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Real Good Food reported reduced losses in its latest financial results

Real Good Food shrinks losses

By James 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 James 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 James 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 James 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.

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.