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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.

Baxters buys Fray Bentos for ‘undisclosed’ sum

Scottish food group Baxters has moved to secure a “strong foothold” in the canned meat market after completing a deal with Princes for the acquisition of the Fray Bentos brand.

Botulism scare: 'worst possible' for Premier

Analysts have said it is too early to gauge the long-term effects of the latest chapter in Premier Foods “annus horribilis” following the firm’s Loyd Grossman sauces botulism scare

Supermarket wars hit food prices

The first evidence emerged this week of how supermarket price wars were helping to force food prices down. Food prices were 0.5% lower in the first two weeks of this...

Food and drink manufacturers celebrate success

The best of the best. Nothing less was celebrated last night at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

Food price inflation: second highest in the EU

UK consumer inflation on food is the second highest in the EU – up 6.4% while world commodity prices are falling.

Jordans takes on the big players

Jordans & Ryvita Company plans to raise the profile of its 'conservation grade' ingredient credentials over the next 12 months and steal market share from bigger players such as Nestlé...

Crisps that care for the community

Kiwa is an Ecuadorean exporter of healthy and "earth friendly" snacks.

Food Manufacturing Awards: one week to go

There is just one week to go before the stellar evening when food and drink manufacturers celebrate the best of the best at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

Premier Foods trusts in Power Brands and partnerships

As pressure mounts on troubled food giant Premier Foods, the firm clarified its Power Brand strategy based on stronger supplier partnerships and hired the financial services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to handle...

FDF’s social media campaign aims to recruit trainees

A social media campaign that could “provide a pipeline of talent into the industry” was announced by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) earlier this week.

Robotics workshop to help food firms match Europe

A robotics workshop will take place next month to help UK food and beverage manufacturers catch up with their European competitors.

Why water is the new carbon

Mounting pressure on dwindling water resources means that food manufacturers must cut consumption sooner rather than later, according to the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

Food firms to double apprenticeships

The food and drink industry has pledged to double the number of apprenticeships in the sector by the end of next year.

Mars Food recall highlights contingency planning

Mars Food’s recall of some of its Dolmio PastaVita products underlines the need for effective contingency planning, according to legal specialists.

Food prices to fall? Not necessarily, say food firms

Food producers have sounded a cautious note following speculation that food prices are set to fall.

Small firms unimpressed by Bank of England cash boost

Small food firms have expressed doubts that the Bank of England’s £75bn injection into the economy will make their lives easier.

Chutneys 'go natural' in time for Christmas market

The English Provender Company (EPC) is rolling out a new product range and packaging, based on the theme of natural ingredients.

Weetabix in debt financing talks

Reports emerged last month that Weetabix had begun talks with bankers about a possible £900M debt refinancing package.

Danish fat tax divides UK opinion

News that Denmark is to become the first country in the world to introduce a tax on foods with saturated fat, in a bid to foster healthy eating, has sharply...

M&S plans a bumper natural, novel Christmas

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is planning a bumper Christmas with novel food and drink products and ‘natural’ packaging design ideas sourced from around the world.

Heinz dismisses baked beans slowdown

Manufacturer Heinz has denied any slowdown in its sales, following news of a drop in demand at a tin can plant in Wales.

Princes continues campaign to sell Fray Bentos

Food and drink group, Princes is continuing its efforts to sell the Fray Bentos canned meat business, which it bought from Premier Foods.

News in brief

Egyptian beans back on the menu

UK importers have welcomed the lifting of an EU ban on Egyptian produce which they argue should never have been imposed.

City agog for views of new Premier Foods' ceo

The City is on tenterhooks as its waits for word from Premier Foods’ new CEO Michael Clarke.

News in brief

Mushroom firm fined after worker dragged into machine

A North Somerset mushroom firm has been fined £32,000 after a worker was dragged into a net cleaning machine which broke his arm in two places.

03:43 pm 16 September 2014