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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.

Premier Foods gears up for product launches

24-Apr-2014 - Premier Foods is preparing product launches and marketing campaigns to hit the market with as the dust settles following the successful completion of its refinancing deal.

ABF: Sugar slump offset by Primark and grocery

23-Apr-2014 - A starring performance by clothes retailer Primark and strong growth in grocery helped Associated British Foods (ABF) lift its half-year group profits by £7M to £463M, despite a slump in its sugar business due to lower prices.

Wealthiest people in food and drink manufacturing

17-Apr-2014 - Confectionery manufacturer Ferrero Group’s owner tops our list of the richest people in global food and drink manufacturing.

Premier Foods has first growth opportunity ‘for many years’

17-Apr-2014 - Premier Foods is now set for growth after completing “a transformational restructuring” of its balance sheet, said City analyst Shore Capital in a note titled ‘At last, it’s time to get on with the day job’.

Barts Ingredients acquires OTP Foods

15-Apr-2014 - Herb and spice manufacturer The Barts Ingredients Company has acquired sauce and paste business OTP Foods in a multimillion pound deal funded by bank Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Rising convenience store grocery sales buck trend

14-Apr-2014 - Shoppers’ growing preference for convenience stores was revealed in the latest grocery sales data from market insights company Nielsen.

Noodle factory relocation creates 50 jobs at Symington’s

07-Apr-2014 - About 50 new jobs were created by the relocation of Symington’s noodle production from China to a new factory in Hunslet, near Leeds, the firm confirmed at the official opening last Friday (April 4).


Rice firm aims to double turnover by 2016

21-Mar-2014 - Automation has helped to put Kohinoor’s rice profits in the bag, reports Nicholas Robinson

Waitrose to open first national distribution centre

20-Mar-2014 - Waitrose will open its first national distribution centre (NDC) to simplify its supply chain and increase efficiency, the retailer has said.

New guidance for manufacturers on managing allergens

20-Mar-2014 - New rules governing the handling and labelling of food allergens, which come into force later this year, could drive up the number of food alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), unless manufacturers and others take urgent action.

Rice manufacturer to pay £15k for finger injury

19-Mar-2014 - A rice manufacturer has been ordered to pay £15,000, after one of its workers crushed his finger in an unguarded sealing machine.

£50M investment by British Sugar in UK plants

10-Mar-2014 - British Sugar is investing £50M in its four existing UK sugar beet factories this year, a spokeswoman for the Associated British Foods (ABF) subsidiary has confirmed.

Premier Foods backs Prince Charles’ flood relief

10-Mar-2014 - Premier Foods is backing Prince Charles’ charity, In Kind Direct, to support communities devastated by floods in the south west of England.

FIR webinar

New food labelling rules: authorities ‘not done enough’

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.

Industry expert: real challenge starts for Premier Foods

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.

News in brief

Premier has ‘brightest outlook in a decade’: City

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.

Foodservice rejig would bring 80 Heinz jobs to Telford

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.

Retailer pressures stifle uptake of automation

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).

Premier Foods confirms review of refinancing options

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.

Did Tesco ‘miss opportunity’ with price cut move?

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.

UK spearheads €12M EU food fraud project

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).

FIR webinar

How Premier Foods is tackling new EU FIR labelling rules

24-Feb-2014 - Premier Foods is adopting a project management approach to comply with the EU’s new Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR).

Napier Brown fires latest salvo in bitter row with ABF

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.


New FIR food labelling rules to bring ‘colossal cost’

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.

Ditch supermarkets, Booker boss urges food suppliers

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.

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