Chilled foods

The popularity of chilled vegetarian options led to a healthy increase across the board

Healthy foods boost chilled food sales

By Dan Colombini

The Chilled Foods Association (CFA) has reported a continued rise in sales in the sector, with the surge in vegetarian and healthier options significantly boosting the upturn.

Bakkavor has 20,000 employees and operates 25 factories in the UK, making a range of fresh prepared products

Bakkavor plans job cuts at Spalding site

By Rod Addy

Another blow has been struck to Lincolnshire food production, as Bakkavor has announced planned job cuts at its Spalding salad factory in order for production to remain sustainable at the site.

The Pennine Foods Factory in Sheffield is under review

Pennine Foods to close Sheffield factory

By Dan Colombini

Hundreds of jobs are set to be lost with the proposed closure of the Pennine Foods factory in Sheffield, owned by 2 Sisters Food Group.

The apprentices are starting apprenticeships in areas such as bakery, cyber security, engineering, HR, IT, manufacturing and technical

Bakkavor adds to UK apprentice programme

By Dan Colombini

Fresh prepared foods producer Bakkavor Group has welcomed nearly 50 new young employees as part of its ‘grow your own’ people strategy.

The investment in The Meatless Farm Co, a local Yorkshire business, comes as Channel 4 is soon to launch its new National HQ in Leeds

Channel 4 invests in The Meatless Farm

By Rod Addy

The Meatless Farm Co is has clinched a seven-figure deal with leading British broadcaster Channel 4’s Commercial Growth Fund as the development of plant-based food gathers pace with a host of innovations.

Manufacturers and retailers reduced sugar by 2.9% across 10 categories between 2015–2018

‘Mixed progress’ in sugar reduction: PHE report

By Noli Dinkovski

Breakfast cereal and yogurt manufacturers are leading the way in sugar reduction, but progress in confectionery, biscuits and puddings has stalled, according to Public Health England’s (PHE’s) second-year report on the food industry’s attempt to voluntarily...

Knibss: ‘I always describe it as a bit like walking into a house you’re going to buy and you instantly know that it’s the right place.’ David Knibbs (left) and wife Lydia (right).

Exclusive interview

Riding the meat-free wave at The Tofoo Company

By James Ridler

Finding the perfect small business to build into a nationwide brand has proved to be a massive success, as the owners of The Tofoo Company explain in this exclusive podcast interview.

The FSA has issued two unrelated product alerts on listeria and hygiene issues

Food Standards Agency issues listeria and hygiene warnings

By Rod Addy

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued two alerts warning of potential listeria contamination and a processor supplying products “that have not been produced in accordance with food hygiene and legislative requirements".

Around Noon are to create 94 jobs as part of a £7m investment

Food-to-go firm invests £7m, creating 94 jobs

By James Ridler

Northern Ireland-based food-to-go specialist Around Noon is to create 94 new jobs as part of a more than £7m investment to develop sales in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

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