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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.

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Iceland Manufacturing celebrates recycling progress

Iceland Manufacturing has boosted recycling at its Manchester base, which has gone from recycling none of its waste two years ago to recycling more than 95%.

Agreeing frozen fish dates sparks hot debate

Consumers could be put off eating fish, if new EU rules governing the labelling dates of frozen fish are not better defined, the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has warned.

Norovirus risk from Chinese strawberries warning

Strawberries from China will be subject to stiffer checks for norovirus and hepatitis A at EU borders, following an alert about contaminated produce from the EU's Rapid Alert System for...

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FMEAs open for entries

Entries for the 2014 Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards close on July 31. Don’t miss your chance to be a star. Enter online at www.foodmanwards.co.uk

Halal food tie-up to boost growth for Shazans Foods

Shazans Foods has secured funds that will boost growth and enable it to break into the chilled food arena for the first time via a deal with One Stop Halal.

Iceland Foods hails exports and store openings

Iceland Foods boasted of strong progress in store openings and exports in its full-year results.

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Lambert becomes Burton’s Biscuits chairman

James Lambert has been appointed chairman of Burton’s Biscuits Company, while retaining his role as chairman of R&R Ice Cream.

NFT aims to secure chilled food distribution site

Food and drink distributor NFT aims to develop a temperature-controlled dockside handling facility in the south east of England within the next 18 months.

Birds Eye improves checks on peas

Birds Eye’s Lowestoft factory has installed two free-fall laser sorters to provide enhanced quality checks on its frozen peas.

Ready meal firm’s sale offers lifeline to 142 staff

Brakes Group has agreed to sell ready meals firm Creative Foods to David Wood Baking for an undisclosed sum, potentially saving 142 jobs, a move one Facebook campaigners called “brilliant news”....

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Ice cream firm scoops up new employees

Ice cream firm Suncream Dairies has appointed Helen Procter as its new technical manager.

OkoBay Ventures works towards own coconut lolly plant

OkoBay Ventures wants to secure its own factory to make its Coconut Water Ice lollies within three years, but has been forced to outsource production to an overseas manufacturer to...

Ice cream firm R&R buys Aussie business

R&R Ice Cream has bought Aussie ice cream business Peters Food Group from private equity group PEP fund IV, gaining brands such as Drumstick, Conoisseur, Peters Original and Maxibon....

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Food firms advised to scoop ice cream growth

Food firms should take advantage of the UK’s “growing” £1bn ice cream sector by offering new flavours and services to ice cream manufacturers, according to the boss of the Ice...

Food and drink recalls in 2014 – in pictures

Sainsbury was involved in a third of food safety product recalls so far in 2014, according to food alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA).

Food manufacturing excellence awards

Wanted: food and drink manufacturing champions

This month (May) marks the formal launch of the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards, which are now open for entries.

Cool deal for packaged products

British freezing and chilling system manufacturer Starfrost has struck an exclusive supply deal with food processing equipment specialist Milmeq in New Zealand.

Coconut water trend moves into frozen aisle

Coconut water launches grew by 99% globally between 2012 and 2013, according to Mintel data. Now this trend has moved into the frozen aisle with the launch of OkoBay Coconut...

Unilever Q1 food sales ‘disappointing’

Unilever’s poor food results in its first financial quarter (Q1) update for 2014 remained “disappointing”, affected by the late timing of Easter, but the company’s overall outlook was strong, City...

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Ardo UK’s boss to take over Danish arm of firm

Ardo UK md Stephen Waugh has also been appointed as the new boss of the frozen fruit and vegetable firm’s Danish arm.

Euro Foods packaging acquisition could lead to 200 jobs

Euro Foods’ acquisition of Welsh packaging firm Brown Bear Food is the first step to the frozen and fresh food firm’s aim of creating 200 jobs at the Cwmbran site,...

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Uplifting ice cream created for secret celeb

British ice cream firm Lick Me I’m Delicious has created a bubbly champagne flavoured ice cream dosed with 25mg of Viagra for an unnamed A-list celebrity’s party.

Place UK on target for £30M in sales

Fruit and vegetable processor Place UK has boosted sales by 50% in the past three years and is on track to meet its £30M target in the next two.

149 jobs could go at Flintshire ready meals plant

Welsh manufacturer Creative Foods is threatening to close its pasta and frozen ready meals factory in Flintshire, putting 149 jobs on the line in the region.

Laila’s Fine Foods Iceland deal worth millions

Ready meal business Laila’s Fine Foods has landed a multi-million pound deal to supply Iceland with a new range of frozen Mexican ready meals, which will lead to a 25%...