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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.

Manufacturers warned over foreign body contamination

Food and drink manufacturers have been warned to be more vigilant in guarding against foreign body contamination in production processes, while fears of glass in food products forced recalls from...

Labelling errors spark food recalls

Incorrect date labelling has forced the recall of two cooked meat products sold by Waitrose, while the unmarked presence of gluten and mustard led to the recall of a number...

Food-to-go sector to be worth £23.5bn by 2022

The UK food-to-go market will be worth £23.5bn by 2022, according to grocery think-tank IGD.

Charlie Bigham’s continues recruitment drive

Premium ready meals manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s is set to open its new flagship factory in Somerset next month, with plans underway to recruit 300 staff. 

‘More exciting’ food-to-go products needed

Food manufacturers and independent convenience retailers are being urged to offer more exciting ‘food-to-go’ choices to avoid missing out on the £2.3bn business opportunity.

US acquisition boosts Greencore sales 77%

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore reported a 77% rise in sales to £636.5M in its third-quarter trading update, driven by its acquisition of Peacock Foods in the US.

Bakkavor would be an ‘excellent addition’ to stock market

Chilled foods manufacturer Bakkavor would be an “excellent addition” to the stock market, says an industry expert, after reports it was preparing for a stock market flotation that could value it at...

Greencore factory closure to axe 400 jobs

Up to 400 jobs are to go at chilled foods manufacturer Greencore’s Evercreech factory in Somerset, after the company announced the final closure date for the site.

Quorn’s £150M investment to create 300+ jobs

Quorn Foods has invested £150M in its Billingham factory, creating more than 300 jobs over the next five years, the meat alternative manufacturer revealed on July 24.

Adelie Foods to close sites putting ‘180’ jobs at risk

Food-to-go manufacturer Adelie Foods plans to close its Middlesbrough food factory and its Leicester distribution facility, putting a reported 180 jobs at risk.

Food-to-go firm Around Noon buys Chef in a Box

Northern Ireland food-to-go manufacturer, Around Noon, has bought the premium sandwich and snack maker Chef in a Box, for an undisclosed sum.

Greencore buys factory from Street Eats maker

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore has acquired a new factory in West Drayton, London, from the maker of products for the Street Eats food-to-go brand.

M&S haulier faces strikes over pay dispute

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) London and south-east food haulier, GIST, will face strike action after a dispute over equal pay.

Canned water leads summer product launches

Drinks firms CanO Water and Orchard Twist hoped to quench consumers’ thirsts this summer with their new beverage product launches, featured in this photogallery.

Ale and cheesecake recalled after labelling errors

Labelling errors have sparked a number of food and drink product recalls recently, including gluten-free ale, cheesecake and Quorn sausages.

Food and drink acquisitions of the year so far

The food and drink manufacturing sector has seen a series of high profile mergers and acquisitions this year. We capture the top deals in photos.

Greencore plans factory closure: 400 jobs at risk

Greencore has revealed plans to close its chilled desserts factory in Evercreech, Somerset, putting about 400 jobs at risk.

Lomond buys food distribution business

Lomond – owner of bakery Cake – has acquired wholesale food distribution business Hall’s Direct, in a deal that will boost Lomond’s annual turnover to more than £30M.

Marks & Spencer’s profits dip as food sales fall

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) £312.4M fall in profits in the year ending April 1 2017 exceeded market expectations, according to market analysts, as like-for-like food sales for the retailer fell....

Greencore revenue up 46.1% after food-to-go boost

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore reported a 46.1% rise in group revenue to £1.01bn in its interim results, boosted by strong growth in its food-to-go offering, and the acquisition of US...

The Big Interview

Bakkavor boss reveals her recruitment ambitions

Bakkavor's HR director Pippa Greenslade reveals her recruitment ambitions in this Big Interview, first published by our sister title Food Manufacture.

Manufacturers ‘inspire Britain’ in new report

Food and drink manufacturers have been recognised in a new report naming the most inspirational and fastest growing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Britain.

The food and drink manufacturing Rich List

Three food manufacturing families – Samworth, Warburton and Boparan – were among the sector’s representation in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, with a combined wealth of £1.6bn.

Chilled food demand hots up: cold storage specialist

Chilled foods continue to find favour with UK consumers, it has emerged, following news from temperature-controlled food specialist Rick Bestwick that it is handling more chilled products than ever before.

Greencore shares fall 7.5% after US customer deal

Greencore shares dropped about 7.5% in value within three hours last week (April 25), before rallying, after its largest customer, Tyson Foods, revealed a £2.5bn ($3.2bn) takeover of convenience foods...

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