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.
17-Apr-2014 - Confectionery manufacturer Ferrero Group’s owner tops our list of the richest people in global food and drink manufacturing.
17-Apr-2014 - Premier Foods is now set for growth after completing “a transformational restructuring” of its balance sheet, said City analyst Shore Capital in a note titled ‘At last, it’s time to get on with the day job’.
15-Apr-2014 - Herb and spice manufacturer The Barts Ingredients Company has acquired sauce and paste business OTP Foods in a multimillion pound deal funded by bank Santander Corporate & Commercial.
14-Apr-2014 - Shoppers’ growing preference for convenience stores was revealed in the latest grocery sales data from market insights company Nielsen.
07-Apr-2014 - About 50 new jobs were created by the relocation of Symington’s noodle production from China to a new factory in Hunslet, near Leeds, the firm confirmed at the official opening last Friday (April 4).
21-Mar-2014 - Automation has helped to put Kohinoor’s rice profits in the bag, reports Nicholas Robinson
20-Mar-2014 - Waitrose will open its first national distribution centre (NDC) to simplify its supply chain and increase efficiency, the retailer has said.
20-Mar-2014 - New rules governing the handling and labelling of food allergens, which come into force later this year, could drive up the number of food alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), unless manufacturers and others take urgent action.
19-Mar-2014 - A rice manufacturer has been ordered to pay £15,000, after one of its workers crushed his finger in an unguarded sealing machine.
10-Mar-2014 - British Sugar is investing £50M in its four existing UK sugar beet factories this year, a spokeswoman for the Associated British Foods (ABF) subsidiary has confirmed.
10-Mar-2014 - Premier Foods is backing Prince Charles’ charity, In Kind Direct, to support communities devastated by floods in the south west of England.
07-Mar-2014 - The authorities in Brussels and London should have done more to explain the implications of the EU’s new food labelling rules, set out in the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC), according to law firm DWF.
05-Mar-2014 - Premier Foods’ real challenge starts now, in the wake of its successful refinancing deal, although the agreement was an important milestone, claims one industry expert.
05-Mar-2014 - Premier Foods now has “the brightest outlook for a decade”, after re-engineering its balance sheet with a major refinancing plan, says City analyst Shore Capital.
05-Mar-2014 - Heinz UK plans to recruit 80 employees for its Telford production site as part of efforts to consolidate its foodservice operations across Europe, boost efficiency and slash excess capacity.
03-Mar-2014 - Sales of robots in the food and drink sector rose by 28% last year against a backdrop of strong uptake across the board in the UK, according to the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA).
03-Mar-2014 - Premier Foods is continuing to review its refinancing options, the food manufacturing giant confirmed today (March 3), after weekend press reports claimed it would reveal a deal worth more than £750M this week.
26-Feb-2014 - Tesco may have missed an opportunity to champion shoppers, as its vow to invest £200M in price cuts annually may not be aggressive enough, according to a leading grocery analyst.
26-Feb-2014 - An EU-wide initiative targeting food fraud, costing €12M, has been announced, spearheaded by the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA).
24-Feb-2014 - Premier Foods is adopting a project management approach to comply with the EU’s new Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR).
21-Feb-2014 - Associated British Foods (ABF) faces fines for anti-competitive practices if a competition authority probe just launched finds it guilty in the latest round of a longstanding feud with Napier Brown.
21-Feb-2014 - Complying with the EU’s new food labelling rules – set out in the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR) – will be a “truly enormous” job that will carry “a colossal cost”, warns Stephen Spice, Campden BRI’s new head of regulatory affairs.
19-Feb-2014 - Food suppliers should ditch “no-growth supermarkets” in favour of high-growth areas of the food market, such as online and food discount channels, advises Charles Wilson, ceo of Booker, Britain’s largest cash and carry wholesaler.
19-Feb-2014 - There’s still time to register for the free, one-hour online seminar on the EU’s new food labelling rules, which takes place at 11am GMT tomorrow (February 20).
14-Feb-2014 - Restaurant-inspired molecular gastronomy offers considerable potential for food manufacturers’ new product development (NPD), according to Stefan Cosser, head of innovation at consultancy Food Innovation Solutions (FIS).