Climate change is cutting UK food production: NFU

Climate change is already cutting UK food output, according to a survey conducted by the National Farmers Union (NFU), as US president Barack Obama said the UN climate conference in Paris could be a “turning point” in global efforts to halt rising temperatures.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 2 December 2015

EFSA gives green light to new applications for thaumatin

Following a favourable scientific opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), formulators will soon be able to use the natural protein sweetener and flavour modifier thaumatin in a broader range of applications.

Foodnavigator.com, 1 December 2015

2 Sisters eyes up former S&A Foods site

Poultry producer 2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed it is planning to snap up the former S&A Foods site in Derby after the ready meal manufacturer fell into administration last month.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 1 December 2015

General Mills takes $500m Fiber One brand into UK

General Mills has rolled out its $500m higher-fiber brand Fiber One to retailers in the UK for the first time.

Foodanddrinkeurope.com, 1 December 2015

Cranswick sales rise on Asian demand

Cranswick reported a 10% rise in revenues to £529.1m in the six months to 30 September following a 17% increase in export sales to Asia. Adjusted pre-tax profits rose 22% to £31.5m.

Cityam.com, 30 November 2015

Tax on sugary drinks backed by MPs

The Commons' Health Select Committee have said there is "compelling evidence" that a tax on sugary drinks would reduce consumption. Marketing and advertising restrictions were also proposed.

BBC News, 30 November 2015

Most consumers say ‘No thanks’ to drinks sugar tax

More than two-thirds of British adults believe a tax on sugar-sweetened soft drinks would: penalise most people who consume soft drinks responsibly, rise each year and lead to taxes on other foods, according to an independent poll commissioned by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 30 November 2015

Lancashire Farm Dairies: no sales impact after probiotics ruling

Having to remove the word ‘probiotics’ from its products was costly in the short-term, but hasn’t impacted long term sales, the boss of a family-run yogurt producer has claimed.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 30 November 2015

Food and drink trends focus on smaller brands

The growing importance of smaller food and drink brands, arising from the fragmentation of consumer beliefs about food, is one of 10 key trends identified next year by New Business Nutrition.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 30 November 2015

Hovis production line closure threatens over 100 jobs

Hovis plans to close a bread production line at its bakery in Wigan, threatening more than 100 jobs.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 27 November 2015

Chinese market open for UK organic dairy imports

A British organic dairy cooperative has broken into the one of the world’s most lucrative markets after being awarded the UK’s first licence to export organic products to China.

Foodnavigator.com, 27 November 2015

First Milk sells Fife dairy to Scottish firm Graham’s

First Milk has sold its Fife dairy to Scotland’s largest independent dairy business Graham’s the Family Dairy for an undisclosed sum.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 26 November 2015

Calbee UK plans investment and jobs following Tesco contract

Japanese savoury snack manufacturer Calbee UK will make a “significant investment” in its Deeside factory in Wales and boost staff numbers to 100, after winning a contract to supply 650 Tesco stores, the firm has revealed.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 26 November 2015

WHO report hits already-falling bacon and sausage sales

Three consecutive weeks of double digit falls in UK sales of bacon and sausages provide tangible evidence that the processed meat cancer scare has had an impact on consumer shopping choices, says market research firm IRI.

Foodnavigator.com, 26 November 2015

EFSA public consultations plan

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published an overview of its planned consultations with an aim of facilitating stakeholder contributions to its scientific work.

European Food Safety Authority, 25 November 2015

Finsbury Food Group reports revenues rise

Finsbury Food Group said group sales rose to £102m during the first four months of the year, an increase of 78.1% on the same period last year, the result of a combination of major acquisitions and organic growth of over 10%.

Cityam.com, 25 November 2015

DRINKS INDUSTRY

 AB InBev to offload Peroni and Grosch to please regulators

Brewing giant AB InBev will look to offload its newly-acquired Peroni and Grolsch brands in a bid to appease EU competition regulators following its takeover of rival SAB Miller, with Heineken and Molson Coors the most likely bidders, according to an industry expert.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 30 November 2015

UK online beer sales set to rise

Research commissioned by AB Inbev shows that up to 1m UK households in the UK will buy their beer online in December.

Drinks Business, 30 November 2015