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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.

Me and My Factory

Infant formula boss plans for growth

Eighteen months ago, Ross McMahon saved the former Heinz factory in Kendal from closure. Now, business is thriving.

Nestlé investigating Chinese fake food factories

Nestlé have joined Chinese authorities in investigating factories in producing £12M worth of counterfeited food seasonings and sauces, including fake Nestlé products.

Premier Foods starts £10M cost-cutting plan

Premier Foods has launched a £10M cost-saving plan, after it reported a 10% drop in annual expected profit in its third-quarter trading update.

Morrisons leads product recalls – in pictures

Morrisons recalled batches of cupcakes for undeclared allergens last week, ahead of a recall of illegally repackaged frozen fish and chicken products in Scotland.

Premier Foods’s 5% price rise plan slated by union

Brexit-related food price rises must not be used as an excuse to exploit workers and customers, the GMB union urged, after Premier Foods revealed it was in talks with retailers...

Crisp manufacturer fined £330k for hand slice

A crisp manufacturer has been ordered to pay more than £340,000 for safety failings, after an agency worker lost the tops of three fingers.

Premier Foods plans price rises of about 5%

Premier Foods is in talks with retailers over raising its prices by about 5%, the food manufacturer confirmed on Tuesday (January 10).

News in brief

Jam motorway spill leaves drivers stuck

Motorists were left stuck on the M1 on Tuesday (January 10), after a collision caused a lorry to shed its load of jam onto the motorway.

Baxters posts profits despite ‘volatile’ retail market

Food manufacturer Baxters Food Group has reported a boost in profits in the 2016 financial year, despite a ‘volatile’ and challenging retail market.

Warburtons joins new gluten-free association

Warburtons, Genius Foods and Northumbrian Fine Foods are founder members of the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA), formed in response to the growth of the market for gluten-free products.

Troy Foods launches own-label mayonnaise

Vegetable and salad producer Troy Foods is to launch its own range of mayonnaise, following a £200,000 investment into production capacity.

Food Manufacture’s most read stories of 2016

The Brexit vote, fatal outbreaks of E.coli and the sale of turkey giant Bernard Matthews are just some of the biggest stories viewed this year on this site....

Weetabix may be sold in £1bn deal

Weetabix could be sold for about £1bn in January, after its majority owner – China’s Bright Food Group – reportedly hired Goldman Sachs to sell the breakfast cereal manufacturer.

Harmful chemicals force Lidl gravy recall

Discount retailer Lidl has recalled two batches of gravy granules, after harmful levels of a chemical found in paint stripper were discovered in them.

Weetabix staff to strike over shift changes

Weetabix’s Corby and Kettering factory workers have voted to strike over proposed shift changes, after talks between the manufacturer and the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) broke...

Barrier-free EU Single Market access is vital: CBI

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has repeated calls for barrier-free access to the EU’s Single Market after Brexit, following food industry calls for continued access to its 500M customers....

Food manufacturing jobs competition to rise next year

Competition to fill food and drink manufacturing vacancies is set to rise next year, after a report revealed a strong UK labour market will see continuing jobs growth increase.

Amazon runs UK drone delivery test

Online retail giant Amazon has successfully completed its first commercial delivery using a drone, in the UK.

Emily Crisps wins investment for growth

Healthy snack brand Emily Crisps, which manufactures fruit and vegetable crisps, has sold a stake in its business to private equity firm Inverleith and investor club Hothouse Brands, in a...

FoodDrinkEurope welcomes new EU nutrition labelling rule

New mandatory nutrition labelling rules of prepacked food have been welcomed by FoodDrinkEurope, after they came into effect this week (December 13), under the EU’s Food Information to Consumers Regulation...

Top food ingredients trends for 2017: EHL

EHL ingredients has published its top food ingredient trends for 2017, which manufacturers could use to boost demand next year.

Premier Foods boss: Brexit supplier switch an ‘opportunity’

The UK’s decision to leave the EU is likely to result in import substitution as the cost of sourcing ingredients from overseas markets grows, Premier Foods chief executive Gavin Darby...

Food sales to reach £20.6bn over Christmas: IGD

UK shoppers are set to spend £20.6bn on food and groceries over the Christmas period, according to grocery think-tank IGD.

Cargill opens China innovation centre

Global ingredients supplier Cargill has opened an innovation centre, designed to create new food products and flavours for its customers, in China.

Cottage Delight acquired by Vestey Holdings

Premium condiments and biscuits maker Cottage Delight has been acquired by Fine Foods Group, part of Vestey Holdings, for an undisclosed fee.