A clutch of widely-used nutrition claims from ‘no added salt’ and ‘low-Gi’ to ‘10% less fat’ remain in a state of legal limbo as discussions over whether to allow them under the health claims Regulation drag on.
Tate & Lyle has unveiled first quarter trading figures reflecting “steady” demand in speciality food ingredients, "solid" growth in sucralose volumes and “firm” demand for high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
The first round of redundancies at Twinings’ North Shields factory has been delayed until February 2011, having originally been due to start this September.
The EU Commission is seeking “formal guarantees” from the Polish authorities that Twinings is not using an EU funding award to invest in a multi-million euro factory that will see the relocation of UK production facilities abroad.
The new owner of Tate & Lyle’s EU sugar division says it will take measures "to substantially ease the supply situation" as regards raw cane sugar supplies to the Silvertown refinery in London over the next 18 months.
The proceeds from Tate & Lyle's sale of its EU sugar business should give bosses the firepower to develop an added-value food ingredients business of at least £500m, according to City analysts.
City analysts are hoping two new additions to Premier Foods’ senior management team can inject new urgency into the business before refinancing issues loom large again.
Kellogg issues massive recall as tainted packaging sparks health fears
Kellogg Company has recalled 28 million boxes of breakfast cereal in the United States over fears an unknown chemical that has tainted its packaging could cause diarrhoea and vomitting.
The National Trust is discussing contract manufacturing deals with firms making everything from chutney to soup as part of an ambitious plan to get its branded products into every major UK supermarket.
A fledgling food manufacturing business created by an accountant, a geophysicist and a priest is targeting independent retailers, delis, farm shops and supermarkets with an unusual range of products based on British herbs, Asian spices and blueberries...
Union members at Nestlé’s York chocolate factory have rejected an offer from company bosses of a 1% pay rise but agreed to resume talks.
Sugar Puffs and Poppets maker Big Bear Group has “no plans to re-open the IPO [initial public offering] process” for the business, director Paul Wilkinson has insisted.
When it comes to media whipping boys, the breakfast cereals sector is up there with Gordon Brown and speed cameras.
The man who heads up Zeina Foods tells Rod Addy the history of how he grew his business to a £12M turnover firm and what his plans are for the future
While margins in chilled ready meals manufacturing remain wafer-thin, factory closures in the sector have gone “some way” to rebalancing supply and demand, Greencore has claimed.
Food manufacturers are being “far too cautious” when it comes to setting best-before dates for many ambient food products, according to a leading academic in the field of sensory shelf-life testing.
Robert Schofield’s position as chief executive of Premier Foods is looking “increasingly untenable”, according to analysts at Investec.
Northern Foods plays it safe and cuts insurance premiums by a third
Northern Foods has slashed factory insurance premiums by 30% in a four-year workplace safety campaign working closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Zeina Foods: UK retailers warming to Middle Eastern cuisine
UK retailers are starting to explore the potential of Middle Eastern foods in their ready meals aisles and snack fixtures, according to a leading supplier of Syrian-inspired snacks.
There are two sides to the same crisp-style cornchip
The latest addition to Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients' snack product range is a crisp-style maize product that has a different texture on either side.
VAT on processed food will rise to 20%, says economist
VAT on processed food is likely to be raised to 20%, whichever party wins the general election, while sterling will "remain weak", a leading economist has predicted.
Tesco and Sainsbury plan own-label sucralose launches
Tesco, Sainsbury and Morrisons all aim to launch own-label sucralose-based sweeteners this year to compete with Tate & Lyle’s Splenda product, FoodManufacture.co.uk has learned.
Twinings to cut jobs at North Shields from September
The first wave of job cuts at Twinings’ North Shields tea factory will begin in September after union bosses failed to persuade parent company Associated British Foods (ABF) to keep the plant open.
Premier Foods ‘only scratching the surface’ on procurement savings
Premier Foods could save far more cash through tackling the “mind-boggling” complexity of its procurement operation than trying to squeeze out operational efficiency savings, according to City analysts.
Credit insurance claims drop as economy recovers
New figures reveal trade credit insurance claims have dropped from a peak in early 2009, although accessing insurance is still difficult and expensive, according to food manufacturers.
Surge in electrostatics for flavour application
A UK firm pioneering the use of electrostatics to apply flavourings to food has seen sales grow by 25% this year as food manufacturers have started to embrace the technology.
Warburtons snaps up North East Bakery site
Warburtons has bought North East Bakery’s former baking plant on the Newburn Industrial Estate in Newcastle.
Business deals stall as election looms
The upturn in food and drink mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity predicted by many corporate finance experts in 2010 has “not really materialised”, according to legal firm Rollits.
little away with iTPS
An Ishida iTPS integrated multihead weigher and bag maker is achieving speeds of 160 bags a minute (bpm) at snack manufacturer Snacks Unlimited.
Cadbury cuts Easter egg packaging by 40%
Downsizing its Easter egg packaging has delivered a surprising number of operational as well as environmental benefits, Cadbury has revealed.Cadbury...
FSA gives thumbs up to nanotechnology database
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board last week accepted a recommendation in a House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report to compile a...
If you could design your processes again from scratch, asks Glen Annison at Creative Foods, what would they look like?
Kellogg drives corporate social responsibility
Kellogg has pledged to step up its corporate social responsibility drive, finding that eight out of 10 consumers still say the environmental impact...
Cracking the code
I sincerely hope that every pub in the country has a copy of the Code of Practice for Equal Chance Gaming, issued by the Gambling Commission for...
Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels may be divided by language and tastes, but they offer very loyal customers for UK suppliers prepared to make the effort. Sue Scott reports