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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.

Food manufacturing ideas wanted for Dragons’ Den

Food and drink manufacturing entrepreneurs are being invited to win £50,000 worth of investment for their business, by taking part in the hit BBC television show Dragons’ Den.

More strikes ‘inevitable’ at Unilever’s Colman’s Mustard plant

Further strike action against Unilever is “inevitable” if the company does not return to talks, a leading trade union has claimed.


Coconut oil: superfood or not?

The nutrition science community is becoming increasingly concerned about the health halo around coconut oil and the risk to health if consumption becomes a regular occurrence.

Pouches are set to grow in non-retort packing applications

The latest report on high-barrier pouches from Smithers Pira predicts that global demand will continue to increase at rates above 6% a year to 2020, but with retort pouches despite...

Honey Monster sold under licence to Brecks Co

Selby-based food manufacturer Brecks Company has taken on the Honey Monster cereal business under licence.

Mars: ‘Don't eat some of our products every day’

Mars Foods is to advise consumers to limit the consumption of certain products in a bid to improve the nation’s health..

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Retailers’ interest in lean manufacturing is ‘massive opportunity’

Food and drink retailers’ growing interest in lean manufacturing is a “massive opportunity” for manufacturers, according to Lauras International, which is sponsoring Food Manufacture’s free, one-hour webinar focusing on the topic at...

Weetabix launches new apprenticeship programme

Weetabix Food Company, the cereals and snacks maker with operations at Burton Latimer and Corby in Northamptonshire, has announced a new engineering and manufacturing apprenticeship programme at Tresham College of...

News in brief

Campden BRI gets UKAS approval for mycotoxins

Campden BRI has received accreditation from the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) for its ergot mycotoxin testing method. Ergot alkaloids are mycotoxins which mainly affect cereals, such as wheat, rye, barley...

Manufacturers to target export markets

Manufacturers are looking to invest in exports, while improving efficiency and productivity, the latest Attitudes to Business Survey from financial provider Lombard has revealed.

Premier Foods latest: Nissin Foods buys 17% stake

Nissin Foods has acquired a 17.27% shareholding in Premier Foods, after the Mr Kipling manufacturer rejected a hostile takeover bid from McCormick & Company, claiming that it significantly undervalued the...

Premier Foods fends off hostile takeover bid

Premier Foods has fended off a hostile takeover bid from McCormick & Company – because it “significantly undervalues [the manufacturer’s] growth prospects” – and agreed a partnership with Nissin Foods Holdings....

Renewable carton use is set to rise

Tetra Pak believes it will sell more than 100M ‘green’ cartons this year, with most of the demand coming from European countries.

Premier Foods appoints international boss

Premier Foods has appointed a new international boss, Jette Andersen, to spearhead the manufacturer’s growth in the key markets of North America and Australasia.

Food firm to pay £37k for packaging blunder

Failure to comply with packaging waste regulations has cost a food manufacturer more than £37,000 after it was prosecuted.

Amazon creates 1,000 jobs at new fulfillment centre

Online grocery retailer Amazon has pledged to create 1,000 new permanent jobs over three years at its new fulfillment centre in Manchester.

Morrisons agrees grocery supply deal with Amazon

Morrisons and Amazon have agreed a new supply agreement, making the retailer’s products available for home delivery through the Amazon Prime Now service.

Veg ingredients firm wins Australian export success

Vegetable ingredients manufacturer JDM Food Group has won an order to supply 55,000 units of its garlic, ginger and chilli purée tubes to an Australian supermarket chain.

EasyFoodstore sets four rules to cope with ‘overwhelming demand’

The new EasyFoodstore has been forced to set four rules to help the discount store cope with what it describes “as over-whelming demand for our 25p introductory offer”.

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-Ioannou 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.

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