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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’s sales hit by weather and promotions

Premier Foods reported a 3.1% drop in sales in its first-quarter trading update, as desserts sales were hit by warm weather and changes to promotions.

Manufacturers sign up for shared data system

Mondelēz, Nestlé and PepsiCo have joined an industry-wide programme to regulate the management of shared product data.

M&S slashes plastic used in snack packaging

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to slash to amount of plastic used in food packaging for more than 140 of its products, in a move that would save 75t of...

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Food Manufacture survey reveals Brexit fears

Food and drink manufacturers are even more concerned than last year about the impact that Brexit will have on their businesses.

Reckitt to sell French’s Food to McCormick for £3.2bn

Reckitt Benckiser will sell French’s Food to US spice firm McCormick, in a £3.2bn ($4.2bn) deal, the diversified consumer goods company confirmed today (July 19).

Cooking fat maker to pay £6k+ for hygiene offences

The owner of a cooking fat processor has been ordered to pay more than £6,100 after pleading guilty to food hygiene offences, including failure to ensure workers had received adequate...

Butterkist purchased by KP Snacks

Hula Hoops manufacturer KP Snacks has acquired popcorn brand Butterkist from Tangerine Confectionery for an undisclosed sum.

Food poisoning bugs force recalls

Campylobacter contamination has forced the recall of cooked chicken products sold by Tesco, while Clostridium botulinum contamination fears led to the recall of products sold by Lidl and Marks &...

Amazon expands into grocery stores

Amazon’s plans to acquire US organic retailer Whole Foods Market in a £10.8bn ($13.7bn) deal announced last month, has sent shockwaves through the grocery sector as it foreshadows further expansion...

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Liquidators appointed at salt firm

Liquidators have been appointed at Hebridean Sea Salt, after the business ran into difficulties following a Food Standards Scotland (FSS) investigation earlier this year.

New food development centre to create 250 jobs

Plans for a new £11.3M food and drink development centre in Somerset that would create up to 250 jobs have been given the go ahead, after receiving planning permission from...

Co-op suppliers ‘not impacted’ by 285 job cuts

The Co-op will still work with local suppliers despite closing three distribution centres across the UK and putting 285 jobs at risk, the retailer said this week (July 10).

Half of Britons admit to snack serving size confusion

More than half of UK consumers admit to not knowing what constitutes a single serving of snacks such as crisps, revealed a new survey commissioned by gluten-free snack manufacturer Wellaby’s....

Vegetarian product launches lead NPD gallery

New vegetarian-friendly product launches lead our latest gallery of new product development (NPD) by food and drink manufacturers.

Acrylamide limits considered for potato, cereal and bakery goods

Food manufacturers may soon be forced to alter the way they make fried potato, cereal and bakery products after the EU drew up proposals to limit the levels of acrylamide...

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Sustainable snacking: two trends dominate sector

The global snacks sector is dominated by two key trends – Clean supreme and Disruptive green – Innova Market Insights director of innovation Lu Ann Williams told the Food Manufacture...

Currency fluctuation boosts ABF’s revenue

Associated British Foods (ABF) has reported a 10% rise in group revenue in its latest trading update, benefiting from currency fluctuations.

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Tyrrells rebrands popcorn shelf-ready packaging

Snack maker Tyrrells has rebranded the shelf-ready packaging (SRP) used for its entire portfolio of Poshcorn popcorn.

Nestlé plans cereal sugar cuts by 10%

Nestlé plans to cut sugar in its breakfast cereals by a further 10% by the end of 2018, as it continues to reformulate across its product portfolio.

FoodDrinkEurope elects new president

FoodDrinkEurope, Europe’s food and drink manufacturers’ organisation, has elected Mondelēz vice president Hubert Weber as its new president.

Crisp maker wins major overseas Aldi deal

A UK crisp maker is on course to meet its ambitious export targets after securing a deal to supply 470 Aldi stores in Australia.

Cyber-attack halts production at Cadbury factory

Cyber-attacks have reportedly halted production at a Cadbury factory in Tasmania, after its owner, global food giant Mondelēz, was infected by ransomware.

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Strike called off at M&S food haulier

Union officials have called off a 24-hour strike over pay at Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) London and south-east food haulier, in order for talks to take place....

Premier Foods attempts to reassure market

Premier Foods has attempted to steady market jitters following press reports yesterday [June 29] suggesting it might be about to make a major change in direction following a ‘strategic review’...

2 Sisters and Weetabix lead appointments gallery

Senior appointments by 2 Sisters and Weetabix lead our latest gallery of people moving to new jobs in the food and drink industry.

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