• The Last Word

    The Last Word

    Damian Hennessey talks about stemming the tide of growth … There is no doubt that the rise of 3D printing and big data technologies will transform the way businesses manage logistics and production over the next decade and government support for this vital area for growth and innovation will help to drive this transformation. Manufacturing,

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  • From the consumer…

    From the consumer…

    DANIELLE PINNINGTON discusses how to act while ‘playing the waiting game’ and dealing with consumer confusion   The latest consumer confidence index from GfK (measured post Brexit) showed a drop of eight points – the sharpest decline in 21 years. This highlights how deeply consumers have been rocked by the Referendum result. We do at least

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  • Levelling the playing field

    Levelling the playing field

    Michael Lent details how smaller FMCG suppliers and retailers can take on the giants in court with the help of litigation funding Many SMEs assume that justice is inaccessible to them when up against bigger companies with more resources. The UK government doesn’t always do everything it can to assuage this concern. In 2015, court

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  • Innovation, Innovation

    Innovation, Innovation

    The summer forecast Simon Ellis reveals the importance of accurate demand forecasting for this autumn and winter … This month I have asked our Director of Culinary Innovation, Stefan Cosser, to talk about one of the most creative restaurants in the world and how that thought process could translate into the retail world. As business

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  • In Design…

    In Design…

    Martin Bunce discusses building effective design strategies that will stand the test of time   Having worked on global FMCG brands and projects, it’s obviously the latest and greatest that quickens the pulse but for us, as for most design agencies, the sight of their latest launch on the shelf still brings that frisson of excitement. It’s

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  • Bugged by infestation

    Bugged by infestation

    Veena Ramachandran discusses the risks posed by infestation The battle for dominance that insects have lodged on our food has been raging on for decades and even unopened packs of food have been infested, taking consumers by surprise and making them question the checks carried out during manufacture and packaging. One such consumer in Dorset

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  • Get heavy on metal

    Get heavy on metal

    Sarah Ketchin discusses why metal is still the biggest and most likely food contaminant and the best removal tactics Metal remains the biggest and most likely contaminant risk within a food processing and packing plant today. In the raw ingredient phase, food is exposed to different processes from cutting meat, filleting fish, grinding spice or

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  • From the consumer…

    From the consumer…

    Danielle Pinnington discusses ease of shop and looks at the engagement factors to consider    Shopper ‘dwell’ time is, on the whole, about quality not quantity, but in a similar way the type of product they are looking at can also determine how long they linger at a fixture. A balancing act is therefore needed

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  • Robot scores

    Robot scores

    John Rainer gives his conclusions for believing that the food industry is at robotics tipping point Several important surveys, including the Food & Drink Global Ambitions report 2014* prepared by Lloyds Commercial Banking flagged the industry challenge of rising commodity cost pressures, with 83% of respondents citing it as an issue. According to the World

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