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Despite the uncertain political and economical climate, UK food manufacturing still continues to grow

UK manufacturing thrives in uncertain climate

By Gwen Ridler

The UK food and drink manufacturing sector continues to buck the curve and report growth, despite the threat of an uncertain political and economic climate, according to a new report.

Export sales success for Mash Direct

Export sales success for Mash Direct

By Gwen Ridler

Foodservice sales and exports success has propelled prepared vegetable and ready meals manufacturer Mash Direct to another year of growth.

Profits have grown a Princes as it continues to invest in its production capabilities

Princes reports profit growth after year of investment

By Gwen Ridler

Princes has reported a 56% jump in operating profit to £15m in its financial results for the year ended 31 March 2019, capping off a productive year of investment in plant and sustainability.

Perry: the expansion will see a new site built in Kent, initially creating 80 jobs

Cook factory investment to create 200 jobs

By Dan Colombini

Frozen food manufacturer Cook plans to create 200 jobs after securing a £16m funding package from HSBC UK to build a new 2,320m2 kitchen facility in Sittingbourne, Kent.

Export success has seen Fudge Kitchen's sales grow 195%

Christmas comes early for fudge maker

By Gwen Ridler

Kentish confectionery manufacturer Fudge Kitchen has seen a 195% uplift in sales in the lead-up to Christmas, as it secures export deals for its products to Canada, Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Cranswick has acquired pig farming business Packington Pork

Cranswick acquires premium pig farming business

By Gwen Ridler

Meat processor Cranswick has acquired outdoor pig farming business Packington Pork Limited as it continues to pursue greater transparency and provenance in its supply chain.

Staff need to be encouraged to use electrical equipment correctly and report any faults they see so that they can be rectified promptly

Opinion

Six tips to help prevent electrical hazards

By Mick Liddle

Electrical safety should be a crucial part of the everyday life of any business, no matter how large or small, regardless of what is being produced.

Investment and teamwork at Natures Way Foods

Investment and teamwork at Natures Way Foods

By Gwen Ridler

Communication between teams and investment in the latest tech have been key to the success of Natures Way Foods, according to Selsey factory manager Paul Hiscock.

It is estimated that the actual build of the six vehicles will take four weeks, with an estimated completion date of the end of January 2020

Perishables logistics firm invests £500k in vehicle fleet

By Dan Colombini

Perishable Movements Ltd (PML) is investing circa £500,000 in six new state-of-the-art trucks, which represent the UK’s first refrigerated trailers to feature a powered roller bed floor system, according to the firm.

The ballot comes after the £4.6bn takeover of Greene King, which has 3,000 pubs, by CK Asset Holdings in August

Greene King to hold strike ballot in pay dispute

By Dan Colombini

Workers at pub giant Greene King are being balloted for strike action in a dispute over a ‘paltry’ pay offer, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 4 December).

Tunnock's has invested more than £9m in its production facilities last year. Owner Sir Boyd Tunnock pictured

Tunnock’s invests £9m in record year for sales

By Gwen Ridler

Scottish biscuit and cakes manufacturer Tunnock’s has invested more than £9m in its production facilities in the year ended 23 February 2019, as it reported a record year for sales.

Real Good Food reported reduced losses in its latest financial results

Real Good Food shrinks losses

By Gwen Ridler

Speciality bakery ingredients manufacturer Real Good Food (RGF) has posted reduced losses in its latest interim results, helped by refinancing deals it secured earlier this year.

Falfish's systems enable it to trace customers' products back to catches made by individual boats, managing fluctuating stocks

Second of a two-part interview on take-up of software and automated processes

Half of food firms operate paper-based planning processes

By Rod Addy

Half of all food firms have processes that include significant paper-based planning, with some larger players completely paper-led, according to Rob Stephens, managing director at Systems Integration (SI).

Swaledale Cheese new directors Bob Bigley, Bengt Odner and Richard Darbishire

Cheese maker saved from liquidation

By Gwen Ridler

Richmond-based cheese maker Swaledale Cheese has been acquired from liquidators by a group of Yorkshire-based entrepreneurs.

The Real Bread Campaign urged Defra to reject a proposed sourdough code of best practice

Campaign group slams sourdough code of practice

By Gwen Ridler

The Real Bread Campaign has claimed that a proposed sourdough code of best practice is likely to confuse consumers, bully smaller producers and legitimise the production of non-genuine sourdough bread.

Poor weather conditions threaten the supply of potatoes in the UK

Crisp production threatened by poor potato harvest

By Gwen Ridler

Manufacturers of crisps and frozen chips are at risk of losing access to vital raw materials, after wet weather prohibited the harvest of potatoes destined for food processors.

Waitrose is to source all it lamb from British producers by 2021

Waitrose to source 100% British lamb

By Gwen Ridler

Upmarket retailer Waitrose has pledged to source 100% of its own-label fresh and frozen lamb from British producers all year round.

The firm is looking to add to its acquisition of salad supplier Freshtime UK and boost its customer base in the food-to-go sector

Greencore eyeing new UK chilled food acquisitions

By Dan Colombini

Greencore Group expects to make more UK acquisitions in the chilled snacks sector following the success of its takeover of Freshtime UK, after the firm posted a stable performance in its latest financial results.

Managing director and founder of Highland Game Christian Nissen said the firm was working hard to promote the benefits of venison

New deals to spark £2m sales surge at Highland Game

By Dan Colombini

Scottish venison supplier Highland Game is predicting a £2m boost in sales over the next year after securing new deals with recipe box company Gousto and distribution partners Costco, Booker and Brakes.

No other McCain sites are affected by the plans at this stage

McCain announces 230 potential job losses

By Dan Colombini

McCain Foods has announced the possible loss of 230 jobs at its Grantham factory as the firm seeks to streamline production across the UK.

The firm issued its results for the six months ended 30 September 2019, delivering increases in revenue and profit

Cranswick boosted by plant-based and export potential

By Dan Colombini

Meat processor Cranswick is set to deliver further growth as a result of rising export opportunities to Asia in the wake of the African swine fever (ASF) crisis, as well as its recent move into the plant-based sector, according to experts.

Firms producing perishable products are increasingly turning to software systems to keep pace with raw material orders

Two-part interview on take-up of software and automated processes

EU exit concerns drive companies towards automation

By Rod Addy

Food firms are being driven to automate ordering and production in response to the effects of the UK Brexit vote, according to Systems Integration (SI).

The union told Food Manufacture that greater protection was required for workers when it came to understanding the pitfalls of takeover activity

Unite urges Government clarity on food M&As

By Dan Colombini

Unite the Union has called for greater public awareness around food business M&A activity after the release of its new report urging the Government to support the UK manufacturing sector.

NI beef has everything to gain from the Chinese market, claims LMC

African swine fever creates beef opportunity in China

By Gwen Ridler

The spread of African swine fever (ASF) and a growing number of wealthier consumers have unveiled the “huge potential” of the Chinese market for beef producers in Northern Ireland, according to the Livestock & Meat Commission (LMC).