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Graze ceo: ‘going from clicks to bricks isn’t easy’

Graze: getting into retailers is hard

Graze, the £68M turnover online snack manufacturer, had to make big changes to its manufacturing and operating systems after gaining listings with Sainsbury and Boots, its ceo Anthony Fletcher has said.

Published: 15-Jul-2015

Production continued at UB plant during £50M investment

Biscuit giant makes massive investment

United Biscuits’ £50M investment at its Harlesden facility didn’t stop production, despite major structural work being carried out, factory general manager Helen Day has said.

Published: 12-Jun-2015

Bread is ‘price war casualty’ – FoB director

Bread hit hard by price wars

Bread is one of the biggest casualties of the supermarket price war, as retailers keep dropping its price to rock bottom levels in a bid to entice shoppers, according to Gordon Polson, Federation of Bakers’ (FoB’s) director.

Published: 03-Jun-2015

Boost convenience products to grow, says cereal boss

More convenience products for cereal sector

Changing consumer needs and an increasingly challenging market will continue to push cereal manufacturers to develop convenience products, Bokomo Foods’s ceo John Hiles has said.

Published: 15-Apr-2015

What start-ups need from a new UK government

Food and drink start-ups need better government backing

More financial support must be given to food and drink start-ups by the next UK government if they are to survive their first year in business, Miso Tasty founder Bonnie Chung has urged.

Published: 13-Apr-2015

Bosch launches speedy carton machine

Bosch offers carton technology to make line changes simple

Breakfast cereal manufacturers and frozen pizza suppliers have access to cartoning technology that can slash changeover times and maintain consistently high yields, courtesy of Bosch Packaging Technology.

Published: 07-Apr-2015

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