Ambient foods

Chapman: 'I’ll also be working on driving out waste in all its forms throughout our business'

Weetabix names manufacturing director

By Rod Addy

Weetabix Food Company has appointed Neil Chapman, who was previously Kerry Foods' human resources director for operations and has held senior operations roles at Cadbury and Kraft Foods, as its manufacturing director.

ABF's latest results revealed healthy food sales while Primark took a coronavirus hit

ABF food sales strong amid Primark profit hit

By Gwen Ridler

Food sales remain strong at Associated British Foods (ABF), but coronavirus pressures on the business’s retail operations cut into annual sales and profit.

The investment has partly been earmarked for a new production line and palletising solution

Flora cooking oil producer pumps £24m into factory

By Rod Addy

Edible Oils Limited (EOL) is investing £24m at its Erith factory, which produces more than 100 million litres of cooking oil annually, under Crisp ‘n’ Dry, Flora and Mazola Corn Oil brands and retail own-label.

Symington’s has secured listings for six more products from its Naked range to launch in Walmart stores

Symington’s boosts Walmart listings

By Rod Addy

Symington’s has secured listings for six more products from its Naked range to launch in Walmart stores this month and aims to roll out more products under its Twistd brand to the US retailer.

The breakfast cereal companies have committed to supporting public health

Breakfast cereal manufacturers commit to positive health

By Michelle Perrett

Breakfast Cereals UK (BCUK), the UK trade body for the breakfast cereals industry whose members include Kellogg’s and Weetabix, has launched its roadmap manifesto ‘Wake Up to Breakfast Cereal – A five-point plan’.

Princes sees the labelling move as part of a wider response to shoppers demanding more transparency from processors

Princes pursues transparency with Napolina QR codes

By Rod Addy

Princes has launched on-pack quick response (QR) codes on its Napolina canned tomatoes, enabling smartphone users to view their quality and sustainability credentials as part of a broader blockchain-enabled transparency drive.

The TRS range of spices and pulses

Strap: Interview with Vibrant Foods chairman Rohit Samani – Part 2

Vibrant Foods plans range blending Indian spices, pulses

By Rod Addy

Vibrant Foods aims to launch an easy-cook Indian food range blending its Indian spices and pulses and is seeking partners to accelerate its new product development plans.

David Nairn has stepped down as MD of Burts Snacks

Former SHS Group drinks head to become Burts Snacks boss

By Gwen Ridler

Burts Snacks managing director (MD) David Nairn has stepped down from his role after 14 years leading the business and is being replaced by the former MD of SHS Group’s drinks division David McNulty.

Vibrant Foods claims there has been a 'huge explosion in demand' for its Eat Real brand

Exclusive interview with Rohit Samani, chairman, Vibrant Foods: Part 1

Vibrant Foods boosts Indian food production

By Rod Addy

Indian foods manufacturer Vibrant Foods has increased production at its TRS Foods factory in Southall and East End Foods West Bromwich factory by 50% to manage surging sales, sparked by the coronavirus lockdown.

Princes brands include Napolina; Crisp 'n Dry, Flora and Mazola cooking oils and Branston baked beans

Princes Group backs lifeline for modern slavery victims

By Rod Addy

Ambient food and drink processor Princes has teamed up with Bright Future, an employment programme that provides victims of modern slavery with a pathway to paid employment and reintegration into society.

Nestle launches pea plant bar

Nestlé in pea protein bar launch

By Michelle Perrett

Nestlé is tapping into the emerging trend for pea protein with the launch of a new range of its YES! snack bars.

Pino Calcagni: 'Synergies to improve economies of scale'

Nut and dried fruit supplier to grow Ipswich factory

By Rod Addy

Italian nut and dried fruit firm Besana, which supplies manufacturers and supermarkets including Tesco and Waitrose, will grow its Ipswich packing and distribution site following a merger with Spanish company Importaco.

Turner: 'We developed a recipe that was particularly scalable'

Food Man Talks

Vegan pasta concept wins Silver at Ecotrophelia UK

By Rod Addy & James Ridler

Kirsty Turner, representative of the Silver-winning team at this year’s Ecotrophelia UK competition, Plant-Up from the University of West London, explains how their entry addressed consumer demand for convenient, healthy and eco-friendly food.

Mr Lee's Pure Foods has smashed its crowdfunding target in less than a week

Mr Lee’s smashes £1.75m crowdfunding target

By Gwen Ridler

Gluten-free noodle manufacturer Mr Lee’s Pure Foods has smashed its £1.75m crowdfunding target in less than a week, as it sets its sights on further international expansion.

ABF bosses have elected to take pay cuts in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

ABF bosses take 50% pay cut

By Gwen Ridler

Associated British Foods (ABF) chief executive George Weston and finance director John Bason have requested a temporary 50% pay cut in anticipation of much lower earnings for the company following the coronavirus outbreak.

Kingston: ‘We know which way the market is heading, so we’ve geared up to cater for that’

Me & my team

Pecan Deluxe Candy: Hitting the sweet notes

By Graham Kingston

Operational investment, a flexible approach and staff motivation are key to the success of Pecan Deluxe Candy, says managing director Graham Kingston.