Ambient foods

The new vegan friendly additions to the Baxters Plant Based Soups range

Baxters adds vegan lines to plant-based soups range

By Rod Addy

Baxters Food Group has introduced three vegan friendly flavours to its Plant Based Soups range into Asda and Sainsbury's stores nationwide: Spiced Red Lentil; Sundried Tomato & Thyme and Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry.

Simtom Foods's factory is based at Merry Lees Industrial Estate in Leicestershire

World foods supplier Simtom Food Products in administration

By Rod Addy

Simtom Food Products Limited, the family-owned ethnic condiments manufacturer, has entered administration citing the impact of the pandemic and labour shortages, after making most of its 60-strong permanent workforce redundant.

New launches, rebrands and developments in materials feature in this packaging round-up

Packaging round-up: Rebrands and new developments

By Gwen Ridler

New recyclable packaging at TruffleHunter, the development of paper-based bags at Bauck and a ‘first of its kind’ integrated bottle cap all feature in this round-up of food and drink packaging developments.

Left to right: Newlat Food chairman Angelo Mastrolia with Symington's chief executive David Cox

Symington’s acquired by Italian food firm

By Gwen Ridler

Chicken Tonight manufacturer Symington’s has been acquired by Italian producer Newlat Food for £53m, as it eyes growth internationally and aims to transform one of Symington's factories purely into a pasta facility.

The JDE plant makes Kenco, Tassimo and Millicano coffee

Jacobs Douwe Egberts coffee plant deal close for workers?

By Rod Addy

Jacobs Douwe Egberts's (JDE's) coffee factory workers in Banbury, Oxfordshire will be balloted on a new pay and employment conditions’ package that removes controversial ‘fire and rehire’ proposals, according to trade union Unite.

Typhoo processes its branded and own label teas in the UK

Typhoo Tea acquired by Zetland Capital

By Rod Addy

Typhoo Tea Ltd, maker of brands such as Lift and Heath & Heather has been acquired by private equity firm Zetland Capital, enabling it to invest in production and boost jobs.

Usdaw members have voted in favour of strike action at Weetabix Kettering

Strike action threatened at Weetabix Kettering

By Gwen Ridler

Members of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) have unanimously voted in favour of industrial action at Weetabix’s Kettering plant, after a dispute over shift payments.

Topalian: 'Facing into the changing world around us'

Mars Food UK appoints Armen Topalian at the helm

By Rod Addy

Mars Food UK has promoted Armen Topalian as general manager, with the title market director, replacing Craig Sargeant who is leaving his role because he has also been promoted.

Strikes at Weetabix have been suspended after talks between Unite and the manufacturer

Strikes suspended at Weetabix factories

By Gwen Ridler

Planned strike action across Weetabix’s Northamptonshire sites has been suspended following ‘constructive talks’ between workers union Unite and the manufacturer.

Healthy is the main driver for consumers looking for snacks, according to Glanbia

Healthy choices dominate snacking trends

By Gwen Ridler

Health and wellness were the main drivers behind snacking choices among UK consumers, according to a new report from ingredients specialist Glanbia Nutritionals.

We round-up some of the latest plant-based launches

Plant-based product round-up

By Gwen Ridler

Wheat-based mince, vegan jelly beans and the world’s ‘healthiest’ burger all feature in this round-up of plant-based new product development.

Premier eyes international expansion after strong financial year

Premier Foods eyes new categories after transformative year

By Gwen Ridler

Premier Foods is eyeing new categories and bolt-on acquisitions while focusing on a new overseas strategy, according to plans revealed alongside results for a full year (FY) described as ‘transformational’ by one analyst.

New developments in food and drink packaging feature in this round-up

Packaging news and development round-up

By Gwen Ridler

From bottles made from wood pulp to new advances in packaging machinery, we round-up some of the latest developments in the food and drink packaging space.

CapVest has agreed to sell Valeo Foods to Bain Capital Private Equity

Valeo Foods sale agreed by owner CapVest

By Gwen Ridler

The sale of Valeo Foods – owner of brands including Kettle and Rowse – to Bain Capital Private Equity has been agreed by current owner CapVest for an undisclosed sum.

Marmite production is set to rise as pubs reopen

Production of Marmite is set to bounce back as pubs reopen

By Gwen Ridler

The reopening of pubs after lockdown will lead to a boost in production of Marmite and similar products affected by the mass closure of foodservice and hospitality businesses, online retailer Approved Food claims.

Princes Group makes the canned foods that are an essential part of its whole food range at Long Sutton

FoodMan Talks

Princes Long Sutton boss on Canning Excellence

By Rod Addy

Princes general manager of canning Rob James walks Food Manufacture through the final stages of its £80m Canning Excellence project, implemented in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in this episode of FoodMan Talks.

The canning line is part of a much wider £80m investment

Princes Foods Long Sutton factory boosts canning capacity

By Rod Addy

Princes Foods has boosted canning capacity at its Long Sutton site in Lincolnshire with the installation of a new flexible canning line for ready meals completing another phase in an £80m investment programme.

Milk alternatives is one of the driving factors in plant-based growth in Europe

Milk and meat alternatives lead plant-based growth: roundup

By Gwen Ridler

Rapid growth of plant-based food in Europe, Beyond Meat's global McDonald's and Yum!Brands deals, opposition to restrictions on dairy-based terms for vegan packaging, and ready meal launches feature in this roundup of plant-based news.