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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.

Confusion about origin and added water labelling

EU legislation designed to avoid consumers being mislead about the country of origin of ingredients contained in compound foods they purchase is likely to cause headaches for food manufacturers, according...

FSA says industry must carry campylobacter costs

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is looking to transfer the high cost burden of surveying supermarket fresh chicken for contamination with the food poisoning bacterium campylobacter onto the industry itself,...

Convenience sales help Greencore to 7.2% growth

Strong convenience sales has helped Greencore achieve a 7.2% boost in revenue to £356M and 6.8% in constant currency, for the 13 weeks to December 25 2015.

Bakkavor ownership shake-up

Bakkavor’s founders have teamed up with one of the world’s largest hedge fund firms to buy out Icelandic institutions in a deal worth £163M.

Dragons’ Den: Baked beans business wins backing

Baked beans entrepreneur Ben Mason secured investment in his company after a fierce bidding war on TV show Dragons’ Den last night (January 24).

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Four reasons to stay in the EU: Greencore boss

Four factors explain why the food and drink industry would be much better off if the UK voted to retain EU membership rather than opting to leave, Greencore ceo Patrick...

300 Bakkavor jobs under threat: union

More than 300 Bakkavor jobs are under threat after the chilled food manufacturer lost a significant amount of business from Tesco, according to the GMB union. 

Firefighters called to fire at 2 Sisters factory

Firefighters have been called to a fire involving an industrial oven at a ready meals factory owned by 2 Sisters.

News in brief

Greencore brings Santa alive at Yorks primary school

Chilled convenience food manufacturer Greencore has donated gifts of chocolate, cakes and wine to support a Christmas Craft Fair at a primary School near its north Yorkshire factory.

Brexit may hit cross-border trade: Greencore

Britain exiting the EU could complicate the cross-border trade of food ingredients, warns Greencore chief financial officer Alan Williams. 

Tesco to slash sugar content in more children’s food

Tesco is to roll out sugar reduction targets to its own-label suppliers in new categories of food and drink in the New Year, following the success it has achieved in...

Waitrose recalls mint sauce that may contain glass

Waitrose has been forced to recall jars of mint sauce that may contain shards of glass, as a number of supermarkets were hit by recalls this week.

Greencore to open new US food plant and research centre

Chilled convenience and food-to-go firm Greencore plans to open a new manufacturing facility and innovation centre near Seattle next year, creating more than 50 jobs.

BRF plans chilled jv in eastern Europe

BRF, the world’s 10th largest food company accounting for 14% of all poultry traded on the planet, is considering a new chilled food joint venture (jv) in central or eastern...

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.