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Chilled foods

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.

Winterbotham Darby boosts capacity with olive deal

Winterbotham Darby has acquired chilled olive and antipasti business Alatoni in a move it claims with boost its manufacturing capacity and increase its flexibility in a popular category.

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Concern over LA budget cuts raised

Doubt about the ability of local authorities (LA) to maintain food safety during a time of increased government budget cuts has been raised.

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Ready meal firm Charlie Bigham’s boasts £26M sales

The tough retail environment would not stop posh ready meal's firm Charlie Bigham’s from investing, said the company’s founder after announcing a 46% year-on-year sales growth this week.

Supermarket listings create jobs at Chinese food firm

An increase in interest from supermarkets for Chinese foods has led to the creation of 10 new jobs and a £700,000 investment by one manufacturer.

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Boost declining sales with lower prices, retailers told

Supermarkets must work on lowering prices instead of relying on promotions, if they are to boost their declining sales, delegates at IGD’s annual Convention were told yesterday (October 7).

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Fear of speaking out against supermarkets must stop

Manufacturers must speak out against the financial pressures supermarkets place on them if they are ever to invest in automation and improve their margins, an industry boss has urged.

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Millions of pounds in fines for supermarkets: Tacon

Fines of hundreds of millions of pounds could be imposed on retailers if they are found to be in breach of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP).

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Tesco FCA investigation is ‘another black mark’

The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA’s) investigation into Tesco’s overstated half-year profit guidance is another “black mark” for the retailer, city analysts have said.

Supermarkets target fresh food to fight discounters

Fresh food is the first battleground as traditional supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury fight against stiff competition from discounters Aldi and Lidl, according to a leading food analyst.

Mash Direct adds 40 workers

Mash Direct has recruited 37 staff in the past year and aims to dramatically increase turnover and target further business wins following a new ready meal contract with Asda.

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Bakkavor trains up food industry personnel

Bakkavor has waved 220 young people through its Accelerated Management Scheme (AMS) since 1999 and is offering 135 training opportunities in September through IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future’s Skills for Work...

Almost 170 jobs go as Pasta Reale goes under

Almost 170 jobs have been lost at fresh and filled pasta processor Pasta Reale as the Sussex-based company called in administrators from BDO on August 26 after 35 years of trading.

Nestlé tightens up animal welfare practices

Nestlé has pledged to improve animal welfare standards in its supply chain, following the signature of a partnership agreement with the charity World Animal Protection.

More than 800 job cuts proposed at bakery plants

More than 800 job cuts have been proposed at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Gunstones bakery and Avana Bakeries, previously owned by 2 Sisters and now owned by Utopia Foods.

Kerry Foods sells chilled pastry assets

Pork Farms Group has bought Kerry Foods’s chilled savoury pastry factories at Poole, Dorset, and Spalding in Lincolnshire for an undisclosed sum.

Bakkavor storms ahead in fresh prepared food

Bakkavor delivered strong growth in fresh prepared food ahead of the UK market as a whole in the past financial quarter and is significantly boosting investment to support customers’ growth...

Bakkavor quiet on reports of share capital sale

Ready meal supplier Bakkavor has refused to confirm or deny media reports that it is planning to sell up to half the firm's share capital.

Changing face of retail hits Kerry Group

Consumer food sales took a hit at Kerry Group from the fragmenting retail market, despite UK brands holding up well, and overall sales growth, the firm said in its interim...

Grocontinental’s £11M investment creates 15 jobs

Food storage and distribution firm Grocontinental has invested £11M in a new warehouse and an overhaul of its fleet, creating 15 jobs.

Greencore to earn millions through disposals

Greencore is slashing its debt levels by completing deals that will net it more than £24M in the current financial year.

Indian ready meals firm S&A Foods axes 55 jobs

Indian ready meals manufacturer S&A Foods is to axe 55 jobs in a restructure of its chilled meals business, while searching for investment partners.

Wind power earns smokery thousands a year

A Cornish smokery nets £85,000 extra a year from a single 50kW wind turbine it installed in November 2012, according to its md Jon Short.

2 Sisters Corby plant a management buyout target

2 Sisters Food Group’s Solway Foods plant is the target of a management buyout by the same company formed to take over its Avana Bakeries facility: Utopia Foods.

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Iceland Manufacturing celebrates recycling progress

Iceland Manufacturing has boosted recycling at its Manchester base, which has gone from recycling none of its waste two years ago to recycling more than 95%.

Retailers help boost UK job market

There were more jobs gained than lost in the UK food and drink sector – taking into consideration manufacturing, distribution, packaging and retail – over the last six months, FoodManufacture.co.uk...