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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.

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.

Food and drink appointments – photogallery

December has been a busy month for people moving to new jobs in the food and drink industry, with Coca-Cola, Tate & Lyle and Bakkavor making changes to their senior...

Overseas investors look to UK food sector

Overseas investors are showing an increased appetite for UK and Irish food and drink firms – aided by a low pound exchange rate following the Brexit vote – but clouds...

Brexit opportunities for ice cream manufacturer

Brexit will create new opportunities for UK food and drink manufacturers, claimed luxury ice cream producer Simply Ice Cream.

Premier Foods boss: Brexit supplier switch an ‘opportunity’

The UK’s decision to leave the EU is likely to result in import substitution as the cost of sourcing ingredients from overseas markets grows, Premier Foods chief executive Gavin Darby...

Iceland vs Iceland: frosty talks, as retailer hits back

Iceland Foods has claimed the Icelandic government had “no interest” in reaching a compromise over use of the word ‘Iceland’, after talks failed to reach a resolution on Friday (December 2)....

Chaucer acquired by Japanese firm in £95M deal

Food ingredients manufacturer Chaucer has been acquired by a Japanese instant food producer and distributor, in a deal worth more than $120M (£95.4M).

Iceland vs Iceland: Retailer to fly to country for talks

Iceland Foods is preparing to fly to Reykjavik to begin talks with the Icelandic government over its legal challenge on the retailer’s name.

Food export plan ‘must be delivered quickly’: BFFF

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has urged the government to deliver quickly its food and drink export plan, after a survey revealed less than half its members thought Brexit...

Former 2 Sisters boss founds frozen food firm

Former 2 Sisters Food Group finance boss Craig Tomkinson has launched online food company Thyme to target frozen food sales.