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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.

Dragons’ Den’s food and drink investments – in pictures

Since its inception in 2005 BBC’s Dragons’ Den programme has constantly invested money in food and drink businesses.

R&R Ice Cream buys Nestlé South Africa outfit

R&R Ice Cream has acquired Nestlé South Africa’s ice cream business, boosting its international expansion plans.

Prepare for pre-recession spend – top economist

Food manufacturers should prepare for a positive three years ahead, as the changing economy prompts consumers to spend at pre-recession levels, a leading economist has said. 

Findus snaps up Spanish ready meal firm

The Findus Group has snapped up Spanish frozen ready meal firm La Cocinera from Nestlé Spain for an undisclosed sum, following approval from the Spanish competition authorities.

Most inspiring food and drink firms in Britain

More than 70 food and drink businesses have been honoured in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain list.

Frozen will dwarf other online categories – Birds Eye

Birds Eye has pumped thousands of pounds into its online grocery channel in a successful bid to boost sales and stay ahead of the curve, its UK and Ireland md...

FSA welcomes fish fraud conviction

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has welcomed the conviction of Michael Redhead, company director of Michael Redhead Associates Limited, for food fraud after hoodwinking Iceland Foods.

Findus’ performance may hook acquisitive investors

Findus Group’s UK arm has become a more attractive acquisition target after the global business confirmed it had experienced its second consecutive year of positive growth, although it has denied...

Waitrose in ascendant in Christmas sales battle

Waitrose’s Heston sub-brand helped boost Christmas sales, claimed the retailer, which was the likely ‘clear winner’ among the supermarkets over the festive period according to one food industry analyst.

Sprouts and mince pies hit in pre-Christmas sales

A slowdown in pre-Christmas food sales in traditional grocery retailers has hit Brussels sprouts and mince pies the hardest, according to data analyst Information Resources (IRI).

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FMEAs 2014 video highlights

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing, last month (Thursday November 20).

Sustainable palm oil milestone in sight for Unilever

Unilever will be able to guarantee 100% sustainable palm oil for its European food business by the end of this year, it has announced.

Deeside’s KK Fine Foods to create 90 jobs

KK Fine Foods is creating 90 jobs on Deeside Enterprise Zone in a £4.2M investment – its largest to date – supported by the Welsh government and Finance Wales.

Top food and drink firms for graduates

Discount retailer Aldi has been recognised as the top food and drink business for graduates by the The Times newspaper.

Food industry must collaborate on moral responsibility

The food industry cannot be seen as truly responsible and sustainable until it stops wasting so much of the food it produces, according to Iglo Group.

R&R Ice Cream tops mid-market private food firms

R&R Ice Cream is the top mid-market private food processor in the UK by sales, according to the 10th annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 list.

Food industry must unite to tackle obesity and waste

The food industry must engage with frozen food firm Iglo Group’s latest programme to tackle obesity, food waste and unsustainable production, according the firm’s boss Elio Leoni Sceti.

Heinz’s aim to shut Norfolk plant ‘devastating’

Heinz’s plans to close its Aunt Bessie’s potato factory at North Walsham in Norfolk, threatening 200 jobs, is “devastating” news, according to trades union Unite.

Supermarket listings create jobs at Chinese food firm

An increase in interest from supermarkets for Chinese foods has led to the creation of 10 new jobs and a £700,000 investment by one manufacturer.

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Fear of speaking out against supermarkets must stop

Manufacturers must speak out against the financial pressures supermarkets place on them if they are ever to invest in automation and improve their margins, an industry boss has urged.

Home-cooked not always best

Home-cooked meals may not be the healthiest or cheapest option for consumers, as food businesses continue to respond to health and price concerns by adapting their recipes, according to new...

Low food risk from Cook’s high-labour model

Handmade ready meal firm Cook claims more human hands in the manufacturing process does not increase the risk to food hygiene standards or decrease overall operational efficiency.

Wild says no to plain vanilla

Flavour company Wild is launching “unusual” ice cream flavour combinations, following a rise in product launches featuring dessert flavours.

Manufactured ice cream superior to homemade

Manufactured ice creams can offer a superior taste experience when compared to homemade product, and premium brands contain less air and more fat, according to a US food scientist.

Yearsley begins second phase of cold store expansion

Frozen food distributor Yearsley Logistics has begun the second phase of a £5M three-part expansion next to the group’s headquarters in Heywood in Greater Manchester less than a year after...