Meat, fish and savoury ingredients

Not going cheep: The cost of Christmas dinner is nearly 10% more expensive this year

Christmas News-in-brief Roundup

By Freddie Dawson

The rising cost of Christmas, a boost for frozen meat sales and tough times for confectionery firm Thorntons all feature in our festive news-in-brief round up.

Sales promotions play a key role in boosting festive food and drink sales

Promotions help ring up Christmas food sales

By Mike Stones

Food and grocery sales promotions are key to coaxing Christmas purchases from cash-strapped consumers, according to new research from food and grocery experts IGD.

Meat consumption is predicted to soar by more than 70% in the next 39 years

Meat and dairy consumption to soar, predicts FAO

By Mike Stones

Meat consumption is predicted to rise by nearly 73% and demand for dairy products by 58% in the years up to 2050, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Food for senior thought. Products designed for seniors will become increasingly important

Food for seniors is one of 10 top trends for 2012

By Tom Chandler

Food products designed for consumers over the age of 65 is one of the key food trends that will dominate 2012, according to marketing research firm Innova Market Insights.

Stephen Henderson is the firm's new finance director

2 Sisters appoint two new board members

By Dan Colombini

Meat processing firm 2 Sisters Food is stepping up its growth agenda with the appointment of a new finance director and chair of its audit committee.

Deal in the can: Baxters has acquired Fray Bentos from Princes for an undisclosed sum

Baxters buys Fray Bentos for ‘undisclosed’ sum

By Dan Colombini

Scottish food group Baxters has moved to secure a “strong foothold” in the canned meat market after completing a deal with Princes for the acquisition of the Fray Bentos brand.