Ambient food producers may not have the short shelf-life issues of their colleagues in the chilled sector to contend with. But those manufacturing canned and dried products often have image and technical constraints to overcome, which new processes and marketing initiatives are helping to overcome. Keep in touch with the latest news from the sector.
07-Mar-2014 - The authorities in Brussels and London should have done more to explain the implications of the EU’s new food labelling rules, set out in the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC), according to law firm DWF.
05-Mar-2014 - Premier Foods’ real challenge starts now, in the wake of its successful refinancing deal, although the agreement was an important milestone, claims one industry expert.
05-Mar-2014 - Premier Foods now has “the brightest outlook for a decade”, after re-engineering its balance sheet with a major refinancing plan, says City analyst Shore Capital.
05-Mar-2014 - Heinz UK plans to recruit 80 employees for its Telford production site as part of efforts to consolidate its foodservice operations across Europe, boost efficiency and slash excess capacity.
03-Mar-2014 - Sales of robots in the food and drink sector rose by 28% last year against a backdrop of strong uptake across the board in the UK, according to the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA).
03-Mar-2014 - Premier Foods is continuing to review its refinancing options, the food manufacturing giant confirmed today (March 3), after weekend press reports claimed it would reveal a deal worth more than £750M this week.
26-Feb-2014 - Tesco may have missed an opportunity to champion shoppers, as its vow to invest £200M in price cuts annually may not be aggressive enough, according to a leading grocery analyst.
26-Feb-2014 - An EU-wide initiative targeting food fraud, costing €12M, has been announced, spearheaded by the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA).
24-Feb-2014 - Premier Foods is adopting a project management approach to comply with the EU’s new Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR).
21-Feb-2014 - Associated British Foods (ABF) faces fines for anti-competitive practices if a competition authority probe just launched finds it guilty in the latest round of a longstanding feud with Napier Brown.
21-Feb-2014 - Complying with the EU’s new food labelling rules – set out in the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR) – will be a “truly enormous” job that will carry “a colossal cost”, warns Stephen Spice, Campden BRI’s new head of regulatory affairs.
19-Feb-2014 - Food suppliers should ditch “no-growth supermarkets” in favour of high-growth areas of the food market, such as online and food discount channels, advises Charles Wilson, ceo of Booker, Britain’s largest cash and carry wholesaler.
19-Feb-2014 - There’s still time to register for the free, one-hour online seminar on the EU’s new food labelling rules, which takes place at 11am GMT tomorrow (February 20).
14-Feb-2014 - Restaurant-inspired molecular gastronomy offers considerable potential for food manufacturers’ new product development (NPD), according to Stefan Cosser, head of innovation at consultancy Food Innovation Solutions (FIS).
07-Feb-2014 - Social media is increasingly being used to identify the sources of food poisoning, following its use by investigators from Public Health England (PHE) to narrow down a large multiple pathogen outbreak at an outdoor food festival in Newcastle upon Tyne last year.
07-Feb-2014 - Kolak Snack Foods has snapped up Berkshire Foods and NC Snacks for an undisclosed sum as it continues its relentless drive to boost sales.
05-Feb-2014 - Napier Brown’s Immingham sugar plant is ready for commissioning and should help the firm offset the negative impact of plunging sugar prices, according to owner Real Good Food Company (RGFC).
03-Feb-2014 - “The biggest overhaul of food labelling for over 25 years,” is how Premier Foods summarises the implications of the EU’s new Food Information to Consumers Regulation – due to be enforced on December 13 2014.
03-Feb-2014 - Further details of a Premier Foods’s debt reduction deal did not surprise City analysts, although they claimed the press reports represented little real progress.
31-Jan-2014 - The skills gap in the food and drink manufacturing sector has not shrunk, despite the latest government statistics showing that UK unemployment overall has fallen.
31-Jan-2014 - RBS Group has provided £33M worth of funding to help boost UK fats and oils firm KTC Edibles’ organic expansion plans.
30-Jan-2014 - A cure for children suffering the misery – and sometimes fatal consequences – of peanut allergy has moved significantly closer, according to a consultant allergist involved in a new ground-breaking study.
17-Jan-2014 - Online grocery distribution business Ocado will not deliver cash flow growth in the short term, according to City analyst Shore Capital, after the online grocery distribution business released its results for the 16 weeks to December 1 2013.
15-Jan-2014 - Rice brand Tilda’s UK management team will be kept on to drive the growth of the brand following its acquisition by US-based Hain Celestial Group.
15-Jan-2014 - Heinz and other big table sauce manufacturers are putting the profits of smaller players under massive pressure, according to a fresh report from Rabobank.