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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.

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.

Westbridge Food Group bought by Thai firm for £60M

Frozen and ready meals manufacturer Westbridge Food Group has been acquired by CPF Investment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thai firm Charoen Pokphand Foods, for about £60M.

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‘Our manufacturing Oscars boosted productivity and sales’

Winning a food and drink manufacturing Oscar boosted Mash Direct’s productivity and sales, says its director Jack Hamilton.

Tesco fined £129M for market abuse

Supermarket giant Tesco’s subsidiary, Tesco Stores Ltd, has agreed to pay a £129M fine in order to avoid prosecution for market abuse, after overstating its profits in 2014.

Vietnam is the fastest-growing convenience market

Asia’s fastest growing convenience market is Vietnam – which is set to achieve annual growth of 37.4% over the next four years – according to grocery think-tank IGD.

2 Sisters owner blames ‘tough’ market for profits fall

2 Sisters Food Group’s parent company, Boparan Holdings, reported a 17.8% drop in like-for-like operating profit in its second quarter trading update, blaming currency fluctuations and the “very tough” trading environment....

Apetito invests £31M in factory and creates 40 jobs

Food manufacturer Apetito has invested £31M in its south-west factory to increase capacity and efficiency, creating about 40 jobs.

Unilever ‘to sell’ spreads brands after review

Unilever may sell its Flora, Stork and Bertolli brands as part of its comprehensive review, according to reports, prompting the GMB union to urge the manufacturer to avoid a cost-cutting “slash...

Greencore appoints former US ambassador

Greencore has appointed a former US ambassador as non-executive director with immediate effect.

Undeclared allergens spark food recalls – gallery

A number of food recalls have been sparked by undeclared allergens this month, covered in this photogallery.

Frank Dale Foods bought to secure ‘most’ of 57 jobs

Party food manufacturer Frank Dale Foods has been bought by Finedale Foods after entering liquidation, securing “most” of the firm’s 57 jobs.

Chefs’ Choice Awards: meet the winners

The inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards last night in central London celebrated foodservice sector innovation. Meet the winners, highly-rated entries and the finalists.

Union wants urgent Bakkavor talks over 300 job cuts

The Unite union has requested an urgent meeting with Bakkavor management after the manufacturer revealed plans to axe 300 jobs at Welcome Foods last week.

Bakkavor to cut 300 jobs at Welcome Foods

Bakkavor plans to close its Welcome Foods ingredients plant in Nottinghamshire, putting about 300 jobs at risk.

Dawn Farms to create 150 jobs after £21M investment

Cooked meat ingredients maker Dawn Farms will recruit 150 new workers over the next five years, after a €25M (£21.3M) investment.

Frank Dale Foods calls in liquidator: 57 jobs at risk

Party food manufacturer Frank Dale Foods will appoint a liquidator on Tuesday (February 28), unless a buyer can be found, putting 57 jobs at risk.

Bakkavor agrees £485M loan to repay all bank debts

Chilled foods manufacturer Bakkavor has agreed a new £485M corporate loan, to repay all its existing bank debts.