growth Fund (RGF) round three bid, North East Lincolnshire Council has today won another chunk of cash in round four, for a p
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Finsbury debt pile trimmed by Genius deal

Breads and cakes group Finsbury Food, which earlier this year sold its Free From business to Edinburgh-based gluten-free baker Genius, today said the deal had helped slash its debt pile. The group, which employs more than 1,000 people at its H
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Unilever "on the lookout" for Peperami buyer

Unilever is understood to be on the lookout for a buyer for its Peperami snack brand as it continues to find way of sharpening its global portfolio. The Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant has appointed investment bank UBS to help conduct the sal
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Finsbury expects earnings ahead of forecast

Finsbury Food Group, the UK baker, has said it expect profits to be "significantly" ahead of expectations for its full-year. The cake, bread and bakery foods producer said today (15 July) that a successful equity placing in the first
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Major UK contract for Irwin’s

Irwin’s Bakery has secured a major new contract worth £1m for its signature ‘Joey’ products, which will be supplied to Asda stores across the UK. Produced by its cakes and biscuits division, Howell House, the madeira bu
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Tate & Lyle announces 4% profit increase

British-based Tate & Lyle, provider of ingredients to the food and drink industry, has announced a 4% rise in profits for the last financial year. The company, founded in London in 1921, saw overall sales up 5% to £3.26bn, and its adjust
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Carling workers to strike over pay cut dispute

Employees at Burton-on-Trent's Molson Coors brewery have voted overwhelmingly for strike action after 455 staff were told they faced being sacked and reinstated on inferior pay and conditions. The workers voted 97% in favour of industrial
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Bernard Matthews set to axe 55 Norfolk jobs

Turkey-giant Bernard Matthews is to axe 55 staff from its cooked meats business after facing “intense pressure” from supermarket competition and soaring feed prices. It said efficiency savings had to be made if its cooked meats div
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£10m funding boost for Pet Food Manufacturer

Pet food manufacturer MPM Products plans to develop a range of new products and launch in new markets after securing a £10m funding boost. The Macclesfield company, which produces dog and cat food, has received the development capital fr
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Bakery Machinery firm JBS bought out of administration

Manchester based bakery machinery firm JBS has been acquired by Dowson Food Machinery in a deal which makes the company one of the largest operators of its kind in the UK. Both companies are well established leaders in their field. JBS was fou
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2 Sisters Job Losses expected – Union

The union representing 2 Sisters Food Group workers has suggested redundancies could be on the cards across four of the UK firm's West Midlands sites. Unite told just-food today (30 May) HR1 forms had been issued to members of staff across
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Coca-Cola aims to boost recycling in Scotland this summer

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is to introduce a range of initiatives over the summer as part of its drive to boost consumer recycling in Scotland. The global drinks manufacturer is to launch its Happiness Recycled campaign at Scottish festivals
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Food Manufacturers welcome Food Engineering funding

Responding to today's news that Sheffield Hallam University looks set to benefit from a share of a £50m investment to develop a National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering, Director of Employment and Skills at the Food and Drink F
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20 Jobs created as Cumbrian Bakery gears up for Christmas

Bells of Lazonby has announced plans to recruit new permanent members of staff, following its busiest festive period ever. The company supplied four of the major supermarkets with ‘Free From’ items last Christmas, and confirmed tha
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Warburtons buys £26 million turnover garlic bread firm

Family baker Warburtons has bought garlic bread specialist Giles Foods. Warburtons, which is based in the home town of comedian Peter Kay, famous for his 'garlic bread!' catchphrase, said the investment underlined its commitment to gro
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Bakery firm invests in new technology and staff

A Bakery Ingredients company has invested £2.5m in new equipment at its Bicester factory. British Bakels, based on the Glanville Way Industrial Park, has commissioned new lines of equipment that bosses hope will introduce a more scientif
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Euro Foods to invest in Walsall

Euro Foods is planning to set up its own manufacturing facility in Darlaston in Walsall as a response to increasing demand for Asian snacks, it is understood. The move is expected to create 100 jobs. The food manufacturer's factories in As
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Food Engineering leaps forward

The UK’s first accredited food and drink engineering degree was launched yesterday at Sheffield Hallam University. David Heath, minister for agriculture officially launched the MEng degree yesterday. The course aims to close skills gaps
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Dairy Crest finds suitable M&A targets hard to find

