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.
10-Jun-2013 - Iceland Foods has big plans for its processing arm and exports that will put reports of falling annual profits and weak sales growth into perspective, according to one director.
05-Jun-2013 - Tesco continues to struggle across Europe, with like-for-like sales excluding petrol down 5.5% as “tough economic conditions, challenging competitors and over-dependence upon out-of-favour hypermarkets” take their toll.
04-Jun-2013 - Ice cream producer Cheshire Farm has installed a metal detector and conveyor system from Lock Inspection Systems.
30-May-2013 - The boss of a family ice cream firm says “weather-proofing” the business has put it on a sound footing, as it plans to expand over the next year.
20-May-2013 - Paragon Quality Foods – the meat processor accused of supplying halal lamb burgers contaminated with pork to Leicester City Council – is considering legal action after independent tests confirmed the authenticity of its products, its spokesman told FoodManufacture.co.uk.
15-May-2013 - Frozen food firm Iglo Group has appointed Elio Leoni Sceti as its new chief executive with effect from May 23.
09-May-2013 - A Leicester Council official has slammed as “disgraceful” news that pork has been discovered in the halal lamb burgers served in the city’s schools.
30-Apr-2013 - Yorkshire-based R&R Ice Cream has been sold to private equity firm PAI Partners for an undisclosed sum.
22-Apr-2013 - High street baker Greggs has won approval to build a new frozen savouries factory in the Midlands, as the firm pursues its store expansion plan and continues its move into packaged supermarket retail.
14-Mar-2013 - Frozen food manufacturers should not concentrate on finding “a single new product development [NPD] silver bullet” to increase sales but, instead, segment their offerings to particular types of shoppers.
05-Mar-2013 - Frozen food manufacturers and retailers need to unite and splash the cash to stem the flow of negative press reports that are engulfing the sector, claims a senior executive at Iceland.
22-Feb-2013 - A senior executive at Iceland has launched a stinging attack on the mainstream media for its coverage of the horsemeat scandal while branding the rogue suppliers responsible for the outcry as “lying, cheating, robbing b*****ds”.
07-Feb-2013 - An artisan ice cream maker has responded to the boom in ethnic food consumption by making a new range of Asian-flavoured ice cream and sorbets for the foodservice market.
06-Feb-2013 - The multiples are letting down manufacturers and ignoring consumer trends by failing to adequately display or provide enough space for frozen foods.
04-Feb-2013 - Frozen is fresher, more sustainable and better value, Brian Young tells Gary Scattergood
28-Jan-2013 - Residents of cliff-top homes that are under threat of demolition thanks to land slippage are claiming that the cliff’s instability is caused by a waste pipe running from a nearby McCain frozen food factory to the sea.
03-Jan-2013 - Promoting British food exports should be higher up the government’s agenda than dealing with badgers, according to the director general of the British Frozen Food Federation.In an exclusive video interview for FoodManufacture.co.uk, Brian Young said greater government support for food manufacturers would be one of his key resolutions to improve the industry in 2013.
13-Dec-2012 - Britain is facing a “dessert deficit” to rival the economic deficit, claimed Owen Paterson MP, secretary of state at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
04-Dec-2012 - Winner: R&R Ice Cream
04-Dec-2012 - Winner: Iglo Foods Group
04-Dec-2012 - When three working mothers, Donna Tresadern, Kay Shearing and Nikki Da Costa-Smith, struggled to find healthy, convenient and tasty food for children they decided to create their own frozen ready meals range.
08-Oct-2012 - Suffolk fire fighters were called to the Birds Eye factory in Lowestoft this morning (October 8).
08-Oct-2012 - Jobs are under threat after the loss of a key contract with Morrisons forced a pizza manufacturer into administration.
02-Oct-2012 - R&R Ice Cream has purchased its third Matrix side-feed collator/shrink wrapper from Linkx Systems. It handles 30 shrink wrap cycles a minute with minimal energy use.
28-Sep-2012 - The Food Standards Agency has re-assured consumers about the safety of acrylamide in chips after the Daily Express published a story linking it to cancer.
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