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Potato firm boosts production with £2M investment

Greenvale’s £2M investment in its Swancote facility has boosted capacity, says Nicholas Robinson

Premier Foods backtracks on pay-and-stay

Under fire Premier Foods has backtracked on its controversial ‘pay-and-stay’ programme, after a storm of criticism about its demands for suppliers to invest in the business or lose their listing...

Premier Foods launches charm offensive

Premier Foods has launched a charm offensive to win back public support after widespread criticism of its controversial ‘Pay and stay’ plan last week, with a list of suppliers that...

Food firm struggles linked to Premier-style investment demands

Half of food firms’ financial difficulties have been linked to companies demanding one-off payments from their suppliers in a similar way to Premier Foods, according to one industry expert.

Premier Foods denies ‘holding gun’ to suppliers’ heads

Premier Foods has denied accusations that it has mistreated suppliers by demanding unfair payments to continue trading with them.

Premier Foods supplier row sparks Twitter storm

Premier Foods’s demands that its suppliers invest in its business or face de-listing have unleashed a storm of protest on the social media networking site Twitter. Here we capture, in...

Food boss wants R&D help from Autumn Statement

The chancellor’s Autumn Statement should deliver more incentives to encourage innovation and research and development, according to the boss of meat alternatives business Quorn Foods.

Food manufacturing Oscar winners in pictures

Irish meat firm Dawn Meats was the big winner at the 2014 Food manufacturing excellence awards, earlier this month, picking up the Environmental initiative of the year and the overall...

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FMEAs 2014 video highlights

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing, last month (Thursday November 20).

DNA sequencing and biofortification the big trends for 2015

DNA sequencing and biofortification of food will create the biggest opportunities for food businesses to respond to pressure to operate more sustainably in 2015, according to the UK’s innovation agency...

Branston pickle jobs threatened in UK restructure

Up to 87 jobs could go as Mizkan restructures its European operations, 66 of which are under threat at its Bury St Edmunds Branston pickle factory, formerly owned by Premier Foods.

Food manufacturing Oscars unveiled tomorrow

There’s just one day to go until our James Bond-themed Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) in central London.

Food manufacturing Oscars awarded this Thursday

Final preparations are underway for our James Bond-themed Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), which will take place this Thursday with TV star Mark Durden-Smith at the Park Lane...

Associated British Foods’s sugar results ‘worse than expected’

The performance of Associated British Foods’s (ABF’s) sugar division was worse than expected in preliminary full-year results to September 13, according to City analyst Shore Capital.

Weetabix contract dragged Nutrafeed into administration

Food recycler Nutrafeed Ltd was dragged into administration after a contract with Weetabix to handle waste cereal led it into severe financial difficulties, according to an administrators’ report from Duff...

Community Foods’s Jumble Bee to land in Morrisons

Community Foods plans to launch its healthy snacks brand Jumble Bee into Morrisons after its debut in 480 Tesco stores in August and is exploring ways to broaden its reach further.

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Premier Foods boss develops c-store, online sales

C-stores and online retailers offer Premier Foods considerable growth potential and the maker of Mr Kipling cakes is working on bespoke products for those channels, according to ceo Gavin Darby.

Top seven food and drink trends for 2014: Waitrose

The influence of technology and social media on the nation’s diet is the top of seven key food and drink trends, identified by posh retailer Waitrose this year, based on...

Premier Foods’s branded sales dip in third quarter

Premier Foods saw branded value sales fall in its third financial quarter (Q3) as the maker of Mr Kipling cakes and Ambrosia desserts was stung by supermarkets losing share to...

Food prices would rocket if pesticides banned

Food prices would rocket if pesticides were banned or their use severely restricted, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU); a claim hotly disputed by environmental pressure group Friends of the...

Symington’s snaps up The Tanfield Food Company

Symington’s has bought gourmet meals business The Tanfield Food Company, which was set up by the makers of Phileas Fogg potato chips.

Premier Foods delivers ‘awful’ stock performance

Premier Foods has delivered “a truly awful 2014 stock performance”, despite making solid restructuring progress, said City analyst Shore Capital, ahead of the firm’s third-quarter trading results, due for release...

Seabrook Crisps pumps cash into production

Seabrook Crisps has invested £32,730 in new machinery and the creation of at least four jobs as part of wider plans to boost innovation, improve production flexibility and boost sales.

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Brands must target occasions, consumption, says Premier Foods

Premier Foods is targeting eating occasions and changing shopper habits in order to boost sales of brands such as Mr Kipling cakes and Ambrosia desserts, according to its boss Gavin...

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Boost declining sales with lower prices, retailers told

Supermarkets must work on lowering prices instead of relying on promotions, if they are to boost their declining sales, delegates at IGD’s annual Convention were told yesterday (October 7).

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