The FMT Blog

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

René Hansen appointed MD of Bettcher GmbH

René Hansen appointed MD of Bettcher GmbH

Bettcher GmbH, the European subsidiary of food equipment supplier firm Bettcher Industries, has appointed René T. Hansen as managing director. Hansen has been with the company since July 2018, working as international sales manager. In addition, he has more than 30...

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Dr Ruth Hussey to take over as interim FSA chair

Dr Ruth Hussey to take over as interim FSA chair

Dr Ruth Hussey CB, OBE, DL has been appointed as interim chair of the Food Standards Agency from 1st February 2021 for up to three months, in order to allow time for the chair recruitment to conclude. She will be taking over from Heather Hancock, who will be standing...

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Consumer focus holds key to growing farming sector

Consumer focus holds key to growing farming sector

A clear focus on the end consumer is often lacking within the farming sector, but better collaboration and data use could significantly improve British beef quality and farm sustainability, according to Gavin Hodgson, buying manager for meat, fish and poultry at...

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Grote Company announces expansion of European HQ

Grote Company announces expansion of European HQ

Grote Company, an industrial food slicing and assembly equipment manufacturer, has moved its European office from Wrexham to Deeside, North Wales, in order to accommodate the company's growing robotics division. The new location will also look to accommodate growing...

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Defra announces £23m emergency fund for seafood sector

Defra announces £23m emergency fund for seafood sector

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced a £23 million emergency fund for seafood exporters impacted by Brexit delays. Each business will be able to claim up to £100,000 if they are able to prove “genuine loss” in exporting fish...

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Fishing industry stages London protest over Brexit disruption

Fishing industry stages London protest over Brexit disruption

A number of fishing businesses have taken to the streets of London to protest the disruption to the industry caused by new Brexit controls. New Brexit regulations have caused significant price drops across the seafood industry, with reports of a lack of clarity over...

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Food sales up despite record low for retail

Food sales up despite record low for retail

Food sales grew by more than 5% during 2020 despite the year being the worst on record for retail sales, according to new data from IGD. For 2020 overall, total retail sales declined 0.3% compared with 2019, however food sales were up by 5.4%. Over the three months to...

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Impact of Brexit pushes UK seafood sector to “rock bottom”

Impact of Brexit pushes UK seafood sector to “rock bottom”

The UK’s seafood sector is at “rock bottom” with the impact of Brexit resulting in significant price drops, according to Seafood Scotland. Price drops of around 50% have been reported by Seafood Scotland, along with system failures and a lack of clarity on paperwork...

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Industry bodies warn of increased costs to food supply chains

Industry bodies warn of increased costs to food supply chains

The UK’s exit from the EU has the potential to increase food supply chain costs and cause further disruption to Northern Ireland’s retailers, according to the Future Relationship with the European Union Committee. The committee held an evidence session yesterday to...

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