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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.

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...

Bakkavor fined £2M for worker’s death

Prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has been fined £2M for safety failings, after one of its workers died when plastic bales fell on top of him.

Irish foodservice suppliers to receive mentoring

Irish food and drink manufacturers supplying the foodservice sector are set to benefit from a new initiative from Bord Bia.

Product file

Two-compartment Indian meal tray launched

Chilled ready meals manufacturer Bakkavor Meals, based at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire, has relaunched its Tesco’s Indian Kitchen Meal for One range in perforated two-compartment trays from supplier Faerch Plast....

Tesco blames ‘manufacturing error’ for recall

Tesco blamed a “manufacturing error” after recalling a batch of its Finest Crab & Chilli Linguine, which actually contained its Finest Spaghetti Carbonara.

Robotics in food manufacture gets government boost

A new £448,850 government-funded research project has been launched to promote the use of robotics in food manufacturing, which hopes to replace labour-intensive industrial food preparation operations.

Bakkavor to recruit 100 staff at Bourne factory

Bakkavor is to hire 100 new staff at its factory in Bourne, Lincolnshire, as part of its nationwide recruitment programme.

2 Sisters tackles food waste in West Midlands

2 Sisters Food Group has teamed up with food poverty action group FareShare to deliver surplus food to charities in the West Midlands.

Food start-up competition attracts 120 firms

More than 120 global food and agriculture start-up firms are competing for a place at the agribusiness bank Rabobank’s business mentorship scheme competition, Foodbytes. 

Unilever’s Spreads sale puts ‘200 jobs at risk’

Unilever’s decision to sell off its Spreads business puts “200 jobs in Essex at risk”, claimed the Unite union.

Groceries code boss ‘has failed to deliver’

The future of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon and the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) has been put in doubt because so few investigations had been undertaken...

Gluten-free baker Genius to cut 115 jobs

Gluten-free bakery company Genius Foods has announced it will cut 115 jobs across its business, including a reported 78 jobs at its Hull factory, as it plans to end production...

2 Sisters and Bakkavor make senior appointments

2 Sisters Food Group’s UK Poultry division has promoted Gill Pendergrast to the position of retail director working with Sainsbury.

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