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.
28-Jun-2011 - Unilever has confirmed that it will not apply for a fortified food registration for its yeast breakfast spread Marmite, but says it would support an application from a local distributor.
27-Jun-2011 - Kerry Ingredients is proposing to close its Okehampton site by 2012 with the loss of up to 106 jobs, as it considers switching production to a larger and more modern unit in Tenbury Wells.
23-Jun-2011 - The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is considering undertakings from Princes and Premier Foods to avert monopoly concerns about canned pie supply, which the body said would leave UK consumers with “extremely limited choices”.
23-Jun-2011 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published new research showing that most participants with 'life threatening' nut allergies believed that products without allergen advice boxes posed no danger.
21-Jun-2011 - Marmite, recently withdrawn from the Danish market after it became apparent the fortified, yeast breakfast spread did not possess a fortified food authorisation under the Scandinavian country’s strict laws, could be back on-market in three months, Danish authorities have said.
21-Jun-2011 - Premier Foods says it has not received an approach for its Sharwoods brand, after the owner of Veetee Food Group reportedly said he had secured financial backing to support a potential bid for it.
20-Jun-2011 - From Dairy Crest to the American Muffin Company, we revisit the factory managers and plant directors who keep operations ticking over, all of whom Food Manufacture has visited within the past 12 months.
20-Jun-2011 - Malmesbury Syrups, a supplier of flavoured coffee syrups, is witnessing impressive growth thanks to its online sales through Amazon.
16-Jun-2011 - Asda supplier Steve's Cakes is being liquidated by Belfast insolvency company FGS McClure Watters.
15-Jun-2011 - A scientist who chairs the UK's independent Committee on Toxicity (COT) says the European Commission’s (EC’s) move to ban the import of baby bottles using Bisphenol A (BPA) is not based on scientific evidence, and has rejected calls to ban its use in food packaging.
15-Jun-2011 - Transport giant Eddie Stobart has warned that the supermarket demand for two-for-one offers is placing a strain on logistics firms, and increasing the number of miles the company’s fleet runs empty.
15-Jun-2011 - Cereal extrusion and meat-free food specialist Brecks is investing £3m in new manufacturing facilities in a move that will create 60 new jobs.
13-Jun-2011 - Processors and environmentalists have rebuffed recent attacks on sustainable palm oil certificates within the national press.
13-Jun-2011 - Heavy price promotions within biscuits and ambient cakes are likely to end soon, as rising and energy and commodity prices begin to bite, warns research firm Key Note.
13-Jun-2011 - Silbury’s oils and fats division could become as important to the company as its tomatoes business, its directors say.
09-Jun-2011 - Nutrition is being politicised, with food authorities bowing to pressure from minority interests and lobbyists in areas such as salt reduction at significant risk to consumer health, according to one expert.
09-Jun-2011 - Manufacturers of lower-profile food brands could fall victim to the retailer-driven trend towards more own-label products over the next 15 years, according to a new report from financial services provider Rabobank.
08-Jun-2011 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has denied a suggestion by two MEPs that it may have lost data relating to a previous safety evaluation of the high intensity sweetener aspartame (E951) and that it failed to examine it properly in the first place.
07-Jun-2011 - Greencore will have to raise more capital via equity finance to complete any rumoured £100m takeover of Uniq, one analyst has warned.
06-Jun-2011 - Premier Foods has won a spat with rival Unilever, after the latter claimed in adverts that its Knorr gravy tasted better than Premier’s Bisto brand.
06-Jun-2011 - Getting food and drink packaging right is vital in encouraging consumers to engage with a product or brand and to ensure food safety, but what is the public looking for, and how are trends changing?
02-Jun-2011 - A City analyst has expressed scepticism about the likely truth of rumours that Procter & Gamble (P&G) could be lining up a £38bn hostile bid for UK consumer giant Unilever.
01-Jun-2011 - In response to the increasing volume of sales in the out of home market, the world’s largest trade fair, Anuga, is launching a tradeshow for the foodservice sector this October.
01-Jun-2011 - Sauce manufacturer Trees Can’t Dance has completed a new bespoke facility at its site in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, with the help of a £34,000 grant from rural development agency One North East.
01-Jun-2011 - Glass manufacturer Beatson Clark has provided Aspall with smaller, slimmer, lightweighted bottles in which to show off its range of 11 premium vinegars.