Ambient foods

Fresh Okehampton blow as Kerry reveals closure plans

Fresh Okehampton blow as Kerry reveals closure plans

By Graham Holter and Ben Bouckley

Kerry Ingredients is proposing to close its Okehampton site by 2012 with the loss of up to 106 jobs, as it considers switching production to a larger and more modern unit in Tenbury Wells.

Monopoly pie in sky for Princes after Premier sale

Monopoly pie in sky for Princes after Premier sale

By Ben Bouckley

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is considering undertakings from Princes and Premier Foods to avert monopoly concerns about canned pie supply, which the body said would leave UK consumers with “extremely limited choices”.

Buying Sharwoods would be Premier option, tycoon

Buying Sharwoods would be Premier option, tycoon

By Ben Bouckley and Anne Bruce

Premier Foods says it has not received an approach for its Sharwoods brand, after the owner of Veetee Food Group reportedly said he had secured financial backing to support a potential bid for it.

Marmite could be back on Danish shelves in three months...if Unilever applies for permission

Unilever on unauthorised Danish Marmite sales: “We are innocent”

By Shane Starling

Marmite, recently withdrawn from the Danish market after it became apparent the fortified, yeast breakfast spread did not possess a fortified food authorisation under the Scandinavian country’s strict laws, could be back on-market in three months, Danish...

Meet the food factory managers...

Meet the food factory managers...

By Ben Bouckley

From Dairy Crest to the American Muffin Company, we revisit the factory managers and plant directors who keep operations ticking over, all of whom Food Manufacture has visited within the past 12 months.

Syrup supplier celebrates direct action

Syrup supplier celebrates direct action

By Rick Pendrous

Malmesbury Syrups, a supplier of flavoured coffee syrups, is witnessing impressive growth thanks to its online sales through Amazon.

Steve’s Cakes wound up

Steve’s Cakes wound up

By Anne Bruce

Asda supplier Steve's Cakes is being liquidated by Belfast insolvency company FGS McClure Watters.

Heinz is committed to a BPA alternative in can linings, despite insisting that minute levels are safe

EU Bisphenol A ban not based on science, COT

By Ben Bouckley

A scientist who chairs the UK's independent Committee on Toxicity (COT) says the European Commission’s (EC’s) move to ban the import of baby bottles using Bisphenol A (BPA) is not based on scientific evidence, and has rejected calls to ban its use...

Stobart warns of BOGOF supply chain strain

Stobart warns of BOGOF supply chain strain

By Ben Bouckley

Transport giant Eddie Stobart has warned that the supermarket demand for two-for-one offers is placing a strain on logistics firms, and increasing the number of miles the company’s fleet runs empty.

Expert slams 'politicised' nutrition and salt science

Expert slams 'politicised' nutrition and salt science

By Rod Addy

Nutrition is being politicised, with food authorities bowing to pressure from minority interests and lobbyists in areas such as salt reduction at significant risk to consumer health, according to one expert.

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