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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.

Bakkavor confident of ‘good Christmas momentum’

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor expects good Christmas sales despite tough trading conditions arising from the continuing sharp competition between retailers, according to its third quarter results for the 39...

Greencore to invest £12M in new manufacturing unit

Greencore plans to invest £12M in building a new manufacturing unit at its food-to-go site in Northampton.

Food-to-go drives growth for Greencore

Greencore's convenience foods division has achieved a 6% rise in like-for-like revenue to reach £1,290.2M in results for the year ended September 25 2015.

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars – in pictures

Moy Park, Premier Foods and 2 Sisters Food Group were among the 11 businesses that graced the stage at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) earlier this month to collect...

Delia Smith quiet on Jus-Rol factory workers’ appeal

TV chef Delia Smith is ‘too busy’ to intervene in a dispute between General Mills and workers at its Tweedmouth factory, which manufactures Just-Rol pastry, following the manufacturer’s plans to...

Greencore fined £40k for severed fingers

Food to go business Greencore has been fined £40,000 after one of its workers had two fingers severed in a workplace accident, due to safety failings.

S&A Foods enters administration after Asda contract loss

S&A Foods has been forced to enter administration after Asda cancelled its contract for the firm’s chilled, ethnic ready meals.

Samworth Brothers boosts sales by 6%

Samworth Brothers boosted sales by nearly 6% last year after gaining additional business and making investments to improve its manufacturing process.

Dip maker invests £9M in factory, creating 100 jobs

Chilled dip and sandwich filling maker Zorba Delicacies has announced plans to invest £9M in a new factory, creating 100 jobs.

Bakkavor management scheme accepts 22 recruits

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has welcomed 22 new recruits onto its Accelerated Management Scheme (AMS) this autumn.

F-Gas regulations cause refrigerant cost increases

Frozen and chilled food manufacturers could face sharp rises in the running costs of some types of refrigerators because of new EU regulations.

Amazon Fresh a precursor to ‘more significant’ blow for retailers

Amazon Fresh will pave the way for its Dash service, which automatically orders used items in household fridges and freezers, delivering a further blow to British supermarkets.

Samworth Brothers buys sports nutrition firm

Samworth Brothers, the maker of Ginsters pasties, has acquired the owner of sports nutrition brand SCI-MX for an undisclosed sum.

Quorn snapped up by Filipino company for £550M

Quorn Foods has been sold to Filipino branded consumer goods company Monde Nissin for £550M, ending months of speculation.

Amazon Fresh finally launches – in Birmingham

Amazon has chosen Birmingham as the long-awaited UK launch city for its Amazon Fresh food delivery business.

Sausages and pasties recalled due to label errors

Sausages containing wheat and celery were among the products recalled due to incorrect labelling over the past week.

2 Sisters to spend £55M on ready meals boost

2 Sisters Food Group plans to rebuild a key manufacturing site as a part of a £55M investment to expand its ready meals, soups and sauces division.

Morrisons c-stores’ prospective buyer sets out vision

The prospective buyer of Morrisons’s convenience stores has set out his team's vision for the business and pledged to safeguard thousands of jobs.

Quorn lifts capacity by 50% to meet surge in US sales

Quorn Foods has revealed a 50% increase in production capacity to meet a surge in global sales – particularly from the US and Europe – but has remained silent on...

Quorn quiet on reports of takeover bid

Quorn Foods is remaining quiet on reports that acquisition firm Nomad Foods and chip giant McCain Foods are preparing takeover bids for the meat-free food manufacturer, as it revealed a...

Dragons’ Den veggie sausage pitch not ‘misleading’

Dragons’ Den reject and vegetarian sausage entrepreneur Rachel Wicklow has slammed claims she misled the TV investors by failing to explain the bigger company structure behind her vegetarian sausages range....

Morrisons could face huge bill if c-stores sold

Morrisons could face a multi-million pound bill if the retailer tries to offload its M local convenience stores (c-stores), according to recent media reports.

Ballymaguire Foods creates 100 jobs in output boost

Chilled ready meal producer Ballymaguire Foods has started constructing a new factory as part of plans to create 100 jobs and boost sales in the UK and Ireland, the firm’s...

Healthy ready meals founder fights scepticism

The founder of a healthy ready meal start­-up has spoken of her fight against scepticism from some sectors of the food manufacturing industry.  

Calais crisis: quick-to-market routes for food

As plans for ‘quick-to-market’ routes for vehicles carrying key consignments, including fresh produce, get under way in Kent, the Scottish government’s fisheries and food secretary Richard Lochhead has urged the...