Chilled foods

Haskins: Boparan must build better customer relations

Haskins: Boparan must build better customer relations

By Elaine Watson

If he does succeed in breaking up Northern Foods’ arranged marriage with Greencore, Ranjit Boparan will need to prove he can build better relationships with supermarkets than the current management to re-build the firm's reputation, according to...

Eaton: Stronger than expected sales in food-to-go

Uniq Q4: Desserts -1.7%, food-to-go +8.3%

By Elaine Watson

Chilled convenience firm Uniq said Christmas trading was “close to expectations” in the fourth quarter with a weaker performance in desserts (down 1.7%) offset by a strong performance in food-to-go (up 8.3%).

Trend-spotting: Focuson snacks and sandwiches

Trend-spotting: Focuson snacks and sandwiches

Being able to spot a developing trend is important in any facet of business and none more so than the sandwich trade. Michelle Knott reports on the booming business of street food, novel ingredients and local heroes

Schofield: 'Open-minded' about disposals

Premier Foods in advanced talks with two bidders over Quorn

By Elaine Watson

Premier Foods is in advanced negotiations with two potential buyers over the sale of its meat-free business, but has received bids from a number of parties, including “multinational food groups and private equity firms".

Lactalis-Nestlé Chilled Dairy UK slashes finished goods waste by 70%

Lactalis-Nestlé Chilled Dairy UK slashes finished goods waste by 70%

By Elaine Watson

Demand planning accuracy at Lactalis-Nestlé Chilled Dairy UK has surged 10% to 85% over the past two years leading to a significant improvement in availability and a huge drop in waste in a category in which 70% of volumes are now sold on promotion.

Fenland Foods: Redevelopment would cost £30-40m

Multiples wouldn't commit to Fenland, analyst

By Elaine Watson

While the supermarkets have expressed “some interest” in the re-opening of the mothballed Fenland Foods factory, Northern Foods has been unable to secure firm commitments from any of them that would justify spending the £30-40m it would cost to make this...

Dr Oetker: Lacks scale in UK chilled desserts

Dr Oetker exits UK chilled desserts category

By Elaine Watson

Dr Oetker is selling its Onken yogurt brand to Swiss dairy giant Emmi Group and withdrawing its Dr Oetker-branded mousses and desserts from the UK market on the grounds that it lacks sufficient scale to make headway in the chilled ready-to-eat desserts...

Barden: Game-changing technology

Northern may put Fenland Foods factory up for sale

By Elaine Watson

Northern Foods is now contemplating selling its Fenland Foods factory in Grantham after using it as a testing ground for new technologies to be installed at its other sites.

Court-Johnston: Talent and know-how

Ex Holland’s Pies boss joins Peter’s Food Service

By Elaine Watson

Neil Court-Johnston has been named as the new md of the foodservice division at pie, pasty and sausage roll-maker Peter’s, five months after his controversial exit from Holland’s Pies.

Uniq tackles £436m hole in its pension fund

Uniq tackles £436m hole in its pension fund

By Elaine Watson

Uniq has unveiled plans to tackle the £436m hole in its pension scheme with a deficit-for-equity swap that will deliver 90% of the company's equity to the pension fund.

Schofield: Exploring the bond market

Premier Foods explores new sources of funding

By Elaine Watson

A complex piece of financial restructuring that Premier Foods claims will further improve the health of its balance sheet has been greeted by City analysts as a “welcome step forward” for the heavily indebted company.

Up to 375 jobs at risk at Bakkavör Bourne site

Up to 375 jobs at risk at Bakkavör Bourne site

By Elaine Watson

Unions are urging Bakkavör to improve its redundancy package at Bourne Prepared Produce in Lincolnshire in order to encourage volunteers and avoid compulsory redundancies.

Escape the chill

Escape the chill

Pioneering attempts are being made to redefine ready meals, as Freddie Dawson discovers.

Beanz keepz 
in the fridge

Beanz keepz 
in the fridge

Heinz appears eager to play down expectations, but the arrival of the Heinz Beans kilo-containing plastics Fridge Pack has fuelled speculation around metal’s future share of the ambient foods category – and around possible imitations. 


M&S

M&S hits back as CASH blasts salt levels in its salads

By Elaine Watson

Surveys that compare salt levels in products of different weights targeted at different eating occasions and then single out individual firms for criticism are unfair and unhelpful, Marks & Spencer has argued.

ready meal

Chilled ready meals sales up 8.4% year-on-year

By Elaine Watson

Sales of chilled ready meals surged 8.4% in the year to July 11, while volumes shot up 14.4% over the same period, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Buoyant summer at Greencore, but growth slows in US

Buoyant summer at Greencore, but growth slows in US

By Elaine Watson

Greencore has notched up a “very positive” set of summer trading figures, posting a 7% increase in sales to €281.2m in its convenience foods division in the four months to July 23, driven by strong growth in food-to-go and prepared meals.

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