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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.

Dragons’ Den veggie sausage pitch not ‘misleading’

Dragons’ Den reject and vegetarian sausage entrepreneur Rachel Wicklow has slammed claims she misled the TV investors by failing to explain the bigger company structure behind her vegetarian sausages range....

Morrisons could face huge bill if c-stores sold

Morrisons could face a multi-million pound bill if the retailer tries to offload its M local convenience stores (c-stores), according to recent media reports.

Ballymaguire Foods creates 100 jobs in output boost

Chilled ready meal producer Ballymaguire Foods has started constructing a new factory as part of plans to create 100 jobs and boost sales in the UK and Ireland, the firm’s...

Healthy ready meals founder fights scepticism

The founder of a healthy ready meal start­-up has spoken of her fight against scepticism from some sectors of the food manufacturing industry.  

Calais crisis: quick-to-market routes for food

As plans for ‘quick-to-market’ routes for vehicles carrying key consignments, including fresh produce, get under way in Kent, the Scottish government’s fisheries and food secretary Richard Lochhead has urged the...

Kerry Foods sales revenue falls by 6.4%

Kerry Foods has suffered losses as a result of heavy promotional activity caused by the major multiples in response to the growth of the German discounters Aldi and Lidl.

Food firms recall products over plastic and allergy fears

A soup contaminated with plastic and undeclared allergens forced a number of food businesses to recall products last week, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Eco-friendly R290 flake ice making machine launched

Hubbard Systems has launched the Scotsman MF 57, a modular flake ice machine that runs on an eco-friendly hydrocarbon refrigerant R290, in response to increasing pressure to reduce industry's environmental impact.

New product lines lift Greencore’s food-to-go sales

New product lines at Greencore’s Northampton factory helped the manufacturer boost revenue from its UK food-to-go division by 4% on a like-for-like basis in third-quarter results for the 13 weeks...

Mash Direct targets £2M turnover boost in six months

Vegetable accompaniments business Mash Direct is targeting a turnover boost of £2M in the next six months, after securing an annual deal, worth £3M, with the UK’s second biggest supermarket...

2 Sisters reveals major ‘next level’ investments

2 Sisters Food Group’s strong like-for-like sales growth for the third quarter (Q3) was boosted by a positive performance from the firm’s chilled and protein divisions, reveal its results for...

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Pork Farms deal wins final clearance

Competition regulators have approved Pork Farms’s acquisition of Kerry Foods’s chilled pastry business.

Greencore’s expansion creates 150 jobs

Greencore has made a multi-million pound investment at its Worksop sandwich manufacturing facility, creating 150 jobs.

Aldi and Lidl on a path to destruction?

Discounters Aldi and Lidl could be on a path to destruction, potentially becoming “the person they tried to beat”, if their growth is mismanaged, leading city analysts have warned.

Top food and drink brands ‘in trouble’: Rabobank

Top food and drink brands are falling out of favour with US consumers, warns a new report from Rabobank, which offers five top tips to revitalise sales.

Food and drink M&A more subdued in 2015

UK food and drink mergers and acquisitions (M&A) lost their fizz in the first four months of 2015, discounting major one-off transactions, according to financial advisory firm Oghma Partners’ latest...

Greencore invests in new product development

Greencore is investing in longer shelf-life products to boost efficiency and cut waste and hot snacks to meet continued growth in demand for food-to-go, according to chief financial officer Alan...

Campylobacter threatens a third of population

Campylobacter could infect a third of the UK population at some stage during their lifetime, according to figures just released by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Potato blanching equipment sparked product recall

The failure of a potato blanching machine caused the contamination of one of Swancote Foods’s potato products with small bits of metal, prompting the recall of several retail own-label lines....

Ice cream listeria risk to the ill and elderly

Fears have been raised about the wider possible contamination of frozen food with the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in Europe, and the potentially deadly threat this poses to vulnerable individuals, following serious...

Kerry Foods reports ingredients deals

Two Kerry Foods ingredients deals were clinched in the past month, the company reported in an interim statement.

Bakkavor installs spiral pizza chiller

Own-label food producer Bakkavor has installed a custom-designed chilling system for pizza production from Starfrost as part of investment in new equipment and facilities.

Sainsbury’s fridges draw on F1 technology

Sainsbury is redesigning its in-store fridges drawing on aerodynamic technology built into Formula One (F1) racing cars from Williams Advanced Engineering to make them more energy efficient.

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Waitrose boasts ready meals growth

Ready meals and food-to-go sales soared at Waitrose last week, with Bigham’s and Waitrose own-label Traditional British lines achieving strong sales growth.

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Shortlist announced for student ‘green’ innovation award

The finalists of Ecotrophelia UK 2015 – a competition which challenges students to develop new eco-friendly food – have been announced by the Institute of Food Science & Technology and Campden BRI.