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Ambient foods

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.

Steam infusion breakthrough saves processors cash

Food manufacturers could slash processing costs following breakthroughs in steam infusion technology that enable food to be heated at least three times faster than previous steam techniques.

Food firms should step up sugar cuts, say shoppers

Food firms should work harder to cut and communicate sugar content in their products, according to seven in 10 consumers responding to a survey by market analyst Mintel.

Community Foods nails national Lidl contract

Community Foods has secured a multi-million pound contract to supply Lidl.

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Nutella jar fire torches family home and kills pet

A fire caused by the sun’s rays shining through a jar of Nutella chocolate spread has destroyed a family home in west London and killed a pet dog.

Feeding peanuts to babies cuts allergy risk

Feeding peanut protein to babies significantly cut the risk of them developing allergy to the nuts, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

People on the move in the food industry

Tesco, Morrisons, the Co-operative Group and northern retailer Booths all appointed new bosses this month as they look to protect themselves against the challenges of the changing retail market.

McCormick’s £62.5M Italian spice acquisition

McCormick & Company has bought Italian spices business Drogheria & Alimentari (D&A) for €85M (£62.5M) in a deal it claims will boost the portfolio it offers retailers and manufacturers....

Almond Contamination

FSA's unlabelled nut probe focuses on paprika

A batch of paprika was the most likely source of undeclared almond protein, which has sparked three allergy alerts, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Weetabix cuts costs with more efficient motors

Weetabix has saved thousands of pounds by replacing motors on the breakfast cereal extruders at the Corby factory that makes products such as Weetos and Crunchy Bran.

Most loved food and drink brands

Three food brands make up the top five most loved brands by British consumers, according to a poll by advertising agency Isobel.

Aldi in £1.2M deal with rapeseed producer

Aldi has seized 8% of the UK rapeseed market through a single £1.2M deal with Phoenix Speciality Oils.

Almond Contamination

Food Standards Agency probes unlabelled nuts

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is probing the presence of unlabelled almonds in three food products recalled since the end of last month.

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Noble Foods constructs a new egg packing centre

Noble Foods has completed the construction of a £10M egg-packing centre in Oxfordshire, which is now providing up to 14.4M free-range eggs a week to the UK’s leading supermarkets.

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Indo European Foods wins Morrisons deal

Indo European Foods, the manufacturer of meal kits, cook-in sauces and micro meals, has won a 400-store distribution deal with Morrisons.

Seabrook Crisps boss investigates investment

Seabrook Crisps could “investigate areas for potential investment” to speed up growth after appointing independent corporate finance advisor McQueen, according to ceo Jonathan Bye.

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Up to 56 Walkers Crisps Leicester jobs face axe

PepsiCo plans up to 56 job cuts at its Leicester Walkers Crisps factory, the snacks and drinks giant has confirmed.

Food exports could suffer after Greek election result

Food and drink manufacturers’ exports could be threatened by the recent Greek election result, if the successful Syriza party destabilises the euro, warns a specialist foreign exchange provider.

Food and drink manufacturers slash carbon dioxide by a third

Food and drink manufacturers’ achievement of slashing carbon dioxide emissions by 35%, has won praise from environment secretary Liz Truss.

Food manufacturers welcome BPA advice

UK food and drink manufacturers have welcomed a recommendation from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) poses no risk to human health.

Fine food firm Bennett Opie aims at doubling sales

Bennett Opie aims to double sales from £25M to £50M in five years and has opened a new warehouse facility as it seeks to boost UK and overseas business.

Premier Foods’s sales continue to slide

Premier Foods has reported another fall in sales for the fourth quarter of last year, while reaffirming its pledge to drive down costs .

Tyrrells crisp maker fined for partial finger loss

Crisp manufacturer Tyrrells has been ordered to pay £13,000 for safety failings after an employee lost part of a finger in an accident involving an industrial fryer.

Mars invests millions in Norfolk sauces site

Mars Food will expand its Norfolk King’s Lynn facility in a multi-million pound investment plan, following a £1.1bn trade partnership deal between the UK and the US.

US trade talks ‘win-win’ for manufacturers

Trade talks to free up business between the EU and the US are a “win-win” opportunity for UK food and drink manufacturers and consumers, according to the Food and Drink...

Ant & Dec to replace Philips at Morrisons?

Funny Geordies Ant and Dec are in the odds at 1,000/1 to replace Dalton Philips as Morrisons’ new ceo, according to tweets following his announced departure today.