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Ambient foods

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.

Symington’s first profit slump in 15 years

Symington’s sales and profits have slumped for the first time in 15 years, despite the Yorkshire-based food manufacturer recently pumping £2.5M into a new noodle facility in Leeds.

Food fraudsters targeting oregano a ‘major problem’

Food fraudsters are substituting dried oregano with other herbs, such as olive and myrtle leaves, reflecting a “major problem” in the herb and spices sector, according to Professor Chris Elliott.

Amazon Fresh launch ‘could be trouble for Ocado’

The long-awaited launch of Amazon Fresh in the UK is imminent and could spell trouble for Ocado, a specialist in online retail and logistics has claimed.

Co-op’s 200 store boost ‘good for suppliers’

The Co-operative’s plans to open 200 new convenience stores and recruit 3,000 extra staff can only be good news for food and drink manufacturers, a spokesman has said.

Seabrook Crisps sold for £35M in management buyout

Seabrook Crisps has been sold for £35M in a management buyout, after the Yorkshire-based manufacturer returned to growth with a post-tax profit of £1.3M last year.

Morrisons data leak auditor jailed for eight years

A former Morrisons auditor has been jailed for eight years after leaking the personal data of 100,000 of the company’s employees in a revenge attack on the firm.

Feature

Inside Italy's biggest rice producer

Riso Gallo's bosses are ready to bring new products to the world's table, Nicholas Robinson reports from Milan

Time running out to win a food manufacturing Oscar

Time is running out to win a coveted food and drink manufacturing Oscar, with the deadline for entries this Friday July 17.

Food industry execs beehive team on course for £50k

A team of senior women food industry executives has passed the half way point in its bid to raise £50,000 for charity Farm Africa, after building beehives in Tanzania last...

Morrisons challenged over supplier payment demand

Morrisons has been challenged by the UK supermarket watchdog to explain why it is demanding impromptu payments from its suppliers.

Chutney manufacturer fined £30k for hand injury

English Provender Company Ltd has been fined £15,000 after a worker injured his hand while clearing a sugar dispensing machine at the firm’s Berkshire factory.

Lidl features in recent food safety recalls

Lidl UK features in our roundup of recent food safety recalls, after the discount retailer recalled its Italiamo Cream of Potato & Spinach Soup, after discovering, due to a packaging...

Graze manufactures food for major supermarkets

Graze, the online snack manufacturer, will launch into more than 1,200 major retailers across the UK in a bid to expand its £68M turnover business with its new Good to...

Food manufacture excellence awards

Manufacturing Oscars: previous top winners

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards has crowned a Company of the Year for the past 15th years to recognise the best of the best in British food manufacturing.

What Greek ‘no’ vote means for food manufacturers

British food and drink manufacturers could find themselves “priced out of Eurozone markets” , after the Greek people voted decisively to reject an international bailout in Sunday’s referendum, sparking fears the...

Manufacturing is ‘supermarket Armageddon saviour’

Supermarkets with their own food manufacturing facilities have a better chance of price war survival, city analysts have claimed, after the boss of Waitrose warned Britain’s biggest retailers would be...

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.   

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...

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.

Vegetable burgers for the barbecue

Mash Direct has launched a new range of veggie burgers for the barbecue season.

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.