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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.

2 Sisters owner blames ‘tough’ market for profits fall

2 Sisters Food Group’s parent company, Boparan Holdings, reported a 17.8% drop in like-for-like operating profit in its second quarter trading update, blaming currency fluctuations and the “very tough” trading environment....

Apetito invests £31M in factory and creates 40 jobs

Food manufacturer Apetito has invested £31M in its south-west factory to increase capacity and efficiency, creating about 40 jobs.

Unilever ‘to sell’ spreads brands after review

Unilever may sell its Flora, Stork and Bertolli brands as part of its comprehensive review, according to reports, prompting the GMB union to urge the manufacturer to avoid a cost-cutting “slash...

Greencore appoints former US ambassador

Greencore has appointed a former US ambassador as non-executive director with immediate effect.

Undeclared allergens spark food recalls – gallery

A number of food recalls have been sparked by undeclared allergens this month, covered in this photogallery.

Frank Dale Foods bought to secure ‘most’ of 57 jobs

Party food manufacturer Frank Dale Foods has been bought by Finedale Foods after entering liquidation, securing “most” of the firm’s 57 jobs.

Chefs’ Choice Awards: meet the winners

The inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards last night in central London celebrated foodservice sector innovation. Meet the winners, highly-rated entries and the finalists.

Union wants urgent Bakkavor talks over 300 job cuts

The Unite union has requested an urgent meeting with Bakkavor management after the manufacturer revealed plans to axe 300 jobs at Welcome Foods last week.

Bakkavor to cut 300 jobs at Welcome Foods

Bakkavor plans to close its Welcome Foods ingredients plant in Nottinghamshire, putting about 300 jobs at risk.

Dawn Farms to create 150 jobs after £21M investment

Cooked meat ingredients maker Dawn Farms will recruit 150 new workers over the next five years, after a €25M (£21.3M) investment.

Frank Dale Foods calls in liquidator: 57 jobs at risk

Party food manufacturer Frank Dale Foods will appoint a liquidator on Tuesday (February 28), unless a buyer can be found, putting 57 jobs at risk.

Bakkavor agrees £485M loan to repay all bank debts

Chilled foods manufacturer Bakkavor has agreed a new £485M corporate loan, to repay all its existing bank debts.

Hain Daniels to buy soup maker Yorkshire Provender

Hain Daniels – the UK subsidiary of US-based food group Hain Celestial – has agreed to buy premium soup maker Yorkshire Provender for an undisclosed fee.

Valentine’s boost for Gü Puds

Dessert manufacturer Gü Puds has forecast a 90% sales spike this Valentine’s Day, as more people opt to spend the night in with their loved ones.

Sandwich maker’s assets to be sold at auction

Sandwich manufacturer S&L Catering – which has ceased trading and appointed liquidators on February 2 – is to have its assets sold at auction.

News in brief

Greencore appoints new non-executive director

Greencore has appointed former Peacock Foods ceo Thomas Sampson as a non-executive director.

Greencore confident of mitigating Brexit threats

Greencore said it was confident of mitigating any Brexit-related cost increases, as it reported a 9.1% rise in like-for-like sales to £417M on a constant currency basis, in the 13...

Lidl to donate 2M meals a year

Discount retailer Lidl is to donate up to 2M meals a year to people facing food poverty in the UK, as part of its plans to donate food surplus to...

FMEAs 2017

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars set for November 1

Wednesday November 1 is Oscar night for the food and drink manufacturing sector at the London Hilton Park Lane.

Boparan plans for ‘toughest’ year after sales boost

Boparan Holdings – owner of 2 Sisters Food Group – is preparing for “one of our toughest” years, warned ceo Ranjit Singh, after the food giant’s parent company reported an 11.9% rise...

Me and my factory: Ramona’s Kitchen

Ramona’s Kitchen owner Ramona Hazan tells Food Manufacture how she is drawing on her heritage to create a thriving food business. 

Samworth defends sacking after union backlash

Samworth Brothers Ltd has defended its decision to sack an employee, after the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) slammed the dismissal as “shameful”, claiming the employee was sacked for...

More food industry warehouse automation needed

The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) in April and rising concerns over the future of the UK labour pool following the Brexit vote on June 23 have revealed...

Essential Fruit contracts with NFT to use its Tilbury facility

Essential Fruit has placed a contract for temperature controlled warehousing and distribution of its products throughout the UK and Europe with chilled logistics specialist NFT.

News in brief

Food truck bridge smash causes traffic chaos

A food distribution lorry has caused disruption in Northern Ireland, after it crashed into a low bridge on Monday night (November 28).