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Chilled foods

Chilled foods

Chilled ready meals, sandwiches and sushi; it’s a tough business, whether you’re in branded or own-label products. Demanding retail customers want better quality at lower prices - and they want extended shelf-life of products. Find out about the latest business and regulatory news, plus innovative processes to meet changing consumer demands.

Samworth defends sacking after union backlash

Samworth Brothers Ltd has defended its decision to sack an employee, after the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) slammed the dismissal as “shameful”, claiming the employee was sacked for...

More food industry warehouse automation needed

The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) in April and rising concerns over the future of the UK labour pool following the Brexit vote on June 23 have revealed...

Essential Fruit contracts with NFT to use its Tilbury facility

Essential Fruit has placed a contract for temperature controlled warehousing and distribution of its products throughout the UK and Europe with chilled logistics specialist NFT.

News in brief

Food truck bridge smash causes traffic chaos

A food distribution lorry has caused disruption in Northern Ireland, after it crashed into a low bridge on Monday night (November 28).

Food Crime Unit launches confidential hotline

A confidential food crime hotline has been launched by the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), which it hoped would encourage industry insiders to report offences.

Bakkavor to recruit 310 staff after ‘increased demand’

Ready meals specialist Bakkavor is recruiting 310 people for factory production and management roles in Lincolnshire, after “increased demand from its customers”, the manufacturer revealed today (November 28).

Greencore to acquire $1bn US firm Peacock Foods

Greencore has revealed plans to acquire the US convenience food manufacturer Peacock Foods, which is valued at £594.3M ($747.5M) and has revenues of $1bn, alongside full-year results today (November 14).

Bakkavor results boosted by ‘constant innovation’

Ready meal specialist Bakkavor has reported revenue growth across the group due to “constant innovation” in third-quarter results, says ceo Agust Gudmundsson.

FMEAs

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – in tweets

Britain’s top food and drink manufacturing talent was on display at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) on Wednesday night (November 2): here we capture the highlights in tweets.

Calder Foods bought by US foodservice giant

Sandwich fillings and sauces manufacturer Calder Foods has been bought by US multi-national foodservice firm Flagship Food Group for an undisclosed fee.

News in brief

Charlie Bigham’s doubles sales revenue in two years

Premium ready meals manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s has more than doubled sales revenue in two years, after posting a 35% growth in its full-year financial results to September 30 2016.

Dessert firm creates 50 jobs after £1.5M investment

Premium desserts manufacturer Rhokett will create more than 50 jobs, after securing a £1.5M investment to open a third factory.

Food fraud fears on nutritional labels

Thousands of small food and drink manufacturers, including many of the 40,000 artisan producers in the UK supplying directly to consumers, could be breaking the law for illegal nutritional labelling...

Greencore offers 300 seasonal roles at desserts plant

Greencore is recruiting 300 staff to fill seasonal vacancies over the Christmas period at its Evercreech desserts plant near Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

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2 Sisters’ Gunstones Bakery ‘could cut up to 524 jobs’

Convenience Foods Limited, which trades as Gunstones Bakery – one of 2 Sisters Food Group’s top divisions – is considering up to 524 redundancies, it has emerged, after the company...

Greencore appoints new finance boss

Greencore has appointed Eoin Tonge as its new chief financial officer and as a director of the group, with effect from Monday October 3.

Bakkavor advertises for 40 soups and sauces staff

Ready meal specialist Bakkavor is recruiting for 40 new full-time roles at its soups and sauces factory in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Asda's sales continue to fall, despite price cutting moves

Asda’s woes continued last month with the release of its figures for the three months to June 30, which revealed a disastrous 7.5% fall in sales the supermarket chain’s eighth...

M&S unveils new Christmas range

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has unveiled its new Christmas food range, describing it as the “must-have” collection.

Hain Daniels increases its contract hire fleet

The Hain Daniels Group has boosted its chilled distribution fleet by adding 10 trucks and seven trailers from Ryder, increasing its contract hire fleet to 22 trucks and 10 trailers.

Icelandic Seachill to make 86 redundancies after M&S contract loss

Icelandic Seachill, the seafood supplier, has revealed it is to make 86 redundancies and close its deli site in Grimsby in the wake of losing a large contract with Marks...

Unite pledges to fight for jobs at 2 Sisters’ pizza factory

Unite has pledged ‘to leave no stone unturned’ to save the 325 jobs under threat at 2 Sisters’ pizza factory in Nottingham.

2 Sisters pizza factory to consult over 350 job losses

2 Sisters’ pizza factory in Nottingham is to consult over the possible loss of 350 jobs.

Cheese firm: E.coli link based on ‘malicious prejudice’ from HPS

The owner of Errington Cheese, whose Dunsyre Blue cheese was recently linked to an E.coli outbreak, has accused Health Protection Scotland (HPS) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) of having a campaign against...

Bakkavor sales rise 3.2% in second quarter

Bakkavor has reported a 3.2% rise in second-quarter sales, boosted by strong international revenues.

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