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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.

£60M acquisition of chilled food distributor NFT

23-Apr-2014 - Chilled food distributor NFT has been snapped up by private equity investor EmergeVest in a deal valuing the business at more than £60M.

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Foodex skills debate highlights the challenge

28-Mar-2014 - A more co-ordinated approach to attracting youngsters into food and drink manufacturing, and greater efforts by firms to promote the benefits of working in the sector were two of the key themes to emerge from the Big Video Debate on ‘Plugging the skills gap’ at Foodex.

2 Sisters factory investment much needed

21-Mar-2014 - 2 Sisters' multi-million pound factory investment in its Cavaghan & Gray factory will help to restore investment to the business, which had fallen to seriously low levels in recent years, said a leading analyst.

2 Sisters creates 90 new jobs in factory expansion plan

21-Mar-2014 - The 2 Sisters’ Food Group is to create 90 new jobs, as part of a multimillion pound expansion of its Cavaghan & Gray production site at Riverbank, Carlise.

Greencore to boost US business with new factory

19-Mar-2014 - Chilled food manufacturer Greencore is to boost its US business with the construction of a greenfield factory development at Quonset, Rhode Island.

Food firms could pay for supermarket price wars

19-Mar-2014 - Morrisons has refused to confirm or deny suggestions it is preparing to slash suppliers’ prices, in a bid to combat discounters Aldi and Lidl, as top analysts predict food manufacturers could fall victim to a supermarket price war.

Call for more research into foodborne viruses

06-Mar-2014 - More needs to be done to improve the understanding of foodborne viral infections such as norovirus, hepatitis A and hepatitis E so that they can be better prevented and controlled, according to scientific experts who advise the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Indulgence Patisserie’s £2.5M plant to add up to 30 jobs

26-Feb-2014 - Desserts business Indulgence Patisserie aims to create 25–30 jobs in the next three years after completing a new factory next to its existing Colchester facility.

Greencore pours millions into US frozen food-to-go

26-Feb-2014 - Greencore has invested millions of pounds in US frozen food-to-go manufacturing as it seeks to build on its success in the market.

Taskforce set up to save 900 jobs at 2 Sisters Corby

11-Feb-2014 - 2 Sisters Food Group is battling to save 913 jobs at its Corby plant as trade union, local council and government representatives unite in a desperate bid to stop its closure.

Shoppers urged not to demonise packaging

10-Feb-2014 - Consumers should not demonise food packaging, because it could prolong shelf-life, reducing the amount of products needlessly binned, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Billington Group snaps up TSC Foods

03-Feb-2014 - The Billington Group has strengthened its food portfolio by snapping up TSC Foods, the firm behind Glorious! soup for an undisclosed sum.

UK employment figures don’t dent food vacancies

31-Jan-2014 - The skills gap in the food and drink manufacturing sector has not shrunk, despite the latest government statistics showing that UK unemployment overall has fallen.

Interactive timeline tracks Greencore’s growth

15-Jan-2014 - Greencore’s share price hit an all-time high of 229.00p this month, a massive increase from 50p in 2012.

Greencore sees growth in ‘food-to-go’

06-Jan-2014 - Greencore is expected to improve its financial performance over the coming year as its new focus on ‘food-to-go’ products both in the UK and US gathers momentum. Most City analysts have predicted a positive outlook for the Irish own-label convenience foods group.

Greencore targets $0.5bn to $1bn US sales by 2019

23-Dec-2013 - Greencore’s plans to grow its ‘food-to-go’ sales in the US to a business worth between $0.5M and $1bn over the next five years are on track, according to its ceo Patrick Coveney.

News in brief

Bakkavor sells ready meals business in Czech Republic

20-Dec-2013 - Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has sold Heli Food Fresh, its ready meals operation in the Czech Republic, for an undisclosed sum.

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Food firm's microwaveable investment

02-Dec-2013 - Taste Inc microwaveable snacks were the brainchild of Adrian Wilson. He tells Gary Scattergood how they are broadening CP Foods’ customer base

Morrisons invests millions in fresh food processing

02-Dec-2013 - Morrisons has invested more than £31M over 18 months in its Farmers Boy fresh food processing facilities in Bradford, creating 150 jobs, and plans further investment in jobs and production.

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Food manufacturing excellence awards – in pictures

27-Nov-2013 - Premier Foods was the big winner at this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – picking up the awards for Food manufacturing company of the year, Ambient manufacturing company of the year and Training programme of the year.

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Mash Direct wins Most innovative small food manufacturer title

27-Nov-2013 - Mash Direct has won the coveted title Most innovative small food or drink manufacturer of the year in the industry Oscars – Food Manufacture’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Greencore’s US growth to be driven by 7-Eleven and Starbucks

27-Nov-2013 - US retailers 7-Eleven and Starbucks will fuel Greencore’s transatlantic growth, predicts its chief financial officer Alan Williams.

Greencore shrugs off horsegate in full year results

26-Nov-2013 - Greencore’s full-year results reveal both the resilience of the convenience foods sector, after the horsemeat scandal, and the potential for earnings per share growth next year, according to City analyst Panmure Gordon.

Bakkavor tackles accusations it is overworking staff

06-Nov-2013 - Bakkavor has defended itself against claims it is overworking employees at its Harrow pizza factory, levelled against it by the GMB trades union, which argues it is breaking EU employment law.

Join the chilled food 'revolution'

05-Nov-2013 - Greencore Prepared Meals claims to have revolutionised chilled ready meals with the development of retorted meals with peelable film. The firm makes retorted chilled meals for customers such as Weight Watchers and retailer own-label.

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