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.
06-Dec-2010 - 70% of Unilever’s sales could be generated in developing and emerging (D&E) markets by the end of the decade, according to City analysts covering a ‘hugely impressive’ investor seminar in Singapore run by the consumer products giant.
06-Dec-2010 - Heinz has "already taken steps" to ensure customers' shelves will remain stocked with Heinz beans in the event of strikes at its Kitt Green factory, bosses have revealed.
06-Dec-2010 - Union bosses representing workers at Twinings' North Shields site are furious at the firm’s decision to send around 80 sales and marketing staff to Portugal for a training event.
30-Nov-2010 - Real Good Food Co is anticipating significant growth this year driven by a dramatic reversal of fortunes in its Napier Brown sugar business and an "exceptional" performance in bakery ingredients.
29-Nov-2010 - Symington's will create up to 40 new jobs next year as it opens a new factory in Leeds and evaluates options for a second new facility.
26-Nov-2010 - Food manufacturers working with Amazon on its UK online grocery store are becoming increasingly frustrated by its progress just over four months after the launch, with patience wearing thin in some quarters.
22-Nov-2010 - Unilever reduced its range by more than 1,200 stock keeping units (SKUs) last year as part of a bid to cut its long tail, prioritise top sellers and reduce waste, supply chain bosses have revealed.
18-Nov-2010 - Essenta Foods, the new business to be created from the merger of Northern Foods and Greencore, will be divided into four divisions with two bosses selected from each company.
17-Nov-2010 - While the proposed merger of Northern Foods and Greencore will inevitably mean job losses at both companies, it is unlikely to result in scores of factory closures, City analysts have predicted.
17-Nov-2010 - Premier Foods has confirmed it has received approaches for its East Anglian canning factories at Wisbech and Long Sutton.
15-Nov-2010 - More than three-quarters of recruitment suppliers that signed up to Premier Foods’ preferred supplier scheme last year have “already confirmed their interest in taking part again in 2011”, the company has claimed.
12-Nov-2010 - Premier Foods is in talks with Princes over the sale of its canning sites at Wisbech and Long Sutton in a bid to reduce its debt pile, FoodManufacture.co.uk understands.
12-Nov-2010 - Around 50 workers will lose their jobs at Walkers Peterlee crisp factory in County Durham, owner PepsiCo UK has confirmed.
10-Nov-2010 - Family-owned Silvery Tweed Cereals has pumped more than £1m into extending and upgrading production and storage facilities at its site in Berwick-on–Tweed.
10-Nov-2010 - A multi-million pound programme to turn an old warehouse next to the Ryvita factory in Poole into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will be completed by next spring.
09-Nov-2010 - The controversial restructuring of Associated British Foods’ (ABF’s) Twinings tea division is progressing to plan with capacity expansion in China “well under way” and construction of a new €45m (£37.7m) factory in Poland planned to commission early next year, bosses have confirmed.
08-Nov-2010 - A strike ballot called by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) at Fox’s Biscuits’ factories at Kirkham and Batley has been called off due to ‘technical’ glitches.
08-Nov-2010 - "Would you eat this?" asks Stiletto Foods md Jeremy Woods, thrusting forth a nondescript looking bar with the words ‘diabetic chocolate’ emblazoned over the front.
05-Nov-2010 - Northern Foods has defended its pay offer to staff at Fox's Biscuits as "very competitive in the current climate" following news that the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) is balloting members at the Kirkham and Batley biscuit factories on strike action.
01-Nov-2010 - I left school with O- and A-levels and got a job in a microbiology lab at a bakery, which funded a Higher National Certificate in food technology at South Bank Polytechnic.
01-Nov-2010 - Twinings workers are “genuinely dismayed” by news that the firm has signed a contract to recieve €12m of EU funding for a new Polish site that will see UK jobs slashed.
19-Oct-2010 - More than two million jars of Gordon Ramsay’s Seriously Good premium Italian cooking sauces have been sold a year after launch, equating to sales of around £3.7m.
04-Oct-2010 - Who feels like some Chicken Tonight? Not many of us, apparently, which explains why brand owner Unilever now wants to get shot of it, along with fellow cooking sauce Ragu, sales of which are believed to be equally uninspiring.
29-Sep-2010 - Nestlé has agreed a deadline of 2014 with Croydon Council to locate a new UK headquarters site in the borough, after it gave the first public indication that it may be forced to relocate elsewhere.
22-Sep-2010 - Real Good Food Company (RGFC) has posted a £1.3m pre-tax loss in the first half, but says it has reached a turning point in its sugar business “after several difficult years”.