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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.

Adjudicator unlikely to stop retailers abusing suppliers

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.

Cleaning is up to scratch

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.

It's in the bag for Seabrook

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.

Continuous replenishment drive will be 'key challenge'

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.

Olympics to give huge boost to recycling and composting

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.

We must share resources to survive tough times, Wincanton insists

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.

News in brief

Lees Foods hit by commodity prices

01-Aug-2011 - Scottish bakery group Lees Foods said it had been hit by high commodity costs in a July 28 trading update.

Greencore 'one step closer' to Uniq takeover

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.

Strike action at Burton’s Foods now less likely

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.

Genius Foods ‘frustrated’ by prescriptive bread costs

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.

‘Relentless’ price increases threaten Finsbury margins

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.

News in brief

Princes has Premier business in the can

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.

First British Sugar strikes in 30 years loom

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.

Brand Cellar eyes food brand sellers

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.

Zetar boss plans premium own-label push

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.

‘Business builder’ Boparan aims for sharper focus

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”.

Burton’s Foods strike action averted

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.

INTERACTIVE TIMELINE

Rolling back the (Schofield) years...

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.

Exit Schofield: Premier Foods appoints new ceo

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".

ABF 'bad news' no worse than expected: analysts

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.

Own-label growth: Opportunity or threat?

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.

Greencore 'highly confident' of sealing Uniq deal

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.

Last-ditch challenge scuppers Burton’s strike

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.

News in brief

Could Heinz' new soup in a tube catch on?

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.

Burton’s strike action imminent as union rejects Blackpool pay offer

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.

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