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R&R Ice Cream tops mid-market private food firms

R&R Ice Cream is the top mid-market private food processor in the UK by sales, according to the 10th annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 list.

R&R Ice Cream makes a host of ice cream lines, including Nestlé brands under licence

Sugar alternatives aren’t always better for health

A backlash against sugar and sugary foods has driven consumers towards ‘natural’ alternatives, but they can be just as bad for health, experts have warned.

Bombay Sapphire – the journey of gin

The origins of Bombay Sapphire gin date back to 1761, when Thomas Dakin developed a novel recipe for gin.

Three supermarkets faced financial action in Q3

Three national supermarkets faced adverse financial actions in the past quarter as food retailers showed the sharpest increase in ‘significant’ financial distress of all sectors monitored by Begbies Traynor.

News in brief

New bakery for Bertinet Warburtons partnership

Artisan bakery Bertinet, in partnership with Warburtons, is to open a second bakery at its Milton Keynes site to serve the south east of England.

Aldi launches new organic range in upmarket bid

Discount retailer Aldi has launched what it claims is an affordable range of organic products that will help customers save 25% on their normal British organic basket, as the store continued its drive to offer upmarket products

Symington’s snaps up The Tanfield Food Company

Symington’s has bought gourmet meals business The Tanfield Food Company, which was set up by the makers of Phileas Fogg potato chips.

Asda wins out as food market enters deflation

Asda headed the supermarket pack as the food market officially entered a period of deflation, although consumers were the real winners, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel figures.

Venomous spider strikes again, in Waitrose bananas

A Waitrose shopper got the shock of his life when he uncovered the world’s deadliest spider in a bunch of bananas just delivered by the upmarket supermarket chain.

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Concern over LA budget cuts raised

Doubt about the ability of local authorities (LA) to maintain food safety during a time of increased government budget cuts has been raised.

Winterbotham Darby boosts capacity with olive deal

Winterbotham Darby has acquired chilled olive and antipasti business Alatoni in a move it claims with boost its manufacturing capacity and increase its flexibility in a popular category.

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Beware food safety impact of reformulation

Small-scale food manufacturers have been warned to beware the food safety consequences of reformulating their products to remove salt, sugar and fat.

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Labelling changes strike ‘fear’ into SMEs

Changes to food labelling rules have shaken small- to medium-sized food and drink businesses (SMEs), which fear being put out of business, a leading industry advisor has revealed.

Food prices would rocket if pesticides banned

Food prices would rocket if pesticides were banned or their use severely restricted, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU); a claim hotly disputed by environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth (FoE).

Sperm count reduced in vegetarians

Sperm count is significantly reduced in vegetarian and vegan men, a new study from the US has claimed.

Spotlight

Top food manufacturer delivers ‘truly awful’ stock performance

Premier Foods delivers ‘awful’ stock performance

Premier Foods has delivered “a truly awful 2014 stock performance”, despite making solid restructuring progress, said City...

Chocolate giant increases pressure on factory workers

Heat is on for 1,000 Cadbury Bournville plant staff

Mondelēz International has stepped up the pressure on the 1,000 factory workers at its Cadbury Bournville site,...

Ebola unlikely to be caught from food
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Food industry must quell Ebola fears

The UK food and drink industry must communicate to the public that the risk of people contracting...

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