Ambient foods

A £50m price tag is a realistic figure Kettle Chips, claimed Wild

Kettle acquisition first step in larger food group?

By Gwen Ridler

The purchase of Kettle Foods’ UK and Ireland business by Valeo could be the first step in owner CapVest’s plans to create a larger food group that can float on the stock market, according to an industry expert.

The Hemp plant is the most common sauce of CBD oil used in food and drink production

All you need to know about CBD

By Gwen Ridler

From its perceived medical benefits to the growth in the market, we run down the things you need to know about cannabidiol (CBD) and its use in food and drink production.

Mike Russell Smith co-founded Savoursmiths with his wife Colette in 2016

Crisp maker Savoursmiths sets sights on new factory

By Helen Gilbert

Upmarket crisp maker Savoursmiths intends to open a factory in 2020 that will be able to process between seven and eight million bags of crisps annually, Food Manufacture can reveal.

The last jar of Colman#s Mustard roled off the production line on Wednesday

Unilever shuts down historic Colman’s factory

By Gwen Ridler

Unilever has finally stopped production of Colman’s Mustard at its Norwich factory, ending 160 years’ of manufacturing of the iconic British condiment at the site.

Healthy snacking brand Graze is making its products available in Ireland

Graze expands into Europe

By Gwen Ridler

Healthy snacking brand Graze has continued its expansion overseas by launching a direct-to-consumer channel in the Republic of Ireland.

Food and drink product launches

Diverse snacks launched in latest NPD round

By Gwen Ridler

Fruit crisps, chocolate-covered pretzels and healthy snack launches all feature in this month’s photo gallery of new product developments by food and drink manufacturers.

Al fresco barbecue range leads food NPD

Al fresco barbecue range leads food NPD

By David Challis

From a new al fresco barbecue range to plant-based milkshakes, we cover the latest new product developments in the food and drink industry, featured in this photo gallery.

Lucy Wager's Pudology is one of the brands taking advantage of the free-from desserts sector

Development hub

The pull of free-from puddings

By Ellie Woollven

As vegan, vegetarian, and flexitarian trends take hold, start-up firms are capitalising on the free-from puddings sector.

Cofresh Snack Foods has manufactured traditional and authentic Indian snacks since 1974

Cofresh Snack Foods to invest millions in production

By Helen Gilbert

Cofresh Snack Foods is to plough £20m into the business over the next 18 months as it seeks to grow its turnover to more than £100m following the acquisition of an additional food production and warehousing facility.

Premier Foods posted a £42.7m loss in its 2018/19 full-year results

‘Zombie’ Premier Foods posts £42.7m loss

By Gwen Ridler

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods remains a zombie company in the minds of analysts, as the business posted a £42.7m loss in its full-year results ended 30 March 2019.

Pladis is to refocus its business around its core range in balance with NPD

Pladis to focus on core range

By Gwen Ridler

McVitie’s-owner Pladis is to rebalance its business to focus on its core range of products, as it identifies a £330m opportunity for the biscuit sector.

Burts Potato Chips is to create 64 jobs at its Leicester site

Burts Potato Chips creates 60 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Burts Potato Chips is to create more than 60 new jobs at its Leicester site as part of its expansion of the recently acquired factory.

Step onto the show floor at IFE 2019 in this video

Innovation on show at IFE 2019

By Gwen Ridler

From low calorie meringue bars to vegan ready meals, this year’s International Food & Drink Event (IFE) showcased the latest innovations in the industry – captured in our whistle-stop video tour.

John Prescott visits Lea & Perrins and Soreen his new TV programme

John Prescott visits food manufacturers

By Gwen Ridler

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott explores some of the UK’s biggest food and drink manufacturers in his new television series, airing on Channel 5.

Keebler and Famous Amos have been sold to the Ferrero Group by Kellogg's

Kellogg's sells US cookie and cracker brands

By Helen Gilbert

The Kellogg Company (Kellogg's) has sold US cookie and cracker brands Keebler and Famous Amos to Italy’s Ferrero Group, enabling it to focus on its core breakfast cereals and savoury snacks offer.

Vbites owner Heather Mills has purchased her third food factory

Heather Mills buys third food factory

By Gwen Ridler

Heather Mills, owner of vegan food manufacturer VBites, has purchased the former Coty/Procter & Gamble factory in Newcastle for an undisclosed sum.

McVitie's Chocolate Chip & Coconut, one of two lines in the new Digestives Twists range, will be available in Asda before a larger roll-out

Pladis launches Digestives range

By Gwen Ridler

Pladis is set to launch two new additions to its McVitie’s Digestives range of biscuits, in a bid to drive younger customers to the brand.

New product launches by Coca-Cola and Unilever feature in this month's gallery

New product launches in food and drink

By Gwen Ridler

From Coca-Cola energy drinks to Marmite peanut butter, we take a look at some of the latest developments and trends in the food and drink industry in this gallery of new product developments.

Pasta Foods has invested in a new pasta production line ahead of expected Brexit supply issues

Pasta Foods invests in new production line

By Aidan Fortune

Ingredients manufacturer Pasta Foods has installed a new state of the art production line in its Norwich facility to help cope with expected rising demand caused by Brexit.

2 Sisters owned Fox's Biscuits is set to axe 250 jobs

2 Sisters to axe 250 jobs at Fox’s Biscuits

By Gwen Ridler

Hundreds of jobs are at risk at Fox’s Biscuits’ Uttoxeter site in East Staffordshire, after the manufacturer announced plans to reduce the 700-strong workforce at the loss-making site.

People on the move in food and drink

Gallery

People on the move in food and drink

By Gwen Ridler

The past month has seen several senior hires by food and drink businesses, featured here in this photo gallery.

The Government has outlined the tariffs that will be applied should there be a no-deal Brexit situation

Tariff timeline slammed by food industry

By Aidan Fortune

Details of the tariffs that are to be applied to food and drink products in the event of a no-deal Brexit situation have been criticised by the industry.

Lally: 'Exciting new projects'

Weetabix names chief engineer

By Rod Addy

Weetabix Food Company has appointed Parjit Singh Lally, former engineering manager at pharmaceutical company GSK to spearhead the business' engineering strategy.

Sweet treat launches lead new product development

NPD GALLERY

Sweet treat launches lead new product development

By Gwen Ridler

As the Easter holiday season rushes rapidly towards us, we take a look at some of the latest new product developments by food and drink manufacturers capitalising on the nation’s obsession with sweet treats this month.

Walker: ‘Category saturation is proving to be challenging. The sheer volume of products has created a lot of noise in the sector’

Business leaders

Facing your primal fears

By Aidan Fortune

Bursting onto the scene in 2014, Suzie Walker’s Primal Pantry led the field in premium on-the-go paleo snacks. Five years on, how is it coping with a crowded marketplace and the threat of Brexit?