Chilled foods

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.

Manufacturers urged to be more vigilant in guarding against foreign body contamination in food

Manufacturers warned over foreign body contamination

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers have been warned to be more vigilant in guarding against foreign body contamination in production processes, while fears of glass in food products forced recalls from Asda and Lidl.

Up to 140 of a potential 300 employees have been recruited for Charlie Bigham’s new factory

Charlie Bigham’s continues recruitment drive

By Gwen Ridler

Premium ready meals manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s is set to open its new flagship factory in Somerset next month, with plans underway to recruit 300 staff. 

More exciting food-to-go products needed to help manufacturers and retailers break into the £2.3bn market opportunity

‘More exciting’ food-to-go products needed

By Helen Gilbert

Food manufacturers and independent convenience retailers are being urged to offer more exciting ‘food-to-go’ choices to avoid missing out on the £2.3bn business opportunity.

Greencore has confirmed the closure of its Somerset factory, with plans to cut 400 jobs

Greencore factory closure to axe 400 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Up to 400 jobs are to go at chilled foods manufacturer Greencore’s Evercreech factory in Somerset, after the company announced the final closure date for the site.

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

Bakkavor would be an ‘excellent addition’ to stock market

By Matt Atherton

Chilled foods manufacturer Bakkavor would be an “excellent addition” to the stock market, says an industry expert, after reports it was preparing for a stock market flotation that could value it at about £1.5bn.

Greencore reported a 77% rise in sales in the 13 weeks to June 30

US acquisition boosts Greencore sales 77%

By Matt Atherton

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore reported a 77% rise in sales to £636.5M in its third-quarter trading update, driven by its acquisition of Peacock Foods in the US.

Quorn Foods revealed plans to create more than 300 jobs in Teesside

Quorn’s £150M investment to create 300+ jobs

By Matt Atherton

Quorn Foods has invested £150M in its Billingham factory, creating more than 300 jobs over the next five years, the meat alternative manufacturer revealed on July 24.

Greencore acquired a new West Drayton factory

Greencore buys factory from Street Eats maker

By Matt Atherton

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore has acquired a new factory in West Drayton, London, from the maker of products for the Street Eats food-to-go brand.

New drinks and seasonal donuts feature in this summer's new product launches

Canned water leads summer product launches

By Gwen Ridler

Drinks firms CanO Water and Orchard Twist hoped to quench consumers’ thirsts this summer with their new beverage product launches, featured in this photogallery.

Marks & Spencer took a hit to its like-for-like food sales and profits last year

Marks & Spencer’s profits dip as food sales fall

By Gwen Ridler

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) £312.4M fall in profits in the year ending April 1 2017 exceeded market expectations, according to market analysts, as like-for-like food sales for the retailer fell.

Lomond, owner of manufacturer Cake, has acquired Hall's Direct

Lomond buys food distribution business

By Gwen Ridler

Lomond – owner of bakery Cake – has acquired wholesale food distribution business Hall’s Direct, in a deal that will boost Lomond’s annual turnover to more than £30M.

Greencore reported a 46% rise in revenue

Greencore revenue up 46.1% after food-to-go boost

By Matt Atherton

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore reported a 46.1% rise in group revenue to £1.01bn in its interim results, boosted by strong growth in its food-to-go offering, and the acquisition of US firm Peacock Foods.

Bakkavor’s HR boss: ‘It’s important that we establish great training providers and that’s in regard to the whole Trailblazers system’

The Big Interview

Bakkavor boss reveals her recruitment ambitions

By Noli Dinkovski

Bakkavor's HR director Pippa Greenslade reveals her recruitment ambitions in this Big Interview, first published by our sister title Food Manufacture.

Ranjit and Baljinder Boparan were among the top three food manufacturing families in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List

The food and drink manufacturing Rich List

By Gwen Ridler

Three food manufacturing families – Samworth, Warburton and Boparan – were among the sector’s representation in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, with a combined wealth of £1.6bn.

