The FMT Blog

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

BSE outbreak confirmed at Scottish farm

BSE outbreak confirmed at Scottish farm

A case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has been confirmed at a farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland today (18th October). A disease prevention response plan has been actioned and precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place while further...

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Former Marks & Spencer executive becomes Mindful Chef CEO

Former Marks & Spencer executive becomes Mindful Chef CEO

Online recipe box service, Mindful Chef, announced the appointment of former Marks & Spencer head of food, online and strategy, Tim Lee, as CEO. With previous senior roles in food and retail, including positions with M&S and Tesco, Lee is said to bring with him a...

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Frozen food sees ‘exceptional’ volume growth

Frozen food sees ‘exceptional’ volume growth

The latest frozen food retail statistics have shown that frozen food continues to excel, with value growth across almost every category in the 52 weeks to 9th September 2018. The data, provided by Kantar Worldpanel, values the retail frozen food market as a whole at...

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Supermarket shoppers stock up on festive produce

Supermarket shoppers stock up on festive produce

Shoppers have returned to seasonal favourites as supermarket spending cools off, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks to 7th October 2018. Overall sales grew 3.2% compared to the same 12 weeks last year. Though this is a slight...

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Food and Drink Federation slams updated Brexit notices

Food and Drink Federation slams updated Brexit notices

The latest batch of contingency papers for a no-deal Brexit have been issued by the Government, with Food and Drink Federation (FDF) chief executive Ian Wright describing them as ‘shambolic’. The updated list of scenarios outline how the Government would deal with...

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Compass Group CEO to present City Food Lecture 2019

Compass Group CEO to present City Food Lecture 2019

Dominic Blakemore, group chief executive of Compass Group will present the City Food Lecture 2019 which is being held at London's Guildhall. Described as a highly experienced food industry executive, Blakemore took over as group chief executive at the beginning of...

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Patisserie Valerie confirms arrest of finance chief

Patisserie Valerie confirms arrest of finance chief

The owner of café chain Patisserie Valerie has confirmed its finance director Chris Marsh was arrested last night (11th October) after allegedly "significant, and potentially fraudulent, accounting irregularities" were uncovered. Patisserie Holdings plc announced...

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Calls for immediate review of food labelling loophole

Calls for immediate review of food labelling loophole

As concerns grow about food labelling in the United Kingdom, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), has called for an immediate review of legislation to ensure that all loopholes are closed. The issue has come to light following two deaths resulting...

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