The FMT Blog

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

UK slaughtering figures revealed by FSA

UK slaughtering figures revealed by FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed that more than 94 million animals were slaughtered without stunning in 2018 and, following the release of the figures, both the RSPCA and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has renewed calls for the UK Government to...

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Apprenticeship opportunities for food students

Apprenticeship opportunities for food students

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week coming up on 4th to 8th March 2019, national catering butcher Aubrey Allen, is hosting and facilitating an event for apprentice chefs, farmers, and butchers in Coventry. The Big Apprentice Day event will take place on 8th...

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FMT Food Industry Awards video available online

FMT Food Industry Awards video available online

A short video following the recent FMT Food Industry Awards ceremony and lunch is now exclusively available online, together with a photo gallery from the day. The annual industry Awards rewarded 16 categories, including this year’s Food Industry Champion. In...

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Brexit supply chain and logistics fears

Brexit supply chain and logistics fears

With just over a month to go until the 29th March deadline, concerns are growing around the implications of a possible no-deal Brexit. Stepping into the fray, John Perry, the managing director of supply chain and logistics consultancy SCALA, has commented on what he...

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Food industry warns Gove in urgent letter

Food industry warns Gove in urgent letter

In a letter to Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove, over 30 food and drink trade bodies have asked that any non-Brexit consultations be placed on hold as a ‘matter of great urgency’, until the current Brexit uncertainty is resolved. The letter, which was signed by...

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Welsh Beef to benefit from new research

Welsh Beef to benefit from new research

A three-year project has been launched with the aim to not only increase the eating quality and value of Welsh Beef production, but to improve returns to farmers and processors. The BeefQ Project, is aiming to enhance the Welsh beef industry’s reputation, and increase...

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No deal Brexit guidance issued on food labelling

No deal Brexit guidance issued on food labelling

The Government has issued guidance on food and drink labelling in the event of a no deal Brexit, giving businesses a 21-month transition period for significant changes. While food businesses will have the 21-month transition period available there are some technical...

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Unilever acquires graze

Unilever acquires graze

Unilever has announced it has acquired the holding company of graze, a healthy snacking brand, for a disclosed sum. Founded in 2008, graze provides a range of snacking nuts, seeds, trail mixes and snack bars, with no artificial ingredients. Having started with a snack...

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Aldi and Lidl continue strong run in food sales

Aldi and Lidl continue strong run in food sales

Fruit, vegetables and salad sales have surged by £46 million compared to last January, boosted by customer trends towards plant-based diets, according to Kantar Worldpanel. The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel covering the 12 weeks to 27th...

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Food standards could be at risk by “No Deal”

Food standards could be at risk by “No Deal”

Following the Government’s announcement that border checks on goods coming into the UK will be greatly reduced in the event of a no deal Brexit outcome, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has expressed ‘serious concern’. CIEH say that the move...

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