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.
27-Jul-2011 - Genius Foods says it is frustrated by additional charges levied on gluten-free bread that it supplies to the NHS in Wales, although the nation's government insists that talk of £32 loaves is incorrect.
26-Jul-2011 - Finsbury Food Group ceo John Duffy says that “relentless commodity price inflation” on basic ingredients such as butter, sugar and flour have eroded the firm’s profit margins.
25-Jul-2011 - Princes has confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of Premier Foods' canning operations, but that the Fray Bentos business continuing to operate independently until a buyer is found.
22-Jul-2011 - Unite the Union is preparing to ballot members at four British Sugar plants on industrial action over pay, in what could lead to the first strike action at the firm in 30 years.
21-Jul-2011 - Brand rescue company Brand Cellar says it has had multiple enquiries from the confectionery sector as it builds its profile in the food industry.
20-Jul-2011 - Zetar says its key focus over the next three years will be to drive sales of premium private label and branded products across both its confectionery and snacks divisions.
18-Jul-2011 - Ranjit Boparan says that running Northern Foods and 2 Sisters Food Group across five rather than four business divisions this year will give the group a “sharper business focus”.
18-Jul-2011 - The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has called off scheduled strike action at Burton’s Foods Blackpool site, after the union agreed to further talks with company management.
15-Jul-2011 - When the dust settles, what will the verdict be on the Schofield years? We review key dates during the outgoing ceo's tenure, starting with the key decision to buy Campbell's UK for £460m in 2006, and ending with the announcement of his departure yesterday.
14-Jul-2011 - Premier Foods has pleased the City and commentators with the speedy appointment of Mike Clarke from Kraft Foods as its new ceo, after analysts described a late June trading statement as "shocking".
14-Jul-2011 - The “bad news was no worse than expected” said analysts, after Associated British Foods (ABF) posted its third quarter trading update to June 25 2011 this morning.
13-Jul-2011 - Increased penetration of own-label products within the UK retail sector will pose new challenges to branded food manufacturers in coming years, according to a recent webcast by Trace One and Planet Retail.
12-Jul-2011 - Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney has told FoodManufacture.co.uk that he is “highly confident” that his company’s £113M cash offer for Uniq will be successful.
12-Jul-2011 - The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) says it has called off strike action at Burton’s Foods site in Blackpool following a last-ditch challenge from the company over the validity of the ballot.
11-Jul-2011 - Heinz is launching a new range of 'squeeze and stir' soups, as the company bids to tackle the rising price of commodities such as metal.
11-Jul-2011 - The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has confirmed that strike action at Burton’s Foods Blackpool site is still set to begin tomorrow, after it emerged that union members had rejected an improved pay offer.
08-Jul-2011 - The UK food industry has given the European Parliament's (EP's) final agreement on food labelling a mixed reception, with one consultant reckoning label changes cost £7,000 per product.
07-Jul-2011 - The md of Intersnack UK says that a consumer “appetite for experimentation” is driving strong growth in a snacks market where the main business challenge is keeping pace with fast-changing consumer and retailer needs.
06-Jul-2011 - Unilever workers from across the food giant’s UK sites protested against the closure of its final salary pension scheme at a company sponsored event on Tuesday.
05-Jul-2011 - Staff at Burton’s Foods’ biscuit factory in Blackpool have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action, after rejecting a 1.8% pay rise from the company.
04-Jul-2011 - PepsiCo UK admits it has not hit all its self-imposed targets to make products healthier, but says the economy and technical challenges are partly to blame.
04-Jul-2011 - Premier Foods needs urgently to find a successor to ceo Robert Schofield, say industry sources, as the firm continues to hunt for an heir amidst rumoured pressure from institutional investors.
01-Jul-2011 - European processors can access greener hardstocks, requiring far less heat and generating far less waste water, thanks to developments by Sime Darby Unimills.
01-Jul-2011 - Processors are braving the harsh economic climate to undertake big capital investments to increase their capacity, which reflects the results of Food Manufacture's 2011 survey.
01-Jul-2011 - The Yorkshire Crisp Company has signed a deal with distribution agent European Gourmet, which will see its 100g drums of handmade crisps exported for sale in Hong Kong, China and Macau.