Chilled foods

Hynes: 'ripe opportunity for R&D'

Plant-based company names product development head

By Rod Addy

British plant-based firm The Meatless Farm Company has appointed Dr Peter Hynes as its new head of research and development (R&D) to build on the company’s innovation in vegan mince, burgers and sausages.

Ramona's Kitchen has confirmed new orders are in the offing following the troubles at Zorba Delicacies

Ramona’s eyes new deals after Zorba houmous recalls

By Dan Colombini

Independent houmous business Ramona’s Kitchen has confirmed it is ready to step into a "hole” in the UK market following hundreds of recalls of Zorba Delicacies’ lines, amid an ongoing salmonella scare.

An unnamed third party is still thought to be responsible for the potential contamination at this stage

FSA recalls additional Zorba Delicacies houmous lines

By Dan Colombini

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed the recall of an additional 82 lines of houmous manufactured by Zorba Delicacies from major retailers, following the announcement last week that 56 lines have already been withdrawn amid salmonella fears.

Listeria outbreaks have claimed lives across the UK, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands this year

Court Order backs phage use against listeria

By Rod Addy

Food firms can keep using phages to fight listeria on ready-to-eat foods in the absence of a developed EU legal framework, according to a European Court of Justice Court Order.

The popularity of chilled vegetarian options led to a healthy increase across the board

Healthy foods boost chilled food sales

By Dan Colombini

The Chilled Foods Association (CFA) has reported a continued rise in sales in the sector, with the surge in vegetarian and healthier options significantly boosting the upturn.

Bakkavor has 20,000 employees and operates 25 factories in the UK, making a range of fresh prepared products

Bakkavor plans job cuts at Spalding site

By Rod Addy

Another blow has been struck to Lincolnshire food production, as Bakkavor has announced planned job cuts at its Spalding salad factory in order for production to remain sustainable at the site.

The Pennine Foods Factory in Sheffield is under review

Pennine Foods to close Sheffield factory

By Dan Colombini

Hundreds of jobs are set to be lost with the proposed closure of the Pennine Foods factory in Sheffield, owned by 2 Sisters Food Group.

The apprentices are starting apprenticeships in areas such as bakery, cyber security, engineering, HR, IT, manufacturing and technical

Bakkavor adds to UK apprentice programme

By Dan Colombini

Fresh prepared foods producer Bakkavor Group has welcomed nearly 50 new young employees as part of its ‘grow your own’ people strategy.

The investment in The Meatless Farm Co, a local Yorkshire business, comes as Channel 4 is soon to launch its new National HQ in Leeds

Channel 4 invests in The Meatless Farm

By Rod Addy

The Meatless Farm Co is has clinched a seven-figure deal with leading British broadcaster Channel 4’s Commercial Growth Fund as the development of plant-based food gathers pace with a host of innovations.

Manufacturers and retailers reduced sugar by 2.9% across 10 categories between 2015–2018

‘Mixed progress’ in sugar reduction: PHE report

By Noli Dinkovski

Breakfast cereal and yogurt manufacturers are leading the way in sugar reduction, but progress in confectionery, biscuits and puddings has stalled, according to Public Health England’s (PHE’s) second-year report on the food industry’s attempt to voluntarily...

Knibss: ‘I always describe it as a bit like walking into a house you’re going to buy and you instantly know that it’s the right place.’ David Knibbs (left) and wife Lydia (right).

Exclusive interview

Riding the meat-free wave at The Tofoo Company

By Gwen Ridler

Finding the perfect small business to build into a nationwide brand has proved to be a massive success, as the owners of The Tofoo Company explain in this exclusive podcast interview.

The FSA has issued two unrelated product alerts on listeria and hygiene issues

Food Standards Agency issues listeria and hygiene warnings

By Rod Addy

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued two alerts warning of potential listeria contamination and a processor supplying products “that have not been produced in accordance with food hygiene and legislative requirements".

