All news articles for October 2020

Premier Foods is to redeem £40m of its £130m outstanding senior secured floating rate notes

Premier Foods cuts debt burden further

By James Ridler

Premier Foods is to redeem £40m of its £130m outstanding senior secured floating rate notes as it cuts net debt in what was described as a ‘transformational year’ for the business.

Around Noon has acquired Simply Fit. Pictured: Gareth Chambers, left, CEO of Around Noon, with Evelyn Garland and Luke Judge, co-founders of Simply Fit Food

Healthy food acquisition for Around Noon

By James Ridler

Food-to-go manufacturer Around Noon has acquired healthy convenience food firm Simply Fit for an undisclosed amount, in a bid to diversify its range and expand its reach in the UK and Ireland.

Meatless Farm mince is being launched frozen via Ocado

Plant-based NPD roundup

By Rod Addy

A flurry of plant-based product launches this week include Meatless Farm's first entry into the frozen food category, three new Morrisons products from Oumph! and Spanish brand Heura's UK debut.

The webinar will include an extensive Q&A discussion to allow registrants to pose specific questions

Two days to register for Food Safety Briefing

By Rod Addy

Food Manufacture's free-to-access Food Safety Briefing webinar, which covers topics ranging from food fraud and detection and inspection to allergen and pathogen management, goes live in just two days.

Six of William Reed's show return next year under one roof to mark UK Food & Drink week

William Reed shows unite for 2021 grand reopening

By James Ridler

William Reed face-to-face events are set to return in a big way in spring 2021, with six of the biggest food shows uniting for a week of celebration of the UK food and drink industry.

Asda's headquarters will remain in Leeds

Asda set to boost UK sourcing after acquisition

By Rod Addy

Asda is set to increase the volume of products sourced from UK suppliers, from chicken and dairy to wheat and potatoes, following its acquisition by joint owners Mohsin and Zuber Issa and TDR Capital.

Hovis employs 2,800 people in eight bakeries, one flourmill and three distribution centres across the UK

Newlat Food confirms bid for Hovis

By Rod Addy

Italy's Newlat Food has confirmed its proposed acquisition of Hovis, following a Sky News report flagging the move, with Newlat claiming a successful bid would enable it to reach sales of €1bn within 24 months.

The Anaphylaxis Campaign has warned vending machine manufacturers and operators have to understand their legal responsibilities

Vending machine drinks pose allergen risk

By Rod Addy

'Serious failings' in allergen information relating to hot drinks vending machines and cross-contamination of non-milk products dispensed by them with milk has been flagged by a trading standards report just published.

The BBPA is demanding a tailored financial support package for brewers and pubs

Coronavirus: brewers and pubs face 290k job cuts

By Rod Addy

A total of £7.4bn and more than 290,000 jobs could be wiped out unless the Government regularly reviews the 10pm pub curfew rule and creates tailored financial support for pubs and brewers.

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