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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.

Nestlé’s noodles gets UK safety green light

Nestlé’s Maggi noodles have received the all-clear from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), after a food safety crisis in India that is expected to cost the food giant millions of...

Morrisons boasts largest sales growth of big four

Morrisons boss David Potts has boosted the ailing retailer’s sales and market share for the first time since December 2011, after heading the business for just four months.   

Risotto rice is targeted by fraudsters

Fraudsters are targeting risotto rice sold in UK supermarkets by substituting expensive varieties with cheaper ones, the boss of Italy’s biggest rice processor has claimed.

UK is biggest online grocery market after China

The UK’s online grocery market – valued at £9.57bn a year – is the globe’s second largest after China and is poised for further rapid growth, predicts the grocery think...

Poundland plans new ‘800 job’ distribution centre

Poundland is to create up to 800 jobs with a new distribution centre in Wigan.

Tesco’s haemorrhaging sales slow

Tesco boss Dave Lewis has slowed the retailer’s haemorrhaging sales, as his plans to regain customers from the discounters Aldi and Lidl achieved a dip of just 1.3%, its first...

Big four’s market share ‘gone for good’: analyst

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrisons will never recover the market share they have lost to the discounters Aldi and Lidl, because they remain “too big and too slow” to react...

Discounters open more stores than big four

The discounters, such as Aldi and Lidl, are opening twice as many stores as the big four, new research from the Local Data Company (LDC) has shown.

Smaller executive board for Morrisons – analysts

Morrisons’ boss David Potts is likely to recruit a smaller executive team after another board member ditched the retailer this week, city analysts have predicted.

Porn ketchup link leaves Heinz red faced

Heinz has been left red faced after a promotional quick response (QR) code on a bottle of ketchup sent a customer to a hardcore pornography website.

Poundland sales top £1bn for first time

Discount retailer Poundland has posted sales up by 11.8% to top £1bn for the first time, in full-year results to March 29 but warned trading in the first half of...

News in brief

Premier Foods’s profit forecast upgraded

Premier Foods’s profit forecast has been upgraded by City analyst Investec.

Nestlé to lose millions of pounds due to Maggi recall

Food giant Nestlé is set to lose more than £127M and suffer brand damage worth billions of US dollars, after India banned its Maggi noodles on food safety fears, warns...

Premier’s disputed pay-to-stay plan ‘a success’

Premier Foods’s boss Gavin Darby has once again vehemently defended the company’s so-called Invest for Growth plan, despite trading profits being down £8.9M on last year.

Nestlé Maggi noodles in UK food safety probe

Nestlé’s Maggi noodles are being probed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), after Indian authorities ruled the products were “unsafe and hazardous” due to the presence of high levels of lead....

Morrisons’ Potts makes more price cuts

Morrisons boss David Potts has today (June 8) slashed up to a third off the prices of 200 everyday items in his latest bid to turn the beleaguered retailer’s fortunes around.

500 new jobs at discounter B&M

Northern discounter B&M will create 500 jobs at two new warehouses, it confirmed after reporting 2014 sales of £1.6bn last week.

Conservatives may consider privatising the AHDB

The future of the agriculture levy boards, which form part of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB,) in public hands could be in doubt following the suggestion by a...

Top business women build beehives in Africa

Senior women business leaders from the the food and drink industry – including managers from 2 Sisters Food Group, Bakkavor and the Food Manufacture Group’s publisher William Reed Business Media – are completing a week...

Aldi and Lidl on a path to destruction?

Discounters Aldi and Lidl could be on a path to destruction, potentially becoming “the person they tried to beat”, if their growth is mismanaged, leading city analysts have warned.

B&M to open 60 stores after profit surge

Discounter B&M will open 60 new stores in the UK, after reporting substantial revenue growth in the first set of results following its £2bn initial public offering (IPO) last year....

Tesco loses to Aldi in global brand rankings

Tesco has been overtaken by Aldi in the top 20 most valuable global retail brands list, while Lidl made it onto the list for the first time.

UK ‘crucial’ to a successful Europe: business leaders

UK businesses play a crucial role in Europe’s economy and any decision to leave the union would be grave for EU economies as well as the UK’s.

Cool Chile gears up for next stage of growth

Cool Chile is targeting further growth through new product development and plant investment.

Investment to stop until EU referendum – EEF

Investment in manufacturing will cease if the prime minister does not hold a referendum on EU membership at the earliest opportunity, the manufacturers’ organisation EEF has said.