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Ambient foods

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.

Scottish soup firm secures £250k Tesco deal

Cumbernauld-based The Scottish Soup Company has secured a £250,000 deal to supply Tesco stores throughout Scotland.

25p easyFoodstore forced to close by bargain hunters

The new 25p easyFoodstore was forced to close yesterday, after hundreds of bargain hunters cleared the shelves of its London store.

EasyJet founder launches 25p discount food store

EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ionnou has opened a no frills, discount food store – called easyFoodstore store – to complement his cut-price airline and travel businesses.

EHL to roll-out gluten-free range after spices success

EHL Ingredients is to roll-out gluten-free (GF) versions of some of its most popular ingredients after initial success with its first two products.

Simpsons Foods consulting with staff over 100 jobs

Pudding manufacturer and food packaging firm Simpsons Ready Foods has entered a period of consultation about up to 100 employees’ jobs that are at risk, the firm has confirmed.

Premier Foods ‘past darkest hour’ – just don’t mention weather

Premier Foods is past its “darkest financial hours” and is now re-investing growth within the business, according to market analyst Shore Capital.

Kettle Chips maker buys stake in Metcalfe’s Skinny

Kettle Chips maker Diamond Foods has bought a 26% stake in the innovative ‘healthy’ popcorn manufacturer Metcalfe’s Skinny.

Sainsbury’s sales slide in run up to Christmas

Sainsbury has reported sliding sales in the three months to January 9, with like-for-like sales down by 0.4%, despite a Christmas boost in customer transactions.

Soup-maker Campbell switches to GMO labelling

The world’s largest soup-maker has responded to calls for more food transparency by announcing it is to label the genetically modified organism (GMO) content on all of its US products....

New Year’s Honours list: who won what

Pesto pioneer Clare Blampied, md of Sacla UK, was awarded the honour Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the food industry in...

Greencore creates 100 jobs at new depot

Greencore plans to hire 100 more employees to work at a newly-opened distribution facility in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, to meet increasing demand.  

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Lotus Bakeries buys Urban Fresh Foods for £70M

Belgian biscuit maker Lotus Bakeries has bought Urban Fresh Foods, the manufacturer of Bear fruit snacks and Urban Fruit in a £70M deal.

Waitrose recalls mint sauce that may contain glass

Waitrose has been forced to recall jars of mint sauce that may contain shards of glass, as a number of supermarkets were hit by recalls this week.

Walsh Mushrooms completes £2.25M packaging extension

Walsh Mushrooms has completed work on its £2.25M extension of its packaging and distribution site at Vale Park, Evesham.

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Sports nutrition firm wins manufacturing Oscar

Sports nutrition firm Glanbia Performance Nutrition has won the Ambient manufacturing company of the year title in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – at the...

Seabook Crisps turnover soars to £27M

Seabrook Crisps has boosted profitability and increased its turnover by 11% to £27M after adapting to the changing retail environment.

Asian sweet maker opens manufacturing hub

Asian sweet maker Mushtaq Sweet Centre has opened a “bespoke” manufacturing hub in Birmingham after securing funding from Barclays.

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EU to spend £4.8M fighting killer olive tree disease

The EU has pledged to spend £4.8M (€7M) in combating “a dangerous plant pathogen” that targets fruit trees, such as olive trees, and grave vines.

Glanbia to buy US protein bar firm

Global nutrition company Glanbia has agreed to buy US protein snack bar company thinkThin for $217M (£143M).

Premier Foods’s sales boost ‘credit to management’

Premier Foods’s first quarterly branded sales rise for two years was a tribute to the manufacturer’s management team, say leading City analysts.

Premier sales up due to ‘innovation and investment’

Premier Foods’s first quarterly increase in branded sales for two years is due to “innovation and investment”, claims the manufacturer.

Baby food recalled due to moth larvae

Moth larvae found in muesli for babies and mouldy chicken snacks have sparked food recalls over the past week.

Pumpkins help Hubbub educate 100k people on food waste

Hubbub will attempt to save 18,000t of pumpkin being discarded and educate 100,000 people on the wider food waste issue over the Halloween weekend with its ‘Pumpkin Rescue’ events, according...

Mars announces sustainable rice partnership

Mars Food, the owner of Uncle Ben’s, has announced the first global standard for sustainable rice in partnership with the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP).

Burton’s biscuit heist: Man charged with theft

A man has been charged with stealing a trailer packed with about £20,000 worth of biscuits.