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Premier Foods tight-lipped on spreads business sale

Premier Foods is remaining tight-lipped about press reports that private equity firms are competing to buy the firm’s spreads business, which includes Sun-Pat and Hartley’s Jam.

Cane import restrictions threaten TLS Silvertown

Tate & Lyle Sugar (TLS) Silvertown refinery could be doomed and lose over 700 jobs because it cannot obtain sufficient raw cane sugar at a price that would make its...

Provexis: 20% growth for new sports nutrition business SiS

Science in Sport (SiS), the £5M turnover sports nutrition business acquired by life sciences company Provexis in June last year for £8M, is predicted to grow by an impressive 20%...

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China’s Bright Food to acquire Weetabix for £1.2bn

China’s Bright Food has agreed a deal to acquire a majority shareholding of the iconic UK company Weetabix for £1.2bn.

Weetabix sale to Bright Group unlikely

A Weetabix takeover would be poorly timed, say analysts and sources close to the company, who claim an acquisition by China's Bright Group is unlikely.

United Biscuits cuts crisp wastage by the throat

Lock Inspection Systems has cut product wastage on United Biscuits' (UB's) multi-bag crisp packing lines by retrofitting 62 throat metal detectors.

Swedish muesli firm mixes up processing solutions

When Swedish muesli producer Frebaco wanted to optimise its mixing process it asked Cabinplant to develop a dosing machine to handle nine to 10 different ingredients and transport the finished...


No small fry

We have a three-year plan to take sales to north of £25M. In 2007 we were at £2M, last year we were at £12M and this year we are at £15M.

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Unilever honours Queen’s Jubilee with royal Marmite

Marmite manufacturer Unilever has given the opinion-dividing spread a royal makeover to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Lion Capital: No comment on £1bn Weetabix sale

Owner of UK cereal manufacturer Weetabix, the private equity firm Lion Capital has refused to confirm or deny press reports that it is in talks to sell the brand to...

Go with the flow wrapper to seal fragile pasta

Italian packaging machinery firm PFM has announced a new variant of its Falcon flow-wrapper, which enables nests of pasta such as tagliatelle, vermicelli and similarly fragile products to be wrapped...

Anti-acid solution in the pipeline

KP Foods, a part of the United Biscuits group, has had issues in recent years with refrigeration dryers failing because of the acidic conditions on site. This can be caused...

Fix the mix for organic granola

German organic food producer Barnhouse is using an Ajax Equipment continuous mixer and batch mixer to make organic crunchy granola for breakfast cereals on a new process line.


It's in the bag

Two things strike you as soon as you begin to engage Intersnack md Richard Robinson in any conversation about his background. The first is that, although he is relentlessly positive,...

United Biscuits is 'likely' to sell Hula Hoops, say city analysts

Speculation has resurfaced over the past month that Hula Hoops maker United Biscuits (UB) is planning to sell off its salty snacks business.

Food manufacturer ordered to pay £9k after fall

The boss of a Leicester food manufacturing firm has been ordered to pay nearly £9,000 after a teenaged employee fell two metres while unloading a shipping container attached to the...

Premier Foods bank deal in “last chance saloon”

Troubled giant Premier Foods is still in “the last chance saloon” after it agreed a four-and-half-year re-financing package with its lenders this week (March 12), according to Martin Deboo, financial...

FSA defends BPA cans after Campbell’s Soup ban

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has defended the controversial chemical  bisphenol A (BPA) after Campbell’s Soup pledged to phase out its use in all cans due to consumers' safety concerns....

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Ambrosia leads Premier Foods Power Brand growth

Premier Foods’ Power Brand plan is expected to deliver “significant growth” this year after the firm announced a new £10M investment in its Ambrosia rice snack pots range.

Self-heating food cans have a hot future

Self-heating food cans could rival sales volumes of Pot Noodles within a decade, one supplier of the products has claimed.

Red tape puts jam maker in sticky spot

A Cheshire jam manufacturer could lose thousands of pounds of new business because EU regulations have left it without a legal name for its product.

Farmer Fiddler sets up fresh crisp manufacturing

Faced with a static market for his potato crop, a Lancashire farmer decided to manufacture crisps.

Kellogg leaps into the major savourysnacks league with Pringles acquisition

Kellogg's move to snap up the Pringles brand from Procter & Gamble (P&G) for a cool £1.7bn was one of the biggest announcements of the past month.

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Ingredients firm unveils £30,000 investment

Stockport-based food firm EHL Ingredients plans to invest £30,000 to upgrade production processes and distribution in a bid to grow turnover to £5M this year.

Cameron praises PepsiCo’s Quaker Oats exports

Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed the creation of 30 new jobs at PepsiCo’s Quaker Oats factory in Scotland after the firm announced a £14.4M investment in the site, partly...

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