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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.

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Tesco FCA investigation is ‘another black mark’

The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA’s) investigation into Tesco’s overstated half-year profit guidance is another “black mark” for the retailer, city analysts have said.

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Millions of pounds in fines for supermarkets: Tacon

Fines of hundreds of millions of pounds could be imposed on retailers if they are found to be in breach of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP).

Supermarkets target fresh food to fight discounters

Fresh food is the first battleground as traditional supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury fight against stiff competition from discounters Aldi and Lidl, according to a leading food analyst.

Mash Direct adds 40 workers

Mash Direct has recruited 37 staff in the past year and aims to dramatically increase turnover and target further business wins following a new ready meal contract with Asda.

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Bakkavor trains up food industry personnel

Bakkavor has waved 220 young people through its Accelerated Management Scheme (AMS) since 1999 and is offering 135 training opportunities in September through IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future’s Skills for Work...

Almost 170 jobs go as Pasta Reale goes under

Almost 170 jobs have been lost at fresh and filled pasta processor Pasta Reale as the Sussex-based company called in administrators from BDO on August 26 after 35 years of trading.

Nestlé tightens up animal welfare practices

Nestlé has pledged to improve animal welfare standards in its supply chain, following the signature of a partnership agreement with the charity World Animal Protection.

More than 800 job cuts proposed at bakery plants

More than 800 job cuts have been proposed at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Gunstones bakery and Avana Bakeries, previously owned by 2 Sisters and now owned by Utopia Foods.

Kerry Foods sells chilled pastry assets

Pork Farms Group has bought Kerry Foods’s chilled savoury pastry factories at Poole, Dorset, and Spalding in Lincolnshire for an undisclosed sum.

Bakkavor storms ahead in fresh prepared food

Bakkavor delivered strong growth in fresh prepared food ahead of the UK market as a whole in the past financial quarter and is significantly boosting investment to support customers’ growth...

Bakkavor quiet on reports of share capital sale

Ready meal supplier Bakkavor has refused to confirm or deny media reports that it is planning to sell up to half the firm's share capital.

Changing face of retail hits Kerry Group

Consumer food sales took a hit at Kerry Group from the fragmenting retail market, despite UK brands holding up well, and overall sales growth, the firm said in its interim...

Grocontinental’s £11M investment creates 15 jobs

Food storage and distribution firm Grocontinental has invested £11M in a new warehouse and an overhaul of its fleet, creating 15 jobs.

Greencore to earn millions through disposals

Greencore is slashing its debt levels by completing deals that will net it more than £24M in the current financial year.

Indian ready meals firm S&A Foods axes 55 jobs

Indian ready meals manufacturer S&A Foods is to axe 55 jobs in a restructure of its chilled meals business, while searching for investment partners.

Wind power earns smokery thousands a year

A Cornish smokery nets £85,000 extra a year from a single 50kW wind turbine it installed in November 2012, according to its md Jon Short.

2 Sisters Corby plant a management buyout target

2 Sisters Food Group’s Solway Foods plant is the target of a management buyout by the same company formed to take over its Avana Bakeries facility: Utopia Foods.

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Iceland Manufacturing celebrates recycling progress

Iceland Manufacturing has boosted recycling at its Manchester base, which has gone from recycling none of its waste two years ago to recycling more than 95%.

Retailers help boost UK job market

There were more jobs gained than lost in the UK food and drink sector – taking into consideration manufacturing, distribution, packaging and retail – over the last six months,

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Bakkavor scores in top 100 list of firms for graduates

Own-label convenience food manufacturer Bakkavor has been ranked eighth in the list of the top 100 companies for graduates to work for, based on a poll of college leavers.

Young’s Seafood to set up white fish, salmon centres

Young’s Seafood has outlined the next steps in its chilled food strategy, with the firm planning investments in two centres of excellence at its Fraserburgh and Marsden Road sites.

Greggs ‘on front foot’ as strategy pays off

Greggs’s strategy is paying off, according to Sahill Shan, analyst at N+1 Singer, as the food-to-go chain disclosed strong half-year (H1) figures, ahead of interim results next month.

Halal food tie-up to boost growth for Shazans Foods

Shazans Foods has secured funds that will boost growth and enable it to break into the chilled food arena for the first time via a deal with One Stop Halal.

Party foods firm wins £675k to create 15 jobs

Frank Dale Foods has secured £675,000 to fund the creation of 15 jobs and double its turnover to £7M in the next five years, according to chairman Nigel Cushion.

Heart of England Fine Foods to fold

Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) is facing voluntary liquidation 16 years after its foundation, threatening 15 jobs.