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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.

Recalls sparked by wood and glue contamination

Convenience store Spar’s Midget Gems are the latest food product to be recalled in the UK, after it was discovered they may contain small pieces of wood.

Jordans & Ryvita Company boosts exports by 60%

Breakfast cereals manufacturer Jordans & Ryvita Company revealed it had boosted exports by 60% to reach more than £90M over the past five years, during a visit by environment secretary...

Sauce company acquired by French food group

French food ingredients firm Solina Group has acquired sauce manufacturer New Ivory from owner Rob Whitehead for an undisclosed amount this week (September 21).

People moving to new food and drink jobs – in pictures

The food and drink sector has seen a large number of appointments and resignations over the past month, with Morrisons, Tulip and Unilever all announcing changes in senior management.

Christmas launches lead food NPD – photogallery

Christmas launches lead this month’s latest photogallery of new product development (NPD) in the food and drink industry, ranging from the weird and wonderful to more traditional offerings.

Fruit crisp firm’s £150k investment boosts expansion

Expansion into US and European markets is planned for fruit and vegetable snack manufacturer Nim’s Fruit Crisps, after it received £150,000 of investment.

Asda's sales continue to fall, despite price cutting moves

Asda’s woes continued last month with the release of its figures for the three months to June 30, which revealed a disastrous 7.5% fall in sales the supermarket chain’s eighth...

Kettle Foods completes snack acquisition

Kettle Foods has completed the acquisition of premium snack business Metcalfe’s skinny, after acquiring 26% of the company in January this year.

Contaminated ingredients lead EU food safety alerts

High levels of mercury in fish, aflatoxins – a type of mould – in nuts, and salmonella in fruit and vegetables, were among the most notified food safety risks last...

Morrisons and Burton’s post top management changes

Morrisons and biscuit manufacturer Burton’s Biscuits Company have both announced changes in their senior management.

Levels of acrylamides in children’s diet a concern

The levels of cancer-causing chemical acrylamide found in infant and young children’s diets are concerning, according to a group of experts on toxicology.  

Baxters to roll out training scheme after graduation success

Baxters Food Group in Fochabers, Scotland, has been celebrating the graduation of 11 candidates on its award winning training and development programme ‘Talent for the Future’.

The latest food innovations – photogallery

Pasta made from seaweed and Marmite-flavoured biscuits lead our photgallery of the latest food innovations.

Dragons’ Den backs coconut entrepreneur for £75,000

Dragons fought to invest in coconut entrepreneur Jacob Thundil, after he showcased his Cocofina brand, in TV show Dragons’ Den last night.

Academic links US curry recalls to lead in turmeric

A massive US recall of curry powder because of lead being detected within products could be linked to contaminated turmeric, a leading UK food safety expert has suggested.

Nestlé posts good growth despite China sales dip

Nestlé reported a significant growth slowdown in China in its half-year trading update, despite announcing good growth throughout the rest of the company.

Dragons’ Den reject steams ahead with expansion

A businessman rejected by BBC TV show Dragons’ Den is continuing to expand his business with the opening of a new franchise site in Dublin this week.

ASA bans ‘misleading’ Walkers ad

Crisp manufacturer Walkers Snacks’s Spell & Go holiday competition was deemed “misleading and likely to cause unnecessary disappointment”, by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Top food and drink acquisitions of the year – so far

Acquisitions in the food and drink industry have been on the rise this year, despite the threat of Brexit and major policy shake ups, including the impending UK sugar tax...

George Eustice visits renewed Ambrosia site

Food and farming minister George Eustice visited Premier Foods’s Ambrosia Creamery in Devon on August 10, after the manufacturer invested more than £12M to refurbish the factory.

Bisphenol A-free can coatings in limbo

As pressure increases on the supply chain to can coatings free of bisphenol A (BPA), the first wave of BPA-NI (non-intent) alternatives, where the chemical is not intentionally added, is...

Me and My Factory

Kellogg’s cutbacks make the factory more efficient

Kellogg's Tony O'Brien is using company cutbacks to make his site more efficient, says Noli Dinkovski

Kellogg distribution centre bought for £23.5M

Kellogg’s Trafford Park distribution facility was acquired by a real estate investment trust for £23.5M yesterday (August 9).

Heinz factory appears in BBC TV documentary

The secret recipe behind Heinz Baked Beanz remains a mystery, after Heinz’s 70-year-old Wigan factory appeared on BBC Two’s ‘Inside The Factory: How Our Favourite Foods Are Made’ last night....

Kellogg posts ‘good progress’ despite sales fall

Kellogg reported better than expected results in its second-quarter trading update, driven by lower costs and higher profit margins, despite falling sales and fears of Brexit backlash.