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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.

Levels of acrylamides in children’s diet a concern

The levels of cancer-causing chemical acrylamide found in infant and young children’s diets are concerning, according to a group of experts on toxicology.  

Baxters to roll out training scheme after graduation success

Baxters Food Group in Fochabers, Scotland, has been celebrating the graduation of 11 candidates on its award winning training and development programme ‘Talent for the Future’.

The latest food innovations – photogallery

Pasta made from seaweed and Marmite-flavoured biscuits lead our photgallery of the latest food innovations.

Dragons’ Den backs coconut entrepreneur for £75,000

Dragons fought to invest in coconut entrepreneur Jacob Thundil, after he showcased his Cocofina brand, in TV show Dragons’ Den last night.

Academic links US curry recalls to lead in turmeric

A massive US recall of curry powder because of lead being detected within products could be linked to contaminated turmeric, a leading UK food safety expert has suggested.

Nestlé posts good growth despite China sales dip

Nestlé reported a significant growth slowdown in China in its half-year trading update, despite announcing good growth throughout the rest of the company.

Dragons’ Den reject steams ahead with expansion

A businessman rejected by BBC TV show Dragons’ Den is continuing to expand his business with the opening of a new franchise site in Dublin this week.

ASA bans ‘misleading’ Walkers ad

Crisp manufacturer Walkers Snacks’s Spell & Go holiday competition was deemed “misleading and likely to cause unnecessary disappointment”, by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Top food and drink acquisitions of the year – so far

Acquisitions in the food and drink industry have been on the rise this year, despite the threat of Brexit and major policy shake ups, including the impending UK sugar tax...

George Eustice visits renewed Ambrosia site

Food and farming minister George Eustice visited Premier Foods’s Ambrosia Creamery in Devon on August 10, after the manufacturer invested more than £12M to refurbish the factory.

Bisphenol A-free can coatings in limbo

As pressure increases on the supply chain to can coatings free of bisphenol A (BPA), the first wave of BPA-NI (non-intent) alternatives, where the chemical is not intentionally added, is...

Me and My Factory

Kellogg’s cutbacks make the factory more efficient

Kellogg's Tony O'Brien is using company cutbacks to make his site more efficient, says Noli Dinkovski

Kellogg distribution centre bought for £23.5M

Kellogg’s Trafford Park distribution facility was acquired by a real estate investment trust for £23.5M yesterday (August 9).

Heinz factory appears in BBC TV documentary

The secret recipe behind Heinz Baked Beanz remains a mystery, after Heinz’s 70-year-old Wigan factory appeared on BBC Two’s ‘Inside The Factory: How Our Favourite Foods Are Made’ last night....

Kellogg posts ‘good progress’ despite sales fall

Kellogg reported better than expected results in its second-quarter trading update, driven by lower costs and higher profit margins, despite falling sales and fears of Brexit backlash.

UK snack firm snapped up by Pioneer Food Group

It’s business as usual for UK snack maker Stream Foods, after it was snapped up by South African own-label cereal manufacturer Pioneer Food Group this week (August 1).

Me and My Factory

Problem-solving through teamwork at Kellogg UK

Delivering a high-quality consistent product and a tireless quest to improve working practices are what drive Tony O’Brien on after seven years as plant director at Kellogg UK’s Manchester factory....

News in brief

Firefighters tackle flour mill fire

A fire at a food manufacturing site in Peterborough was battled by fire fighters in the early hours of Monday morning (July 25).

Dragons’ Den investors most likely to pick food firms

Food and drink businesses are the most likely to succeed in winning financing in the hit TV show Dragons’ Den, reveals new research from business data site Company Check.

Wraps recalled over potentially fatal bacteria

Lytham Foods has recalled a number of its Freshbite wraps after concerns over the company’s safety procedures to prevent harmful levels of bacteria in its products.

Kellogg’s factory features in BBC documentary

The inner-workings of Kellogg’s Manchester factory will be unveiled tomorrow (Tuesday July 26), as the company is the first to feature in BBC Two’s ‘Inside The Factory: How Our Favourite Foods...

Supermarkets recall pasta goods over possible rubber fault

Tesco and Sainsbury have recalled a number of their own-label pasta products, after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) declared the products, manufactured by Belgian firm Noliko, might contain pieces of...

Paper vertical form-fill-seal system aims for higher speeds

A new paper-only vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) technology for dry goods, able to produce both gable-top and ‘brick’-type sachets with dust-tight seals, is likely to expand further into windowed options and...

More than 200 jobs at risk at fruit packaging factory

More than 200 jobs could be at risk following the news that a fruit packaging factory in Luton will close by the end of the year.

Your chance to win a food manufacturing Oscar

The deadline is fast approaching to enter the 2016 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards the industry’s Oscars, which recognise outstanding achievement and the very best people and companies in the business.