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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.

US expansion boosts revenues at Chaucer

Food ingredients manufacturer Chaucer posted a 17% rise in revenues and 20% growth in earnings over the past year, driven by expansion into the US.

Kellogg strategy to focus on wholesale price-marked packs

Kellogg UK has big plans to grow its business within channels, such as the wholesale and convenience sectors, where price-marked packs (PMPs) will form a central part of the cereal,...

New appointments in the food and drink industry

New appointments at meat firm Tulip and grocery think-tank IGD lead this month’s photogallery of people moving to new positions within the food and drink industry.

Crisp maker Tyrrells to recruit for hundreds of jobs

Hundreds of new jobs will be created by premium crisp maker Tyrrells as the company plans to roll out its brand to the US, the firm’s md said.

Marmite row sparks union fears for workers

Food manufacturing workers and shoppers should not become “collateral damage” victims of the government’s “chaotic” handling of Brexit, claims the GMB and Unite unions, after Unilever and Tesco rowed over the price of Marmite...

Warm September causes Premier Foods sales fall

A warmer than average September has been blamed for a 5.4% fall in Premier Foods’s second quarter sales in the company’s trading update released today.

New snacks giant formed from £225M merger

Snack firms Kolak Food Snacks Ltd and Europe Snacks have merged to form a £225M (€250M) manufacturing business, which employs 1,400 people and produces more than 1.4bn packs a year.

News in brief

Processed snacks ‘undermine’ traditional dried fruits

The popularity of dried fruit snacks containing added sugar is undermining the nutritional value of traditional dried fruits, a US-based dietitian has warned.

Vegetarian Express £5.6M deal to open delivery routes

Plant-based foods supplier Vegetarian Express has appointed a former-Premier Foods chief operating officer (coo) Tim Kelly as its new chief executive, after a funding management company bought a controlling interest...

Kellogg GB profit 30% down after job cuts

Kellogg Company of Great Britain (Kellogg GB) has reported a 30% drop in pre-tax profit in its annual financial statement, after the firm cut 90 jobs last year.

Border Biscuits doubles output with automated flowrapping line

Border Biscuits has doubled production for one of the main sectors it serves, following the installation of new packaging line at its Lanarkshire site.

Recalls sparked by wood and glue contamination

Convenience store Spar’s Midget Gems are the latest food product to be recalled in the UK, after it was discovered they may contain small pieces of wood.

Jordans & Ryvita Company boosts exports by 60%

Breakfast cereals manufacturer Jordans & Ryvita Company revealed it had boosted exports by 60% to reach more than £90M over the past five years, during a visit by environment secretary...

Sauce company acquired by French food group

French food ingredients firm Solina Group has acquired sauce manufacturer New Ivory from owner Rob Whitehead for an undisclosed amount this week (September 21).

People moving to new food and drink jobs – in pictures

The food and drink sector has seen a large number of appointments and resignations over the past month, with Morrisons, Tulip and Unilever all announcing changes in senior management.

Christmas launches lead food NPD – photogallery

Christmas launches lead this month’s latest photogallery of new product development (NPD) in the food and drink industry, ranging from the weird and wonderful to more traditional offerings.

Fruit crisp firm’s £150k investment boosts expansion

Expansion into US and European markets is planned for fruit and vegetable snack manufacturer Nim’s Fruit Crisps, after it received £150,000 of investment.

Asda's sales continue to fall, despite price cutting moves

Asda’s woes continued last month with the release of its figures for the three months to June 30, which revealed a disastrous 7.5% fall in sales the supermarket chain’s eighth...

Kettle Foods completes snack acquisition

Kettle Foods has completed the acquisition of premium snack business Metcalfe’s skinny, after acquiring 26% of the company in January this year.

Contaminated ingredients lead EU food safety alerts

High levels of mercury in fish, aflatoxins – a type of mould – in nuts, and salmonella in fruit and vegetables, were among the most notified food safety risks last...

Morrisons and Burton’s post top management changes

Morrisons and biscuit manufacturer Burton’s Biscuits Company have both announced changes in their senior management.

Levels of acrylamides in children’s diet a concern

The levels of cancer-causing chemical acrylamide found in infant and young children’s diets are concerning, according to a group of experts on toxicology.  

Baxters to roll out training scheme after graduation success

Baxters Food Group in Fochabers, Scotland, has been celebrating the graduation of 11 candidates on its award winning training and development programme ‘Talent for the Future’.

The latest food innovations – photogallery

Pasta made from seaweed and Marmite-flavoured biscuits lead our photgallery of the latest food innovations.

Dragons’ Den backs coconut entrepreneur for £75,000

Dragons fought to invest in coconut entrepreneur Jacob Thundil, after he showcased his Cocofina brand, in TV show Dragons’ Den last night.