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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.

Dragons’ Den investors most likely to pick food firms

Food and drink businesses are the most likely to succeed in winning financing in the hit TV show Dragons’ Den, reveals new research from business data site Company Check.

Wraps recalled over potentially fatal bacteria

Lytham Foods has recalled a number of its Freshbite wraps after concerns over the company’s safety procedures to prevent harmful levels of bacteria in its products.

Kellogg’s factory features in BBC documentary

The inner-workings of Kellogg’s Manchester factory will be unveiled tomorrow (Tuesday July 26), as the company is the first to feature in BBC Two’s ‘Inside The Factory: How Our Favourite Foods...

Supermarkets recall pasta goods over possible rubber fault

Tesco and Sainsbury have recalled a number of their own-label pasta products, after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) declared the products, manufactured by Belgian firm Noliko, might contain pieces of...

Paper vertical form-fill-seal system aims for higher speeds

A new paper-only vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) technology for dry goods, able to produce both gable-top and ‘brick’-type sachets with dust-tight seals, is likely to expand further into windowed options and...

More than 200 jobs at risk at fruit packaging factory

More than 200 jobs could be at risk following the news that a fruit packaging factory in Luton will close by the end of the year.

Your chance to win a food manufacturing Oscar

The deadline is fast approaching to enter the 2016 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards the industry’s Oscars, which recognise outstanding achievement and the very best people and companies in the business.

Mars invests £23M in Uncle Ben’s production line

Mars Foods UK is to invest £23M into a new production line to produce Uncle Ben’s rice at its King’s Lynn site. 

Herbs and spices guide to help fight fraud

A guide designed to protect manufacturers from buying adulterated or substituted herbs and spices could herald a new era of collaboration between food industry organisations, its authors have claimed.

Marks & Spencer’s food sales drop 0.9%

Food sales at Marks & Spencer (M&S) fell by 0.9%, on a like-for-like basis, in its first quarter, amid reports consumer confidence had fallen to its lowest level in 21...

Bakkavor sells Belgian ready-meal business Vaco

Bakkavor Group has sold Belgian prepared food company Vaco, as part of its strategy to sell its non-core businesses.

News in brief

Grocery think-tank IGD appoints vice-president

Coca-Cola European Partners Great Britain’s vice-president Leendert den Hollander has been appointed vice-president of grocery think-tank IGD with immediate effect.

Attracting food industry talent ‘never more urgent’

Food and drink manufacturers have never faced “a more urgent challenge” to attract talent, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), as it launched a new report designed to help plug...

Crisp maker Tyrrells to create 120 jobs in Australia

Tyrrells, the English crisp brand, is to create 120 manufacturing jobs in Melbourne, Australia.

Me and my factory

Sweet firm Kinnerton focuses on staff engagement

Kinnerton Confectionery’s Mark Bullock tells Noli Dinkovski about how staff engagement schemes are making his site an attractive place to work.

Premier Foods and Sainsbury bosses get bonus boost

The bosses of Premier Foods and Sainsbury have both received increased bonuses this year.

Pladis: New ‘global leader’ for biscuits and confectionery

Yildiz Holding has brought together its core biscuit, chocolate, and confectionery businesses to form a new £3.58bn multinational firm called Pladis, intended to become “a global leader” in the sector....

Undeclared allergens cause food recalls

Salmon skewers, cheese snacks and breakfast snacks were some of the products recalled last month over reports of undeclared allergens, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Nut packer installs new metal detectors

An unnamed UK nut and dried fruit processing and packing company has seen a 40% improvement in sensitivity and eliminated false rejects by replacing its old metal detectors with five...

Monsanto rejects Bayer’s $62bn takeover bid

Monsanto, the international agriculture and seeds company, said it was still open to “constructive conversations” after rejecting an offer from German chemicals company Bayer, which would have reportedly created the...

Activity-based labels are on the move

A proposal to introduce activity-equivalent calorie labels from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), has been met with a cautious welcome from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)....

Real Good Food opens new headquarters

The newly-opened headquarters of Real Good Food (RGF) will help boost the company’s product development and innovation, claims the manufacturer.

UK Chinese food firm targets exports – to China

Breaking into the lucrative food market in China is the aim of UK based Chinese food manufacturer Ming Foods, after securing an undisclosed amount of funding.

Baxters Food Group to cut up to 80 jobs

Baxters Food Group plans to cut up to 80 jobs at its Fochabers site in Moray, as the firm implements a new ‘manufacturing transformation programme’. 

Tyrrells acquires German snack maker

Tyrrells Crisps has bought German organic crisp maker Aroma Snacks for an undisclosed amount – the company’s first European acquisition.

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