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Cooper is Freedom Food's new ceo

Freedom Food will boost its foodservice presence

By Nicholas Robinson

Freedom Food will tap into the foodservice sector for business in the next 12 months to increase funds and to boost its overall consumer presence, the organisation’s new ceo has said.

The discounters are less likely to break the code, says Tacon

PPMA 2014

Discounters less likely to breach the Groceries Code

By Nicholas Robinson

Discount retailers, such as Aldi and Lidl, are less likely to breach the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) than the big four, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon has claimed.

More than 200 staff members ensure product safety

Low food risk from Cook’s high-labour model

By Nicholas Robinson

Handmade ready meal firm Cook claims more human hands in the manufacturing process does not increase the risk to food hygiene standards or decrease overall operational efficiency.

30% of adolescents' calories come from soft drinks

SACN REPORT

Drinks manufacturers must reduce sugars: PHE

By Rod Addy

Drinks manufacturers must work to reduce the amount of sugars in their products to lower the nation’s calorie intake, according to Dr Alison Tedstone, Public Health England’s (PHE) chief nutritionist.

Theres more room for innovation in hard cheese, says Adams Foods's marketing director

Adams Foods responds to customer demand for innovation

By Nicholas Robinson

Adams Foods has pumped £3M into a new customer innovation centre in response to customer demand for innovation in hard cheese, the company’s marketing director Alastair Jackson has said.

Paramount 21 makes a range of seafood products mainly for foodservice customers

Paramount 21 invests to expand production

By Rod Addy

Seafood processor Paramount 21 has invested in a 464.5m2 warehouse adjacent to its Newton Abbot production site in Devon to release production space as it steps up its new product development.

Bingham and Jones urge supermarkets to be creative with ready meals (Photo©Sacha Ferrier)

Own-label ready meals lack innovation, Bingham and Jones

By Nicholas Robinson

Retailers need to be bolder with their own-label ready meals and stop relying on the basics, such as spaghetti Bolognese and lasagne, former food industry rivals Jonny Bingham and David Jones have said.

Jeff Hilton of Brandhive

Vitafoods Europe 2014

UK lacks US’s functional food panache

By Nicholas Robinson

Manufacturers in the US are better at responding to functional food demands than those in the UK, an expert specialising in the sector has claimed.

Food manufacturers had a good recession, especially when compared to the construction industry, Roberts claimed

Recession was a good one for food industry

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturers had a good recession, despite the economy not recovering from it yet, according to leading economist Sion Roberts.

UK manufacturers are working hard to source sustainable palm oil, according to a CSR boss

Progress on sustainable palm oil unfairly criticised

By Nicholas Robinson

UK food manufacturers are still being unfairly criticised for using palm oil, despite the work they have done to source it sustainably, according to the corporate social responsibility (CSR) director of a global food oil business.

A supermarket price war, which could follow Morrisons' recent price pledge, could damage supermarkets more than their suppliers, said Black

Supermarkets were ‘totally and utterly’ complacent

By Michael Stones

Britain’s big four supermarkets have been “totally and utterly complacent”, in failing to keep pace with key developments in retailing and are now paying the price, warns a leading City analyst.

Paterson: 'delighted' to see Mondelēz 'bringing in lots of bright young local people'

Overseas and national food firms invest in UK jobs

By Rod Addy

UK-based food and drink firms are investing in jobs as much as internationally-owned outfits, according to Owen Paterson, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) secretary of state.

The British Frozen Food Federation conference took place in Warwickshire on February 20.

Frozen food must innovate to flourish

By Nicholas Robinson

British frozen food manufacturers must reveal the benefits of frozen food to the consumer to revitalise the sector and increase confidence.

Food packaging not the enemy, says WRAP

Shoppers urged not to demonise packaging

By Rod Addy

Consumers should not demonise food packaging, because it could prolong shelf-life, reducing the amount of products needlessly binned, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Factory floor staff should be involved in contributing to a firm's lean thinking culture, said Williams

Patchy implementation hampers continuous improvement

By Rod Addy

The cultivation of a lean manufacturing culture of continuous improvement is often hampered by firms “cherry picking” what they implement, according to Jeff Williams of business consultancy SA Partners.

Food industry training initiative welcomed by skills minister

Government impressed by industry skills initiative

By Rod Addy

Government skills minister Matthew Hancock has been impressed by an initiative aimed at fully training tomorrow’s food industry workers, spearheaded by the National Skills Academy (NSA) for Food and Drink.

Dairy products have to move with the times to keep up with consumer demands

FOOD INGREDIENTS EUROPE 2013, FRANKFURT

Mintel flags up top trends for the dairy sector

By Rod Addy

Weight management and an ageing population are two major global trends affecting product development and ingredient use in the dairy sector.

Mondelēz is increasing its penetration of brands such as Cadbury in the global market

Mondelēz aims to boost chocolate penetration

By Rod Addy

Mondelēz International’s heat resistant chocolate, new product development and increased penetration in under-represented parts of the world offers the company considerable potential for the future, chocolate head Bharat Puri has claimed.

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.

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.

Irish beef exports have climbed by 16% since the beginning of the year

Irish beef exports shrug off horsemeat to rise by 16%

By Lorraine Mullaney

Irish beef exports have climbed by 16% and risen in value, since the beginning of this year – despite the horsemeat scandal, according to Aidan Cotter, chief executive of Bord Bia, the Irish food board.

The expansion at Corkers will enable the firm to produce an extra 120,000 bags of crisps a day

Corkers completes factory expansion

By Laurence Gibbons

Crisp brand Corkers has finished the expansion of its factory in Ely, Cambridgeshire and is now able to produce an extra 120,000 bags of crisps a day.

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