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Northern Foods proposes Leeds head office closure

Northern Foods proposes Leeds head office closure

By Ben Bouckley

Northern Foods is proposing to close it Leeds office and move the majority of staff to its ‘shared service centre’ in Wakefield, FoodManufacture.co.uk has learnt, as owner Ranjit Boparan starts restructuring his new acquisition.

Zetar counts the cost of snacking...

Zetar counts the cost of snacking...

By Ben Bouckley

Confectionery and snacks group Zetar has described the last year as a ''difficult period'' for its snacks division, as sales flatlined and commodity costs rose.

Daivd Beckham: Pepsi's YouTube video of the football icon is indicative of a growing trend

Large brands boost online advertising spend

By Rick Pendrous

Major brand owners such as Coca-Cola, Mars and Unilever are increasing their marketing spend on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to interact directly with consumers using smartphones, while small firms are also upping their...

Artist's impression of the new Ruskin Square development

Nestlé UK may be tempted to stay in Croydon

By Graham Holter

Nestlé UK may keep its headquarters in Croydon, despite reissuing a warning that it is "reviewing other options" outside the London borough in a bid to escape its dilapidated site by 2014.

PepsiCo UK, porridge

PepsiCo UK invests £8.5m in porridge site

By Ben Bouckley

PepsiCo UK is pumping £8.5m into its Quaker Oats site in Fife to meet increasing demand for hot cereals, which have grown 13% in the year to March 19 2011, according to Nielsen.

Ready, spready go...

Ready, spready go...

By Ben Bouckley

Peanut butter is now Britain’s fastest growing sweet spread with sales up by over 40% from 2008 to £40m in 2010, according to market intelligence firm Mintel.

Instant Satisfaction

Instant Satisfaction

By Rod Addy

My last assignment before this was managing a strategic project at Kraft’s global HQ in Northfield, Chicago. You don’t get the people factor when you’re doing that sort of work, so my first week here I’ll never forget the feeling of being back in a plant.

Ocado ceo Tim Steiner: Increasing numbers of food firms are entering the online grocery arena

Online sales help brands counter own label threat

By Ben Bouckley

Limited supermarket shelf space and own label competition are reasons why food firms are growing online sales, both directly and through third-party sites, says food and grocery analyst IGD.

IT meltdown: Brakes ceo Stefan Barden wants to

Major IT meltdown puts the skids on Brakes

By Anne Bruce

Foodservice giant Brakes has apologised to customers following a massive IT breakdown last week, which meant staff in warehouses could not pick food and send out orders.

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