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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.

38,000 jobs could be created by SMEs in 2015

Nearly 40,000 new food and drink manufacturing jobs could be created within the next year, as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) prepare to spend more money on staff.

Consumers worried about food quality and safety

More than 40% of consumers are worried about the quality and safety of ingredients in prepared food from supermarkets, according to independent research firm RPA.

Heinz baby food recall prompts global standards call

Heinz’s recall of some infant cereal products in China after excessive quantities of lead were detected in ingredient samples has prompted calls for tough global food standards.

Neonic ban threatens UK mustard crop

UK mustard production could be at severe risk, causing problems for manufacturers of brands such as Unilever’s Colman’s mustard, if a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides is enforced in the UK,...

UB acquisition by Kellogg makes sense, says expert

Kellogg buying United Biscuits would make sense, according to an expert with prior senior history at UB, as media speculation over the possibility of such a deal intensified.

Football star’s sauce business to repay lifesavers

Retired football star Fabrice Muamba has launched a range of Caribbean cooking sauces along with his wife Shauna to help raise money for the charity that saved his life when...

Morrisons gives out cash to tempt online customers

Morrisons is trying to turnaround poor sales and boost its slow-starting online business by giving cash to customers in conjunction with third-party rewards platform Quidco.

Premier Foods’s sales fall in ‘challenging market’

Premier Foods has reported sales down by 6.1% due to “challenging market conditions” in half-year results to June 30.

Tesco shoppers donate 5.1M meals to hungry people

Tesco shoppers have donated 5.1M meals, weighing 2,135t, to people in need this year.

Unilever Slim-Fast sale: no UK supply hit

Unilever’s sale of Slim-Fast to US investment group Kainos Capital will not hit UK supply of the brand, according to the company.

Supermarket sales fall £55M after England footie fail

Food and drink sales dropped by £55M after England’s dismal performance in the Brazil 2014 World Cup, having risen initially when the tournament first began, according to IRI data.

Dragons Den sisters recruit China's premier to boost exports

Chinese sauce entrepreneurs Helen and Lisa Tse have recruited an influential ally in their bid to boost their exports to China – the country’s premier Li Keqiang.

Delight in tailored management software

Preserves and sauces manufacturer Cottage Delight has exceeded its two-year transformation targets with the roll out of a tailored software system.

Britain’s top private food and drink companies

Brakes is Britain’s top private food and drink business, with annual sales of more than £3bn and profits of £140M, according to The Top Track 100 compiled by The Sunday...

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards

FMEA Personality of the Year - the nominees

The six candidates below have been shortlisted by the Food Manufacture Group editorial team for the Personality of the Year Award. Now it’s up to you. Who do you think...

Mariani Europe md predicts massive sales in dried fruit

US dried fruit firm Mariani will double its European business to £10M next year, before reaching up to £500M pounds in eight years, according to the company’s European md Glenn...

News in brief

Premier Foods completes Specialty Powders deal

Premier Foods’s joint venture with Specialty Powders to produce powdered foods and drinks under contract at its Knighton factory has been completed on schedule.

Morrisons denies Netto revival threat

Morrisons has denied claims it will suffer from Netto’s re-entry onto the British supermarket scene, despite analyst claims it could prove vulnerable to a renewed round of price cutting.

Premier Foods: ‘grow brands or risk takeover’ – analyst

Premier Foods is vulnerable to takeover unless it can grow its core brands – and it is running out of excuses fast, according to Panmure Gordon analyst Graham Jones.

Sainsbury drivers protest over pension changes

Nearly 200 Sainsbury drivers will cause “substantial” disruption today (June 20), when they walk out on their Merseyside distribution centre in a pension row that could cost them tens of...

Premier Foods proposes powdered product deal

Premier Foods has launched a joint venture with Specialty Powders to process and pack powdered drinks and desserts at its Knighton factory in Staffordshire, home to its Bird’s, Angel Delight...

Food and drink brands catch World Cup fever

A nationwide World Cup BBQ party beckons, with shoppers set to stock up on food and drink ahead of the England football team’s opening match with Italy on Saturday, Tesco...

Feature

Crisp boss wants 10% of the market

Founding a brand is easy, John Tague tells Nicholas Robinson, but getting into the multiples is difficult.

NFT aims to secure chilled food distribution site

Food and drink distributor NFT aims to develop a temperature-controlled dockside handling facility in the south east of England within the next 18 months.

Baby death linked to contaminated feed

Health authorities are probing the death of a baby linked to the suspected contamination of a food drip.