Ambient foods

Unite sounds warning over Kraft split

Unite sounds warning over Kraft split

By Anne Bruce

Union the Unite is seeking assurances about UK jobs and production at Kraft and Cadbury’s, following the announcement that Kraft is set to split its business into two independent companies.

Princes ponders ways to can Fray Bentos

Princes ponders ways to can Fray Bentos

By Ben Bouckley

Princes says it is “actively considering” options regarding the disposal of former Premier Foods canned pies business Fray Bentos.

Cleaning is up to scratch

Cleaning is up to scratch

Walsall-based pork scratching manufacturer Graham Simmons & Sons of Walsall still uses soda crystal to remove grease and keep its premises safe by avoiding slips in a tried and tested process that is over 100 years old.

It's in the bag for Seabrook

It's in the bag for Seabrook

By Rod Addy

The pages of magazines are littered with over-eager brands all boasting amazingly optimistic growth plans, which stretch the bounds of credibility. Seabrook Crisps might easily be mistaken for one of them if it weren't for the fact that, in Seabrook's...

Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney looks set to seal a Uniq deal

Greencore 'one step closer' to Uniq takeover

By Ben Bouckley and Graham Holter

Greencore’s £113m offer for Uniq has been declared ‘unconditional as to acceptances’ after over 90% of shareholders indicated acceptance of the deal.

Strike action at Burton’s Foods now less likely

Strike action at Burton’s Foods now less likely

By Ben Bouckley

Strike action now seems less likely at Burton’s Foods' Blackpool site, after the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) said it would endorse a new company pay offer.

Genius Foods ‘frustrated’ by prescriptive bread costs

Genius Foods ‘frustrated’ by prescriptive bread costs

By Ben Bouckley

Genius Foods says it is frustrated by additional charges levied on gluten-free bread that it supplies to the NHS in Wales, although the nation's government insists that talk of £32 loaves is incorrect.

Princes has Premier business in the can

Princes has Premier business in the can

By Ben Bouckley

Princes has confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of Premier Foods' canning operations, but that the Fray Bentos business continuing to operate independently until a buyer is found.

First British Sugar strikes in 30 years loom

First British Sugar strikes in 30 years loom

By Anne Bruce

Unite the Union is preparing to ballot members at four British Sugar plants on industrial action over pay, in what could lead to the first strike action at the firm in 30 years.

Brand Cellar eyes food brand sellers

Brand Cellar eyes food brand sellers

By Anne Bruce

Brand rescue company Brand Cellar says it has had multiple enquiries from the confectionery sector as it builds its profile in the food industry.

Zetar boss plans premium own-label push

Zetar boss plans premium own-label push

By Ben Bouckley

Zetar says its key focus over the next three years will be to drive sales of premium private label and branded products across both its confectionery and snacks divisions.

Burton’s Foods strike action averted

Burton’s Foods strike action averted

By Ben Bouckley

The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has called off scheduled strike action at Burton’s Foods Blackpool site, after the union agreed to further talks with company management.

ABF 'bad news' no worse than expected: analysts

ABF 'bad news' no worse than expected: analysts

By Anne Bruce

The “bad news was no worse than expected” said analysts, after Associated British Foods (ABF) posted its third quarter trading update to June 25 2011 this morning.

Can Premier's new ceo arrest the firm's profit slide?

Exit Schofield: Premier Foods appoints new ceo

By Anne Bruce

Premier Foods has pleased the City and commentators with the speedy appointment of Mike Clarke from Kraft Foods as its new ceo, after analysts described a late June trading statement as "shocking".

Own-label growth: Opportunity or threat?

Own-label growth: Opportunity or threat?

By Ben Bouckley

Increased penetration of own-label products within the UK retail sector will pose new challenges to branded food manufacturers in coming years, according to a recent webcast by Trace One and Planet Retail.

Last-ditch challenge scuppers Burton’s strike

Last-ditch challenge scuppers Burton’s strike

By Ben Bouckley

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) says it has called off strike action at Burton’s Foods site in Blackpool following a last-ditch challenge from the company over the validity of the ballot.

PepsiCo UK admits missing reformulation targets

PepsiCo UK admits missing reformulation targets

By Graham Holter and Ben Bouckley

PepsiCo UK admits it has not hit all its self-imposed targets to make products healthier, but says the economy and technical challenges are partly to blame.

Rise of greener hardstocks

Rise of greener hardstocks

By Rod Addy

European processors can access greener hardstocks, requiring far less heat and generating far less waste water, thanks to developments by Sime Darby Unimills.

The only way is (Tiptree) Essex, says jam maker

The only way is (Tiptree) Essex, says jam maker

By Lawrence Morley

Jam producer Wilkin & Sons is trying to establish a new home within its current and only base for over 125 years in Tiptree, Essex, as it bids to employ around 200 more people by 2030.

Border Biscuits invests £2.5m in plant

Border Biscuits invests £2.5m in plant

By Ben Bouckley

Border Biscuits is investing a further £2.5 million to increase manufacturing capabilities and plant capacity over the next 18 months as the Scottish biscuit maker targets a 50% turnover increase over the next few years.

‘Unacceptable’ Nutella ad should have been banned, says Which?

‘Unacceptable’ Nutella ad should have been banned, says Which?

By Ben Bouckley

Consumer watchdog Which? has hit out at an Advertising Standards Authority adjudication that rejected 31 complaints about a television advert for Nutella hazlenut spread, calling the authority’s failure to ban it a “huge disappointment”.

Fresh Okehampton blow as Kerry reveals closure plans

Fresh Okehampton blow as Kerry reveals closure plans

By Graham Holter and Ben Bouckley

Kerry Ingredients is proposing to close its Okehampton site by 2012 with the loss of up to 106 jobs, as it considers switching production to a larger and more modern unit in Tenbury Wells.

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