Ambient foods

Monopoly pie in sky for Princes after Premier sale

Monopoly pie in sky for Princes after Premier sale

By Ben Bouckley

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is considering undertakings from Princes and Premier Foods to avert monopoly concerns about canned pie supply, which the body said would leave UK consumers with “extremely limited choices”.

Buying Sharwoods would be Premier option, tycoon

Buying Sharwoods would be Premier option, tycoon

By Ben Bouckley and Anne Bruce

Premier Foods says it has not received an approach for its Sharwoods brand, after the owner of Veetee Food Group reportedly said he had secured financial backing to support a potential bid for it.

Marmite could be back on Danish shelves in three months...if Unilever applies for permission

Unilever on unauthorised Danish Marmite sales: “We are innocent”

By Shane Starling

Marmite, recently withdrawn from the Danish market after it became apparent the fortified, yeast breakfast spread did not possess a fortified food authorisation under the Scandinavian country’s strict laws, could be back on-market in three months, Danish...

Meet the food factory managers...

Meet the food factory managers...

By Ben Bouckley

From Dairy Crest to the American Muffin Company, we revisit the factory managers and plant directors who keep operations ticking over, all of whom Food Manufacture has visited within the past 12 months.

Syrup supplier celebrates direct action

Syrup supplier celebrates direct action

By Rick Pendrous

Malmesbury Syrups, a supplier of flavoured coffee syrups, is witnessing impressive growth thanks to its online sales through Amazon.

Steve’s Cakes wound up

Steve’s Cakes wound up

By Anne Bruce

Asda supplier Steve's Cakes is being liquidated by Belfast insolvency company FGS McClure Watters.

Heinz is committed to a BPA alternative in can linings, despite insisting that minute levels are safe

EU Bisphenol A ban not based on science, COT

By Ben Bouckley

A scientist who chairs the UK's independent Committee on Toxicity (COT) says the European Commission’s (EC’s) move to ban the import of baby bottles using Bisphenol A (BPA) is not based on scientific evidence, and has rejected calls to ban its use...

Stobart warns of BOGOF supply chain strain

Stobart warns of BOGOF supply chain strain

By Ben Bouckley

Transport giant Eddie Stobart has warned that the supermarket demand for two-for-one offers is placing a strain on logistics firms, and increasing the number of miles the company’s fleet runs empty.

Expert slams 'politicised' nutrition and salt science

Expert slams 'politicised' nutrition and salt science

By Rod Addy

Nutrition is being politicised, with food authorities bowing to pressure from minority interests and lobbyists in areas such as salt reduction at significant risk to consumer health, according to one expert.

Smaller food brands face increased own-label threat

Smaller food brands face increased own-label threat

By Ben Bouckley

Manufacturers of lower-profile food brands could fall victim to the retailer-driven trend towards more own-label products over the next 15 years, according to a new report from financial services provider Rabobank.

EFSA defends aspartame work, denies dossier loss

EFSA defends aspartame work, denies dossier loss

By Ben Bouckley

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has denied a suggestion by two MEPs that it may have lost data relating to a previous safety evaluation of the high intensity sweetener aspartame (E951) and that it failed to examine it properly in the first place.

Premier wins gravy fight with Unilever

Premier wins gravy fight with Unilever

By Anne Bruce

Premier Foods has won a spat with rival Unilever, after the latter claimed in adverts that its Knorr gravy tasted better than Premier’s Bisto brand.

Unilever ceo Paul Polman

City sceptical over P&G bid for Unilever

By Ben Bouckley and Graham Holter

A City analyst has expressed scepticism about the likely truth of rumours that Procter & Gamble (P&G) could be lining up a £38bn hostile bid for UK consumer giant Unilever.

Heinz fined for finger loss at UK factory

Heinz fined for finger loss at UK factory

By Helen Glaberson

Heinz has been fined £20,000 after a worker lost a finger whilst operating industrial machinery at the company’s UK-based baked bean factory.

