Chilled foods

Square peg in a round hole: Lack of diversity has led to missed opportunities for M&S

Missed opportunities for M&S

By Dan Colombini

Marks & Spencer’s Simply Food stores are a “bit of a square peg in a round hole” and have lead to missed opportunities for the group, according to city analysts.

Premier's focus on Power Brands leaves the door open for disposals

Banks will demand Premier Foods disposals

By Graham Holter

Analysts believe that Premier Foods will come under intensifying pressure to sell off some of its businesses following this week’s deal with its banks.

Premier seeks to

Premier buys time with new banking deal

By Dan Colombini

Struggling Premier Foods has been handed some much-needed respite in its quest to renegotiate its debt arrangements after its banks agreed to a deferral of its forthcoming covenants test.

Competiton for consumers has lead to increased promotional activity at Kerry

Kerry growth hit by promotion increase

By Dan Colombini

An increase in promotional activity due to competitive consumer spending across the UK and Ireland has blunted performance in Kerry Foods third quarter results, the firm has said.

Boparan is unlikely to make a move for Greencore after acquiring Northern Foods in March

Boparan Greencore bid would ‘amaze’ analysts

By Dan Colombini

As the search for the mystery suitor of Greencore continues, experts have ruled out food magnate Ranjit Boparan as a potential buyer saying there is “absolutely no possibility” that the 2 Sisters boss could be a contender.

Kraft posted a strong financial performance across the board

Coffee stirs Kraft to strong financial performance

By Dan Colombini

Price rises in coffee and other commodities have lead to “significant gains” for US snack firm Kraft after it announced positive financial results in Europe for the seventh consecutive quarter.

Poor financial performance has resulted in UK factory closure

Packaging firm Veriplast axes 67 UK jobs

By Dan Colombini

Food packaging firm Veriplast UK has left 67 employees with the choice of losing their jobs or relocating to Holland after the firm announced the closure of its factory in County Durham.

Ceo Michael Clarke wants to increase focus on key areas of the business

Premier Foods still has battle on hands, say analysts

By Dan Colombini

Troubled food giant Premier Foods still has a mountain to climb despite ceo Michael Clarke’s decision to restructure the business and appoint two new managing director (mds), according to city analysts.

Food Manufacturing Awards: one week to go

Food Manufacturing Awards: one week to go

By Mike Stones

There is just one week to go before the stellar evening when food and drink manufacturers celebrate the best of the best at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

No permission: Ryan's Food's had been manufacturing without consent from the council

Poor hygiene results in Ryan’s Foods closure

By Dan Colombini

Scottish firm Ryan’s Foods has been shut down and had a number of its products recalled after Glasgow City Council discovered it to be manufacturing meals and selling on a wholesale basis without legal permission.

Seeking fluid solutions. Cutting firms' water use is the new carbon reduction

Why water is the new carbon

By Freddie Dawson

Mounting pressure on dwindling water resources means that food manufacturers must cut consumption sooner rather than later, according to the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

BBC TV's The Apprentice winner, Tim Campbell (left) presents Calum Marnock, from Kraft Foods, with a trophy at the FDF Community Partnership Awards ceremony

Food firms to double apprenticeships

By Graham Holter

The food and drink industry has pledged to double the number of apprenticeships in the sector by the end of next year.

David Cameron pledged to consider a fat tax to curb the UK's obesity crisis

Prime minister chews over UK fat tax

By Mike Stones

Prime Minister David Cameron is considering the possibility of introducing a Danish-style fat tax to tackle the nation’s £9bn obesity crisis.

Yearsley invests £2.2M in solar cold stores

Yearsley invests £2.2M in solar cold stores

Yearsley Group, one of the UK's largest cold storage and distribution providers, has installed solar panels at two of its cold stores in England in a project that has cost the firm £2.2M.

Welcome to the big chill

Welcome to the big chill

By Rick Pendrous

Samworth Brothers' chief executive Brian Stein will have the satisfaction of looking back on 16 years of successful leadership of the chilled foods manufacturer when he passes on the reins next year. Stein has helped create a hugely successful business,...

Denmark is getting to grips with fat tax legislation

Danish fat tax divides UK opinion

By Mike Stones

News that Denmark is to become the first country in the world to introduce a tax on foods with saturated fat, in a bid to foster healthy eating, has sharply divided British opinion.

Sustainably Cornish. Ginsters has become the first manufacturer to secure 100% sustainable palm oil in savoury pastries

Sustainable palm oil coup for Ginsters

By Rod Addy

Ginsters has overcome supply issues to become the first manufacturer to secure 100% sustainable palm oil in the category of branded savoury pastries, in co-operation with fats and oils supplier AAK.

Chilled and frozen meals are showing tasty growth

Ready meals demand boosts sales for Laila’s

By Rod Addy

Laila’s Fine Foods is reporting substantial growth in frozen and chilled ready meals as Mintel figures suggest the UK market is experiencing significant growth.

Uniq produces layered desserts, trifles and chocolate products.

Uniq job losses highlight need for ‘Cadbury’s Law’: Unite

By Mike Stones

News that 350 people are to lose their jobs at Uniq’s Minsterley creamery is linked to Greencore’s £113m bid for the chilled foods firm and underlines the need for a ‘Cadbury’s Law’ to protect workers’ interests, argues Unite the Union.

Old El Paso is old hat, hints Mexican food firm md

Old El Paso is old hat, hints Mexican food firm md

By Ben Bouckley

Despite failing to secure funding on Dragons’ Den, Mexican food firm md Marcela Flores-Newburn has secured investment for her company from a Northamptonshire business consortium.

Premier Foods appoints new sales director

Premier Foods appoints new sales director

By Ben Bouckley

Premier Foods has appointed Ian Deste as group sales director, to replace outgoing incumbent Ian York who leaves the business at the end of this year.

Uniq pulls plug on Minsterley everyday desserts

Uniq pulls plug on Minsterley everyday desserts

By Ben Bouckley

Chilled foods firm Uniq has announced that production of ‘everyday’ desserts will end at Minsterley in the first half of 2012 with the loss of around 350 jobs.

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