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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.

M&S unveils new Christmas range

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has unveiled its new Christmas food range, describing it as the “must-have” collection.

Hain Daniels increases its contract hire fleet

The Hain Daniels Group has boosted its chilled distribution fleet by adding 10 trucks and seven trailers from Ryder, increasing its contract hire fleet to 22 trucks and 10 trailers.

Icelandic Seachill to make 86 redundancies after M&S contract loss

Icelandic Seachill, the seafood supplier, has revealed it is to make 86 redundancies and close its deli site in Grimsby in the wake of losing a large contract with Marks...

Unite pledges to fight for jobs at 2 Sisters’ pizza factory

Unite has pledged ‘to leave no stone unturned’ to save the 325 jobs under threat at 2 Sisters’ pizza factory in Nottingham.

2 Sisters pizza factory to consult over 350 job losses

2 Sisters’ pizza factory in Nottingham is to consult over the possible loss of 350 jobs.

Cheese firm: E.coli link based on ‘malicious prejudice’ from HPS

The owner of Errington Cheese, whose Dunsyre Blue cheese was recently linked to an E.coli outbreak, has accused Health Protection Scotland (HPS) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) of having a campaign against...

Bakkavor sales rise 3.2% in second quarter

Bakkavor has reported a 3.2% rise in second-quarter sales, boosted by strong international revenues.

Bakkavor row sparks union protest at Sainsbury

Bakkavor workers belonging to the GMB union plan to protest outside Sainsbury’s London headquarters on Friday (August 12), as part of a row over changes to their pay and conditions.

2 Sisters boss welcomes new apprentice plan

The new Industry Approved Apprenticeship Programmes (IAAP) for the food and drink industry “puts employers in the driving seat with regards to standards”, says 2 Sisters Food Group’s people and change...

Unilever navigates some choppy seas

Unilever’s results for the first half of 2016 have shown profitable growth in what it claimed were challenging markets particularly in Europe, where underlying sales were flat and volume growth...

NFT expands its UK network with NR Evans acquisition

NFT Distribution Group, the chilled UK third-party logistics provider, last month acquired NR Evans (Holdings), in a deal that valued the business at more than £20M

New pots for food-to-go at Tesco

Food packaging suppliers Faerch Plast and Colpac recently joined forces to develop a new pack design in conjunction with fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor for a new Tesco food-to-go range.

Cooling system energy check service launched

A specialist energy surveillance service has been launched by Industrial Refrigeration Services (IRS) to help large food manufacturers plan for a greener future with a reduced carbon footprint and energy...

Cheese firm rebuilds factory destroyed in fire

Abergavenny Fine Foods opened its new factory on July 7, a year after fire destroyed the company’s goat’s cheese production at Blaenavon, south east Wales.

Food-to-go offers £16bn opportunity for firms

The UK’s rapidly expanding food-to-go sector could provide key opportunities to grow sales from a market predicted to reach £16.1bn before the end of the year.

Greencore sales rise 4% in third-quarter results

Greencore Group has reported 4% growth in third-quarter sales, after announcing its acquisition of The Sandwich Factory on Monday (July 25).

Premier Foods’s shares ‘undervalued after good Q1’

Premier Foods’s shares are undervalued following its first-quarter trading update, according to city analyst Shore Capital.

Wraps recalled over potentially fatal bacteria

Lytham Foods has recalled a number of its Freshbite wraps after concerns over the company’s safety procedures to prevent harmful levels of bacteria in its products.

Greencore buys Cranswick’s sandwich business

Greencore Group has acquired The Sandwich Factory from Cranswick for £15M, as part of its strategy to boost its food-to-go business. 

Bakkavor slams union protest at Tesco headquarters

Chilled ready meals supplier Bakkavor has slammed the GMB union’s plans to protest at Tesco’s headquarters on Friday (July 15), over alleged changes to the pay and conditions of its...

Your chance to win a food manufacturing Oscar

The deadline is fast approaching to enter the 2016 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards the industry’s Oscars, which recognise outstanding achievement and the very best people and companies in the business.

Bakkavor recalls chilled guacamole over salmonella fear

Bakkavor recently recalled a number of chilled guacamole products due to the possible presence of salmonella.

My Local may enter administration: 1,650 jobs at risk

Convenience store chain My Local may enter into administration, putting 1,650 jobs at risk.

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Uber’s food delivery service ‘offers opportunities’

Uber’s new food delivery service UberEats, which launched in the London area last week (June 16), will need to be “compelling” to convert users but could offer a new opportunity for food...