Fruit, vegetable, nut ingredients

Wingland Foods makes a variety of prepared vegetables and salad dishes

Waitrose demand prompts Bakkavör to create 200 jobs

By Rod Addy

Chilled food manufacturer Bakkavör Group plans to create 200 jobs at its Wingland Foods salad factory at Sutton Bridge, Spalding, in Lincolnshire, prompted by increased business with supermarket chain Waitrose.

The latest research suggests consumers are buying and eating less fruit and vegetables

UK consumers buying less fruit and veg: IGD

By Rod Addy

Sales of fruit and vegetables continue to go down, despite efforts to encourage shoppers to cut fresh produce waste and eat more cheaply, according to the IGD’s chief economist James Walton.

Trigon Snacks is behind the Big D peanut brand

Natco owner buys Trigon out of administration

By Rod Addy

Trigon Snacks, maker of Big D, Planters and Passion Shed brands, has been snatched from administration in an eleventh hour sale to Choithram & Sons, owner of Natco Foods.

Brain function can be boosted by a range of ingredients, studies claim

Food firms get aid for brain claims

By Rod Addy

Leatherhead Food Research (LFR) is working on a project to support food and drink processors seeking to make cognitive performance claims for their products.

Administrator Duff & Phelps should involve BIS in rescuing jobs at Trigon Snacks, urged Unite

Union urges Trigon administrator to save 110 jobs

By Mike Stones

Unite the union has urged administrator Duff & Phelps to involve government in a last-minute bid to save at least 110 jobs at the Liverpool snack manufacturer Trigon Snacks.

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has invested in cutting-edge R&D to find alternatives to traditional meat and dairy production

Meat- and dairy-free foods ‘ripe for innovation’

By Rick Pendrous

The meat- and dairy-free products sector is “ripe for innovation and success” for Britain’s food manufacturers, as increasing numbers of consumers seek healthier and greener diets, a food industry consultant has argued.

About 50 new jobs will be created at Simtom Food Products after it agreed the new finance package

Indian food firm to create up to 50 jobs

By Mike Stones

Indian food firm Simtom Food Products plans to create 50 jobs as part of an expansion plan after agreeing new funding from the Yorkshire Bank.

Caiman in Costa Rica could prove a casualty of the world's £10bn banana trade

Bananas could be croc killers in Costa Rica

By Mike Stones

The globe’s £10bn banana market could be threatening crocodile species in central America, warns new research published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Antioxidants in cherry juice could also help arthritis sufferers

Cherry linked to exercise recovery

By Gary Scattergood

Sports scientists at Northumbria University are a step closer to a breakthrough in their bid to discover if antioxidants found in Montmorency tart cherry juice can aid post-exercise recovery and ease inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

Tesco has apologised to a customer who reported finding a live catapillar in her BLT sandwich

Tesco apologises for live caterpillar in sandwich

By Mike Stones

Tesco has apologised to a woman who claimed to find a live caterpillar in a bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich, bought from one of its stores in St Leonards in East Sussex last week.

Replacing three servings per week of fruit juice with whole fruit reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes

Drinks trade body defends fruit juice health benefits

By Laurence Gibbons

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has reiterated that fruit juice plays a positive role in the diet after a new report found a link between drinking it and an increased risk of contracting type 2 diabetes.

Threadgold said people were realising that it's not sustainable to eat as much meat as we do

Supermarket success for meat-free firm

By Gary Scattergood

Commercial director Damien Threadgold explains to Gary Scattergood how Amy’s Kitchen’s meat-free brand moved out of the wholefood stores and into the supermarkets.

Low glycaemic index claim for ingredient firm

Fruit ready to ride high on GI wave

Taura Natural Ingredients has conducted independent glycaemic index (GI) testing of two of its biggest-selling functional fruit ingredients to confirm that they can be classed as 'low GI'.

Britvic and AG Barr both posted encouraging financial results today after merger talks collapsed earlier this month

Britvic and AG Barr post strong results - separately

By Mike Stones

Former prospective merger partners Britvic and AG Barr have both posted encouraging financial results yesterday (July 25), but City analysts offered conflicting advice on their stocks.

