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.
17-Sep-2010 - An unusual range of premium sauces and chutneys inspired by the Gurkhas is gathering steam in the independent retail sector.
13-Sep-2010 - Profits from Associated British Foods’ (ABF’s) sugar business will be “substantially ahead” of last year driven by further growth in the EU and a strong improvement in China, the firm has revealed.
06-Sep-2010 - Jacob’s Biscuits of Liverpool has made significant cost savings by installing Turbo tray denesters on three of its biscuit lines.
01-Sep-2010 - Tayto’s Red Mill Snack Foods factory at Wednesbury is scheduled to close next month as all remaining production is transferred to its factory at Corby in Northamptonshire.
01-Sep-2010 - Sales from emerging markets will account for at least a fifth of group sales at Heinz by 2013, bosses have revealed as the ketchup and baked beans giant unveiled a strong set of first quarter results.
31-Aug-2010 - UK imports of Californian raisins increased by 26% during the 2009/10 season, according to the trade organisation representing the largest Californian growers.
25-Aug-2010 - More than 90% of Poundland’s food and drink products are now bought directly from manufacturers rather than third parties, its boss has revealed.
24-Aug-2010 - UK media watchdog Ofcom has rejected complaints from cereal food giants Nestlé and Kellogg’s that they were treated unfairly by the Channel 4 programme What’s in Your Breakfast?
24-Aug-2010 - Twinings has confirmed that a “small number” of staff at its factory in North Shields have accessed confidential payroll details relating to 263 staff without authorisation.
23-Aug-2010 - The world’s first 100 percent biodegradable chip packet attracted a lot of noise last week, but not the buzz that SunChips’ maker FritoLay had been hoping for.
23-Aug-2010 - Duerr's has ceased manufacturing at its Prestage Street factory in Old Trafford, with production to transfer to its larger factory at the Roundthorn Industrial Estate in Wythenshawe.
23-Aug-2010 - US food giant Campbell Soup Company has emerged as a potential bidder for biscuits and snacks giant United Biscuits.
20-Aug-2010 - Food manufacturers working with Amazon on its new UK grocery business remain frustrated and disappointed by its progress six weeks after launch, although most still say they would not bet against the online retailer in the long-term.
19-Aug-2010 - Tiptree jam maker Wilkin & Sons is on the lookout for further acquisitions after sealing a deal to buy Essex-based luxury puddings manufacturer Coles Traditional Foods.
18-Aug-2010 - Heinz has reduced its energy budget by more than 13% at its Kitt Green factory in Wigan over the past two years.
17-Aug-2010 - The Russian ban on grain exports will boost profits at ADM, Cargill and Viterra in the coming months, according to credit ratings agency Moody’s.
16-Aug-2010 - ‘Household names’ in food and drink manufacturing are conducting trials with fruit-based sweetener Sweet Freedom following its successful launch in the retail market.
12-Aug-2010 - Greencore has notched up a “very positive” set of summer trading figures, posting a 7% increase in sales to €281.2m in its convenience foods division in the four months to July 23, driven by strong growth in food-to-go and prepared meals.
11-Aug-2010 - The firm behind a new breed of microscopic salt crystals that can help manufacturers slash sodium and retain their clean label status is conducting its first trials on cheese.
09-Aug-2010 - Premium muesli Nature’s Pleasure was pulled from supermarket shelves after just 12 months because of "economic pressures", according to Kellogg's UK md Greg Peterson.
06-Aug-2010 - The Trades Union Congress has written to business secretary Vince Cable asking him to investigate whether Twinings received EU funds to “relocate” production from the UK to a new Polish factory, given that UK jobs could be lost as a result.
05-Aug-2010 - The fragile recovery in developed markets could make it hard to pass on rising raw materials costs in the second half, Unilever has warned.
05-Aug-2010 - Kellogg’s head of nutrition has called for UK journalists to look at the firm’s cereals as a whole and not just single out their sugar content.
04-Aug-2010 - United Biscuits has been fined £10,000 plus costs by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker had two fingers sliced off by a mixing machine.
04-Aug-2010 - Premier Foods remains ‘open-minded’ about selling off assets to pay off debts, bosses have revealed as the firm released interim results broadly in line with expectations, but warned of rising cost inflation in the second half.