Around Noon are to create 94 jobs as part of a £7m investment

Food-to-go firm invests £7m, creating 94 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Northern Ireland-based food-to-go specialist Around Noon is to create 94 new jobs as part of a more than £7m investment to develop sales in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

Suspended production throughout June has led to the closure of The Good Food Chain

The Good Food Chain enters liquidation

By Gwen Ridler

Sandwich producer The Good Food Chain has ceased trading with immediate effect, just days after being cleared of its involvement with a deadly outbreak of listeria by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Kerry Foods supplies own-label products to a range of retailers, including all the top supermarkets

Brewer offers help as hundreds of Kerry jobs go

By Rod Addy

Molson Coors has offered a lifeline to the 900 workers set to lose their jobs at Kerry Foods’ Burton-Upon-Trent ready meals factory as it prepares to close at the end of August.

Lucy Wager's Pudology is one of the brands taking advantage of the free-from desserts sector

Development hub

The pull of free-from puddings

By Ellie Woollven

As vegan, vegetarian, and flexitarian trends take hold, start-up firms are capitalising on the free-from puddings sector.

Former Samworth Brothers group chief executive Brian Stein

Ex-boss of Samworth Brothers to chair Branston

By Rod Addy

Brian Stein, former group chief executive of Samworth Brothers, is succeeding Guy McCracken as chairman of potato processor Branston, having been a non-executive director on its board.

Greencore: ‘Clear financial and operational progress’ made

Greencore ‘leaner and stronger’ after restructure

By Noli Dinkovski

Greencore is in a “leaner and stronger” position to grow UK sales after posting strong half-year figures in the wake of a period of restructuring that included the sale of its US business, its group chief financial officer has claimed.

Robson: 'There was a very thorough induction process'

SK Chilled Foods powers ahead with recruitment

By Rod Addy

SK Chilled Foods has examined hundreds of applicants in a recent recruitment drive and the snack foods and ready meals manufacturer has succeeded in filling two thirds of its available posts.

Pret is rolling out ingredients labelling on all its products nationwide

Pret launches nationwide ingredients labelling

By Gwen Ridler

Pret A Manger is to roll out a full list of ingredients for all the fresh food it sells in stores, following the deaths of two customers that suffered allergic reactions from eating its sandwiches.

Kerry's focus on innovation has made them prepared for the future

Development hub

Preparation pays off for Kerry

By Ellie Woollven

Last year, Irish firm Kerry launched a programme targeting changing needs in prepared meals. So, how is the innovation panning out?

Bakkavor makes products such as ready meals and prepared salads and vegetables

Bakkavor defends pay offer as strike hits

By Helen Gilbert

Marks & Spencer (M&S) supplier Bakkavor has defended a 2.75% pay rise offered to staff at its Bo’ness plant and said there were no plans to reopen negotiations.

The Chocolate Fudge (pictured) and Sticky Toffee desserts are claimed to be suitable for 99% of the population

Freaks of Nature enters foodservice market

By Noli Dinkovski

Vegan puddings maker Freaks of Nature has moved into foodservice for the first time after appointing Vegetarian Express to distribute two products to caterers, hotels and restaurants.

Own-label suppliers, including Bakkavor, will be negatively impacted by the Sainsbury's/Asda merger

Sainsbury’s/Asda merger putting suppliers at risk

By Gwen Ridler

Own-label suppliers will be negatively affected by the proposed Sainsbury’s/Asda merger, whether or not it gets approved by the Competition and Mergers Authority (CMA), according to Barclays analysts.

The Government has outlined the tariffs that will be applied should there be a no-deal Brexit situation

Tariff timeline slammed by food industry

By Aidan Fortune

Details of the tariffs that are to be applied to food and drink products in the event of a no-deal Brexit situation have been criticised by the industry.

One-in-four consumers would like to see a change to how non-meat products are labelled

Meat labelling survey calls for debate

By Aidan Fortune

One-in-four consumers believe vegetarian products should not be allowed to have meat-related names like sausage or burger, a survey has found.