The FMT Blog

Opinion, analysis and musings from the FMT editorial team and expert guest writers about the food processing and manufacturing sector.

‘Which?’ report targets packaging of chocolates

‘Which?’ report targets packaging of chocolates

A new Which? report is targeting chocolates in the run up to Christmas, a key time for confectionary sales. The report claims to highlight excessive packaging for top brands, including Ferrero Rocher, Thorntons and Cadbury, all of which which fell under the spotlight...

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Former Sainsbury’s boss set to join Marks and Spencer

Former Sainsbury’s boss set to join Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer Group plc has announced the appointment of Justin King as a non-executive director with effect from 1st January 2019. King is acknowledged as one of the UK’s most successful retail leaders, having led the revival of J Sainsbury’s as chief executive...

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Red Tractor welcomes 1.4m more shoppers

Red Tractor welcomes 1.4m more shoppers

The number of primary shoppers who say they will trade up and buy Red Tractor food instead of cheaper alternatives has jumped by 1.4 million, following the assurance scheme’s autumn advertising campaign. An eight-week programme of activity spearheaded by the...

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Grocery sales in December could reach £10 billion

Grocery sales in December could reach £10 billion

Grocers will have an extra trading day this Christmas, meaning overall sales in December – up to and including Christmas Eve – could reach £10 billion, according to Kantar Worldpanel. According to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel,...

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New 2019 edition of Meat Contacts directory

New 2019 edition of Meat Contacts directory

The annual directory Meat Contacts, which includes many key food contacts and information, is now available to view online at www.meatcontacts.com with a print edition also available to purchase. Every year the publication is regularly updated and provides a...

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BFFF launches digital campaign to boost frozen growth

BFFF launches digital campaign to boost frozen growth

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) is launching a six-month campaign, aiming to showcase a series of six short films highlighting meals that can be made with ingredients ‘fresh from the freezer’. ‘Fresh From the Freezer’ is a digital campaign, aiming to reach...

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UK food and drink exports reach £16.4bn

UK food and drink exports reach £16.4bn

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published an analysis showing that food and drink exports increased by 1.8% to £16.4bn from January to September 2018, when compared to the same period in 2017. Exports of branded goods also grew by £35.2m to £4.3bn, up 0.8%....

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Nestlé’s UK & Ireland chairman steps down

Nestlé’s UK & Ireland chairman steps down

Dame Fiona Kendrick has confirmed she is to stand down as chairman of Nestlé UK and Ireland at the end of 2018 and will leave the company after four decades. Kendrick joined Nestlé in 1980 and has enjoyed a long and varied career with a number of roles in the UK and...

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Tesco challenge Sainsbury’s during CMA hearing

Tesco challenge Sainsbury’s during CMA hearing

The supermarket giant Tesco has said that the proposed merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda should not go ahead unless ‘extensive remedies’ are provided as a result of the move. The remarks from Tesco were made during a hearing with the Competition and Markets Authority...

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