All news articles for January 2022

Oghma Partners said trading for 2022 would be 'more challenging'. iStock credit: Natee Meepian

Amount of food deals rockets in 2021

By Rod Addy

The amount of UK food industry mergers and acquisitions (M&A) soared in 2021 to the highest level in more than ten years, according to financial advisory firm Oghma Partners.

CO2 gas supplies are at risk, but the Government has made assurances animal welfare will be given priority

Meat processors first in line for CO2 supplies

By Gwen Ridler

The Government has assured meat processors they will be among the first in line for CO2 should CF Industries cease UK production, but brewers and drinks manufacturers could be less fortunate.

Van den Eshof discussed some of the key consumer trends for 2022

Key consumer trends for 2022: Exclusive podcast

By Gwen Ridler

The balance between health and indulgence, experiences and flavour mash-ups were just some of the key consumer trends to look out for in 2022, according to Friesland Campina’s global marketing lead for food Suzanne Van den Eshof.

Batters and Freer

Long Clawson Dairy hosts meet targeting dairy export growth

By Rod Addy

Specialist Stilton maker Long Clawson Dairy has hosted a meeting between National Farmers Union (NFU) president Minette Batters and minister for exports Mike Freer to discuss unlocking more export opportunities for dairy products.

Consumers are wary of the Union Jack symbol on packaging

Consumers ignorant and suspicious of provenance

By Rod Addy

Consumers are ignorant of some quality standards marks and how much food really comes from the UK, according to research conducted by England Marketing on behalf of Love British Food.

Higgidy is to invest £10m into its Shoreham-by-Sea operations

Higgidy invests £10m in factory expansion

By Gwen Ridler

Savoury pastry manufacturer Higgidy is to invest £10m in expanding and developing its Shoreham-by-Sea headquarters, thanks to Samworth Brothers increasing its stake in the business.

According to the ISC, demand for stevia continues to grow. iStock credit: HandmadePictures

Framework for steviol glycoside production approved

By Rod Addy

International food safety body Codex Alimentarius has approved a framework outlining four safe ways of producing steviol glycosides, enabling greater access to stevia products across the globe.

Danone Specialised Nutrition produces Nutricia, Aptamil and Cow & Gate

Danone UK & Ireland secures B Corp certification

By Gwen Ridler

Danone UK & Ireland has acquired B Corp certification, claiming to be the first combined food and healthcare manufacturer in the UK and Ireland to do so, following accreditation of its Specialised Nutrition business.

Bottle caps fell foul of '100% recycled' claims

Drinks firms in trouble for '100% recycled' packaging claims

By Rod Addy

Soft drinks firms Pepsi Lipton International and Roxane UK have fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which banned adverts that attracted complaints for making 'misleading' eco-friendly packaging claims.

Aldi buys British in its ongoing commitment to local produce

Aldi’s £1.6bn commitment to British suppliers

By Gwen Ridler

Discount retailer Aldi has invested an extra £1.6bn with British suppliers since the start of the COIVD-19 pandemic as part of its commitment to locally grown produce.

Ivan Siqueira has been appopinted president on Pilgrim's UK

New president to lead Pilgrim’s UK

By Gwen Ridler

Ivan Siqueira, former head of Brazilian meat group Seara Foods, has been appointed president of pork processor Pilgrim’s UK.

Bramble's in-house manufacturing division makes preserves, chutneys, sauces and cakes

Bramble Foods secures private equity cash

By Rod Addy

Private equity firm LDC has made a minority investment in fine foods manufacturer and distributor Bramble Foods 'to support its organic and acquisitive growth strategy'.

Food retailers and manufacturers are celebrating Christmas

Financial roundup

Tesco, Hilton, M&S, Bakkavor and Finsbury trading positive

By Rod Addy

Tesco, Hilton Food Group, Marks & Spencer, Finsbury Food Group and Bakkavor have all reported positive sales performance in their latest trading updates, indicating continued recovery from the pandemic.

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