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The theme for this year's International Women's Day is #embraceequity

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How can we embrace gender equity in the workplace?

By Bethan Grylls

For International Women's Day, Bethan Grylls speaks with a range of female voices in the food, drink and coaching sector to find out more about this year's theme of equity and how we can best support women in the workplace.

OCI highlights four things you should practice before partnering with a new organisation

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Red flags in the supply chain

By Oliver Chapman

The supply chain is complex and ever-changing, which means dangers lurk within. Oliver Chapman, CEO of supply chain specialists OCI, outlines ways to spot red flags in the supply chain.

We look at the latest innovations in cutting and slicing technology

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Cutting and slicing: Integration, innovation and robotics

By Gwen Ridler

Integrated lines, ultrasonics and robotics are just some of the latest innovations in slicing and cutting technology to debut from food and drink machinery providers. Here, we look at the latest trends across this sector of the industry and what new advancements...

UK Flour Millers, Aryzta and Prosur all announced senior appointments this week


Senior appointments in UK food and drink

By Gwen Ridler

UK Flour Millers, Aryzta and Prosur have all announced senior appointments, covered here in our latest round-up of people on the move in food and drink.

Could wonky veg be the solution to current shortages in the UK?


Is ‘perfectly shaped’ veg to blame for food shortages?

By Gwen Ridler

An overreliance on ‘perfectly shaped’ fruits and vegetables and an unwillingness to sell wonky, less aesthetically pleasing alternatives could be causing shortages in UK supermarkets, suggested food redistribution service Earth & Wheat.

UK food and drink exports hit record highs in 2021


UK food exports reach record highs in 2022

By Gwen Ridler

UK food and drink exports reached record highs in 2022, with most categories exceeding pre-pandemic levels, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Jackson (pictured) talks winning at this year's FMEAs and what's next for his career


An interview with the future talent of food

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls sits down with Raynor Food’s Patrick Jackson, winner of this year’s Future Talent Award at Food Manufacture Excellence 2023.

The FMEAs are regarded as the Oscars of food and drink

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards - as told by socials!

By Bethan Grylls

With 17 categories up for grabs, the awards night recognised and rewarded the very best in operating standards and processes in today’s UK food and drink manufacturing sectors. Here's some of the highlights as told by social posts.

The PM's Windsor Framework promised little by has the potential to overdeliver for food and drink firms

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The Windsor Framework

By Rod Addy

Provision Trade Federation director general Rod Addy discusses the recently agreed Windsor Framework and its implications for the food and drink industry in his exclusive column for Food Manufacture.

Oterra red striped gelatin desserts


Food and beverage colour trends for 2023

By Bethan Grylls

From TikTok to wheat prices, Bethan Grylls explores the influences for this year’s colour trends, the most sought-after tones, and the events which are triggering changes in food and drink.

Rishi Sunak has agreed a deal with the EC that could end trade barriers between Britaina and Northern Ireland


UK agrees new Northern Ireland Brexit deal with EU

By Gwen Ridler

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has agreed a new Brexit deal for Northern Ireland with European Commission president Ursula Van der Leyen, which would see the end of restrictions on the trade of goods traveling overseas in the UK.

Student descended on the manufacturer’s Glenbervie factory to learn the ins and outs of the food and drink industry


Macphie hosts food science career day

By Gwen Ridler

Scottish ingredients manufacturer Macphie played host to the next generation of food and drink scientists at the Institute of Food, Science and Technology’s (IFST’s) annual LaunchPad event.

Imports of lamb significantly increased in 2022, especially frozen product


Sheep meat imports saw substantial rise in 2022

By Gwen Ridler

The total import of fresh and frozen sheep meat into the UK saw a substantial rise of 17% to 64,800 tonnes in 2022, according to the latest Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) Market Bulletin report.

Diageo engineers in Leven will go on strike tonight


Diageo workers to resume strike action

By Gwen Ridler

Engineers at Diageo’s plant in Leven are to resume strike action tonight (24 February) and over the weekend as Unite explores legal action against the drinks giant in a dispute over contracts and pay.

Mike Parr discusses the current fresh produce shortages and the impact on the food supply chain


Fresh produce shortages require action, not words

By Mike Parr

Perishable Movements (PML) managing director Mike Parr responds to the current fresh produce shortages and the challenges facing a food supply chain already battered by COVID-19 restrictions and the fallout of Brexit.

Pilgrim's UK has invested £1.8m in its Bodmin production plant


Pilgrim’s UK invests £1.8m in Bodmin site

By Gwen Ridler

Meat processor Pilgrim’s UK has invested £1.8m in its Bodmin site as part of its ongoing strategy to expand its operational capacity and strengthen the sustainability of the business.

Packaging for hard cheese can be a determining factor in consumer purchases


Transparent packaging driving hard cheese sales

By Gwen Ridler

Transparency, the ability to reseal products and sustainability were key features consumers look for in hard cheese packaging when purchasing, according to new research from Amcor.

Left to right: Jane Stewart and Norman Soutar at Macphie's Tannochside factory


Macphie appoints ‘industry titans’ to senior team

By Gwen Ridler

Food ingredients firm Macphie has appointed two ‘industry titans’, former William Jackson Food Group chief executive Norman Soutar and industry veteran Jane Stewart, to help lead the next stage of its growth plans.

UK food and drink manufacturing output was expected to increase in 2023


UK food manufacturing output to grow in 2023

By Gwen Ridler

UK food manufacturing output is forecast to grow in 2023 as producers expect inflation to weigh less heavily on their businesses, but wage pressures have prevented cost inflation from falling more quickly.

Unite is balloting its members for strike action at AB Agri mills across the UK


Strike action threatened at AB Agri mills

By Gwen Ridler

Unite members at AB Agri’s mills across the UK are being balloted for strike action over pay, after rejecting a ‘significant real terms pay cut’.

Europe continues to see investment in sustainable proteins, but the rest of the world hasn't been as luicky


Sustainable protein investment continues growth in Europe

By Gwen Ridler

European investment in sustainable proteins – including plant-based and cultivated meat – grew 24% last year despite global economic turbulence, but Government was urged to step up their game in supporting this growing sector of industry.

In the first edition of The Talent Poole, Jon Poole looks at what's driving the labour gap in food and drink and ways we can look to encourage the younger generation to find their way and voice in the sector. Credit: Getty images/We Are

Column: The Talent Poole

Leadership in food: Stepping up to the plate

By Jon Poole

It’s no secret that the food and drink sector are struggling to recruit, but what’s driving a lack newcomers to the sector and how can we inspire them to become our next generation of leaders? Jon Poole explores in this first column dedicated to leadership....

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