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AAK appoints new CEO

By Niamh Michail

Vegetable oil and fat supplier AAK has appointed Johan Westman as CEO and president.

Handtmann said the new site will improve ties with supply chain partners

Handtmann opens €7m customer service centre

By Rod Addy

Meat product manufacturers can devise and test bespoke solutions to processing issues and train on the latest equipment at a €7m customer service centre just opened by Handtmann at its German headquarters.

Wuthichai Sithipreedanant, CP Foods, said the initiative is a 'good opportunity'

CP Group promises sustainable food production shift at Davos

By Oscar Rousseau

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) has joined top corporations at Davos, Switzerland to start an initiative tasked with radically changing food manufacturing to halt waste, improve health and counter climate change.

Trade show Cibus Tec welcomed 1,200 exhibitors showcasing food-processing technology

Thousands gather at Cibus Tec 2016

By Aaron McDonald

Italy is a country renowned for its food exports – something its people are incredibly passionate and proud about – and nowhere is that more prominent than in the region of Parma. 

 'The [food] industry’s image is outdated and in some aspects, draconian. It offers little or no progression for young people,' says Lukas Vanterpool from The Sterling Choice. © iStock/BartekSzewczyk

'Media is glamorous, pharma is sexy - but food means farms and hairnets'

What is Europe's food industry doing to attract fresh, young talent?

By Tracy West

FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) wants industry step up efforts to hire new talent and match skill needs - but that’s no easy task when many young people don’t even consider the food industry as a place to work, according to several European recruitment agencies.

The food and drink sector will need to recruit 130,000 new employees by 2024

Attracting food industry talent ‘never more urgent’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers have never faced “a more urgent challenge” to attract talent, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), as it launched a new report designed to help plug the industry skills gap.

Business leaders who back EU membership should be far more outspoken, said the FDF boss

Foodex 2016

Food leaders should ‘grow a pair’ over EU promotion

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturing leaders and other business executives who support EU membership have been urged to promote the benefits of membership far more actively, in hard-hitting comments from Food and Drink Federation (FDF) boss Ian Wright, delivered...

Dairies and cheese making was ranked as the fifth largest manufacturing sector

UK food and drink manufacturing ‘continues its rise’

By Michael Stones

UK food and drink manufacturing is continuing its rise – spearheaded by dairy, meat and pastry sectors – according to new figures from the Office of National Statics (ONS), interpreted by Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Paul Wilkinson unwrapped four surprises of the food manufacturing year

Business Leaders’ Forum

Four food and drink industry surprises of 2015

By Michael Stones

A shift in power from retailers to their suppliers, leading to a better year than expected, was one of four key surprises that shaped the UK food and drink industry last year, Paul Wilkson, chair of the Food Manufacture Group Business Leaders’ Forum told...

Congratulations to all the Oscar winners and finalists

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Food manufacturing Oscars: Meet the 2015 winners

By Michael Stones

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in the 2015 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs), staged on Tuesday night at the Lancaster hotel in central London.

Gulfood Manufacturing exhibitors up 35%

Gulfood Manufacturing exhibitors up 35%

By Eliot Beer

Gulfood Manufacturing has seen a 35% rise in exhibitor numbers over its inaugural outing last year with 1,500 exhibitors, and 650 more from three other concurrent food shows.

Opinions are divided about the logic of vertical integration of the food supply chain

Supermarkets ‘risk losing millions’ in manufacturing

By Nicholas Robinson

Supermarkets planning to take up food manufacturing in their fight to gain a competitive edge over the limited range discounters Aldi and Lidl risked losing millions of pounds and faced being stuck with underperforming factories, a leading analyst has...

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

By RJ Whitehead

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic development.To mark a fascinating year...

Tomorrow's Engineers Week aims to lure young people into a manufacturing career

Food manufacturers to lure young engineers

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers are planning to lure young engineers away from competing sectors, such as aerospace and automotive, during Tomorrow’s Engineer Week, which started on Monday (November 3).

The Taste the Future event aimed to inspire a new generation of food industry leaders

Four top tips for aspiring food industry leaders

By Michael Stones

Be passionate: love what you do and who you do it for, was the top advice for young people aiming to be the food industry leaders of tomorrow, at an event staged recently by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

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Lockout/tagout standard is most cited OSHA violation

By Joseph James Whitworth

Violation of lockout/tagout (LO/TO) rules was the most frequently cited infraction of an OSHA standard during 2012‒2013 in the food industry with penalties totaling more than $894,000.

The PPMA show.

Special edition: Automation

Name and shame unethical supply chain practices

By Jenny Eagle

Reluctance to adopt technologies, like automation is in part driven by ‘endless squeezing’ of supplier margins by the major multiple retailers, says the PPMA Group (Processing & Packaging Machinery Association).

Objective explained how their software could benefit food firms

Dispatches from EU manufacturing food and safety summit

Product visibility is the Objective

By Joseph James Whitworth

Monitoring and controlling production in real-time is crucial to tackle potential problems and have the right answers ready during inspections and audits, according to Objective.

Angela Coleshill, FDF director of employment and skills

What does the UK's first food engineering degree mean for industry?

By Angela Coleshill

A new sector-specific engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK aims to tackle the current skills gap in food engineering, with the first students starting next year.In this guest article, director of employment and skills at the Food...

Women are still under represented on the boards of manufacturing firms

Manufacturing firms employ more women bosses

By Mike Stones

Manufacturing businesses in the FTSE 100 have more women on their boards than other firms but more should be done to boost their numbers, according to a new report.

Nestlé and Bosch woo food processing recruits

Nestlé and Bosch woo food processing recruits

By Rod Addy

Nestlé has teamed up with Bosch Packaging Technology and trade body the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) to recruit young talent for the UK food and drink manufacturing industry.

Industry defends itself against recalls

Industry defends itself against recalls

By Rod Addy

The food and drink industry is tackling risks associated with volatile supply chains, such as recalls, through innovation, according to a joint research paper from Campden BRI and JLT Specialty.

RSSL invests in microscopy facilities

RSSL investment in food safety

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) has invested in its microscopy facilities to introduce a service for identifying foreign bodies in food.

UK food industry trebles apprenticeships

UK food industry trebles apprenticeships

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The UK food industry has trebled the number of apprenticeships across the country since August last year, smashing its original target to double apprenticeships by the end of 2012.

EU food industry competitiveness ‘lagging behind’: Report

EU food industry competitiveness ‘lagging behind’: Report

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The European Union’s food industry is lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of competitiveness, according to a new report from FoodDrinkEurope, which outlines priorities for new EU-wide industrial policy.

UK food processors defy overall sales declines

UK food processors defy overall sales declines

By Rod Addy

UK food manufacturers are bucking the trend of declining orders in other industries to claim strong performance by comparison, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).


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