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Frozen savoury, desserts and ice cream have long had an image problem of ‘cheapness’. But the sector is fighting back with new top of the range products. Frozen is also tapping into issues of food waste by promoting the longevity of its products, while addressing carbon footprint concerns by the adoption of new energy efficiency refrigerant technologies.

Fire crews called to Birds Eye gas leak

Four fire engines attended an ammonia leak at a Birds Eye factory in Lowestoft in the early hours of Thursday morning (April 20).

Unilever ice cream brands boost overall sales

Unilever’s ice creams and Knorr brands helped to boost food and refreshment sales by 2.2% in its first quarter results, despite sales being impacted by this year’s late Easter.

Fish firm administration puts 37 jobs at risk

Up to 37 jobs are at risk at fish processing firm Aquila Processing, after the company was placed into administration last week.

McCain Foods in profits and sales boost

Oven chip maker McCain Foods GB has reported an 8.6% hike in profits just weeks after revealing plans to invest more than £100M in its Scarborough factory.

Gluten-free baker Genius to cut 115 jobs

Gluten-free bakery company Genius Foods has announced it will cut 115 jobs across its business, including a reported 78 jobs at its Hull factory, as it plans to end production...

Westbridge Food Group bought by Thai firm for £60M

Frozen and ready meals manufacturer Westbridge Food Group has been acquired by CPF Investment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thai firm Charoen Pokphand Foods, for about £60M.

Real Good Food acquires Brighter Foods

Real Good Food (RGF), the bakery ingredients company, has paid £9M to acquire an 84% interest in Brighter Foods, based in Tywyn in Wales.

Nomad Foods eyes acquisitions as profits fall 22.6%

Nomad Foods, owner of Birds Eye and Findus, reported a 22.6% fall in profits in its fourth quarter of 2016, but claims to be considering strategic acquisitions in 2017.

Yearsley to build £65M cold store in Peterborough

Yearsley Logistics is set to start work on the first phase of its 150,000 pallet £65M cold store development in Peterborough this September.

Easter product launches by food and drink firms

The run up to Easter this year saw chocolate treats and British sweets lead this month’s photogallery of new product development (NPD) from food and drink manufacturers.

McCain plans £100M investment in Scarborough

McCain is to invest more than £100M in its Scarborough factory, after revealing plans to expand the site in North Yorkshire.

Unilever review likely to lead to food disposals

Unilever’s top-to-bottom review of its business following the rejection of the £115bn bid from US Kraft Heinz earlier this week is likely to lead to the Anglo-Dutch company disposing of...

Job cuts in the food and drink industry – in pictures

More than 2,000 job cuts have been proposed in the food manufacturing industry since the beginning of this year. 

Asda accused of Slimming World trade mark breach

Asda is to face a legal challenge from Slimming World over the “unlawful” use of trade marks on its new diet food range.

McCain Foods’s roof ablaze in Peterborough fire

Three fire crews were called to a blaze at McCain’s Whittlesey, Peterborough factory on January 27, after the roof set alight.

McCain Foods plans to cut 74 jobs

McCain Foods plans to cut 74 jobs at its Scarborough site, after it proposed to close a loss-making facility.

Iceland HQ investment to ‘benefit suppliers’

Iceland’s suppliers are to benefit directly from the retailer’s second phase of a £5M investment programme at its headquarters in Deeside, Wales, claimed the retailer.

‘Potentially unsafe’ repackaged meat in FSA recall

A number of “potentially unsafe” frozen fish and chicken products were recalled over the weekend, after they had been repackaged in unapproved premises.

Food producers call for tax cuts on healthy food

A coalition of food and drink producers has urged the government to cut the tax on low-sugar food and drink products to 5%, following new research that revealed young adults...

Adult ice lolly firm wins £150k investment

Adult ice lolly manufacturer Ice Kitchen has landed a £150,000 investment from a Dutch confectionery retailer, to fuel the brand’s expansion in Britain.

Suspected arson attack on ice cream factory

A blaze at an ice cream factory is Bradford in currently under investigation by West Yorkshire Police, after two of its business premises were hit by arson attacks on Christmas...

Reed Boardall maintains profits despite falling sales

Yorkshire-based cold storage and transport business Reed Boardall has reported a slight fall in revenues of £64.3M for the year to March 31 2016 in its financial results released today...

Bestwick’s frozen warehouse installs ‘uptempering’ technology

Temperature controlled food storage provider Rick Bestwick has completed a £1.2M purpose-built development at its headquarters in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Firm fined £20k for Iceland ceiling fall

A firm has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 for safety failings, after one of its workers fell through the ceiling of an Iceland Foods’s store.

News in brief

Destiny Foods agrees £60M merger

Specialist desserts manufacturer Destiny Foods has completed a merger with global desserts maker La Compagnie des Desserts, to create a £60M-a-year turnover company.