Chilled foods are enjoying a resurgence, claims the Rick Bestwick firm

Chilled food demand hots up: cold storage specialist

By Rick Pendrous

Chilled foods continue to find favour with UK consumers, it has emerged, following news from temperature-controlled food specialist Rick Bestwick that it is handling more chilled products than ever before.

Greencore share price fell 20p last week

Greencore shares fall 7.5% after US customer deal

By Matt Atherton

Greencore shares dropped about 7.5% in value within three hours last week (April 25), before rallying, after its largest customer, Tyson Foods, revealed a £2.5bn ($3.2bn) takeover of convenience foods manufacturer AdvancePierre Foods.

Bakkavor was fined £2M for safety failings

Bakkavor fined £2M for worker’s death

By Michael Stones

Prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has been fined £2M for safety failings, after one of its workers died when plastic bales fell on top of him.

Two-compartment Indian meal tray launched

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Two-compartment Indian meal tray launched

By Rick Pendrous

Chilled ready meals manufacturer Bakkavor Meals, based at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire, has relaunched its Tesco’s Indian Kitchen Meal for One range in perforated two-compartment trays from supplier Faerch Plast.

New robotics research aims to replace labour-intensive industrial food preparation operations

Robotics in food manufacture gets government boost

By Rick Pendrous

A new £448,850 government-funded research project has been launched to promote the use of robotics in food manufacturing, which hopes to replace labour-intensive industrial food preparation operations.

Food start-ups are competing for a chance for business mentorship at Rabobank's F&A Next conference

Food start-up competition attracts 120 firms

By Gwen Ridler

More than 120 global food and agriculture start-up firms are competing for a place at the agribusiness bank Rabobank’s business mentorship scheme competition, Foodbytes. 

The Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon has failed to deliver, claims Duncan Swift of accountancy firm Moore Stephens

Groceries code boss ‘has failed to deliver’

By Rick Pendrous


The future of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon and the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) has been put in doubt because so few investigations had been undertaken since they were both set up, a food and drink sector insolvency...

Genius Foods plans to cut 115 jobs across its business

Gluten-free baker Genius to cut 115 jobs

By Matt Atherton

Gluten-free bakery company Genius Foods has announced it will cut 115 jobs across its business, including a reported 78 jobs at its Hull factory, as it plans to end production of its non-Genius branded products.

Tesco Stores Ltd has been fined £129M for overstating its profits in 2014

Tesco fined £129M for market abuse

By Gwen Ridler

Supermarket giant Tesco’s subsidiary, Tesco Stores Ltd, has agreed to pay a £129M fine in order to avoid prosecution for market abuse, after overstating its profits in 2014.

Asia's fastest growing convenience market is Vietnam, according to IGD

Vietnam is the fastest-growing convenience market

By Gwen Ridler

Asia’s fastest growing convenience market is Vietnam – which is set to achieve annual growth of 37.4% over the next four years – according to grocery think-tank IGD.

2 Sisters owner Boparan Holdings reported a 17.8% drop in like-for-like operating profit

2 Sisters owner blames ‘tough’ market for profits fall

By Matt Atherton

2 Sisters Food Group’s parent company, Boparan Holdings, reported a 17.8% drop in like-for-like operating profit in its second quarter trading update, blaming currency fluctuations and the “very tough” trading environment.

Unilever 'may sell' its spreads brands Flora, Stork and Bertolli after the failed Kraft Heinz bid

Unilever ‘to sell’ spreads brands after review

By Matt Atherton

Unilever may sell its Flora, Stork and Bertolli brands as part of its comprehensive review, according to reports, prompting the GMB union to urge the manufacturer to avoid a cost-cutting “slash and burn” policy.

Tasty winners: Introducing the winners and finalists in the new Chefs' Choice Awards

Chefs’ Choice Awards: meet the winners

By Michael Stones

The inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards last night in central London celebrated foodservice sector innovation. Meet the winners, highly-rated entries and the finalists.

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