Ambient foods

Barry Callebaut has finalised its Burton's Biscuits supply deal

Barry Callebaut completes Burton’s Biscuit deal

By Gwen Ridler

Confectionery supplier Barry Callebaut has successfully closed its deal to supply Burton’s Biscuit Company and acquire the manufacturer’s chocolate production site near Liverpool.

Petrow has installed a new line to improve flexabilty

Flexible filling of nut butters

By Paul Gander

Ingredients supplier Petrow Food Group has streamlined its peanut-free nut-butter filling capability after installing a line customised for flexibility, featuring automated pick-and-place tray-packing for jars.

Pladis is the latest company to join the UK Plastics Pact

Pladis pledges to plastics packaging scheme

By Gwen Ridler

McVitie’s and Jacob’s owner Pladis has pledged to make all of its plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025 as part of a range of sustainability measures to reduce its environmental impact.

UK food and drink exports have risen over the past year

Whisky remains top UK export

By Aidan Fortune

Whisky and chocolate continue to top the UK’s food and drink export lists, new research has found.

Kellogg's is turning its waste corn flakes into beer

Kellogg’s turns Corn Flakes into beer

By Gwen Ridler

Breakfast cereal manufacturer Kellogg’s has partnered with independent brewer Seven Bro7hers to turn its waste corn flakes into beer.

Kellogg's is turning its waste corn flakes into beer

Kellogg’s turns Corn Flakes into beer

By Gwen Ridler

Breakfast cereal manufacturer Kellogg’s has partnered with independent brewer Seven Bro7hers to turn its waste corn flakes into beer.

Packing firm IPS has acquired manufacturer FoodPack

FoodPack acquired by co-packing business

By Gwen Ridler

Packing business Integrated Packaging Services (IPS) is to acquire manufacturer FoodPack for an undisclosed sum, boosting turnover by more than £14m.

In 2018, the GSK HFD portfolio delivered total turnover of €550m, primarily through the Horlicks and Boost brands

Unilever clinches GSK Asian health drinks deal

By Rod Addy

Unilever has agreed to acquire GlaxoSmithKline’s Health Food Drinks (HFD) portfolio in 22 Asian markets, including India and Bangladesh, for a total contribution on its part of €3.3bn in cash and shares.

Nestlé has begun stockpiling in Europe and the UK

Nestlé reveals stockpiling plans

By Gwen Ridler

Nestlé has joined the growing number of food and drink manufacturers stockpiling products ahead of Brexit, as it warns of the “severe consequences” of a no-deal Brexit.

UK food and drink businesses visited China as part of an export trade mission

China targeted by UK food businesses

By Aidan Fortune

UK food and drink businesses have been on a charm offensive in China as part of a trade mission organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT), Santander UK and the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC).

Unite has criticised Premier’s potential sale of Ambrosia

Potential Ambrosia sale puts 300 ‘in limbo’

By Gwen Ridler

Trade union Unite has criticised Premier Foods for placing 300 workers at its south Devon Ambrosia factory in limbo, after announcing it was seeking a buyer for the business.

We round up some of the latest developments in the food and drink industry

Food and drink industry bulletins: round-up

By Gwen Ridler

From reformulations of Nestlé’s Maggi range to sales of frozen food topping £6bn, we round up some of the latest developments in the food and drink manufacturing industry.

Tyrrells reported a £37m loss in its 2017 full-year results

Tyrrells slips into the red

By Gwen Ridler

Premium crisp manufacturer Tyrrells has fallen into the red in its latest financial report for the 52 weeks ended 30 December 2017.

PepsiCo is to acquire Pipers Crisps

PepsiCo to acquire Pipers Crisps

By Gwen Ridler

Snacks and drinks giant PepsiCo has revealed its intention to acquire premium crisp brand Pipers for an undisclosed sum, subject to approval by the Competition and Markets Authority.

Sun Valley hoped its investment to increase capacity will help battle its £1.27m loss last year

Sun Valley to battle loss with investment

By Gwen Ridler

Nut and seed products manufacturer Sun Valley hopes to turn around a £1.27m loss in its 2017 full-year results with a programme of investment aimed at increasing capacity.

Food businesses are expecting to be hit with increased costs due to stockpiling ahead of Brexit

Stockpiling costs mounting ahead of Brexit

By Aidan Fortune

British food and drink manufacturers considering stockpiling ahead of Brexit are being faced with increased costs while business confidence dips further.

KP Snacks has appointed a new marketing director

News in Brief

KP Snacks makes senior hire

By Gwen Ridler

KP Snacks has appointed Kevin McNair to the role of marketing director, effective from 29 October.

Foods high in fat, salt or sugar have been under scrutiny in recent months

Opinion

High fat, salt and sugar foods in the spotlight

By Mariko Kubo

We know that foods high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) have been under closer scrutiny since the new restrictions on advertising came into effect last July. However, two major companies have recently been caught out.

Princes brands include Princes, Crosse & Blackwell, Aqua Pura, Jucee and Napolina

Princes plans plant closures amid automation drive

By Rod Addy

Princes Group is to sacrifice its Chichester factory, affecting 200 jobs, in a wider drive to modernise production that also entails the planned closure of its Newton Heath juice plant.

New statistic indicated the export potential for the Chinese, US and Hong Kong markets

UK export potential highlighted

By Rod Addy

The markets offering the most potential for food and drink exporters are China, the US and Hong Kong, and manufacturers are already enjoying significant benefits, statistics released in August indicate.

Ishida and snack food system provider Heat and Control have revealed a new complete line

Ishida and Heat and Control reveal complete line

By Aidan Fortune

As part of their proposal to establish a stronger collaborative alliance, providing food industry customers with full “end to end” processing and packaging lines, equipment firm Ishida and snack food system provider Heat and Control held an open house...