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.
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.
04-Oct-2013 - Pork Farms owner Vision Capital is fishing for prospective buyers for the chilled savoury pastry manufacturer, FoodManufacture.co.uk can exclusively reveal.
02-Oct-2013 - Congratulations to all the food and drink businesses shortlisted in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).
30-Sep-2013 - Greencore subsidiary Oldfields must pay an £18,000 fine for workplace safety failings that led to an employee losing four of his fingertips as he tried to unblock a dicing machine.
30-Sep-2013 - Irish food manufacturer Ballymaguire Foods is taking on new staff to prepare for the launch of new ready meal ranges in the UK and Ireland.
30-Sep-2013 - It was a vintage year for entries in the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEA), according to Paul Wilkinson, chairman of the judging panel.
25-Sep-2013 - Up to 350 new food manufacturing roles will be created in at Hain Daniels’s Fakenham site in Norfolk, after the firm agreed a pudding partnership with Sainsbury.
25-Sep-2013 - Essential Cuisine, the Cheshire-based supplier of stocks and sauces to the catering industry, has invested £1M in a new factory to bring production in-house and create 15 new jobs.
18-Sep-2013 - Greencore’s “resilient business model” means the food manufacturer is poised for growth, with its Food to Go business remaining the driver, says City analyst Panmure Gordon.
02-Sep-2013 - Tesco has apologised to a woman who claimed to find a live caterpillar in a bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich, bought from one of its stores in St Leonards in East Sussex last week.
30-Aug-2013 - Chilled foods firm Samworth Brothers has reassured customers that, following an acid spill at its Kensey Foods factory at Launceston, Cornwall, business has returned to normal.
28-Aug-2013 - TV chef Jamie Oliver has been slammed by the Child Poverty Action Group after his controversial remarks about the food and TV purchasing habits of low-income families.
23-Aug-2013 - Asda is stepping up its social media programme by attaching real social media comments to its Chosen By You own-label food range, while – in an unrelated move – Scottish food businesses have been invited to a free social media workshop at a local festival.
15-Aug-2013 - Growth in salads, soups, pizzas and desserts helped boost UK sales for chilled food firm Bakkavör in the six months to June 29, the company reported.
02-Aug-2013 - IAG Cargo, the business formed between British Airways Cargo and Cargo Iberia back in April 2011, has seen a dramatic rise in its perishable chilled air freight business over the past four years as imports of fruit and vegetables from Africa and Latin America have risen.
31-Jul-2013 - Greencore’s third quarter (Q3) results tell a tale of two regions, with strong progress in the US offsetting declines in its UK heartland.
10-Jul-2013 - Cheese processor Kavli is investing up to £5M in its Scottish pâté subsidiary Castle MacLellan Foods at Kirkcudbright, in Dumfries & Galloway.
05-Jul-2013 - Samworth Brothers plans to invest £10.1M in its Brooksby Foods unit in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, in the next three years, having bought a 2,973m2 plant adjacent to an existing factory there.