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Food and drinks industry will benefit from apprentices, FDF says

Companies who employ those who have done an apprenticeship could really land a great skilled worker, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has commented. According to British Baker Magazine, Angela Coleshill, director of employment and skills at FDF, said: “Skills are the driving force to a successful industry. Growing our talent pool with apprenticeships is a… Read more

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Amazon warehouse drones could save more than

Robotic drones being utilised in Amazon’s warehouses could save the company more than £550 million a year. The e-commerce giant has revealed it is utilising 1,400 drones in three of its warehouses in an effort to improve efficiency. The one-foot high, battery powered orange boxes navigate the warehouse on wheels, using scan coded directions to… Read more

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Britain’s first “social supermarket” opens

Britain’s first “social supermarket” has opened in South Yorkshire. The shop sells food, drink and cosmetic products that cannot be sold in mainstream supermarkets, due to weight errors, packaging imperfections or other minor mistakes, at discounts of up to 70 per cent. It has already issued membership cards to local residents who are on benefits, allowing them… Read more

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Packaging is crucial in hospitality industry, but balance is key

The latest report from sustainability body WRAP reveals that whilst packaging has a crucial role to play in the foodservice and hospitality industry, striking a good balance between protection and going over the top is key. Entitled ‘Overview of Waste in the UK Hospitality and Food Service (HaFS) Sector’, the report (the largest ever of its… Read more

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High demand for seasonal grocery delivery slots

Shoppers are already scrambling to book up delivery dates for their Christmas groceries, but some may have missed the boat already. Luxury supermarket chain Waitrose has announced that its online grocery delivery slots for Christmas Eve have already been booked up and the slots for December 23 as well. Other supermarkets are yet to announce… Read more

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British company develops compostable coffee pods

Biodegradable coffee pods have been successfully manufactured by a British company which is developing different uses for natural plastics. Biome Bioplastics is offering the first solution to the problem of single-use capsules, in an attempt to cut down on the amount of such capsules ending up on landfill sites. Biome developed a range of compostable materials… Read more

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Packaging manufacturers have “no option” but to improve sustainability

Packaging manufacturers have “no option” but to improve their sustainability credentials, it has been claimed. Ashwin Moorthy, who is head of engineering and innovation at Nampak Plastics, believes that the “age of abundance” is well and truly over in the packaging industry and that all packaging designers must now proactively look at methods of saving on… Read more

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Supermarkets issued warning over portion sizes

Supermarkets have been urged to keep a control on portion sizes, following revelations that some products have almost doubled in size over the last two decades. Representatives from the British Heart Foundation issued the plea after comparing the change in sizes of 245 products sold by the ‘big four’ supermarket chains. According to walesonline.co.uk, a typical shepherds pie ready… Read more

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CEO hints at possible stamp price rise

Royal Mail’s CEO has suggested that the newly-privatised company may need to increase the price of a stamp in order to remain competitive, sky.com reports. Moya Greene told Sky News that Royal Mail’s services and products were ‘cheaply priced’ when compared against those offered by rival companies in Europe. However, there was a need to price accordingly for… Read more

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Chinese bakery and cereal sector poised for rapid growth

New forecasts suggest the Chinese bakery and cereal sector’s value will grow by billions of pounds over the next four years. Citing findings from a report by research provider Canadean, foodbev.com states that increased demand for products supplied by Chinese companies will cause the sector to expand by $15 billion (£9.4 billion) between 2012 – 2017…. Read more

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