UK firm Dairy Crest, which last year sold off its French business in a bid to fund acquisitions in its home market, today (7 February) hinted it was struggling to find worthy targets. Last summer, Dairy Crest offloaded French unit St Hubert fo
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Associated British Foods denies tax avoidance

Associated British Foods 'denies emphatically' tax avoidance in Zambia. The British sugar giant accused of tax avoidance in Zambia believes it has been “wronged” as it launches a strident rebuttal of allegations made against it
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Pedigree pet food factory set to close with loss of 82 jobs

MP Shailesh Vara has pledged to do all he can to try to safeguard jobs under threat at the Mars Petcare factory in Peterborough which announced it was set to close on Tuesday (29 January). The entire workforce of 82 people is set to be axed at
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Who will pay for increased Food testing costs?

Another week, another horse meat contamination revealed. But with profit margins tight for food manufacturers who will absorb the cost of the suggested ramp-up in DNA testing requirements asks Dominic Watkins, senior associate, food sector group a
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GSK considers sale of Lucozade and Ribena

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline is considering selling iconic drink brands Lucozade and Ribena “to ensure their continued growth” following a drop in operating profits at the company in 2012. The drugs firm said it was placing
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Meadow Foods Invests £3.1M in Peterborough site

Meadow Foods, the UK’s largest independent dairy and leading supplier of milk and dairy ingredients to the food industry, has announced an investment of £3.1m at its site in Peterborough. The Peterborough factory is home to Meadow Food
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Plasma device developed to 'sterilise' Food

Plasma is generated by a device held against the surface of packaging Scientists at the University of Glasgow have developed a prototype plasma device which creates ozone to kill germs in packaged food. The system uses plasma to briefly tu
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Top Concerns of Food Manufacturers

A recent survey conducted by Food Processing Magazine (www.fponthenet.net) has highlighted the following five issues as some of the Food Industry’s top concerns. 1. SKILLS DEVELOPMENT One operations manager said it’s important
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Freshlink sausage factory in Glasgow to close

The Freshlink sausage factory in the east end of Glasgow is to close with the loss of 145 jobs. ABP Foods, which owns the plant in Shettleston, confirmed it was bringing production to an end early next year. Work is being moved to a factor
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ABF reports profit fall for Grocery and Ingredients

Associated British Foods (ABF) has reported a decline in profits for its grocery and ingredients divisions, despite an 11% rise in group revenue to £12.3bn. The firm revealed the news in its year-end financial results this morning, for t
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2012 Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards

The Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards, now in their 12th year, provide a benchmark for all those wishing to aspire to world class standards in food excellence. The awards are dedicated to recognising and rewarding the very best food and dri
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Cargill fined £35,000 after employee loses three fingers

Food producer Cargill has been fined £35,000 after an an employee lost three fingers in machinery at a factory at Trafford Park. The 46-year-old victim, who lives in Boothstown (Greater Manchester), was trying to clear a blockage in a wh
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Quinn Glass rebrands Filling division as ‘Cobevco'

Quinn Glass has announced the relaunch of its specialist bottling division in order to satisfy increasing market demand for bulk filling services. Quinn Glass, which has been a producer of container glass products for more than 14 years, has r
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Why ISO 50001 makes clear business sense

Industry giant Coca-Cola Enterprises has been among those to lead the charge in adopting ISO 50001 and has acknowledged real benefits in the focus it brings to energy saving. This endorsement is a clear sign that ISO 50001 is the standard in energ
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Government implements new Food Information Regulations

The UK’s food industry will be required to include clearer information regarding ingredients on product packaging, according to new government rules. Announced today, the decision comes as part of the Food Information Regulations consult
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EHL plans growth after sales success

EHL Ingredients is looking to expand hire new staff and expand the business, after successfully reaching its forecast £5m sales target ahead of its financial year end. The Stockport-based firm, which produces natural herbs, seasonings an
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Greggs to feed the troops

BIA Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year, Greggs, is to supply savouries to the troops. The company is to partner to the Navy, Army & Air Force Institute (NAAFI) in a trial that will see Greggs’ products served at the British military ba
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Wholebake in £1m expansion

Food manufacturer specialising in healthy snack bars is investing nearly £1m in an expansion project to meet demand for its products in the UK and overseas. Corwen based Wholebake has had £250,000 support from the Welsh Government&
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Vion receives three bids for Hall's facility

Dutch food group Vion has received interest in its Hall's of Broxburn site in the UK - a plant set for closure - from three potential bidders, according to Scottish government minister John Swinney. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament at H
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Strike threat at Fox’s Biscuits

