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.
01-Aug-2011 - The retail promotional system is flawed, unsustainable and needs a complete overhaul, although manufacturers are divided over the ability of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) or the new adjudicator to tackle this.
01-Aug-2011 - Walsall-based pork scratching manufacturer Graham Simmons & Sons of Walsall still uses soda crystal to remove grease and keep its premises safe by avoiding slips in a tried and tested process that is over 100 years old.
01-Aug-2011 - The pages of magazines are littered with over-eager brands all boasting amazingly optimistic growth plans, which stretch the bounds of credibility. Seabrook Crisps might easily be mistaken for one of them if it weren't for the fact that, in Seabrook's case, it all appears to be coming true.
01-Aug-2011 - Increasing demand for cross-category continuous replenishment and flexibility and growing calls for sustainability are core challenges that manufacturers must face to add value to the supply chain, according to General Mills.
01-Aug-2011 - With the launch of the tendering process for foodservice packaging suppliers, the London 2012 Olympics organisers are providing a welcome boost to 'widely recycled' and industrially compostable materials.
01-Aug-2011 - The food and drink supply chain is facing its toughest test in decades and must take shared vehicle and depot use seriously to survive global crises such as economic instability, according to logistics specialist Wincanton.
01-Aug-2011 - Scottish bakery group Lees Foods said it had been hit by high commodity costs in a July 28 trading update.
29-Jul-2011 - Greencore’s £113m offer for Uniq has been declared ‘unconditional as to acceptances’ after over 90% of shareholders indicated acceptance of the deal.
28-Jul-2011 - Strike action now seems less likely at Burton’s Foods' Blackpool site, after the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) said it would endorse a new company pay offer.
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.