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Have a spice day

Consumers' changing tastes are spicing up innovation in ethnic food products, says Michelle Knott

Treats that give popular tastes from the streets

Inspired by street food, flavours and ingredients manufacturer, Synergy, has created a range of natural snack seasonings based on cuisines that are growing in popularity such as Spanish and South...

New oil is flaxable vegetarian source of omega-3

To enable processors to deliver a 'natural' vegetarian source of omega 3 in bread, sauces and oil-based dressings, Ulrick & Short has made a non-genetically modified (GM) Nordic flax oil.

Ellsey’s £800k bid to build new vinegar factory will create jobs

A vinegar manufacturer has launched an £800,000 bid to build a new factory in Wigan to expand its product range and create jobs.

Princes commits to buying 9,000t of British peas

Princes has confirmed its support for British pea growers faced with reduced crop yields due to poor weather conditions this year, by committing to buy 9,000t from domestic growers.

Desinewed meat ban drives up costs for powdered meat

Manufacturers of soups, sauces and seasonings in the UK could find themselves at a commercial disadvantage to their continental counterparts as a result of the ban on use of desinewed...

Knorr brand underpins growth in Unilever’s savoury business

Strong performances in Knorr cooking products and soups helped underpin growth in Unilever’s savoury food business, according to its first half year results announced today.

Food Standards Agency launches new allergen study

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a new study into allergen labelling.

Call for collaboration to supply responsible soy

Environmental pressure group the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has called for more moves from food and drink firms, retailers and the UK government to actively promote the use of responsibly...

Two systems fill better than one

A new dual bulk bag filling system from Flexicon integrates two swing-down bulk bag fillers with a Flexicon pallet dispenser and powered roller conveyors, enabling safe, high-capacity filling of bulk...

Cereal targets extreme sport enthusiasts

A devotee of extreme sport has developed a cereal to support participants of sporting challenges such as triathlons, marathons and long-distance road cycling.

Premier's future: rumours continue

Premier Foods continued to hit the headlines over the past month. Rumours of an impending sale of its Hartley's jams brand to US group Hain Celestial for around £200M followed...

Palm oil pledge for Europe

One of the largest integrated industrial sustainable palm oil producers has pledged to have its entire palm oil estates and operations 100% certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil...

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Allergen-free sales soar: EHL Ingredients

Soaring sales of allergen-free spices are reported by ingredients firm EHL Ingredients.

Tiptree jam maker Wilkin & Sons plans expansion

Jam supplier Wilkin & Sons has moved its distribution operations to new premises to ease a squeeze at its factory.

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Premier Foods ‘too small’ for institutional investors

The UK’s biggest food manufacturer is too small for most big institutional investors, one city analyst has told

Premier Foods: Which brands will be sold next?

Premier Foods’ facilities at Histon and Knighton remain “prime candidates” for sale, after the firm’s disposal of its vinegar and sour pickles business based at Middleton, last week to Mizkan...

Premier Foods now a target for China’s Bright Foods?

Premier Foods could be targeted lock, stock and barrel by China's acquisitive Bright Foods, analysts have suggested, after the UK’s largest food manufacturer announced it had found a buyer for...

Premier Foods sells vinegar & pickles business to Mizkan

The long-predicted sale of Premier Foods' vinegar and sour pickles business has finally taken place – to the Japan-based food manufacturer Mizkan for £41M.

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Premier Foods’ chairman departure ‘not helpful’

The departure of Premier Foods’ chairman Ronnie Bell at the beginning of this month “was unhelpful”, says City analyst Investec.

Symington’s buyout could signal Premier Foods bid

Packaged grocery business Symington’s has undergone a management buyout, which follows press reports that the firm has plans to buy certain Premier Foods brands, including Angel Delight.

'Healthy' oils for food manufacturing

Norfolk-based cold pressed rapeseed oil producer Larchwood Foods has developed two oils to meet the requirements of the food manufacturing sector: Larchwood Foods Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil and...


The oil business

Derek Wiles shares his stories of life in the fresh olive oil business. Rod Addy reports

Premier Foods wins City's confidence

Premier Foods is winning back City analysts' support under the direction of chief executive Michael Clarke, whose restructuring plans have restored their confidence.

Premier Foods: ‘three likely candidates for disposal’

Premier Foods’ facilities at Histon, Knighton and Middleton are the most likely candidates for disposal, according to City analyst Panmure Gordon.