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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.

Calder Foods bought by US foodservice giant

Sandwich fillings and sauces manufacturer Calder Foods has been bought by US multi-national foodservice firm Flagship Food Group for an undisclosed fee.

News in brief

Charlie Bigham’s doubles sales revenue in two years

Premium ready meals manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s has more than doubled sales revenue in two years, after posting a 35% growth in its full-year financial results to September 30 2016.

Dessert firm creates 50 jobs after £1.5M investment

Premium desserts manufacturer Rhokett will create more than 50 jobs, after securing a £1.5M investment to open a third factory.

Food fraud fears on nutritional labels

Thousands of small food and drink manufacturers, including many of the 40,000 artisan producers in the UK supplying directly to consumers, could be breaking the law for illegal nutritional labelling...

Greencore offers 300 seasonal roles at desserts plant

Greencore is recruiting 300 staff to fill seasonal vacancies over the Christmas period at its Evercreech desserts plant near Shepton Mallet, Somerset.


2 Sisters’ Gunstones Bakery ‘could cut up to 524 jobs’

Convenience Foods Limited, which trades as Gunstones Bakery – one of 2 Sisters Food Group’s top divisions – is considering up to 524 redundancies, it has emerged, after the company...

Greencore appoints new finance boss

Greencore has appointed Eoin Tonge as its new chief financial officer and as a director of the group, with effect from Monday October 3.

Bakkavor advertises for 40 soups and sauces staff

Ready meal specialist Bakkavor is recruiting for 40 new full-time roles at its soups and sauces factory in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Asda's sales continue to fall, despite price cutting moves

Asda’s woes continued last month with the release of its figures for the three months to June 30, which revealed a disastrous 7.5% fall in sales the supermarket chain’s eighth...

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).


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