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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....

General Mills launches new global innovation technology

General Mills has expanded its worldwide open innovation programme with the launch of new technologies to allow it to collaborate with external organisations that can help it to market its...

Heinz plans production freeze to offset cost rises

Rocketing utility and stock holding costs have forced Heinz to take the radical step of temporarily halting production at its Kitt Green site in Wigan for four days this Easter.

Fray Bentos takeover deal in the can, says OFT

Scottish food group Baxters’ acquisition of the Fray Bentos brand from Princes has received approval from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

Infra-red oven has jars of efficiency

A custom-made, carbon infra-red oven from Heraeus Noblelight has boosted the efficiency of Premier Foods' Loyd Grossman cooking sauce production line by 10%..

Courtauld waste targets 'realistic'

The limited reduction in supply chain product and packaging waste in the latest phase of the Courtauld Commitment is due to its relative recent introduction as a target, said the...

Pouch printer that 'eliminates human error'

BD Foods, in St Leonards-on-Sea in Sussex, purchased a Thermocode 107M thermal transfer printer from Open Date Equipment to print data onto pouches of chutneys, sauces, dressings and soups, which...

Two new protein and fibre nuggets for snack bars

Solae has developed a new protein and fibre nugget, Supro 138, and a new soya protein isolate, Supro 430, for use in nutrition and snack bars.

Premier Food’s Irish brands sale raises cash fears

The £34.7M sale of Premier Foods’ four Irish brands, Chivers, Gateaux, McDonnells and the Erin licence, to the Boyne Valley Group underline worries about the food giant’s ability to generate...

Premier Foods sells Brookes Avana to 2 Sisters

Food manufacturing giant Premier Foods has sold its Brookes Avana business, comprising RF Brookes chilled foods and Avana Bakeries, to 2 Sisters Food Group for £30M.

Reduced sugar claims can mislead consumers

New research has revealed that British consumers feel misled by the claim ‘reduced sugar’ .

Easy-pour containers shape up for foodservice specifications

Together with its client Carl Kühne, RPC Kutenholz has developed a two-litre container for foodservice. The shape and specification were designed for its client's production and filling needs.

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