Chilled foods

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.

Gourmet hub launches

Gourmet hub launches

By Anne Bruce

Startup Cacomo Gourmet has launched a website targeted at gourmet food lovers, as it pioneers the online sale of ready meals and baked goods made from scratch and delivered to your door.

Can Premier's new ceo arrest the firm's profit slide?

Exit Schofield: Premier Foods appoints new ceo

By Anne Bruce

Premier Foods has pleased the City and commentators with the speedy appointment of Mike Clarke from Kraft Foods as its new ceo, after analysts described a late June trading statement as "shocking".

Own-label growth: Opportunity or threat?

Own-label growth: Opportunity or threat?

By Ben Bouckley

Increased penetration of own-label products within the UK retail sector will pose new challenges to branded food manufacturers in coming years, according to a recent webcast by Trace One and Planet Retail.

Greencore announces £113m cash offer for Uniq

Greencore announces £113m cash offer for Uniq

By Ben Bouckley and Anne Bruce

Greencore has announced the terms of a recommended cash offer for Uniq worth £113m, which values the chilled and convenience food firm at 96p per share.

Transporters switch to Mercedes

Transporters switch to Mercedes

Chilled and frozen food transporter, BW Refrigerated Couriers has started to switch its panel van fleet to Mercedes Sprinter vans, each with 100% Somers ATP-certified refrigerated panel van conversions.

Micro-wave or macro-trend?

Micro-wave or macro-trend?

By Paul Gander

What role is in-pack industrial microwave processing likely to play in the future chilled ready meals market? Paul Gander talks to experts for and against this technology about the likelihood of its adoption in the UK.

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.

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.

FIR compromise cuts pressure on UK food firms

FIR compromise cuts pressure on UK food firms

By Ben Bouckley

A food law expert says he is surprised by a new compromise on the EU Food Information Regulation that removes the need for food firms to provide front-of-pack nutrient data, but warns that enhanced Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) could still raise...

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...

Smaller food brands face increased own-label threat

Smaller food brands face increased own-label threat

By Ben Bouckley

Manufacturers of lower-profile food brands could fall victim to the retailer-driven trend towards more own-label products over the next 15 years, according to a new report from financial services provider Rabobank.

Samworth Brothers enters frame for Uniq

Samworth Brothers enters frame for Uniq

By Graham Holter

Uniq’s troubled desserts division, Minsterley, is likely to derail rumoured bids for the company by either Greencore or possible new suitor Samworth Brothers, say experts.

Wingland Foods completes salad expansion

Wingland Foods completes salad expansion

By Ben Bouckley and Anne Bruce

Wingland Foods has completed the third £1m phase of a factory expansion that provides it with a 336m2 of additional low- and high-care cooking space.

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