The Apprentice winner’s cake firm re-brands

Alana Spencer re-branded her Narna's Cakes business to Ridiculously Rich by Alana

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer has completed her bakery firm’s brand transition to Ridiculous Rich by Alana, as January proves to be its busiest month so far.

Suppliers will benefit from Iceland's HQ investment, claimed the retailer

Iceland HQ investment to ‘benefit suppliers’

Up to 89% of manufacturers have reported they've been affected by fraud in 2016

Manufacturers see fraud rise in 2016

Internet of Packaging solution receives investment to expand to larger logistics firms

Internet of Packaging system gets investment

Mouse droppings were found in Green Mountain Food Store

Halal meat firm to pay £7,500 after mouse infestation

2 Sisters denied Brexit was the reason for 280 job cuts at The Pizza Factory

2 Sisters denies Brexit-related job losses at The Pizza Factory

Premier Foods's annual profit forecast was lowered 10%

Premier Foods starts £10M cost-cutting plan

The UK is to quit the Single Market of 500M consumers

The UK is to quit Single Market: PM’s Brexit speech

The Future Food Award winner last year was Sheffield-based dairy business Our Cow Molly

Food manufacturing heroes wanted for BBC’s Future Food Award

An investigation was launched after a maggot was found in a biscuit wrapper

Maggot found ‘alive’ inside wrapping of Cadbury biscuit

The food industry was cautiously optimistic after Theresa May gave assurances about the right of non-UK EU workers to continue working in the UK

Food industry’s cautious welcome to PM’s Brexit speech

Valentine’s Day, Burns Night and the Chinese New Year serve as inspiration for new product launches

Valentine’s Day product launches – in pictures

Greggs reported a 7% sales boost in its latest trading update

Greggs posts 7% sales boost after strong Christmas

Top 10 food and drink trends this year include personalisation and anti-inflammatory foods and drinks

Top food and drink trends for 2017

The UK courgette shortage has sparked a social media storm

Courgette shortage sparks social media storm

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Food and drink exports to the UK fell 8% following currency fluctuations and the Brexit vote

Irish food and drink exports top €11bn despite Brexit

The price of Freddo bars is expected to go up by 20% to 30p (Flickr/Laineys Repertoire)

Mondelēz to increase Freddo price 20% to 30p

More than 300 jobs are to be axed after Müller closures

Müller to cut more than 300 jobs

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World News

Poultry exporter BRF SA has launched a Halal focused subsidiary. Image courtesy of MaxPixel

Poultry producer launches halal subsidiary

One third of shoppers choose brands they believe are good for the environment (Flickr/Tom)

Sustainable food brands offer £837bn opportunity

Cargill has opened an innovation centre in China

Cargill opens China innovation centre

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People

The foodservice sector offers manufacturers opportunities (Flickr/U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Manufacturers should cash in on eating-out trends

Nick Allen has been appointed BMPA chief executive

Meat association appoints AHDB director

Food manufacturers could benefit from dining out trends (Flickr/Herry Lawford)

Food firms to benefit from eating out trends

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Regulation

MDA Products was forced to recall its fish and chicken products

‘Potentially unsafe’ repackaged meat in FSA recall

Morrisons and Co-op feature in this gallery of food and drink recalls

Morrisons leads product recalls – in pictures

Bernard Matthews takeover cleared by CMA

2 Sisters owner ‘cleared’ over Bernard Matthews deal

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NPD

Warburtons has launched a new gluten-free crumpet into a growing free-from market

Warburtons launches gluten-free crumpet

Christmas puddings, edible glitter and ancient grain beer feature in this gallery of new product developments

Food and drink product launches – in pictures

Festive crisps and chocolate pizza lead this month's photogallery

Food and drink new product developments – photogallery

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Ingredients

Oppo founders Charlie (L) and Harry Thullier are campaigning for lower tax on healthy food and drink

Food producers call for tax cuts on healthy food

Sugar-free soft drink alternatives should not be promoted as part of a healthy diet, the study claims

Sugar-free drink study slammed by scientists

Two-thirds of Scottish organic producers planned to review their businesses in response to Brexit

Scottish organic farmers urge same standards after Brexit

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Manufacturing

Unilever's Leatherhead site was one of five sites that became 100% carbon neutral in energy

Unilever’s energy sourcing becomes carbon neutral

Could you join last year's winners in taking home a food and drink manufacturing Oscar this November?

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars set for November 1

Only 23% of manufacturers expected more opportunities than risks in 2017 (Flickr/PROMaryland GovPics)

Manufacturers expect more risks than opportunities in 2017

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Food Safety

Pioneer Foods was fined £275,000 after pleading guilty to 11 food safety offences

Pioneer Foods fined £275k after listeria food offences

Food manufacturers will be expected to meet the costs of food safety inspections, enforcement input and a registration scheme

Food hygiene inspection charges move closer

Combating food and drink crime saves lives, says Andy Morling

The Big Interview with fraud fighter Andy Morling

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Packaging

Thermal transfer printers drive improved efficiency

Thermal transfer printers drive improved efficiency

Management tools for tray sealing equipment

Management tools for tray sealing equipment

Skin pack range is launched for meat  and fish products

Skin pack range is launched for meat and fish products

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Supply Chain

Road users have been told to prepare for longer journey times (Flickr/Highways England)

Supply chain woes as winter weather continues

Motorist were stuck in traffic after a lorry spilled its load of Jam

Jam motorway spill leaves drivers stuck

Tesco is closing two of its distribution centres with the net loss of 500 jobs

Tesco closes two distribution centres

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Marks & Spencer have slammed unauthorised third party retailers who sell their products

Marks & Spencer slams unofficial third-party sellers

Valentine’s Day, Burns Night and the Chinese New Year serve as inspiration for new product launches

Valentine’s Day product launches – in pictures

Morrisons and Co-op feature in this gallery of food and drink recalls

Morrisons leads product recalls – in pictures

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