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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.

News in brief

Fire brigade called to 2 Sisters R F Brookes as a precaution

Fire crews were called to two incidents at the 2 Sisters-owned R F Brookes factory in Rogerstone, Newport as a precaution, over the past two weeks.

Worker dies at fish factory

The death of a worker at Thistle Seafoods is currently under investigation by Police Scotland.

London chefs call for polystyrene packaging ban

London’s top chefs have called for a ban on polystyrene packaging in an open letter to mayor Sadiq Khan, citing environmental and health concerns.

Frozen food boss leaves organisation on a positive note

Brian Young, chief executive of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) said the organisation is now “modern and forward-thinking”, as he looked back on his 10 years in charge.

M&S unveils new Christmas range

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has unveiled its new Christmas food range, describing it as the “must-have” collection.

2 Sisters pizza factory to consult over 350 job losses

2 Sisters’ pizza factory in Nottingham is to consult over the possible loss of 350 jobs.

Dr Oetker pizza ad banned after 2 Sisters’ complaint

A Dr Oetker’s frozen pizza Ristorante advert has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after a complaint from rival manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group.

Frozen food manufacturers have ‘lots of opportunity’

Frozen food manufacturers should follow consumer trends closely to benefit from the key drivers of the industry, according to British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) chief executive Brian Young.

‘Bright’ outlook for frozen food manufacturers

Frozen food manufacturing products are set to rise in popularity, based on consumers’ preference for less waste and higher nutrient value, according to a report from the British Frozen Food...

British frozen food market worth a cool £8bn

Food manufacturers face an £8bn-plus opportunity to target the frozen food market, according to a new report from the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF).

Oppo Ice Cream breaches advertising code

Oppo Ice Cream has been forced to amend content on its website by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), for not backing up a claim about the ice cream’s health benefits....

Brexit impact

Freight transport group highlights drive to single market access

Access to the single market and the ability to hire non-UK drivers are the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA’s) top priorities after Brexit. 

Your chance to win a food manufacturing Oscar

The deadline is fast approaching to enter the 2016 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards the industry’s Oscars, which recognise outstanding achievement and the very best people and companies in the business.

Top six fastest growing food manufacturers

2 Sisters Food Group is Britain’s fastest growing private food and drink business, according to The Top Track 100 compiled by The Sunday Times.

Andy Murray’s ice cream smashes sales targets

Fresh from winning his second Wimbledon title, tennis star Andy Murray will also be enjoying the success of Oppo ice cream.

Bakkavor sells Belgian ready-meal business Vaco

Bakkavor Group has sold Belgian prepared food company Vaco, as part of its strategy to sell its non-core businesses.

FSA to consider freezer advice on food labels

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) plans to consider whether to expand its guidance to food manufacturers to cover food storage and freezing advice for consumers. 

Frozen fish firm fined £500k for fatal injuries

A frozen fish firm has been ordered to pay more than £500,000 last week (June 24) after an employee suffered fatal injuries.

Ice cream firm invests £10k in bobsleigh team

Frozen desserts firm R&R Ice Cream has invested £10,000 in the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) to help promote winter sports to Britain’s Young Athletes.

Asda recalls burgers after plastic contamination

Burgers contaminated with plastic, salmon products infected with listeria and mislabelled soup sparked three food recalls last week by Asda, OT (Smoked Salmon) and Waitrose.

Nottingham Trent students win Ecotrophelia UK

A student team from Nottingham Trent University has scooped the gold prize for their low-fat, non-dairy ice cream made with algal protein, in the UK leg of Ecotrophelia 2016 –...

Sales fall 1.3% at R&R Ice Cream

R&R Ice Cream has posted a 1.3% drop in sales for the first quarter of 2016 as its acquisition of Nestlé’s South Africa business, fluctuating exchange rates, and tough European...

Seven food manufacturing fires – in pictures

Fires, some linked to suspected arson, have continued to devastate food factories and other premises connected to the sector over the past six months. Here’s a quick photo tour of...


Vitafoods Europe 2016 – a snapshot in tweets

Vitafoods Europe 2016 opened its doors to the world’s healthy food and nutrition industry in Geneva this week. Here we capture some of the show’s big themes delivered by the social...

McCain Foods fined £800k for arm rip accident

Frozen food manufacturer McCain Foods has been fined £800,000, after a worker nearly lost an arm in an accident involving a conveyor.