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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.

Unite: Bakkavor firm’s redundancy pay ‘insulting’

Trades union Unite has attacked Yorkshire Fresh Fruits (YFF) for offering an ‘insulting’ £50 on top of statutory redundancy pay for hourly paid workers when it closes in June.

Food distributor NR Evans creates 60 jobs

Chilled food distributor NR Evans has created more than 60 jobs in an expansion of its operation backed by a £3M lending facility from Lloyds Bank.

Pork Farms and Kerry Foods deal set to clear

Pork Farms’s purchase of Kerry Foods’s chilled savoury pastry factories at Poole, Dorset, and Spalding in Lincolnshire, has been provisionally cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).


Chilled Food boss on recruitment mission

There are many threats to the food and drink sector, but CFA director Kaarin Goodburn tells Nicholas Robinson the skills gap is the biggest

Adelie Foods snapped up by HIG Capital

HIG Capital has agreed to acquire Adelie Foods in a deal that sees it take over a majority share in the chilled food-to-go business, owner of Food Partners.

Bakkavor resists cost increases to grow market share

Bakkavor has boosted its UK market share for the third consecutive year, despite battling rising input costs, according to results for its fourth financial quarter (Q4).

Quorn sees January sales surge

Quorn Foods has attributed a surge in sales over January to increased demand for more sustainable diets.

Willowbrook Fine Foods creates 55 jobs

Willowbrook Fine Foods aims to create 55 jobs in a £2.3M investment representing “a significant boost” to Northern Ireland’s economy, according to its enterprise, trade and investment minister Arlene Foster.

Rare burger consumption forces FSA to revise advice

The growing trend for serving rare burgers in restaurants across the country has raised serious concerns by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) about the increased risk of food poisoning through...

Chilled food helps Greencore beat chilly market

Chilled products and food-to-go drove Greencore’s global growth in its first financial quarter (Q1), the company has reported.

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Dalton Philips’ departure from Morrisons leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Bakkavor workers celebrate £1M National Lottery win

A group of lucky 13 workers at Bakkavor’s Spalding factory are celebrating winning £1M on the EuroMillions National Lottery.

Business Leaders' Forum

Greencore ceo: profit collapse a top industry trend

A “catastrophic collapse” in retail profitability was one of five top food industry trends highlighted by Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum on January 20.

Time is running out for setting effective MRLs

If the food industry does not act on the EU’s potential imposition of Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for disinfectants soon, it will be too late, Chilled Food Association (CFA) director...

News in brief

Bigham's to launch single portion meals

Upmarket ready meal manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s is planning to launch four of its dishes in single portion versions in March.

Greggs is a 2014 star, as supermarkets struggle

Greggs delivered a strong performance in 2014 with its food-to-go format, underlining the strong growth in convenience channels.

News in brief

Bakkavor buys US prepared food firm

Bakkavor has bought US own-label prepared foods firm B Robert’s Foods in a multi-million pound deal as the UK chilled food firm seeks to boost its business in the region....

Food can’t boost M&S’s ‘dismal’ performance

Marks and Spencer’s “dismal” performance was lessened by strong food sales, but the posh retailer’s weak online business could be troublesome, city analysts have warned.

Probiotic term could reappear on yogurt in UK

The term ‘probiotic’ could make a re-appearance on pots of yogurt on sale in UK supermarkets, if Italy is successful in getting approval for its use as a ‘generic descriptor’.

2 Sisters Food Group slammed for supplier letter

2 Sisters Food Group faces criticism from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) after BBC’s Newsnight programme revealed a letter to suppliers claiming they could wait over four months for...

2 Sisters Food Group’s green plan creates 150 jobs

2 Sisters Food Group is investing millions of pounds in a green initiative that looks set to create 150 jobs as well as dramatically slashing its energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

Food manufacturing Oscar winners in pictures

Irish meat firm Dawn Meats was the big winner at the 2014 Food manufacturing excellence awards, earlier this month, picking up the Environmental initiative of the year and the overall...

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FMEAs 2014 video highlights

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing, last month (Thursday November 20).

Samworth Brothers restructures and adds 370 jobs

Samworth Brothers has split its Walkers Midshire Foods division into two separate businesses: Walkers Deli and Walkers Sausage Co, while separately announcing the creation of 370 jobs at another facility.

FSA campylobacter results make grim reading

Tests show campylobacter contamination increased substantially over the summer in shop-bought raw chicken and the food industry must do more to tackle the problem, according to the Food Standards Agency...