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Sainsbury invests £1M in healthier crisp R&D

Developing healthier crisps is the aim of a new £1M research project funded by Sainsbury at Teesside University.

Real Good Food Company creates 80 jobs

Napier Brown, the sugar trading subsidiary of the Real Good Food Company (RGFC), is to create 80 new jobs at its West Yorkshire headquarters, after winning new business from supermarket...

Natco owner buys Trigon out of administration

Trigon Snacks, maker of Big D, Planters and Passion Shed brands, has been snatched from administration in an eleventh hour sale to Choithram & Sons, owner of Natco Foods....

Porridge goes trendy as top breakfast choice

Porridge is proving a top breakfast choice, enjoyed by nearly half (49%) of British consumers, with nearly a quarter eating a bowl almost daily, reveals new research from Mintel.

Union urges Trigon administrator to save 110 jobs

Unite the union has urged administrator Duff & Phelps to involve government in a last-minute bid to save at least 110 jobs at the Liverpool snack manufacturer Trigon Snacks.

Arsenic in rice causes genetic damage

High levels of arsenic in rice have been shown to be associated with elevated genetic damage in humans, a new study has found.

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars: the shortlist

Congratulations to all the food and drink businesses shortlisted in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).


The fast snack

Investing in a £9.6M factory is keeping Kolak Foods’ business on the right track, reports Gary Scattergood

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – vintage year

It was a vintage year for entries in the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEA), according to Paul Wilkinson, chairman of the judging panel.

Premier Foods: another boss quits

Premier Foods’ executive director and chief financial officer (cfo) Mark Moran is to leave the firm, in what City analyst Panmure Gordon called further evidence that “the revolving door continues to...

Plant-based eating to grow at expense of meat and dairy

The future will be all about “plant-based eating”, according to Alpro, which is best known for its soya-based alternatives to dairy products.

Indian food firm to create up to 50 jobs

Indian food firm Simtom Food Products plans to create 50 jobs as part of an expansion plan after agreeing new funding from the Yorkshire Bank.

News in brief

Booker’s plans to integrate Makro are ‘on track’

Britain’s largest cash-and-carry wholesaler the Booker Group has revealed plans to integrate Makro, the business it acquired last year, are on track, claims the firm’s interim results announcement.

Fruit and nut firm Whitworths gets private equity backing

Whitworths, the dried fruit, nut and seed supplier, has received a big cash boost after private equity firm Equistone Partners Europe Fund IV acquired a major stake in the Midlands-based...

Premier Foods’ debt still too high: City

Premier Foods’ net debt – estimated to fall to £858M by the end of the year – is still too high, warns City analyst Panmure Gordon.

News in brief

Corkers Crisps makes world’s biggest crisp bag

The world’s biggest crisp bag – weighing in at more than a tonne – has been made by Cambridge firm Corkers Crisps.

Peanut processor Trigon Snacks enters administration

Trigon Snacks, the maker of pub favourite peanut brands such as Big D and Planters, has entered administration as a result of cash flow problems, putting more than 130 jobs...

Premier Foods: New food rules at ‘toddler’ stage

The Food Information Regulation (FIR) is still at the toddler stage of its development – particularly when it comes to consumer understanding – while more detail is needed in several...

‘We’ve slashed the salt, now where's the credit?’

Bradford-based Seabrook crisps has slashed its products’ salt levels by 20% – but its boss says the industry as a whole is not getting the credit is deserves for undertaking...

Premier Foods gets City vote of confidence

Signalling a key vote of faith in debt-laden Premier Foods, leading City analyst Shore Capital has upgraded its advice on the firm’s stock from ‘hold’ to ‘buy’.

Four famous food faces – in pictures

The identity behind four well-known faces that have become inseparable from big food brands has been flagged up by LabelsPlus.

Corkers completes factory expansion

Crisp brand Corkers has finished the expansion of its factory in Ely, Cambridgeshire and is now able to produce an extra 120,000 bags of crisps a day.

Timeline tracks Premier Foods’ businesses over last decade

There have been so many acquisitions and disposals at debt-laden Premier Foods over the last decade that tracking the businesses that it owns is “almost impossible”, according to global financial...

Unilever slammed for ‘offensive’ Facebook noodle advert

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that Unilever cannot use one of its Piri Piri Pot Noodle online adverts in its current form and ordered the firm not to use “offensive...

Heinz 250 job cut plan: union calls for urgent talks

Unite the union has called for urgent talks with Heinz, after “the devastating news” that it planned to cut 250 UK jobs.