Bethan Grylls reflects on 2023 and some of Food Manufacture's most read stories. Credit: Getty/Olemedia


A word from the Editor: Year in review

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls reflects on some of Food Manufacture's most read stories for 2023 and notable moments for the year, as we get set to welcome 2024.

As 2024 looms, our editor highlights several key moments of 2023. Credit: Getty/smshoot

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7 big moments of 2023 for food and drink

By Bethan Grylls

As we usher in the new year, Bethan Grylls takes a look back over the course of 2023 and flags seven key moments for the food and drink industry.

AIB Foods has secured a seven-figure funding package from HSBC UK


AIB Foods secures funding boost from HSBC UK

By Gwen Ridler

Wolverhampton-based importer and manufacturer of ingredients and snacks AIB Foods has secured a seven-figure funding package to support new product development and meet demand from national retailers.

A Ferrero-related comapny is in talks to acquire French cookie brand Michel et Augustin from Danone


Danone eyes sale of cookie business

By Gwen Ridler

Dairy nutrition firm Danone is in talks with a Ferrero-related company regarding the potential sale of baked snacks brand Michel et Augustin.

The growth of the animal protein sector is set to slow in 2024


Animal protein sector growth to slow in 2024

By Gwen Ridler

Growth in the animal protein sector is set to slow in 2024, tightening margins and forcing producers to adapt to a new status quo of higher prices and production costs to sustain success, warned food and agribank Rabobank.

FMEA Business Leader of the Year 2024 finalists


Meet the finalists: Business Leader of the Year

By Bethan Grylls

The finalists for the 2024 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards have been announced; here’s a bit more about those in the line-up for Business Leader of the Year.

Ian Stone, president of BFFF, highlighted the opportunities for frozen food players in 2024


Frozen food in good place but challenging perceptions persist

By Bethan Grylls

The British Frozen Food Federation’s (BFFF) Annual Luncheon saw hundreds of business leaders gather to celebrate the trade association’s 75th birthday at a time when frozen food sales are soaring, but low-quality misconceptions remain a challenge.

Raynor Foods is now an employee-owned business


Raynor Foods becomes employee owned

By Gwen Ridler

Food to go manufacturer Raynor Foods has become a 100% employee-owned company, with people on the move in the senior management team to support the transition.

Avara is ahead of its SBTi targets. Credit: Getty/Richard Drury


Avara reduces scope emissions by 47%

By Bethan Grylls

Avara Foods’ 2023 Our Planet report has been published and shows strong progress across its environmental agenda, as its scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions see reductions tracking far ahead of its SBTi targets.

William Reed expands leading portfolio with agtech focused website. Credit: Getty/witsarut sakorn


William Reed launches new agtech website

By Bethan Grylls

The company behind leading titles including Food Manufacture, British Baker and The Grocer, has launched a new site dedicated to the agtech space.

The UK had a strong raft of products on show at this year's Anuga. Photo credit: Koelnmesse / Anuga / Eingang Süd

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How are UK food and drink producers achieving sustainable growth?

By Sandra Sullivan

More than 7,800 exhibitors set up shop at Anuga earlier this month, with sustainable growth a key theme. FDEA’s Sandra Sullivan interviewed several UK producers to understand how they are balancing sustainability with profit.

Avara has announced plans to close its Newent site. Image: Avara Foods


Avara factory closure threatens jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Poultry processor Avara has announced plans to close its Newent factory in a move that will impact all colleagues based at the site.

What does the future hold for alternative proteins? Food Manufacture finds out... Credit: Getty/DronG


What’s next for the alternative protein market?

By Bethan Grylls

The alternative protein market is going through a reckoning typical of any major innovation that requires big changes in behaviour – here’s what two experts believe will happen next…

How to manage people through change. Credit: Getty/wildpixel

The Talent Poole

Change leadership

By Jon Poole

A significant aspect of leadership is managing and leading people through change. Pete Headridge explores his experiences leading effective change with The Talent Poole.

2023's biggest threats to food and drink manufacturers. Credit: Getty/Richard Drury

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Today’s biggest risks in food and drink manufacturing

By Bethan Grylls

Marsh, a leading insurance broker and risk advisor, recently highlighted several big threats producers should be aware of in 2023. Here we summarise the findings and how one might mitigate against them.

What's the secret to HARIBO's success? Credit: Getty/deepblue4you

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Standing the test of time

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture interviews Phil Murphy, HARBIO’s UK head of marketing, to find out how the sweets brand has maintained relevance since it rolled out UK production more than 50 years ago.

What are your options for managing a potential pension surplus? Credit: Getty/PM Images

Legal brief

Pension scheme surplus – a nice problem to have?

By Daniella Farsiani

With many manufacturer pension schemes appearing to have a surplus, Daniella Farsiani, associate at Eversheds Sutherland, discusses the issues and opportunities this imposes on the sector.

Independent drinks brand Flawsome! tells its start-up story. Credit: Getty/andresr


Life as a start-up

By Bethan Grylls

In this exclusive Q&A, the founders of ‘wonky’ drink company Flawsome! disclose the ups and downs of their journey, how it all began and what’s next.


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