Ambient foods

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

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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

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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?

Moving popcorn production to Pontefract could cost the jobs of 90 staff

KP Snacks factory move puts 90 jobs at risk

By Gwen Ridler

KP Snacks has announced plans to close its Largo Foods UK popcorn factory in Barnsley and relocate production to Pontefract, West Yorkshire, putting 90 jobs at risk.

ABF predicted growth in most of its divisions besides sugar

Sugar to halt ABF half-year progress

By Aidan Fortune

A predicted drop in revenue in its sugar division is expected to be the only black mark on Associated British Foods’ (ABF) interim results.

Year 11 Students from St Albans visited Premier's head office

Premier Foods inspires staff of tomorrow

By Gwen Ridler

Premier Foods has partnered with two schools in St Albans to provide local students studying food technology with an insight into the world of work in the food manufacturing industry.

Jason Gulliver (L) and Gareth Dughan share their experiences at KP snacks

Meet the apprentice: KP Snacks

By Gwen Ridler

Recognising a shortage of skilled engineers coming through externally, KP Snacks has developed an apprenticeship scheme to progress its own people. Manager Gareth Dughan explains the approach, while apprentice Jason Gulliver shows how it is working for...

Tereos operations director Bill Harrower runs down his roll at the manufacturer's Normanton site

Me and my team

Hitting the sweet spot at Tereos

By Bill Harrower

Operations director for Tereos UK & Ireland Bill Harrower covers investment and health and safety initiatives at the firm’s Normanton plant, plus the impact of Brexit.

Snack Lovers: 'the installation has improved our production process'

Fabcon finds answer for snack lovers

By Aidan Fortune

Norwich-based Fabcon Food Systems has provided a full seasoning system for Snack Lovers, an Australian savoury snack manufacturer.

Unilever has acquired snack brand Graze for an undisclosed amount

Unilever acquires snacks brand Graze

By Gwen Ridler

Unilever has snapped up healthy snacks brand Graze, the first deal secured by new chief executive Alan Jope since his appointment last month.

Mondelēz is renting trucks and warehouse space to facilitate stockpiling

Mondelēz confirms stockpiling in UK

By Gwen Ridler

Confectionery and snacks giant Mondelēz has joined the number of food and drink manufacturers stockpiling goods and raw materials to buffer itself from a worst-case scenario of a no-deal Brexit.

Oatein secured £50k of investment on BBC's Dragons' Den

Oatein secures £50k Dragons’ Den investment

By Gwen Ridler

Healthy snack bar brand Oatein has secured a £50,000 investment from entrepreneur Peter Jones on last night’s (27 January) episode of BBC TV programme Dragons’ Den.

The Office for National Statistics studied 17,000 products between September 2015 and June 2017 to determine the rate of shrinkflation

Shrinkflation hits food industry

By Aidan Fortune

The bread and cereals category has been most affected by shrinkflation since 2015, new pricing research has found.

Vegan snack bar launches in the UK

Vegan snack bar launches in the UK

By Gwen Ridler

General Mills is to bring US vegan snack brand Lärabar to the UK, with listings in Sainsbury’s stores and online through Amazon.

Chocolate brand Gnaw has gained new listings in French retailers

Gnaw gains French retail listings

By Aidan Fortune

British chocolate brand Gnaw has secured a major new account worth over €5m (£4.4m) with French retailers Carrefour and FranPrix, as well as local distributors.

Amin: 'I’ve built a career on seeking out opportunities to rewrite the rules'

Pladis appoints new chief executive

By Rod Addy

International snacks business Pladis has appointed Salman Amin as its global chief executive, replacing Cem Karakaş, who stepped down in September, citing family and health reasons.

Premier Foods reported a drop in sales in its third-quarter trading results

Sales drop for Premier Foods

By Gwen Ridler

Premier Foods saw sales drop despite continued growth of its key brands in its third-quarter (Q3) trading statement for the 13 weeks to 29 December 2018.

The continuing Brexit debacle has led to representatives from the food industry to call for more time to agree a deal

Food industry demands more time for Brexit deal

By Aidan Fortune

The food industry has called for an extension to Britain’s impending exit from the EU following Parliament’s rejection of the Government’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

Detection and inspection equipment is evolving to help with traceability as well as tracing contaminants

Equipment in-depth

Detection and inspection: a vision of the future

By Alyson Magee

The latest detection and inspection equipment can help manufacturers improve quality and traceability as well as reduce contamination and food waste, bringing cost savings too.

Princes makes a range of branded canned and packaged fish, fruit, meat, ready meals, pies, pastes and juices

Princes Foods takes profit hit

By Rod Addy

Raw material cost increases and deflationary pressures hit Princes Foods’ pre-tax profit in the past financial year, according to a spokesperson for the business, although the company succeeded in boosting sales.

Weetabix: 'great fit'

Weetabix in logistics shake-up

By Rod Addy

Weetabix is switching from XPO to Wincanton for certain transport, warehousing and co-packing services, with effect from 1 February.

Nim's Fruit Crisps has launched a range of edible teas

Nim’s launches edible tea range

By Gwen Ridler

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards shortlisted manufacturer Nim’s Fruit Crisps has launched its own range of tea and infusions.

Shore Capital's Clive Black has criticised politicians for Brexit uncertainty

UK an ‘embarrassment’ for lack of Brexit agreement

By Gwen Ridler

The Government’s inability to reassure UK food producers on the future of the industry post-Brexit has made the country an international embarrassment, Shore Capital head of research Clive Black has claimed.

Swapping a higher-sugar breakfast cereal for a lower sugar variant is equal to 2.5 fewer cubes of sugar per bowl

Food firms back Change4Life sugar reduction drive

By Noli Dinkovski

Food manufacturers have pledged their support to a new Change4Life campaign that encourages parents to tackle childhood obesity by swapping sugary foods with healthier alternatives.

The Government has appointed Ben Elliot to the position of Food Surplus and Waste Champion.

Food Waste Champion appointed

By Aidan Fortune

Environment secretary Michael Gove has appointed Ben Elliot to the newly-created role of Food Surplus and Waste Champion.

We recap the most read stories on Food Manufacture in 2018

Food Manufacture’s most read stories of 2018

By Gwen Ridler

From 2 Sisters Food Group’s disposal of its red meat business to the top food and drink trends for 2019, we count down the most read stories on this website in 2018.

The Government is planning ‘realistic but ambitious goals’ to achieve further salt reduction

‘Mixed progress’ on salt reduction targets: PHE

By Noli Dinkovski

The food industry has achieved “mixed progress” in meeting the latest Government salt reduction targets, according to Public Health England’s (PHE’s) first assessment since the introduction of voluntary targets in 2006.

The food and drink industry reacts to the Government's Resources and Waste strategy

Industry responds to Government’s waste strategy

By Gwen Ridler

The Government’s new Resources and Waste Strategy, which will see food manufacturers forced to pay recycling costs for their packaging, has had a mixed reception from the food and drink industry.