FDF’s top three ambitions for 2016

Tackling the UK’s obesity epidemic, resolving the debate surrounding Britain’s membership of the EU and boosting productivity will be the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) top three ambitions for 2016, FoodManufacture.co.uk can exclusively reveal.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 25 November 2015

Moy Park to invest £10m creating 100 jobs

Poultry processor Moy Park plans to invest £10m in its processing facility and hatchery in Derbyshire, creating 100 jobs.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 25 November 2015

Tax meat, suggests think tank

A report by the think tank Chatham House has suggested taxing meat to tackle climate change and improve global health. The livestock sector accounts for 15% of worldwide greenhouse emissions.

Telegraph, 24 November 2015

Bakkavor confident of ‘good Christmas momentum’

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor expects good Christmas sales despite tough trading conditions arising from the continuing sharp competition between retailers, according to its third quarter results for the 39 weeks to 26 September 2015.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 24 November 2015

Greencore to invest £12m in new manufacturing unit

Greencore plans to invest £12m in building a new manufacturing unit at its food-to-go site in Northampton.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 24 November 2015

Food-to-go drives growth for Greencore

Greencore's convenience foods division has achieved a 6% rise in like-for-like revenue to reach £1,290.2m in results for the year ended 25 September 2015.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 24 November 2015

French brands pipped to the post with private label veggie range

French retailer Carrefour has launched what it claims is France's first private label range of vegetarian products - which could spur other brands to occupy this relatively undeveloped space, says a market analyst.

Foodnavigator.com, 24 November 2015

UK hint at 'challenging' junk food policy puts industry on the defensive

The UK government appears ready to ditch an industry-led, voluntary approach to tackling obesity for something “more challenging,” the Deputy chief medical officer hinted last week.

Foodnavigator.com, 24 November 2015

First ever micronutrient group to push supplement issues in UK parliament

The UK has launched an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on micronutrients and health, something the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) said would help bring nutrition to the forefront of discussions in Westminster.

Foodanddrinkeurope.com, 24 November 2015

Wake up and smell the coffee: Cocoa and chocolate industry can learn from coffee grading system

Chocolate makers can draw on coffee industry grading standards to develop a common quality system for cocoa, says Lutheran World Relief’s manager of coffee and cocoa.

Confectionerynews.com, 24 November 2015

Bakkavor creates 160 cream cake jobs

Bakkavor has created 160 jobs at its Newark desserts business in a bid to meet increased demand.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 23 November 2015

Genius snaps up Chapel Foods in £3.5m deal

Gluten­-free bakery company Genius Foods has announced the acquisition of frozen pie maker Chapel Foods in a £3.5m deal.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 23 November 2015

Premier Foods recovery strategy ‘starts working’

Premier Foods’s recovery strategy is “starting to bear fruit”, according to City analyst Investec, after the manufacturer posted its first quarterly branded sales rise in two years last week.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 23 November 2015

Seabook Crisps turnover soars to £27m

Seabrook Crisps has boosted profitability and increased its turnover by 11% to £27m after adapting to the changing retail environment.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 20 November 2015

‘Doing it for the kids’ drives desire for natural nutrition

Parents are more likely to seek out ‘natural’ food and drinks than consumers without children highlighting a growing opportunity for formulating with natural ingredients, suggests study.

Foodnavigator.com, 20 November 2015

Two-year count down for insect novel food approval

Producers of food-grade insects will submit a novel food application as soon as the new regulation passes into force, the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) has pledged.

Foodnavigator.com, 19 November 2015

FSA hails 'significant progress' on campylobacter

Data shows 14.9% of chickens tested positive for the highest levels of campylobacter in the first quarter, down from 21.7% last year.

Grocer, 19 November 2015

DRINKS INDUSTRY

Britvic grows profits

Britvic reported a 10.6% increase in pre-tax profits to £147m, while total revenue fell 3.3% to £1.3bn. Britvic said it had "delivered another strong set of results ... despite challenging market conditions".