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.
28-Mar-2014 - 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 key themes to emerge from the Big Video Debate on ‘Plugging the skills gap’ at Foodex.
21-Mar-2014 - 2 Sisters' multi-million pound factory investment in its Cavaghan & Gray factory will help to restore investment to the business, which had fallen to seriously low levels in recent years, said a leading analyst.
21-Mar-2014 - The 2 Sisters’ Food Group is to create 90 new jobs, as part of a multimillion pound expansion of its Cavaghan & Gray production site at Riverbank, Carlise.
19-Mar-2014 - Chilled food manufacturer Greencore is to boost its US business with the construction of a greenfield factory development at Quonset, Rhode Island.
19-Mar-2014 - Morrisons has refused to confirm or deny suggestions it is preparing to slash suppliers’ prices, in a bid to combat discounters Aldi and Lidl, as top analysts predict food manufacturers could fall victim to a supermarket price war.
06-Mar-2014 - More needs to be done to improve the understanding of foodborne viral infections such as norovirus, hepatitis A and hepatitis E so that they can be better prevented and controlled, according to scientific experts who advise the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
26-Feb-2014 - Desserts business Indulgence Patisserie aims to create 25–30 jobs in the next three years after completing a new factory next to its existing Colchester facility.
26-Feb-2014 - Greencore has invested millions of pounds in US frozen food-to-go manufacturing as it seeks to build on its success in the market.
11-Feb-2014 - 2 Sisters Food Group is battling to save 913 jobs at its Corby plant as trade union, local council and government representatives unite in a desperate bid to stop its closure.
10-Feb-2014 - Consumers should not demonise food packaging, because it could prolong shelf-life, reducing the amount of products needlessly binned, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
03-Feb-2014 - The Billington Group has strengthened its food portfolio by snapping up TSC Foods, the firm behind Glorious! soup for an undisclosed sum.
31-Jan-2014 - The skills gap in the food and drink manufacturing sector has not shrunk, despite the latest government statistics showing that UK unemployment overall has fallen.
15-Jan-2014 - Greencore’s share price hit an all-time high of 229.00p this month, a massive increase from 50p in 2012.
06-Jan-2014 - Greencore is expected to improve its financial performance over the coming year as its new focus on ‘food-to-go’ products both in the UK and US gathers momentum. Most City analysts have predicted a positive outlook for the Irish own-label convenience foods group.
23-Dec-2013 - Greencore’s plans to grow its ‘food-to-go’ sales in the US to a business worth between $0.5M and $1bn over the next five years are on track, according to its ceo Patrick Coveney.
20-Dec-2013 - Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has sold Heli Food Fresh, its ready meals operation in the Czech Republic, for an undisclosed sum.
02-Dec-2013 - Taste Inc microwaveable snacks were the brainchild of Adrian Wilson. He tells Gary Scattergood how they are broadening CP Foods’ customer base
02-Dec-2013 - Morrisons has invested more than £31M over 18 months in its Farmers Boy fresh food processing facilities in Bradford, creating 150 jobs, and plans further investment in jobs and production.
27-Nov-2013 - Premier Foods was the big winner at this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – picking up the awards for Food manufacturing company of the year, Ambient manufacturing company of the year and Training programme of the year.
27-Nov-2013 - Mash Direct has won the coveted title Most innovative small food or drink manufacturer of the year in the industry Oscars – Food Manufacture’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).
27-Nov-2013 - US retailers 7-Eleven and Starbucks will fuel Greencore’s transatlantic growth, predicts its chief financial officer Alan Williams.
26-Nov-2013 - Greencore’s full-year results reveal both the resilience of the convenience foods sector, after the horsemeat scandal, and the potential for earnings per share growth next year, according to City analyst Panmure Gordon.
06-Nov-2013 - Bakkavor has defended itself against claims it is overworking employees at its Harrow pizza factory, levelled against it by the GMB trades union, which argues it is breaking EU employment law.
05-Nov-2013 - Greencore Prepared Meals claims to have revolutionised chilled ready meals with the development of retorted meals with peelable film. The firm makes retorted chilled meals for customers such as Weight Watchers and retailer own-label.
16-Oct-2013 - Palmer & Harvey (P&H) has nailed a multi-million pound rolling chilled food contract with Tesco subsidiary One Stop.