Chilled foods

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.

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.

Moving on: Premier Foods group sales director Ian York

Premier Foods sales director York departs

By Ben Bouckley

Premier Foods group sales director Ian York will leave the company at the end of the year to pursue "other business interests", a spokesman has confirmed to FoodManufacture.co.uk.

Premier’s new ceo Clarke parachutes in early

Premier’s new ceo Clarke parachutes in early

By Anne Bruce

Premier Foods shares rose slightly this morning after an announcement that new ceo Michael Clarke will start work next week, as one City analyst warned that the firm's shares are currently "un-investable".

Food manufacturers ride out economic storm

Food manufacturers ride out economic storm

By Ben Bouckley

Despite fears of sovereign downgrades and tumbling share prices, UK food and drink manufacturers increased their output by 0.5% in June 2011, but many are suffering pain from rising input prices.

Kettleby Foods

Samworth Brothers pushing for £1bn turnover

By Ben Bouckley

Samworth Brothers is hoping to turnover around £1bn within three years, as the Leicester firm confirmed that it will create at least 70 new jobs at its Kettleby Foods business.

Glass in samosa leads to food firm fine

Glass in samosa leads to food firm fine

By Ben Bouckley

Southall food manufaturer Quality Foods has been fined more than £16,000 for numerous food hygeine offences after council inspectors found glass in a samosa, ingredients buckets covered in slime and machines covered in caked-on food and grease.

Retailers may spring surprise audits on suppliers

Retailers may spring surprise audits on suppliers

By Freddie Dawson and Ben Bouckley

Version 6 of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety could lead to more unannounced audits being forced on manufacturers, according to a third-party certification body.

What's the big idea?

What's the big idea?

By Rod Addy

As part of the Vion Group, Snowbird Foods is brimming over with new concepts for a host of meat products, from sausages to meatballs. We grill the man behind production

Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney looks set to seal a Uniq deal

Greencore 'one step closer' to Uniq takeover

By Ben Bouckley and Graham Holter

Greencore’s £113m offer for Uniq has been declared ‘unconditional as to acceptances’ after over 90% of shareholders indicated acceptance of the deal.

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