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.
12-Jun-2013 - Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) new £200M distribution centre at the London Gateway Logistics Park – which will create up to 700 jobs – will handle ambient foods, a spokesman has told FoodManufacture.co.uk.
07-Jun-2013 - US dried fruit ingredient firm Mariani has strengthened its focus on UK and European markets with the opening of its first European warehouse – enabling small and medium-sized UK manufacturers to order smaller quantities of products.
31-May-2013 - A jam manufacturer has won the Scottish government’s first ever food and drink outstanding achievement award.
22-May-2013 - A Far Eastern food firm could snap up UK crisp brand Tyrrells, which is reportedly up for sale for £100M.
13-May-2013 - Globalisation is leading to more adventurous consumers who are increasingly prepared to try spicy foods, including hot pepper sauces, according to the McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco pepper sauce.
07-May-2013 - The number one global food brand is Nestlé’s Maggi range of instant soups, stocks, sauces, taste enhancers and noodles, according to Kantar Worldpanel. Unilever’s Knorr brand came second while PepsiCo’s Lay’s brand was third.
07-May-2013 - Britain’s biggest food manufacturer Premier Foods has appointed Pam Powell as a non-executive director to boost the growth of its Power Brands range.
07-May-2013 - The food and beverage manufacturing sector will continue to be a core focus for German engineering giant Siemens, as news emerged that it planned to exit its water treatment solutions business.
03-May-2013 - Organic baby food company Ella’s Kitchen has been acquired by US firm Hain Celestial for an undisclosed sum.
02-May-2013 - Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) claim to have found a way of fighting obesity by “sneaking” nutrients into children's snacks.
30-Apr-2013 - Building a business on quality has won awards for Border Biscuits, reports Gary Scattergood
26-Apr-2013 - Tyrrells Potato Crisps has been recognised with a prestigious award for outstanding success in exports – not least for its entry into Russia, where it has been able to command a staggering £5 a pack in Moscow’s premium food outlets.
24-Apr-2013 - The boss of Britain’s biggest food manufacturer Premier Foods Gavin Darby says the firm has too many suppliers.
16-Apr-2013 - Heinz has entered a licensing deal with a Welsh chilled food manufacturer to launch a new range of savoury pastry products, which will create 20 jobs.
15-Apr-2013 - Colchester Borough Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved Wilkin & Sons’ application to build a new £25M jam factory in Tiptree, Essex.
15-Apr-2013 - Dragons’ Den winners Lisa and Helen Tse opened their first food factory last week to meet increasing demand for their gluten-free Chinese sauces.
08-Apr-2013 - Demand for ready meals in Britain is suffering the fallout from the horsemeat scandal, which has put consumers off buying processed meat products.
08-Apr-2013 - A jam manufacturer is planning to build a new £25M factory and create 200 jobs to meet increased demand for its miniature jars.
02-Apr-2013 - In response to customer demand for authentic Mexican oregano, EHL Ingredients has launched a premium herb that features the dried leaves of the perennial herb Lippia graveolens in the UK.
02-Apr-2013 - Tate & Lyle has posted “reassuringly dull” third-quarter figures, despite having to implement measures to tackle aflatoxin, a fungus in maize caused by the unusually hot and dry conditions in the US last summer.
28-Mar-2013 - Debt-laden food manufacturer Premier Foods is probably “a zombie company”, according to City analyst Panmure Gordon.
27-Mar-2013 - A Merseyside factory that manufactures flavours for Walkers crisps is moving 150 British jobs to Hungary.
11-Mar-2013 - The food industry’s biggest ever takeover was announced over the past month with the sale of Heinz to a consortium led by the sage of Omaha, Warren Buffett, and Brazilian private equity specialist Jorge Lemann’s 3G Capital group for an eye-watering $28bn (£18bn)
11-Mar-2013 - Spanish olive production is in “crisis” after suffering a drought that has cut yields by 62% and is set to push up the global price of olive oil.
11-Mar-2013 - About 50 new jobs will be created in Yorkshire when Symington’s transfers production of its noodles from China to the UK.
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