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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.

2 Sisters joins Tesco pledge to cut food waste

2 Sisters Food Group, Bakkavor and Moy Park have pledged to halve their food waste by 2030, in partnership with Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket.

News in brief

Tyrrells raises crisp quality with £2M automation spend

Tyrrells has completed a £2M capital investment at its factory at Leominster in Herefordshire, in a move designed to improve the quality of its vegetable crisps and drive growth in...

Morrisons reveals rise in sales and profits

Morrisons has revealed a rise in sales and profits for the first half of this year in its interim results, released yesterday (September 14), as it sees results from its...

Snack firm Stoats opens new factory

Porridge oats firm Stoats has opened a new factory, south of Edinburgh, as part of its plan to deliver a turnover of £10M by 2020.

£12,000 fine for rodent urine in food warehouse

A food distribution firm has been fined £12,000 for food hygiene offences, after inspectors found rat and mouse urine and droppings in its warehouse.

ABF buys vinegar firm as weak sterling boosts profits

Associated British Foods’s (ABF’s) adjusted operating profit will be boosted by currency fluctations, it reported in its pre-close trading update, while it revealed the acquisition of an Italian vinegar manufacturer....

Consumers ‘blame producers for food fraud’

Nearly two-thirds of consumers blame producers for food fraud, according to a new report from the National Farmers Union (NFU) Mutual Insurance Society, fuelled by high profile cases of food...

Unilever brews up acquisition of herbal tea firm

Unilever has bought Bristol-based tea manufacturer Pukka Herbs for an undisclosed fee, in a bid to close a gap in its portfolio, the manufacturer revealed yesterday (September 7).

Greencore fined £1M for worker’s death

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore has been fined £1M for safety failings, after a contractor died after falling from a stepladder. 

McCain Foods starts work on £100M expansion

McCain Foods has started work on its £100M plan to renovate its factory in Scarborough, following approval from the local council.

Seabrook to raise £30k for cancer charity

Snack manufacturer Seabrook Crisps plans to raise £30,000 for children’s cancer charity Clic Sargent, through sales of its multipack lines at Morrisons.

UK grocery market sees 2.9% growth year-on-year

UK grocery sales have grown 2.9% year-on-year, according to a new report from information specialist Nielsen, as the European grocery market grew at the fastest rate in three years. 

Biscuit maker raises £100k for cancer charity

British biscuit manufacturer Paterson Arran has raised £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in one year, through the sales of promotional packs of its shortbread.

People on the move in food and drink

Mondelēz International’s new ceo and the resignation of 2 Sisters’ meat boss lead our latest gallery of people moving to new food and drink jobs.

Fairfield Farm Crisps invests to expand production

Snack manufacturer Fairfield Farm Crisps has signed a deal with equipment provider Fabcon Food Systems for an undisclosed amount to expand the production capabilities at its factory in Essex.

Amazon’s takeover of Whole Foods approved

Amazon’s £10.8bn ($13.7bn) takeover of US organic retailer Whole Foods Market has been approved by the country’s competition regulator.   


Dalziel Ingredients in £2.5M expansion after gluten-free boost

Ingredients supplier Dalziel Ingredients is building a new £2.5M warehouse extension to increase storage capacity, after demand for gluten-free ingredients doubled in three years.

Crisp firm research opens up new export markets

Pipers Crisps has gained a better understanding of the science behind its snack products and processes, enabling it to develop longer shelf-life products and open up new export markets, thanks...

Reckitt sells food business to McCormick for £3.2bn

Reckitt Benckiser is to sell its food business to McCormick, in a deal which values the condiments business at £3.2bn ($4.2bn).

Christmas launches lead new product gallery

Biscuit manufacturer Pladis’s Christmas launches and the newest beer from heavy metal music group Iron Maiden lead this photogallery of the latest food and drink product developments.

Labelling errors spark food recalls

Incorrect date labelling has forced the recall of two cooked meat products sold by Waitrose, while the unmarked presence of gluten and mustard led to the recall of a number...

Fire rips through sausage seasoning warehouse

Fire crews were called to a major fire at sausage seasonings manufacturer Gordon Rhodes & Son’s warehouse in Bradford this week (August 9).

Premier Foods appoints easyJet boss

Premier Foods has appointed the senior easyJet executive Keith Hamill as its new non-executive chairman.

Sports nutrition firm to supply six more football clubs

Sports nutrition products manufacturer, Science in Sport (SiS), has signed supplier contracts with six Football League and Scottish Premiership football clubs.

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New snack extruder range raises flexibility

A new generation of extrusion equipment has been launched for cereals, snacks, ingredients and other food applications.