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Dragons’ Den winners aim to be ‘the Chinese Levi Roots’

After winning a £50,000 investment on BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den, entrepreneurial sisters Lisa and Helen Tse have ambitions to make their Chinese sauces as big as Levi Roots’ Reggae Reggae...

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Real Crisp factory blaze in Wales

More than 60 fire-fighters and 20 fire engines fought a major blaze yesterday (September 20) at the Real Crisp factory in Caerphilly, South Wales.

Fire boss warns food manufacturers about self combusting noodles

A leading fire officer has warned food manufacturers to beware self-combusting noodles.

Organic food ingredient sales soar by 20%: EHL

Ingredients supplier EHL Ingredients reports organic sales on track to reach £3M by January, after rising by 20% in the past five months.

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OFT approves ABF’s acquisition of Elephant business

The Office of Fair Trading has decided not to refer Associated British Foods’ (ABF’s) acquisition of the Elephant Etta business to the Competition Commission.

Jam maker wins legal battle over labelling

A Cheshire jam manufacturer is claiming victory after the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) announced plans to launch a consultation on changing labelling rules.

Mission to change the UK's vinegar

Inspired by the culinary habits of mainland Europe, a Wigan manufacturer is on a mission to alter the UK's perception of vinegar

False labelling costs jam maker £15,000

A Suffolk-based jam manufacturer and the firm’s director have both been fined £4,250 and ordered to pay £6,500 costs, after pleading guilty to 13 charges of falsely claiming that the...

Premier Foods still ‘in sticky situation’ after jam sale to Hain Celestial

Britain’s biggest food manufacturer is “still in a sticky situation” after selling its sweet spreads and jellies business to US multi-national Hain Celestial for £200M, according to a leading City analyst....

Premier Foods boss: the analysts’ view one year on

Michael Clarke, ceo of Premier Foods, is performing a creditable job of reviving the fortunes of the debt-laden food giant but still faces tough challenges, according to City analysts.

Food factory blaze averted as noodles 'self-combust'

A Leicester ethnic food manufacturer had a lucky escape this week after a blaze was narrowly averted at its factory.

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Premier Foods appoints new non executive director

Troubled food giant Premier Foods has appointed Jennifer Laing as a non-executive director.

Premier Foods ‘unlikely’ to be source of Loyd Grossman botulism

Premier Foods’ factory is “very unlikely” to be the source of the Loyd Grossman korma sauce botulism incident, according to a final report by Health Protection Scotland, published last week...

Healthy snacks for stressed workers – new opportunity

Food manufacturers looking for a growth market should investigate producing healthy snacks for stressed workers.

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Acquisition boosts Speciality Powders

Corby-based Phoenix Foods has been sold in a multi-million pound deal to Speciality Powders.

Premier Foods ahead of target to save £40M

Britain’s biggest food manufacturer Premier Foods expects to achieve efficiency savings of £40M earlier than expected as a result of its restructuring plans, it emerged in its half-year results released...

Forecasting toys thrown out of the inventory pram

A market-busting 10% rise in demand for Organix baby food products has forced the company to tear up the spreadsheets and become the first manufacturer to adopt a new stock-monitoring...


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.