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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.

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.

NFT aims to secure chilled food distribution site

Food and drink distributor NFT aims to develop a temperature-controlled dockside handling facility in the south east of England within the next 18 months.

Ragú first to use new barrier pack

The latest addition to the range of one of Britain’s oldest pasta sauces, Ragú, has become the first UK product to go on-shelf in a new type of oxygen barrier...

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Charlie Bigham’s appoints new director to build on sales growth

Posh ready meal manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s has appointed Paul Whyte as its new operations director to help build on its sales growth of 60% year-on-year for the last quarter.

Greencore’s half year results impress City

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore’s latest financial results have impressed the City – with group revenue climbing by 8.2% to reach £619.8M – as the firm announced the disposal of its...

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Greencore Northampton site to offer hundreds of jobs

Greencore’s £30M food-to-go factory at Northampton, announced yesterday (May 20), is expected to deliver hundreds of extra jobs to the region, according to the company’s chief financial officer Alan Williams....

Food manufacturing excellence awards

Wanted: food and drink manufacturing champions

This month (May) marks the formal launch of the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards, which are now open for entries.

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Millions pumped into Bakkavor salad plants

Bakkavor has invested millions of pounds in four prepared salad facilities, prompted by high demand from customers, according to chief finance officer Peter Gates.

Bakkavor first quarter growth lifted by contract wins

Bakkavor has reported strong sales and profit growth in its first financial quarter (Q1), boosted considerably by new contracts and product development in the UK.

School pupils to explore Freshtime food factory

Pupils at a Lincolnshire primary school will learn what goes on inside food factories and how vegetables are grown and processed in a new initiative with chilled food firm Freshtime.

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Adelie Foods appoints new commercial director

Chilled food manufacturer Adelie Foods has appointed John Hyman as its new group commercial director.

Cool deal for packaged products

British freezing and chilling system manufacturer Starfrost has struck an exclusive supply deal with food processing equipment specialist Milmeq in New Zealand.

Quorn Foods’s £30M investment to create 400 jobs

Quorn Foods aims to invest £30M at its Billingham site, creating 400 jobs, it claims, to keep pace with soaring consumer demand for meat-free products.

£60M acquisition of chilled food distributor NFT

Chilled food distributor NFT has been snapped up by private equity investor EmergeVest in a deal valuing the business at more than £60M.

Foodex 2014

Foodex skills debate highlights the challenge

A more co-ordinated approach to attracting youngsters into food and drink manufacturing, and greater efforts by firms to promote the benefits of working in the sector were two of the...