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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.

Halal food a ‘bigger market than China’

Halal food and drink is a bigger market than China – worth more than £900bn – and will become increasingly important to food manufacturers when the UK leaves the EU,...

Me and My Factory

Inside Seabrook Crisps – in pictures

Explore inside Seabrook Crisps’s Bradford factory through a selection of pictures taken during Food Manufacture’s Me and My Factory interview with chief operating officer Daniel Woodwards.

Seabrook Crisps’s export plans revealed

Seabrook Crisps has set its sights on expansion overseas, with planned export deals in Australia and the Middle East.

McCain plans £100M investment in Scarborough

McCain is to invest more than £100M in its Scarborough factory, after revealing plans to expand the site in North Yorkshire.

Exploding drinks tins create traffic chaos

Exploding tins of sports drink caused traffic chaos in Staffordshire this week (Wednesday March 8), after a lorry caught fire on a busy section of the motorway.

US cereal firm ‘plans £1.5bn Weetabix takeover bid’

US-based cereal maker Post Holdings is reportedly lining up a £1.5bn deal to buy Weetabix.

Over 800 jobs lost as 34 Budgens stores close

More than 800 jobs at a chain of 34 Budgens stores are to be lost, after its owner Food Retailer Operations Ltd (FROL) failed to find a buyer.

Kellogg seeks new manufacturing apprentices

Kellogg is the latest food manufacturer to launch an apprenticeship recruitment drive during this year’s National Apprenticeship Week (NAW).

Petition to keep Walkers site open nears 2,000

A petition to stop Walkers’ Peterlee site from closing has received almost 2,000 signatories.

Walkers to cut 380 jobs as it closes Peterlee factory

PepsiCo UK plans to close its Walkers crisp factory in Country Durham, putting 380 jobs at risk.

Food and drink firms make top 100 exporters list

The food and drink export success of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) was recognised in The Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 report, featured in this photogallery.

Lidl to create 360 jobs at new distribution centre

Lidl is to create up to 360 new jobs, after receiving planning permission to build a new multi-million pound regional distribution centre.

Unilever review likely to lead to food disposals

Unilever’s top-to-bottom review of its business following the rejection of the £115bn bid from US Kraft Heinz earlier this week is likely to lead to the Anglo-Dutch company disposing of...

Amazon launches 5,000-head recruitment drive

Amazon, the online retail giant, has revealed plans to recruit 5,000 more full-time workers, taking its total UK workforce to more than 24,000, and launched a new apprenticeship programme.

Kraft Heinz and Unilever mega merger – in tweets

Kraft Heinz’s bid for Unilever last week sparked a backlash from Twitter users, as they took to the social media platform to decry the £115bn deal.

Kraft Heinz ditches £115bn Unilever merger

Kraft Heinz has abandoned its “friendly” pursuit of a $143bn (£115bn) mega merger with Marmite maker Unilever.

Manufacturing pay rises scrape ahead of inflation

Pay increases in the manufacturing sector – including food and drink firms – are slightly ahead of consumer price inflation, revealed EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation.

Top-five food-to-go trends for 2017

The top-five food-to-go trends – led by health and wellness – will influence the future of the convenience food sector, according to grocery think-tank IGD. 

Me and my factory

Seabrook Crisps boss explains firm’s revival

Seabrook Crisps chief operating officer Daniel Woodwards explains how he has helped to turn around the manufacturer’s fortunes.

Food and drink M&As predicted to rise in 2017

A competitive environment and the increasing bargaining power of major retailers is putting food producers under growing pressure – which in turn is driving mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity –...

Tesco could be prosecuted for out-of-date labels

Tesco’s failure to remove out-of-date promotional labels from its shelves is a criminal regulatory offence, which could lead to fines – and even imprisonment of individuals found guilty, a law...

Manufacturers significantly reduced food waste

The UK food and drink industry made significant improvements on agreed environmental targets last year, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Potential £750M boost to Scottish food industry

Scotland’s food and drink industry could get a £750M boost, as the government plans to make public-sector catering contracts more accessible to Scottish businesses. 

Tate & Lyle reports third consecutive strong quarter

Food ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle expects to exceed its targets for the full financial year, according to its latest financial update for the three months to December 31.  

Nestlé supports 4,557 students in STEM subjects

Nestlé has helped more than 4,000 young people gain insight into food and drink manufacturing industry careers through science, technical, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, according to Nestlé UK &...