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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.

McCain Foods starts work on £100M expansion

McCain Foods has started work on its £100M plan to renovate its factory in Scarborough, following approval from the local council.

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Multi-head weighers for free-flowing products

A series of mid-range multi-head weighers for the high performance weighing of free-flowing and semi-sticky products for dry, fresh and frozen foods, has been launched by Ishida.

Reclosable frozen pack launched

Packaging supplier Parkside has collaborated with Northcoast Seafoods in what it claims is the ‘first to market’ reclosable pack for frozen foods. The pack uses the firm’s Parkscribe laser scribe...

Refrigeration spotlight

Frozen transport to and from Continent rises

Supply chain specialist NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics is expecting further growth in the volumes of frozen food it handles both into and out of the UK.

Refrigeration spotlight

Get ready for cooling directive change

Food and drink manufacturers have been urged by temperature control systems specialist ICS Cool Energy to upgrade their process cooling systems in the run-up to planned changes to the Ecodesign...

Retail frozen food sales grow to £5.8bn

Retail sales of British frozen food have grown 3% in the past year to £5.8bn, according to new statistics from Kantar Worldpanel.  

The Big Interview

Frozen food has hot prospects: new BFFF boss

New British Frozen Food Federation boss John Hyman tells Noli Dinkovski that manufacturers have a huge opportunity to grow the £8bn sector further

New food development centre to create 250 jobs

Plans for a new £11.3M food and drink development centre in Somerset that would create up to 250 jobs have been given the go ahead, after receiving planning permission from...

Ice cream firm to grow workforce after six-figure investment

Ice cream manufacturer Northern Bl°c has secured a six-figure investment from Santander Business Banking, it was confirmed today (July 5), to grow its workforce and develop new products.

Seafood maker and pub supplier win frozen food awards

A seafood producer located near the Humber estuary and a Manchester-based supplier to JD Wetherspoon have scooped the top prizes at an annual awards that celebrates the best in frozen...

Beechdean scoops up ice cream firm

Beechdean Group has acquired 50% of ice cream manufacturer Lovingtons, in a joint venture designed to grow investment and boost the manufacturing capabilities of the company. 

Lomond buys food distribution business

Lomond – owner of bakery Cake – has acquired wholesale food distribution business Hall’s Direct, in a deal that will boost Lomond’s annual turnover to more than £30M.

Police investigate food factory ‘slave labour’ claims

About 70 people suspected of being abused for slave labour at a Birmingham food factory have been safeguarded by West Midlands Police, after a raid yesterday (May 23).

Ice cream maker in £700,000 deal to supply Sainsbury

Ice cream manufacturer Mackie’s of Scotland has secured a £700,000 deal with Sainsbury to supply it with honeycomb-flavoured ice cream.

Meat substitute market to grow to £4bn

The meat substitute market will reach global sales of £4bn ($5.2bn) by 2020, according to a new report from Allied Market Research.

Chilled food demand hots up: cold storage specialist

Chilled foods continue to find favour with UK consumers, it has emerged, following news from temperature-controlled food specialist Rick Bestwick that it is handling more chilled products than ever before.

Fraud costs food firms £12bn a year

The food and drink industry could be losing up to £12bn a year to fraud, according to a new report published this week.

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.