Chilled foods

Kerry’s Smoke & Grill and Meat-Free technologies were successfully deployed in UK and Northern Europe launches

Kerry Foods Europe hails meat-free, barbecue innovation

By Rod Addy

Meat-free innovations supported Kerry Foods’ European growth, as did sugar reduction technology for soft drinks and products aimed at manufacturers delivering US-style barbecue foods, according to the firm’s half-year results.

HSE: “tragic and wholly avoidable incident”

Bakkavor fined £176k after food tray death

By Rod Addy

Bakkavor has been fined £176,000 after an employee was killed at its Caledonian Produce site in Bridgeness, Scotland as a result of being struck by empty food trays.

Adelie Foods factory manager Azzeddine Chahar talks about engagement with his team

Me and my team

Staff engagement key at Adelie Foods

By Noli Dinkovski

Adelie Foods factory manager Azzeddine Chahar explains how his dedication towards the site has helped him to engage and motivate staff.

Greater collaboration between suppliers and retailers is needed, claimed Kirby

More collaboration with retailers needed, claims analyst

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers and suppliers need to create open, trusted and collaborative relationships with retailers to guarantee success in the fast moving consumer goods market, according to a consumer trends analyst.

The dairy sector of Midland’s portfolio already accounts for 30% of its sales

Distributor Midland Food Group bought by Granarolo

By Rod Addy

Distributor Midland Food Group has been bought by Italian firm Granarolo’s UK subsidiary for an undisclosed sum, in a deal designed to boost the latter’s UK chilled food business.

Food firms should open up about their needs: logistics boss

NFT

Food firms should be open about their needs: logistics boss

By Noli Dinkovski

Food manufacturers should be open about their needs to third-party logistics firms if they want to receive the best market insight and value, the newly-appointed boss of NFT Distribution Operations has claimed.

First of two Oscars: Jeremy Faulkner, md SK Chilled Foods (centre right) and NPD manager Emma Bell, receive the first trophies from category sponsor Kevin Haynes (right) and awards host Matt Dawson

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SK Chilled Foods team will be ‘thrilled to bits’ at Oscar win

By Mike Stones

Ethnic snacks manufacturer SK Chilled Foods md Jeremy Faulkner said his workforce would be “thrilled to bits” to win the Food Manufacture Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Bakkavor founders, Lydur (left) and Agust (right) Gudmundsson

Bakkavor’s flotation on London stock market is back on

By Rick Pendrous

Bakkavor’s plans to float on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) are back on exactly a week after the own-label chilled foods business announced it had decided against a flotation due to adverse market conditions.

Double Oscar honours: Jeremy Faulkner, md SK Chilled Foods (centre right) and NPD manager Emma Bell, receive the first of two trophies from category sponsor Kevin Haynes (right) and awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAS 2017

SK Chilled Foods triumphs in manufacturing Oscars

By Mike Stones

Ethnic snacks manufacturer SK Chilled Foods has snapped up the coveted Food Manufacture Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in London on Wednesday, November 1.

Food manufacturing Oscars: meet the 2017 winners

FMEAs 2017

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2017: meet the winners

By Mike Stones

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) 2017 culminated on Wednesday (November 1) with the award of the overall Food Manufacture Company of the Year award to ethnic snacks manufacturer SK Chilled Foods, after the firm first won the Chilled Food...

Top trainer: Mike Lambert, Bakkavor head of operations, collected the award from Matt Betty (right), business development manager with category sponsor Appetite Learning. They were joined on stage by awards host Matt Dawson

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Bakkavor on top form after winning training Oscar

By Mike Stones

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor Hitchen Foods came top of the form, after winning the prized Training Programme of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in London on Wednesday...

Bakkavor founders, Lydur (left) and Agust (right) Gudmundsson

Bakkavor ditches plans for stock market flotation

By Rick Pendrous

Bakkavor, the own-label chilled foods group, has ditched its plans for a £1bn-plus stock market flotation, in an announcement released today (November 3) because of “current volatility” in the market.

Chefs’ Choice Awards now open for entries

Chefs’ Choice Awards open for entries

By Mike Stones

Food and drink manufacturers are invited to win national recognition by entering their products in the Chefs’ Choice Awards, organised by the Food Manufacture Group’s publisher William Reed.

Asda has recalled packs of baby food, after small pieces of plastic were found in one of the products

Plastic contamination sparks Asda recall

By Gwen Ridler

Asda has been forced to recall packs of its own-label baby food, after one of the products was contaminated with small pieces of plastic.

Morrisons has posts sales and profit growth in its interim results

Morrisons reveals rise in sales and profits

By Gwen Ridler

Morrisons has revealed a rise in sales and profits for the first half of this year in its interim results, released yesterday (September 14), as it sees results from its ‘Fix, rebuild and grow’ strategy.

Greencore was fined £1M, after a contractor fell from a stepladder and died

Greencore fined £1M for worker’s death

By Gwen Ridler

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore has been fined £1M for safety failings, after a contractor died after falling from a stepladder. 

Over 65s are more susceptible to listeriosis because of their dietary choices

Listeriosis in elderly linked to lifestyle

By Rick Pendrous

Concern about rising levels of listeriosis food poisoning across Europe caused by contamination with Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), despite relatively low levels of the bacterium being picked up in retail surveys of products, has led the European Food Safety...

Hilton Food Group is to build a factory in Poland, after securing a five-year supply deal with Tesco

Hilton to build Polish factory after Tesco deal

By Gwen Ridler

Meat processor Hilton Food Group has revealed plans to build a £5.5M (€6M) factory in Poland, after signing a five-year supply deal with Tesco to provide the supermarket with fresh food.

Fire fighters tackle a blaze at Bakkavor, while Gordon Rhodes & Son bounce back after a fire destroyed its site in Bradford

Fire crews battle Bakkavor factory blaze

By Gwen Ridler

Fire crews battled a blaze at Bakkavor Desserts in Nottinghamshire in the early hours of this morning (August 23), while sausage mix manufacturer Gordon Rhodes & Son has restarted production this week – less than nine days after a fire destroyed its...

Houghton Hams and Poe Ltd have recalled a number of products for labelling errors

Labelling errors spark food recalls

By Gwen Ridler

Incorrect date labelling has forced the recall of two cooked meat products sold by Waitrose, while the unmarked presence of gluten and mustard led to the recall of a number of products produced by ambient food manufacturer Poe.