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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.

Real Good Food sales grow despite volatile market

Real Good Food’s sales grew by 5% to £49M in the six months to September 30 2016, driven by the performance of its premium bakery division – the company revealed...

Bakkavor appoints two non-executive directors

Own-label food manufacturer Bakkavor has appointed two non-executive directors, as part of the company’s plans for growth in the UK and internationally.


Marmite and Toblerone point to trouble ahead

The recent spat between Unilever and Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco over the Marmite brand owner’s attempt to raise its price, was a clear sign of things to come in life...

Chaucer acquired by Japanese firm in £95M deal

Food ingredients manufacturer Chaucer has been acquired by a Japanese instant food producer and distributor, in a deal worth more than $120M (£95.4M).

News in brief

Premier Foods gets saucy in France

Premier Foods hopes to build on the successful launch earlier this year of Loyd Grossman cooking sauces in France with the trial of pouched products.

Tesco’s top Christmas food trends get euro flavour

Consumers are set to embrace European food traditions this festive season, with demand doubling in the past three years, according to Britain’s biggest retailer.

Cereal firms defend sugar and salt content levels

Leading cereal manufacturers are striving to slash sugar and salt content, according to the Association of Cereal Food Manufacturers (ACFM), after it was revealed that more than half of Kellogg’s...

New film options for the Easy-opening of packaged food

Film technology is increasingly being deployed to resolve problems of pack openability and inclusivity, with brand-owners keen not to exclude the growing proportion of consumers with limited strength and dexterity.

‘Record-high’ food stocks keep prices low: Rabobank

Global food prices will be kept low thanks to record-high stock levels, according to food and agribusiness bank Rabobank’s Global Outlook report. 

Supermarket prices ‘to rise 5% in six months’: Justin King

Supermarket grocery prices are set to rise by at least 5% in the next six months, driven by a fall in the value of sterling, predicts former Sainsbury boss Justin King.

Non-EU food exports see significant growth

UK food and drink exports outside of the EU have seen significant growth in 2016 compared with last year, revealed a new report from the Food & Drink Exporters Association...

Heinz ‘Can Song’ ad banned over safety concerns

A Heinz Beanz ad has been pulled from television screens, after it was judged to encourage behaviour that was dangerous and unsafe by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).


Nim’s Fruit Crisps wins SME Innovation of Year award

Children’s healthy snacks firm Nim’s Fruit Crisps has gobbled up the Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) trophy in the food and drink manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence...

Morrisons’ new Amazon deal will build its role as ‘food maker and shopkeeper’

The new one-hour grocery delivery service launched by Morrisons and Amazon will build the supermarket’s business as “a food maker and shopkeeper”, says its boss David Potts.

Premier Foods blames falling sales on warm weather

Premier Foods’s ceo Gavin Darby has blamed a 4% fall in the manufacturer’s Grocery division sales and falling profits on warm weather in half-year results for the 26 weeks to October...

Food and drink new product developments – photogallery

Festive flavoured crisps and chocolate pizza lead this selection of new products from food and drink manufacturers in this photogallery.

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Jordans’ cereal success manufacturing Oscar win

Cereals and biscuit manufacturer Jordans, Dorset & Ryvita Company has won the Ambient manufacturing company of the year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs)...

Salmonella threat from ‘dirty’ van spice mixing

Ingredients firm Catermix has been fined £4,000 for supplying tikka spice containing salmonella, after it mixed the spice in the back of a “dirty” van.

Profits rise for ABF after Brexit vote

Associated British Foods (ABF) has posted growth in group revenue to £13.4bn in the 53 weeks to September 17 2016, a 5% rise from last year.

Walkers and Birds Eye latest food manufacturers to hike prices

Walkers crisps and fish fingers maker Birds Eye were the latest to blame the weak pound on price increases, after they raised their prices by up to 10 % and 12% respectively.

Food giant Kraft Heinz reports 1.5% sales dip

Food giant Kraft Heinz reported a 1.5% dip in sales to £5bn ($6.27bn) in its third-quarter trading update, driven largely by poor sales in the UK and the Netherlands.


Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – in tweets

Britain’s top food and drink manufacturing talent was on display at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) on Wednesday night (November 2): here we capture the highlights in tweets.

Kerry Group reports growth despite Brexit fears

Irish food and ingredients firm Kerry Group reported 2.2% growth in its consumer foods division in its financial update for the nine months to September 30, despite Brexit uncertainty and fluctuating currencies.

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: tonight’s Oscar night

Tonight is Oscar night at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) at The Hilton Park Lane, London. 

Metal wire forces food recall – photogallery

Metal wire in breakfast cereal and chemical contamination of dried fish lead this photogallery of recent food and drink recalls.

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