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.
16-Apr-2014 - 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, it claims.
14-Apr-2014 - 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.
11-Apr-2014 - 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.
02-Apr-2014 - 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.
24-Mar-2014 - 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% increase in daily output, said md Laila Remtulla.
24-Mar-2014 - Euan Sutherland’s decision to quit as boss of The Co-operative Group leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food and drink sector.
17-Mar-2014 - Young’s Seafood has appointed Frank Green as its new sales director for its frozen retail business.
17-Mar-2014 - Buying British meat and poultry is not always best and some overseas processors have better standards than UK and European businesses, an international meat processing boss has claimed.
17-Mar-2014 - Food retailer Iceland is expected later this year to start sharing spare capacity on its trucks with another independent retailer. The move follows the success of a similar ‘backhauling’ arrangement between BP Retail and Nisa and their suppliers facilitated by logistics provider DHL. DHL works with all of these companies, as well as pub chain JD Wetherspoon and Tesco.
14-Mar-2014 - Trade body the Ice Cream Alliance has appointed Angelo Susca as its new president.
12-Mar-2014 - Two key achievements of National Apprenticeship Week were to foster industry co-operation on the campaign to attract more youngsters and to focus the government’s attention on the sector, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
07-Mar-2014 - Food and drink manufacturers should send teenage apprentices into schools to inspire youngsters to choose the right qualifications to launch a career in the industry, as part of a new approach to careers advice, says George Eustice, food and farming minister.
05-Mar-2014 - Online retail giant Amazon is poised to deliver “a fresh approach” to the UK grocery market, with online sales of fresh, chilled, frozen and ambient food products delivered direct to customers, predicted Charles Wilson, Booker chief executive.
03-Mar-2014 - Frozen food manufacturers must stop dwelling on the horsemeat scandal and focus on revitalising the sector, Dr Oetker UK md Peter Franks has advised.
03-Mar-2014 - Young’s Seafood boss Leendert de Hollander has stood down from his role to take up a senior leadership position at an unnamed firm outside the seafood industry.
03-Mar-2014 - Captain Morgan became the second alcohol firm to have an advert banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this year, after Heineken also had an ad banned last month.
28-Feb-2014 - Frozen food manufacturer Findus Group has acquired Belgium frozen potato brand Lutosa Retail, for an undisclosed amount yesterday (February 27).
27-Feb-2014 - Food firms face a skills drain, unless they raise wages in line with economic growth, a leading economist has warned.
26-Feb-2014 - An EU-wide initiative targeting food fraud, costing €12M, has been announced, spearheaded by the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA).
26-Feb-2014 - Greencore has invested millions of pounds in US frozen food-to-go manufacturing as it seeks to build on its success in the market.
25-Feb-2014 - Book your printer now, if you haven’t done so already, is one of three top tips from research organisation Campden BRI, delivered at the Food Manufacture Group’s webinar on the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR).
06-Feb-2014 - Relying on one large customer could be disastrous for small to medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs), according to Frecco Food and Beverage operations manager Paul Barney.
03-Feb-2014 - The Billington Group has strengthened its food portfolio by snapping up TSC Foods, the firm behind Glorious! soup for an undisclosed sum.
31-Jan-2014 - The skills gap in the food and drink manufacturing sector has not shrunk, despite the latest government statistics showing that UK unemployment overall has fallen.
24-Jan-2014 - The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) decision to extend Tim Bennett’s role as chair until December 2014 leads our selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry in January.