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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.

Bedford oat mill blaze battled by firefighters

Firefighters battled a blaze that broke out at a food ingredients factory in Bedford this week (Tuesday June 13).

Nim’s Fruit Crisps signs new supply deal

Nim’s Fruit Crisps has signed a deal with snacks distributor Handmade Speciality Products to distribute its apple, pear, pineapple, and beetroot and parsnip crisps to the education and healthcare sectors,...

News in brief

Snack trends webinar: tomorrow is the big day

There's still time to register for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar – Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 – which takes place tomorrow (Thursday, June 15) at 3pm, London time.

Food industry ‘superpower must speak with one voice’

The food and drink industry is “a genuine superpower” but must lobby government with a unified voice over Brexit to make that power felt, Food and Drink Federation (FDF) president Gavin Darby...

Unilever boss calls for takeover review

Unilever chief executive Paul Polman’s call for the next UK government to review the UK’s ‘overly liberal takeover rules’ in the wake of the failed £115bn bid for his company...

Free snack trends webinar: next Thursday is big day

The Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar – Sustainable snacking trends for 2017 – takes place next Thursday, June 15 at 3pm, London time.

Food and drink firms in top start-ups list

Food and drink manufacturers recognised in this year’s list of the best start-up businesses, Startups 100, are featured in this photogallery.

Unilever urged to ‘give assurances over 200 Spreads jobs’

The Unite union has again urged Unilever to give urgent assurances over the future of its 200 spreads and margarines staff, following its April decision to sell the business.

President Trump’s ditching of climate deal slammed

President Trump’s decision to ditch the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change has drawn criticism from UK business leaders and global companies.  

Food-to-go opportunity after millennial demand

Food manufacturers must innovate to take advantage of the growing multi-million pound demand for food-to-go products from millennials, according to grocery think-tank IGD.

Free snacks webinar: what questions will you ask?

Questions about snacking trends, healthy ingredients, sustainable production and insects are among the topics raised by delegates ahead of the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar at 3pm on Thursday June...

Convenience food producer makes senior hires

Convenience food manufacturer Symington’s made two senior appointments yesterday (May 30).

Snacks webinar focuses on sustainable production

Sourcing sustainable snacking ingredients and hot consumption trends will take centre stage during the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar at 3pm on Thursday June 15.

Kellogg and Nestlé announce snack reformulation

Kellogg has cut the amount of sugar in three of its cereal bars, as Nestlé announces plans to reformulate Milkybar white chocolate.

Walkers apologises after Twitter campaign backfires

Walkers Crisps has apologised after its social media campaign, inviting people to send in selfies to appear in an interactive video, was hijacked by some Twitter users.

Marks & Spencer’s profits dip as food sales fall

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) £312.4M fall in profits in the year ending April 1 2017 exceeded market expectations, according to market analysts, as like-for-like food sales for the retailer fell....

Crisp manufacturer wins £100k investment

Crisp manufacturer Fairfields Farm has won a £99,978 grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), to assist with continued expansion.

300-job sugar beet plans welcomed by NFU

Proposals for a sugar beet processing facility that would create up to 300 jobs in North Yorkshire have been welcomed by the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Pringles and Lucozade packaging criticised

Pringles tubes and Lucozade bottles are the “worst offenders” for recyclability, according to trade body the Recycling Association.

European Snacks Association backs free snacking webinar

Key insights into the €14bn European snacks market will be on offer in the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar, to take place at 3pm on Thursday June 15, courtesy...

Salt firm investigated for ‘deception of consumers’

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is investigating Hebridean Sea Salt after claims revealing 80% of its salt was imported.

Weetabix's sale could just be the start

Weetabix’s sale for £1.4bn ($1.76bn) to US firm Post Holdings by its owner Shanghai-based Bright Food, was the biggest UK food sector deal to emerge last month. 

Me and my factory

Nim’s Fruit Crisps boss sold home to build new factory

Nim’s Fruit Crisps ceo and founder Nimisha Raja sold her home to finance investment in her new factory. Raja explains how she risked it all to build the food factory...

The Big Interview

Bakkavor boss reveals her recruitment ambitions

Bakkavor's HR director Pippa Greenslade reveals her recruitment ambitions in this Big Interview, first published by our sister title Food Manufacture.

Symington’s and Nestlé lead appointments gallery

Appointments at Symington’s, Nestlé UK & Ireland and Kerry Group lead our latest photogallery of people on the move to new food and drink jobs.

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