Here you will find a weekly update on what is happening in the food and drink sector.

FOOD INDUSTRY

Délifrance UK finishes £30m investment at former Premier site

Délifrance UK has completed its £30m investment at its Southall bakery in a bid to boost capacity at the former Premier Foods Le Pain Croustillant site.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 21 October 2015

Glavonoid ruling allows weight loss use

More products tackling visceral fat are likely to be developed, following a European Commission (EC) ruling on the use of the liquorice root extract Glavonoid.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 21 October 2015

Samworth Brothers boosts sales by 6%

Samworth Brothers boosted sales by nearly 6% last year after gaining additional business and making investments to improve its manufacturing process.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 21 October 2015

Public Health England tells UK government: Sugar taxes do work

All the evidence shows that sugar taxes decrease purchases and curb obesity– but restricting price promotions and junkfood advertising could have an even bigger impact, concludes Public Health England's report to the UK government.

Foodnavigator.com, 21 October 2015

Grocery prices fall amid price war

Households have saved an average of £58 in the past year as a result of food price deflation and supermarkets cutting prices to compete with discounters, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel. 

Daily Telegraph, 20 October 2015

Ice cream maker R&R sees turnover rocket 25%

R&R Ice Cream’s turnover has shot up by 25% after a key acquisition, increased business from discounters and the growth of Oreo and Cadbury’s ranges.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 20 October 2015

Clean-label or choice-blindness: Does ingredient information really make a difference?

When it comes to evaluating the naturalness of food products, very few consumers consider on pack ingredient information, finds Unilever commissioned research.

Foodnavigator.com, 20 October 2015

‘Ebay’ of the food industry could unlock unsold stock worth €20 bn in Europe

TakeStock, 'the Ebay of the food industry', says it can find buyers for unsold stock as well as reducing food waste, cutting storage costs and helping food companies find a bargain.

Foodnavigator.com, 20 October 2015

Dairy Crest and Müller deal wins approval

Dairy Crest’s £80m sale of its dairies operations to Müller has secured approval from the Competition and Markets Authority and been heralded from the environment secretary Liz Truss.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 19 October 2015

Dip maker invests £9m in factory, creating 100 jobs

Chilled dip and sandwich filling maker Zorba Delicacies has announced plans to invest £9m in a new factory, creating 100 jobs.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 19 October 2015

‘Damaged supply chain’ biggest loser in price war

The UK’s “damaged food supply chain” has proved the biggest casualty of supermarket price war, warns business recovery specialist Begbies Traynor, as it notes stability returning to the struggling UK grocery sector and their food and drink manufacturing suppliers.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 19 October 2015

Top 12 food and drink trends for 2016: Mintel

Alternatives everywhere is the first of 12 top trends that will dominate the food and drink industry next year, predicts market research specialist Mintel.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 19 October 2015

Food industry’s seven steps to meet population challenge

The food industry must focus on seven key objectives in order to boost production and increase availability and access to food “significantly” over the next decade to meet the demands of a growing global population, according to Rabobank.

Foodnavigator.com, 19 October 2015

Frozen bread company set to open £3m bakery

Frozen bread company Speciality Breads is set to open a £3m bakery, allowing a four-fold increase in production capacity.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 16 October 2015

Nestlé results hit by Maggi noodles recall

Nestlé is counting the cost of its Maggi noodles recall, after admitting it had “a significant impact” on regional performance in its third-quarter results.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 16 October 2015

Could EFSA follow EMA in its open trial data policy?

There is increasing pressure for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to echo the policy of its pharmaceutical cousin the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to publish clinical trials from industry dossiers. 

Foodanddrinkeurope.com, 16 October 2015

Kerry Group goes on a $735m buying spree to boost its taste and nutrition portfolio

Kerry Group has splashed out a cool $735m on three US-based companies to expand its taste and nutrition portfolio:  Red Arrow Products, Island Oasis and Biothera Inc's Wellmune business.

Foodnavigator.com, 15 October 2015

Industry asks to Europe to legislate against trans fats in open letter

An open letter from major manufacturers including Nestlé and Mondelez has called on the European Commission to legislate an EU-wide limit for the amount of industrially produced trans fats in foods.

Foodnavigator.com, 15 October 2015

DRINKS INDUSTRY    

Suntory considers US premium beer market

Suntory may consider entering the US premium beer market with a strategic partner. Separately Suntory said it would split from its joint venture with Tsingtao. 

Financial Times, 22 October 2015