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Q3 growth at Thorntons hit by slow sales

Slow sales in February and March and planned store closures hit sales at Thorntons in its third financial quarter (Q3), the confectionery firm reported in a trading statement.

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Sainsbury announces overhaul ahead of King’s departure

Sainsbury has appointed Paul Mills-Hicks as its new food commercial director, with effect from May 11 2014.

Uncertainty remains on policing food fraud

Market intelligence should be used far more to detect food fraud, following the lessons learned from last year’s horsemeat contamination scandal, but the question of who pays for it remains...

Own-label eats in to branded market share

Branded food manufacturers need to establish unique selling points if they are to stem the rising tide of own-label suppliers stealing market share from them, Kantar Worldpanel director Adrian Atterby...

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Arla appoints new head of UK business

Arla Foods has appointed Peter Gioertz-Carlsen as its new executive vice president for Arla UK, effective August 1 2014.

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Own-label deal to boost jobs at Typhoo

A major own-label supermarket contract and an investment programme will create at least 15 jobs and increase output at Typhoo Tea’s Moreton processing plant on the Wirral, Merseyside.

Morrisons: ex boss’s criticism ‘unhelpful and unwelcome’

Morrisons has dismissed outspoken criticism of its top management from a former director of the business as “unhelpful and unwelcome”.

Women drawn to personalised food products

Women are more than four times as likely to purchase food and drink products with personalised or gender-specific packaging as men, according to a study of over 500 marketing and...

Moy Park growth fuelled by locally-sourced poultry

Moy Park grew 2013 sales and profits as a result of increased supermarket demand for locally-sourced poultry and underlying market growth, the company confirmed in a statement on its annual results.

Warburtons boss: innovation vital in discounters’ market

Innovation is vital in a retail market increasingly dominated by discount outlets, says Jonathan Warburton, chairman of Warburtons.

20 jobs for black pudding firm after £1.4M investment

The Bury Black Pudding Company is creating 20 new jobs as it seeks to double production and tackle export markets, following a £1.4M investment programme backed by HSBC bank.

Orchard Valley Foods buys ingredients firm amid sales boom

Orchard Valley Foods has acquired Food Ingredients International (FII), boosting its potential annual sales to more than £20M.

Tangerine Confectionery to pay £129k after forklift injury

Blackpool-based sweet manufacturer Tangerine Confectionery has been ordered to pay more than £129,000 after the fork of a forklift truck pierced a worker’s foot.

Meat processing growth to deliver 200 Morrisons jobs

Morrisons is expanding its meat processing factory at Winsford, Cheshire and has launched a recruitment drive for 200 new roles there, boosting the workforce by 50%.

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KFC prepares for growth with £40M investment

Southern-fried chicken giant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) will pump £21M into the opening of 32 new restaurants this year, creating 1,300 new jobs and setting the pace for five years of expansion.

DEFRA interviews candidates for export role to China

UK food exporters could be a step closer to realising their goal of having a full-time agriculture expert appointed in Beijing to support exports to China, following news that the Department...

Prevent chronic disease with nutrition

Manufacturers should make foods that impact health at a micro-nutritional level to lower the risk of chronic disease, the new director of the Food and Health Alliance based at Norwich...


Who pays for ensuring food is safe and legal?

The latest scandal within the foodservice sector, with a Which? survey of takeaway lamb curries and kebabs identifying the presence of other cheaper species including beef, chicken and turkey, just...

Fish lines monitored in continuous flow

A new fish processing system from Marel called ProCon Flowline uses radio-frequency identification technology to track all products on the line and monitor worker performance.

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.

Paper packaging has a bright future, say Swedish researchers

In a new report, Swedish researchers have suggested what the industry for paper packaging and other pulp-derived products, including bio-based barrier and shaping, might look in 15 years’ time.

Firms turn to new traceability systems following ‘horsegate’

Food companies are increasingly turning to the use of advanced traceability systems to ensure they don’t suffer a similar fate to those hit by last year’s horsemeat contamination scandal, according...


Seven or five?

A recent paper fuelled speculation that the current ‘five-a-day’ message was in need of an uplift to ‘eat at least seven-a-day’.

Culture for the special needs of cheese

Chr Hansen has launched a new culture designed for the special needs of making the Kashkaval- and Provolone-type cheeses. Traditionally regular cultures for mozzarella cheese have been used in Kashkaval...

'First' high-protein diet crisp range

A new line of high-protein dietetic crisps is said to be enjoying success in Europe and North America. This formula, developed for weight control, took a full year of development...

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