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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...

Union blames Morrisons for Del Monte’s job cut plan

A cancelled contract from Morrisons was responsible for vegetable and fruit producer Del Monte’s plan to close its York factory with the loss of 140 jobs, a union official has...

Unilever defiant as pension dispute date set

Pot Noodle manufacturer Unilever is remaining defiant in the row over changes to its pension scheme after the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) confirmed that talks with the unions...

Intersnack's seven figure investment in UK snacks

European giant Intersnack is challenging PepsiCo and United Biscuits brands in the UK as it prepares to dramatically increase its profile, with a seven-figure investment in UK production.

Weetabix invests £16M in UK food processing

Weetabix is investing £16M in UK processing this year and rolling out a lean production programme across its factories after trialling it at Burton Latimer in Northamptonshire.

Generation next cutgate weigher

Ishida Europe has launched an enhanced version of its weigher designed for granular products, which can be easily damaged by auger or volumetric cup fillers.

Premier Foods does new valve headstand

Premier Foods is introducing a new headstand valve dispensing closure designed for the jams and condiments sector on Hartley's Squeezy Jam.

'First' olive oil enriched with Coenzyme Q10

Kaneka Pharma Europe has developed new ways of incorporating its coenzyme Q10 into functional food applications. One of these is an extra virgin olive oil that promises high antioxidative power...

Princes invests in Italian tomato processing firm

Canned food and soft drinks firm Princes has forged a partnership with its tomato supplier to form a new business in Italy.

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Premier Foods quiet on Hartley’s jam interest

Premier Foods has refused to confirm or deny that Hartley’s Jam will be the next disposal at the firm after Manchester jam maker Duerr’s declared an interest in the business....

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