Chilled foods

Oscar Mayer's Chard operations makes supermarket own-label ready meals

Oscar Mayer Chard: 860 potential redundancies

By Rod Addy

Oscar Mayer is proposing to transfer production of supermarket own-label ready meals away from Chard in Somerset, putting 860 workers under threat of redundancy after managers ran out of options.

The webinar will address the perfect storm facing food manufacturers confronted with Christmas, Brexit and COVID-19

Webinar highlights lean thinking in COVID-19 world

By Rod Addy

Lean manufacturing, efficiency and cost saving have become even more vital as food processors face off against the disruption caused by the pandemic and the end of the Brexit transition period.

Around Noon has acquired Simply Fit. Pictured: Gareth Chambers, left, CEO of Around Noon, with Evelyn Garland and Luke Judge, co-founders of Simply Fit Food

Healthy food acquisition for Around Noon

By Gwen Ridler

Food-to-go manufacturer Around Noon has acquired healthy convenience food firm Simply Fit for an undisclosed amount, in a bid to diversify its range and expand its reach in the UK and Ireland.

Raynor Foods has gone national

Me and My Team

Raynor Foods: Adapting, innovating and going national

By Michelle Perrett

Raynors, the sandwich supplier, was Manufacturing Company of The Year at the 2020 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards. Matt Raynor, chairman, talks about the company and overcoming the challenges of Covid-19.

A number of food and drink firms have announced recruitment plans in the past week

Food and drink recruitment round-up

By Gwen Ridler

New jobs at a bakery rebuilt after a blaze, 400 roles at a food logistics specialist and vacancies at fresh produce supplier AMK Fresh feature in this food and drink recruitment roundup.

The BFAWU has raised grievances overs the apparent overlooking of their members for agency staff at Greencore Northampton

Greencore in trade union row over agency workers

By Gwen Ridler

Prepared foods manufacturer Greencore is in dispute with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) for hiring agency staff to meet demand while lower paid employees remain on furlough.

Duncan Everett has been appointed chief executive of Noble Foods

Kerry Foods CEO joins Noble Foods

By Gwen Ridler

Kerry Foods chief executive Duncan Everett has left the chilled foods manufacturer to head up egg processor Noble Foods.

Nick Robinson has been appointed chief executive of Kerry Foods

Kerry Foods appoints new chief executive

By Gwen Ridler

Chilled food manufacturer Kerry Foods has promoted Nick Robinson to the role of chief executive from his current position as managing director of consumer brands.

Sales of Bakkavor's meals, alongside pizza & bread and desserts, look increasingly promising

Bakkavor in coronavirus fight back as factories reopen

By Rod Addy

Bakkavor, the chilled prepared food producer, is reopening two factories temporarily closed in March to cope with the impact of coronavirus as it reports exports stabilising and sales of key domestic categories improving.

Upfield produces plant-based margarines, spreads, cream and cheeses, including Flora

Flora producer Upfield invests in food science centre

By Rod Addy

Flora producer Upfield Group aims to open a €50m food science centre at Wageningen in the Netherlands before 2022 focused on developing plant-based products and sustainable packaging solutions.

Ahye: 'Vital that we continue to innovate'

Freaks of Nature invests £1m in desserts production

By Rod Addy

Freaks of Nature, the Yorkshire plant-based chilled desserts producer, is investing £1m in its manufacturing facilities to keep pace with demand for its chilled desserts and hot puddings.

Greencore has confirmed a case of COVID-19 at its Northampton site

Union raises concern over Greencore coronavirus case

By Gwen Ridler

Members of the Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) at Greencore’s Northampton factory have raised concerns after a member of staff working at the site tested positive for COVID-19.

GMB has called for an urgent meeting between retailers and the Government

Urgent call to put employees over profit during pandemic

By Gwen Ridler

Coronavirus' threat to food industry workers has triggered one trade union to press the six top grocery retailers put staff before profit, accusing a major supplier of foregoing social distancing guidance and scrimping on pay.

Winners revel in their triumph at the Chefs' Choice Awards

Brakes celebrates after Chefs' Choice Awards

By Rod Addy

Brakes won nine category awards at the Chefs' Choice Awards evening, including the trophy for Chefs' Choice Product of the Year for its La Boulangerie Small Dark Chocolate Tart.

Food Manufacture Company of the Year: Raynor Foods

Award winner Raynor Foods: model could inspire others

By Gwen Ridler

Raynor Foods could be a model for other food firms with its on-site hydroponic vertical farm supplying its factory, claimed executive chairman Matt Raynor after winning Food Manufacture’s top award.

the loss of frictionless trade with the EU could see prices rise and a loss of availability, claimed the BRC

Food prices to rise with Brexit border friction

By Gwen Ridler

The UK will be at risk of higher food prices, reduced supply of short shelf-life goods and a lack of choice as a result of border friction with the EU, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Export sales success for Mash Direct

Export sales success for Mash Direct

By Gwen Ridler

Foodservice sales and exports success has propelled prepared vegetable and ready meals manufacturer Mash Direct to another year of growth.

Gordon Hardie  has joined the board of directors at Greencore

Greencore appoints non-executive director

By Gwen Ridler

Northern Irish ready meals producer Greencore has appointed former Bunge Food & Ingredients president Gordon Hardie as non-executive director.

The firm is looking to add to its acquisition of salad supplier Freshtime UK and boost its customer base in the food-to-go sector

Greencore eyeing new UK chilled food acquisitions

By Dan Colombini

Greencore Group expects to make more UK acquisitions in the chilled snacks sector following the success of its takeover of Freshtime UK, after the firm posted a stable performance in its latest financial results.