Real growth lies in retail, says Lees Foods boss

Real growth lies in retail, says Lees Foods boss

By Ben Bouckley

Despite his firm's successful push to boost foodservice sales over the past year, Lees Foods ceo Clive Miquel believes the retail sector is where the “real growth lies” , as the company looks to extend its brands into complementary product areas.

Greencore cfo insists business is not for sale

Greencore cfo insists business is not for sale

By Ben Bouckley

Greencore cfo Alan Williams has told FoodManufacture.co.uk that he can "categorically confirm the business is not for sale", following a news report that said the €850m turnover convenience foods group had held talks with private equity firms...

Wilkin & Sons to preserve Tiptree base?

Wilkin & Sons to preserve Tiptree base?

By Anne Bruce

Jam producer Wilkin & Sons says its main focus during 2011 is to find new premises, which could possibly involve moving from its iconic site in the village of Tipree, Essex.

Northern Foods proposes Leeds head office closure

Northern Foods proposes Leeds head office closure

By Ben Bouckley

Northern Foods is proposing to close it Leeds office and move the majority of staff to its ‘shared service centre’ in Wakefield, FoodManufacture.co.uk has learnt, as owner Ranjit Boparan starts restructuring his new acquisition.

Zetar counts the cost of snacking...

Zetar counts the cost of snacking...

By Ben Bouckley

Confectionery and snacks group Zetar has described the last year as a ''difficult period'' for its snacks division, as sales flatlined and commodity costs rose.

Daivd Beckham: Pepsi's YouTube video of the football icon is indicative of a growing trend

Large brands boost online advertising spend

By Rick Pendrous

Major brand owners such as Coca-Cola, Mars and Unilever are increasing their marketing spend on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to interact directly with consumers using smartphones, while small firms are also upping their...

Artist's impression of the new Ruskin Square development

Nestlé UK may be tempted to stay in Croydon

By Graham Holter

Nestlé UK may keep its headquarters in Croydon, despite reissuing a warning that it is "reviewing other options" outside the London borough in a bid to escape its dilapidated site by 2014.

PepsiCo UK, porridge

PepsiCo UK invests £8.5m in porridge site

By Ben Bouckley

PepsiCo UK is pumping £8.5m into its Quaker Oats site in Fife to meet increasing demand for hot cereals, which have grown 13% in the year to March 19 2011, according to Nielsen.

Ready, spready go...

Ready, spready go...

By Ben Bouckley

Peanut butter is now Britain’s fastest growing sweet spread with sales up by over 40% from 2008 to £40m in 2010, according to market intelligence firm Mintel.

Instant Satisfaction

Instant Satisfaction

By Rod Addy

My last assignment before this was managing a strategic project at Kraft’s global HQ in Northfield, Chicago. You don’t get the people factor when you’re doing that sort of work, so my first week here I’ll never forget the feeling of being back in a plant.

Ocado ceo Tim Steiner: Increasing numbers of food firms are entering the online grocery arena

Online sales help brands counter own label threat

By Ben Bouckley

Limited supermarket shelf space and own label competition are reasons why food firms are growing online sales, both directly and through third-party sites, says food and grocery analyst IGD.

IT meltdown: Brakes ceo Stefan Barden wants to

Major IT meltdown puts the skids on Brakes

By Anne Bruce

Foodservice giant Brakes has apologised to customers following a massive IT breakdown last week, which meant staff in warehouses could not pick food and send out orders.

Unifine UK md acclaims Dawn Foods takeover

Unifine UK md acclaims Dawn Foods takeover

By Ben Bouckley

Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients UK md Simon Solway has greeted the news that US firm Dawn Foods wishes to acquire his firm as a “very positive move”.

Former Kellogg's UK md Greg Peterson: pastures new

Kellogg's UK md steps down

By Ben Bouckley

Kellogg's UK md Greg Paterson has stepped down, with the food manufacturer appointing a temporary successor until it finds a suitable long-term replacement.

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