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Ambient foods

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.

FDF’s social media campaign aims to recruit trainees

A social media campaign that could “provide a pipeline of talent into the industry” was announced by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) earlier this week.

Robotics workshop to help food firms match Europe

A robotics workshop will take place next month to help UK food and beverage manufacturers catch up with their European competitors.

Why water is the new carbon

Mounting pressure on dwindling water resources means that food manufacturers must cut consumption sooner rather than later, according to the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

Food firms to double apprenticeships

The food and drink industry has pledged to double the number of apprenticeships in the sector by the end of next year.

Mars Food recall highlights contingency planning

Mars Food’s recall of some of its Dolmio PastaVita products underlines the need for effective contingency planning, according to legal specialists.

Food prices to fall? Not necessarily, say food firms

Food producers have sounded a cautious note following speculation that food prices are set to fall.

Small firms unimpressed by Bank of England cash boost

Small food firms have expressed doubts that the Bank of England’s £75bn injection into the economy will make their lives easier.

Chutneys 'go natural' in time for Christmas market

The English Provender Company (EPC) is rolling out a new product range and packaging, based on the theme of natural ingredients.

Weetabix in debt financing talks

Reports emerged last month that Weetabix had begun talks with bankers about a possible £900M debt refinancing package.

Danish fat tax divides UK opinion

News that Denmark is to become the first country in the world to introduce a tax on foods with saturated fat, in a bid to foster healthy eating, has sharply...

M&S plans a bumper natural, novel Christmas

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is planning a bumper Christmas with novel food and drink products and ‘natural’ packaging design ideas sourced from around the world.

Heinz dismisses baked beans slowdown

Manufacturer Heinz has denied any slowdown in its sales, following news of a drop in demand at a tin can plant in Wales.

Princes continues campaign to sell Fray Bentos

Food and drink group, Princes is continuing its efforts to sell the Fray Bentos canned meat business, which it bought from Premier Foods.

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Egyptian beans back on the menu

UK importers have welcomed the lifting of an EU ban on Egyptian produce which they argue should never have been imposed.

City agog for views of new Premier Foods' ceo

The City is on tenterhooks as its waits for word from Premier Foods’ new CEO Michael Clarke.

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Mushroom firm fined after worker dragged into machine

A North Somerset mushroom firm has been fined £32,000 after a worker was dragged into a net cleaning machine which broke his arm in two places.

New-look Food Manufacture for 21st century readers

Food Manufacture magazine, the sister publication of, has been redesigned to meet the needs of 21st century food and drink industry professionals.

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Heinz boss explains Kendal culture of 'continuous improvement'

Damian Killen, factory manager at the Heinz (UK) baby food plant at Kendal in the Lake District, explains to what the company’s Global Performance System has meant for staff....

Old El Paso is old hat, hints Mexican food firm md

Despite failing to secure funding on Dragons’ Den, Mexican food firm md Marcela Flores-Newburn has secured investment for her company from a Northamptonshire business consortium.

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Premier Foods appoints new sales director

Premier Foods has appointed Ian Deste as group sales director, to replace outgoing incumbent Ian York who leaves the business at the end of this year.

Economic gloom signals dietary changes: Key Note

The rising price of commodities will push the value of the diet foods sector up by 27% over the next five years, according to a new Key Note report.

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Wholebake under new-old management

Cereal bar company Wholebake says that it is set to expand into new markets following a management buyout.

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Steve's new venture no Gamble

Stephen Gamble, the md of the defunct supermarket supplier Steve's Cakes has re-emerged at the helm of the new company Gamble Foods.

E-auctions are no supplier ‘bloodbath’: Weetabix procurement head

Weetabix head of procurement Anthony Bowdidge believes that e-sourcing can benefit suppliers as well as buying firms, despite the former sometimes seeing auctions as a threat.

'Death of the Drum' on hold, with UK firms slow on electrostatic uptake

Pioneering Oxford technology firm Spice Application Systems (SAS) has grown overall sales by 20% so far this year, but admits the UK market is lagging behind Europe in uptake terms.