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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.

Contract to boost Premier Foods’s distribution

Premier Foods is to consolidate its warehousing operations and boost deliveries, after agreeing a new contract with XPO Logistics, which will create 170 jobs.

Amazon to create 1,200 permanent jobs

Online retail giant Amazon is to create 1,200 permanent jobs at a new fulfilment centre in Warrington, as it continues its drive to recruit 5,000 workers in the UK.

Noodle firm fined for ‘life changing’ injuries

A noodle manufacturer has been fined £30,000, after a worker suffered “life changing hand injuries” while operating machinery.

Food snacking trends under sustainability spotlight

Food snacking trends are probed from the perspective of sustainable ingredients sourcing in the Food Manufacture Group’s latest free webinar to take place at 3pm on Thursday June 15.

Reckitt’s baby food firm takeover ‘progressing well’

Reckitt Benckiser’s £14.3bn takeover of baby food manufacturer Mead Johnson Nutrition is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Robotics in food manufacture gets government boost

A new £448,850 government-funded research project has been launched to promote the use of robotics in food manufacturing, which hopes to replace labour-intensive industrial food preparation operations.

Unilever ice cream brands boost overall sales

Unilever’s ice creams and Knorr brands helped to boost food and refreshment sales by 2.2% in its first quarter results, despite sales being impacted by this year’s late Easter.

ABF sees £171M half-year profits boost

Associated British Foods (ABF) saw a £171M boost to its operating profits in its interim results posted today, boosted by its ingredients and grocery businesses.

Weetabix jobs reassurance sought by union

The Unite union has called for urgent reassurances over the security of its members’ jobs at Weetabix, after the cereal manufacturer confirmed yesterday (April 18) it would be sold to US consumer giant...

Weetabix confirms sale to Post Holdings in £1.4bn deal

The Weetabix ceo has confirmed the sale of the Chinese-owned breakfast food manufacturer to US-based cereal maker Post Holdings, for about £1.4bn.

Weetabix to be sold to Post Holdings for £1.4bn

Weetabix will be sold to US-based cereal maker Post Holdings for about £1.4bn.

Food start-up competition attracts 120 firms

More than 120 global food and agriculture start-up firms are competing for a place at the agribusiness bank Rabobank’s business mentorship scheme competition, Foodbytes. 

New food product development – in pictures

Disney cake kits and Pink Panther biscuit wafers lead Food Manufacture’s latest photogallery of recent food and drink product launches.

Chefs' Choice Awards celebrate foodservice supplier innovation

Professionals from the hospitality, wholesale and food manufacturing sectors gathered at London’s Haymarket Hotel last month to see the winners of the inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards unveiled.

Tayto Group in 60 staff recruitment drive

Snack manufacturer Tayto Group is to create 60 jobs at its Golden Wonder site in Scunthorpe.

Snacks sector hits back over crisp acrylamide claims

The UK snacks manufacturers’ organisation has hit back over claims the industry was unaware of the potential risks of acrylamide, or was unwilling to take measures to reduce the levels...

Research aims to improve rice processing and reduce waste

Food waste during rice processing and poor nutrition in parts of the Indian population could be tackled, after Sheffield Hallam University was awarded £400,000 to undertake research to help support economic growth...

Shrinkflation: Coco Pops and Peperami cut weight

Coco Pops, Peperami and Doritos are reportedly the latest food products to decrease in weight, while maintaining their original prices.

Unilever to put Spreads business up for sale

Unilever is to sell off or demerge its Spreads business and combine its Foods and Refreshment activities into one organisation based in the Netherlands, as a result of a structural...

Crisp makers under fire for ‘carcinogenic’ acrylamide

Premium crisp manufacturer Tyrrells has played down warnings over the cancer-causing chemical acrylamide, after an investigation revealed its ‘sweet potato lightly salted crisps’ contained almost 2.5 times the recommended EU...

Tayto snacks to appear in 7,000 vending machines

Snack manufacturer Tayto Group’s sister company Montagu Group has acquired vending machine firm Freedom Refreshments, in a multi-million pound deal which would see Tayto’s products feature in 7,000 more vending...

Reckitt Benckiser ‘could sell’ mustard brand

Reckitt Benckiser has begun a strategic review of its French’s Food brand, after reports claimed it was looking to sell the mustard-maker to help fund its £14.3bn takeover of baby...

Sustainable snacking trends is focus of new webinar

Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 is the subject of the Food Manufacture Group’s latest free-to-attend webinar to take place at 3pm on Thursday June 15.

Food and drink product launches – in pictures

A sorbet and halal sweets lead our latest photogallery of recent product launches from food and drink manufacturers. 

Tesco fined £129M for market abuse

Supermarket giant Tesco’s subsidiary, Tesco Stores Ltd, has agreed to pay a £129M fine in order to avoid prosecution for market abuse, after overstating its profits in 2014.