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.
A soup contaminated with plastic and undeclared allergens forced a number of food businesses to recall products last week, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
New product lines at Greencore’s Northampton factory helped the manufacturer boost revenue from its UK food-to-go division by 4% on a like-for-like basis in third-quarter results for the 13 weeks...
Vegetable accompaniments business Mash Direct is targeting a turnover boost of £2M in the next six months, after securing an annual deal, worth £3M, with the UK’s second biggest supermarket...
2 Sisters Food Group’s strong like-for-like sales growth for the third quarter (Q3) was boosted by a positive performance from the firm’s chilled and protein divisions, reveal its results for...
Competition regulators have approved Pork Farms’s acquisition of Kerry Foods’s chilled pastry business.
Greencore has made a multi-million pound investment at its Worksop sandwich manufacturing facility, creating 150 jobs.
Discounters Aldi and Lidl could be on a path to destruction, potentially becoming “the person they tried to beat”, if their growth is mismanaged, leading city analysts have warned.
Top food and drink brands are falling out of favour with US consumers, warns a new report from Rabobank, which offers five top tips to revitalise sales.
UK food and drink mergers and acquisitions (M&A) lost their fizz in the first four months of 2015, discounting major one-off transactions, according to financial advisory firm Oghma Partners’ latest...
Greencore is investing in longer shelf-life products to boost efficiency and cut waste and hot snacks to meet continued growth in demand for food-to-go, according to chief financial officer Alan...
Campylobacter could infect a third of the UK population at some stage during their lifetime, according to figures just released by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
The failure of a potato blanching machine caused the contamination of one of Swancote Foods’s potato products with small bits of metal, prompting the recall of several retail own-label lines....
Fears have been raised about the wider possible contamination of frozen food with the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in Europe, and the potentially deadly threat this poses to vulnerable individuals, following serious...
Two Kerry Foods ingredients deals were clinched in the past month, the company reported in an interim statement.
Own-label food producer Bakkavor has installed a custom-designed chilling system for pizza production from Starfrost as part of investment in new equipment and facilities.
Sainsbury is redesigning its in-store fridges drawing on aerodynamic technology built into Formula One (F1) racing cars from Williams Advanced Engineering to make them more energy efficient.
Ready meals and food-to-go sales soared at Waitrose last week, with Bigham’s and Waitrose own-label Traditional British lines achieving strong sales growth.
The finalists of Ecotrophelia UK 2015 – a competition which challenges students to develop new eco-friendly food – have been announced by the Institute of Food Science & Technology and Campden BRI.
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.
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’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).
There are many threats to the food and drink sector, but CFA director Kaarin Goodburn tells Nicholas Robinson the skills gap is the biggest
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 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 Foods has attributed a surge in sales over January to increased demand for more sustainable diets.