Could your food or drink business win a 2013 Food Manufacturing Excellence Award?

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards

Iglo’s food manufacturing Oscar impresses retailers

By Mike Stones

Winning the title Food Manufacturing Company of the Year at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) last autumn impressed major customers, such as Tesco, and boosted staff morale, said Andy Weston-Webb, Birds Eye Iglo md UK and Ireland.

manufacturers are 'rushing to make claims on vitamins'.

Ripe for success

By Gary Scattergood

Fruit is on trend and ticking all the functional ingredient boxes, reports Gary Scattergood

Food manufacturers in the UK will be able to order smaller quanitities of dried fruit, said Mariani

Fruit firm Mariani expands service with first European base

By Gary Scattergood

US dried fruit ingredient firm Mariani has strengthened its focus on UK and European markets with the opening of its first European warehouse – enabling small and medium-sized UK manufacturers to order smaller quantities of products.

Clued up or clueless about food and healthy eating? The BNF survey revealed surprising gaps in some children's knowledge about food and poor eating habits

Kids think fish fingers come from chicken: BNF study

By Mike Stones

School children’s widespread ignorance of food origins and poor eating habits were revealed by a survey of more than 27,500 pupils conducted by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF).

Justin King – 'the grandad of UK supermarkets' – is likely to remain at the helm of Sainsbury at least for the short term, said Shore Capital

Sainsbury ‘grandfather’ praised for sound results: City

By Mike Stones

Sainsbury boss Justin King – “the grandfather of UK supermarkets” – has drawn praise from City analyst Shore Capital, after the nation’s third largest retailer reported sales, including fuel, up by 4.5% to £23.3bn for the year to March 16.

Researchers are seeking healthier snacks to fight childhood obesity

Sneaky way to combat childhood obesity

By Laurence Gibbons

Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) claim to have found a way of fighting obesity by “sneaking” nutrients into children's snacks.

Vegetable firm adopts automatic metal detectors

Vegetable detection moves up a notch

Processing up to nine tonnes of fresh vegetables for the retail and catering sectors seven days a week, demands impeccable hygiene and safety from Express Potato Supply of Weymouth.

The new international study aims to establish a standardised approach to allergen management

World’s largest food allergy study launched

By Rick Pendrous

An international study into food allergies has been launched which hopes to establish a standardised approach to allergen management for companies involved in food manufacturing.

Global sales of Wilkin & Sons' miniature jams have rocketed

New Essex £25M jam factory plans get go ahead

By Lorraine Mullaney

Colchester Borough Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved Wilkin & Sons’ application to build a new £25M jam factory in Tiptree, Essex.

Rotten harvest: aflatoxin will wipe £7M from Tate & Lyle's full-year operating profit

Fungus to wipe £7M from Tate & Lyle’s profit

By Gary Scattergood

Tate & Lyle has posted “reassuringly dull” third-quarter figures, despite having to implement measures to tackle aflatoxin, a fungus in maize caused by the unusually hot and dry conditions in the US last summer.

Functional foods: three top trends

Three top trends to tap into demand for functional foods

By Gary Scattergood

The top three trends food manufacturers need to consider when devising functional products are ‘naturalness’, demand for energy products and the popularity of fruit – not least because the health properties are either already understood by consumers or...

Crosse & Blackwell team up with Disney for new kids' range

Kids will go potty for fruit in jelly

Crosse & Blackwell has teamed up with Disney to launch a new range of fruit in jelly pots under its 4Kids brand, to drive value and penetration into the £39.1M potted fruit market.

Innovation - such as the Indian meals range launched for Tesco - helped to drive Bakkavör's results, it claimed

Bakkavör: horsegate ‘impacted consumer confidence’

By Mike Stones

Own-label chilled food manufacturer Bakkavör said consumer confidence had been dented by the horsemeat scandal, while reporting a 5.4% increase in like-for-like sales in its full-year results ended December 29 2012.

Police and the FSA are awaiting the results of toxicology tests

Double fatality in apple packing shed

By Mike Stones

Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating the death of two farm workers in the 20s, who fell unconscious in an apple packing shed on a Conservative peer’s country estate in Hampshire.