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Premium boom is a big opportunity for posh SMEs

Rise in premium sales an opportunity for food SMEs

More high-end food and drink start-ups are taking advantage of a boom in sales of premium products in supermarkets and rising sales in posh retailers such as Waitrose.

Published: 19-Mar-2015

Prepare for pre-recession spend – top economist

Food firms should prepare for pre-recession spending

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. 

Published: 11-Mar-2015

Mondelēz boosts coffee site staff

 Mondelēz channels cash and 100 staff into Banbury

Mondelēz will take on an extra 100 staff at its Banbury, Oxfordshire, coffee facility, following a major investment to boost its production capabilities and a joint venture with Douwe Egberts.

Published: 09-Mar-2015

Frozen will dwarf other online categories – Birds Eye

Birds Eye boss stays ahead of online curve

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 Andy Weston-Webb has said.

Published: 04-Mar-2015

Less ‘silly legislation’ needed to beat food waste

Food waste reduction needs more leadership, less legislation

Food manufacturers and retailers need leadership from an EU level, less “silly legislation” and more data sharing in order to tackle food waste.

Published: 16-Feb-2015

Time is running out for setting effective MRLs

Maximum Residue Levels must be set soon

If the food industry does not act on the EU’s potential imposition of Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for disinfectants soon, it will be too late, Chilled Food Association (CFA) director Kaarin Goodburn has warned.

Published: 21-Jan-2015

Quorn talks of fourth fermenter

Quorn will invest to keep up with demand

Consumer demand for Quorn will outstrip the Teesside firm’s supply within a decade, unless it continues to invest to boost capacity.

Published: 13-Jan-2015

Stop misusing natural, expert urges

Natural claims shouldn't be misused

Manufacturers must avoid misleading consumers into thinking natural products are intrinsically healthier for them, an industry expert has urged.

Published: 18-Dec-2014

New proteins are creeping on trend

Creepy proteins will be hot

Alternative proteins are a “hot area” of interest and products such as sandwich spreads made with meal worms could be a thing of the future, according to one food trend expert.

Published: 12-Dec-2014

Egg producer cracks supermarket deal following investment

Egg producer's efficiency boosted by investment

Egg producer Blackdown Hills Westcountry Eggs has boosted output and production performance following a multi-million pound investment.

Published: 01-Dec-2014

Faccenda ups efficiency with training and robotics

Training and tech boost efficiency for poultry giant

Faccenda has invested in robotics and training to increase production efficiency and slash waste at its new Telford factory, according to Catherine Gormley, general manager of the site.

Published: 20-Nov-2014

Greenvale’s Swancote ups output by 60%

Potato processor boosts output

A £2M investment is set to boost Greenvale’s Swancote potato processing site’s output further, following an increase by more than 60% in the past five years.

Published: 19-Nov-2014

Tulip goes the whole hog for US-style foods

US street-style foods top trend for UK pork business

Pork processing giant Tulip turned around its £2.3M US-style food production plant in a matter of weeks, ceo Chris Thomas has said.

Published: 05-Nov-2014

Young skills ambassadors give thumbs up to food industry

Young skills ambassadors change perceptions of food industry

Young skills ambassadors had their eyes opened to the variety of roles available in the food industry at an event organised last week by social networking group MyKindaCrowd (MKC).

Published: 13-Oct-2014

Freedom Food will boost its foodservice presence

Freedom Food targets the foodservice sector

Freedom Food will tap into the foodservice sector for business in the next 12 months to increase funds and to boost its overall consumer presence, the organisation’s new ceo has said.

Published: 06-Oct-2014

Discounters less likely to breach the Groceries Code

Discounters’ business model much better for Groceries Code

Discount retailers, such as Aldi and Lidl, are less likely to breach the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) than the big four, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon has claimed.

Published: 03-Oct-2014

‘Weekend warriors’ drive added protein demand

Rise in demand for products with added proteins: expert

Weekend fitness fanatics are driving the demand for more mainstream food and drink products, such as milk, fortified with sports nutrition ingredients.

Published: 29-Sep-2014

Europe is ripe for UK gluten-free businesses

UK gluten-free businesses should storm Europe

France and other European countries are prime targets for the UK’s established gluten-free (GF) businesses, according to an industry expert.

Published: 17-Sep-2014

Low food risk from Cook’s high-labour model

Cook welcomes more hands on deck

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.

Published: 17-Sep-2014

Bakeries struggling with calls to cut salt, sugar and fat

Manufacturers are struggling with healthier food calls

Manufacturers of baked goods are reaching a point where calls to cut salts, fats and sugars in products are becoming detrimental to the quality of their products, a bakery manager has said.

Published: 09-Sep-2014

Investment helps Moy Park steer clear of campylobacter speculation

Chicken manufacturer avoids campylobacter speculation with investment

Moy Park’s work on campylobacter research and practices had helped it avoid recent media attacks on poor poultry industry hygiene standards, one of the company’s general managers said.

Published: 07-Aug-2014

Delice de France hones in on deskilled kitchens

Bakery giant hones in on de-skilled kitchen staff

Bakery giant Delice de France has restructured its bakery manufacturing operation in response to the drain of skills in some hotels and restaurants.

Published: 23-Jul-2014

Drinks manufacturers must reduce sugars: PHE

Drinks manufacturers play a key role in sugar reduction

Drinks manufacturers must work to reduce the amount of sugars in their products to lower the nation’s calorie intake, according to Dr Alison Tedstone, Public Health England’s (PHE) chief nutritionist.

Published: 17-Jul-2014

Adams Foods responds to customer demand for innovation

Adams Foods invests in innovation centre

Adams Foods has pumped £3M into a new customer innovation centre in response to customer demand for innovation in hard cheese, the company’s marketing director Alastair Jackson has said.

Published: 11-Jul-2014

Stevia is not a calorie panacea: regulatory scientist

Stevia has its calorie-reducing limits

Natural sweetener stevia is best used to lower calorie content, rather than eliminate it, a regulatory scientist has claimed.

Published: 20-Jun-2014