Union members at Fox’s Biscuits’ plants in Kirkham, Lancashire, and Batley, Yorkshire, are being balloted for strike action after rejecting a third pay deal. The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) will ballot around 400
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AG Barr & Britvic’s £1.4 billion merger

UK’s largest soft drinks manufacturer AG Barr and Britain’s number two soft drinks producer Britvic are negotiating a £1.4 billion merger deal which aims to create Europe’s largest soft drinks company, to bring about Robins
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Leading UK snack food manufacturer in court

Walkers Snack Foods Ltd has been fined after a 400 kilogramme block of compacted snack waste fell on a worker, breaking his leg. The block of compacted waste involved in the incident. The employee, who has asked not to be named, was workin
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Holland’s secures Asda deal

Holland’s Pies has agreed a new listing in Asda’s stores nationwide for its range of savoury slices. The north-west manufacturer of pies, puddings and pastries, which is part of the 2 Sisters Food Group, has launched the new range,
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First Milk ups Milk Price

First Milk is to raise the standard price it pays producers in its liquid milk pool by 2.6p per litre to 28.65p per litre. The UK co-op said today (20 September) it will also raise the price it pays producers in its balancing pool by 1.25p per
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French deal for Genius Foods

Genius Foods, the Edinburgh-based gluten-free ?specialist, is stepping up its push into Europe by selling ?croissants and pain du chocolat – to a French firm. Carrefour, the supermarket giant, will stock the pastries among ten of the Sco
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UK Food Price Inflation Slows to Two Year Low

Food price inflation in the UK fell slowed to a two-year low in July, easing the pressure on household finances which have been squeezed by a high cost living and stagnant wage growth, according to the latest shop prices index from the British Ret
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AG Barr profits hit as margins squeezed

Profits at Irn-Bru producer AG Barr have taken a hit, with margins being squeezed by increased costs and brand investment. The company announced it expected profits in the first six months of 2012 to be slightly lower than last year. AG Ba
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Council puts pressure on 2 Sisters Food Group

Pressure is mounting on 2 Sisters Food Group to compromise over proposed changes to workers’ terms and conditions at Cavaghan & Gray in Carlisle. The company wants 800 permanent staff at the ready-meals factory to accept changes to over-
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Tate & Lyle makes progress despite European woes

Tate & Lyle has reported that operating profit for the first quarter was in line with expectations – despite weakness in European demand for food ingredients. The starch and sweetener group said the weak European economy had hit sucralos
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Cranswick sales up as Hoggarth hands over reins

Cranswick has announced a 7.4% increase in sales for the three months to 30 June, driven by strong performances for sausages, bacon and Continental products. The trading update came with the company’s long-standing chief executive, Berna
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Norbert Dentressangle provides import solution for Nestlé

The logistics company has won a two-year contract, worth £3m, with Nestlé Waters to import bottled water from Europe while meeting Nestlé’s goals to reduce CO2 emissions. Nestlé Waters UK sources, bottles and d
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Victoria Foods staff face redundancy

Scores of jobs could be lost at a major food plant in Leigh after shocked staff were issued with a consultation notice to close the business. More than 140 people at Victoria Foods, on Bright Street, face redundancy after the move which has de
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Exporting leads sales growth at Vimto maker

An increase in exporting has resulted in a £4.9m rise in sales at Liverpool-based Vimto maker Nichols. In its interim results for the six months to 30 June 2012, the plc posted revenues of £55.3m, up from £50.4m in 2011, whil
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Food Firm fined after worker hurt in fall

A beef supplier has been fined after a worker fractured his spine and heel bone after falling during dangerous work at height at a Lincoln abattoir. The maintenance engineer, who has asked not to be named, has been told he may never fully reco
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AB InBev admits Stella Artois losing market share

Stella Artois lost market share in the past six months as AB InBev shifted its promotional fire towards US favourite Budweiser. The world’s largest brewer today said UK beer volumes – not including cider – had tumbled by 10.1
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Food and drink manufacturers reduce water usage by 14%

Food and drink manufacturers who signed up to the Federation House Commitment have managed to reduce their water usage by 14.4% on average. A progress report released today by waste reduction company Wrap has revealed that signatories to the F
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Institute for Manufacturing reaches out to next generation

The Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University played host to a group of GCSE students from Chelmer Valley High School, Chelmsford yesterday as part of a project to educate young people about the opportunities available in the manufacturi
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