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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.

Rice firm ordered to pay £18k after worker’s arm is caught in machinery

Suffolk-based food business Indo European Foods has been ordered to pay over £18,000 for safety failings after a worker suffered serious injuries when his arm became caught in unguarded machinery.

Tesco withdraws eight own-label ethnic meals

Tesco is recalling eight Indian and Chinese own-label ambient meals, due to a production fault.

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Campbell Soup nears sale of some European interests

Campbell Soup Company plans to sell some of its business in Europe to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and has announced it is in final and exclusive negotiations to clinch the deal....

Premier Foods puts faith in Power Brands and cost cutting

Premier Foods will continue to develop its Power Brands and deliver a further £10M of cost savings this year, according to a statement accompanying its half-year results posted today (July 23).

Heatwave good for sunbathers, bad for potatoes: crisp boss

Britain’s current heatwave could add extra stress to UK potato producers that have already experienced a “very tough” year, according to the boss of one crisp firm.

Food supply chain confidence is key EFSA aim

Rebuilding European consumers’ confidence in the supply chain is a key challenge facing the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), according to its tenth anniversary report, which also set out its...

Crisp firm Seabrook battles back into the black

Seabrook Crisps is edging back into the black after what its chief executive conceded had been a testing two years.

Ethnic food trend hots up markets for Tabasco

The global popularity of spicy foods, combined with the trend towards ethnic foods in the US, makes Tabasco pepper sauce poised for growth, claims its manufacturer the McIlhenny Company.

Scanners crack the barcode link

Kellogg has implemented Honeywell radio frequency barcode scanners as part of its automated supply chain. Supplied and supported by Peak-Ryzex, Kellogg uses the scanners at its UK distribution centres and...

Site move creates jobs and doubles Mackie's production

Scottish potato crisp company Mackie's at Taypack is set to double its output after developing a new manufacturing facility in Errol, which is 60% bigger than its current unit at...

Canned food firm woos apprentices amid growth plans

Princes is recruiting 18 engineering apprentices for its two UK manufacturing facilities, which complements longer term plans to grow output.

Kolak’s £9.6M site to crack popcorn market

Kolak Foods has unveiled a new £9.6M snack as it seeks to tap into soaring demand for popcorn-based snacks.

M&S Gateway logistics centre to handle ambient food

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) new £200M distribution centre at the London Gateway Logistics Park – which will create up to 700 jobs – will handle ambient foods, a spokesman has told

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Fruit firm Mariani expands service with first European base

US dried fruit ingredient firm Mariani has strengthened its focus on UK and European markets with the opening of its first European warehouse – enabling small and medium-sized UK manufacturers...

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Jam manufacturer wins Scottish government award

A jam manufacturer has won the Scottish government’s first ever food and drink outstanding achievement award.

£100M: the ‘high price’ of Tyrrells crisps

A Far Eastern food firm could snap up UK crisp brand Tyrrells, which is reportedly up for sale for £100M.

Globalisation spices up the market for hot foods

Globalisation is leading to more adventurous consumers who are increasingly prepared to try spicy foods, including hot pepper sauces, according to the McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco pepper sauce.

Maggi is the world’s top food brand: Kantar

The number one global food brand is Nestlé’s Maggi range of instant soups, stocks, sauces, taste enhancers and noodles, according to Kantar Worldpanel. Unilever’s Knorr brand came second while PepsiCo’s...

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Premier Foods new non-exec director to boost Power Brands

Britain’s biggest food manufacturer Premier Foods has appointed Pam Powell as a non-executive director to boost the growth of its Power Brands range.

Siemens’ food manufacturing to remain core focus

The food and beverage manufacturing sector will continue to be a core focus for German engineering giant Siemens, as news emerged that it planned to exit its water treatment solutions...

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US group Hain Celestial snaps up Ella’s Kitchen

Organic baby food company Ella’s Kitchen has been acquired by US firm Hain Celestial for an undisclosed sum.

Sneaky way to combat childhood obesity

Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) claim to have found a way of fighting obesity by “sneaking” nutrients into children's snacks.


Quality treats

Building a business on quality has won awards for Border Biscuits, reports Gary Scattergood