Ambient foods

Salkeld: £10m investment

Symington's to create 40 new jobs

By Ben Bouckley and Elaine Watson

Symington's will create up to 40 new jobs next year as it opens a new factory in Leeds and evaluates options for a second new facility.

Unilever slashes 1,200 SKUs in waste reduction drive

Unilever slashes 1,200 SKUs in waste reduction drive

By Elaine Watson

Unilever reduced its range by more than 1,200 stock keeping units (SKUs) last year as part of a bid to cut its long tail, prioritise top sellers and reduce waste, supply chain bosses have revealed.

Premier Foods: Our suppliers are happy to pay 10k

Premier Foods: Our suppliers are happy to pay 10k

By Elaine Watson

More than three-quarters of recruitment suppliers that signed up to Premier Foods’ preferred supplier scheme last year have “already confirmed their interest in taking part again in 2011”, the company has claimed.

BFAWU strike ballot called off at Fox’s Biscuits

BFAWU strike ballot called off at Fox’s Biscuits

By Elaine Watson

A strike ballot called by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) at Fox’s Biscuits’ factories at Kirkham and Batley has been called off due to ‘technical’ glitches.

Northern Foods: Pay offer at Fox's Biscuits is fair

Northern Foods: Pay offer at Fox's Biscuits is fair

By Elaine Watson

Northern Foods has defended its pay offer to staff at Fox's Biscuits as "very competitive in the current climate" following news that the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) is balloting members at the Kirkham and Batley biscuit...

A run for your honey

A run for your honey

By Patrick Robinson, factory manager, Rowse Honey

I left school with O- and A-levels and got a job in a microbiology lab at a bakery, which funded a Higher National Certificate in food technology at South Bank Polytechnic.

Who feels like Chicken Tonight? (Don't all shout at once.)

Who feels like Chicken Tonight? (Don't all shout at once.)

By Elaine Watson

Who feels like some Chicken Tonight? Not many of us, apparently, which explains why brand owner Unilever now wants to get shot of it, along with fellow cooking sauce Ragu, sales of which are believed to be equally uninspiring.

Gurkha sauce, anyone?

Gurkha sauce, anyone?

By Elaine Watson

An unusual range of premium sauces and chutneys inspired by the Gurkhas is gathering steam in the independent retail sector.

Buoyant summer at Greencore, but growth slows in US

Buoyant summer at Greencore, but growth slows in US

By Elaine Watson

Greencore has notched up a “very positive” set of summer trading figures, posting a 7% increase in sales to €281.2m in its convenience foods division in the four months to July 23, driven by strong growth in food-to-go and prepared meals.

Twinings Tea

Unions urge govt to probe "disgraceful" Twinings fund

By Ben Bouckley

The Trades Union Congress has written to business secretary Vince Cable asking him to investigate whether Twinings received EU funds to “relocate” production from the UK to a new Polish factory, given that UK jobs could be lost as a result.

Hovis Hearty Oats loaf

Premier Foods: ‘Open-minded’ about disposals

By Elaine Watson

Premier Foods remains ‘open-minded’ about selling off assets to pay off debts, bosses have revealed as the firm released interim results broadly in line with expectations, but warned of rising cost inflation in the second half.

Amazon.co.uk

“Teething problems” won’t scupper Amazon launch

By Elaine Watson

Significant “teething problems” notwithstanding, Amazon.co.uk’s online grocery store has a good chance of success in the long-term, according to food manufacturers taking part in the launch.

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