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Gü Puds could see a 90% sales surge over Valentine's Day

Valentine’s boost for Gü Puds

By Gwen Ridler

Dessert manufacturer Gü Puds has forecast a 90% sales spike this Valentine’s Day, as more people opt to spend the night in with their loved ones.

Greencore reported a 9.1% rise in like-for-like sales

Greencore confident of mitigating Brexit threats

By Matt Atherton

Greencore said it was confident of mitigating any Brexit-related cost increases, as it reported a 9.1% rise in like-for-like sales to £417M on a constant currency basis, in the 13 weeks to December 30.

Lidl is to donate 2M meals a year to charities

Lidl to donate 2M meals a year

By Gwen Ridler

Discount retailer Lidl is to donate up to 2M meals a year to people facing food poverty in the UK, as part of its plans to donate food surplus to local food charities.

Boparan Holdings - owner of 2 Sisters - reported a sales boost of 5.1% in its first-quarter trading update

Boparan plans for ‘toughest’ year after sales boost

By Matt Atherton

Boparan Holdings – owner of 2 Sisters Food Group – is preparing for “one of our toughest” years, warned ceo Ranjit Singh, after the food giant’s parent company reported an 11.9% rise in operating profit to £19.8M in the 13 weeks to October 29.

Ramona Hazan reveals her plans for her brainchild Ramona's Kitchen

Me and my factory: Ramona’s Kitchen

By Noli Dinkovski

Ramona’s Kitchen owner Ramona Hazan tells Food Manufacture how she is drawing on her heritage to create a thriving food business. 

Samworth Brothers Ltd has defended its decision to sack an employee

Samworth defends sacking after union backlash

By Matt Atherton

Samworth Brothers Ltd has defended its decision to sack an employee, after the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) slammed the dismissal as “shameful”, claiming the employee was sacked for “naming and shaming” Samworth Brothers over contractual...

Coop Denmark has increased productivity to 450 food items picked an hour

More food industry warehouse automation needed

By Rick Pendrous

The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) in April and rising concerns over the future of the UK labour pool following the Brexit vote on June 23 have revealed the need for higher levels of productivity within distribution centres (DC), according...

Industry insiders are encouraged to use the new Food Crime Confidential to report offences

Food Crime Unit launches confidential hotline

By Gwen Ridler

A confidential food crime hotline has been launched by the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), which it hoped would encourage industry insiders to report offences.

Bakkavor in 310 new staff recruitment drive

Bakkavor to recruit 310 staff after ‘increased demand’

By Matt Atherton

Ready meals specialist Bakkavor is recruiting 310 people for factory production and management roles in Lincolnshire, after “increased demand from its customers”, the manufacturer revealed today (November 28).

Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney said the Peacock Foods acquisition will transform the firm’s US business

Greencore to acquire $1bn US firm Peacock Foods

By Michael Stones

Greencore has revealed plans to acquire the US convenience food manufacturer Peacock Foods, which is valued at £594.3M ($747.5M) and has revenues of $1bn, alongside full-year results today (November 14).

Calder Foods was bought by Flagship Food Group

Calder Foods bought by US foodservice giant

By Matt Atherton

Sandwich fillings and sauces manufacturer Calder Foods has been bought by US multi-national foodservice firm Flagship Food Group for an undisclosed fee.

Charlie Bigham's reported £57M in sales this year

Charlie Bigham’s doubles sales revenue in two years

By Matt Atherton

Premium ready meals manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s has more than doubled sales revenue in two years, after posting a 35% growth in its full-year financial results to September 30 2016.

Label danger: thousands of small food and drink manufacturers could be breaking the law by illegally labelling food

Food fraud fears on nutritional labels

By Rick Pendrous

Thousands of small food and drink manufacturers, including many of the 40,000 artisan producers in the UK supplying directly to consumers, could be breaking the law for illegal nutritional labelling and making illegal claims on their pre-packed products,...

More than 500 jobs could be lost at Gunstones Bakery, claims an insider

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2 Sisters’ Gunstones Bakery ‘could cut up to 524 jobs’

By Matt Atherton

Convenience Foods Limited, which trades as Gunstones Bakery – one of 2 Sisters Food Group’s top divisions – is considering up to 524 redundancies, it has emerged, after the company lost a contract with a major supplier for its chilled filled rolls, sushi...

Meet Greencore’s new chief financial officer: Eoin Tonge

Greencore appoints new finance boss

By Michael Stones

Greencore has appointed Eoin Tonge as its new chief financial officer and as a director of the group, with effect from Monday October 3.

Hain Daniels has expanded its fleet from Ryder

Hain Daniels increases its contract hire fleet

By Rick Pendrous

The Hain Daniels Group has boosted its chilled distribution fleet by adding 10 trucks and seven trailers from Ryder, increasing its contract hire fleet to 22 trucks and 10 trailers.

M&S has unveiled its Christmas food range

M&S unveils new Christmas range

By Michelle Perrett

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has unveiled its new Christmas food range, describing it as the “must-have” collection.

Bakkavor workers plan to protest at Sainsbury headquarters on Friday

Bakkavor row sparks union protest at Sainsbury

By Matt Atherton

Bakkavor workers belonging to the GMB union plan to protest outside Sainsbury’s London headquarters on Friday (August 12), as part of a row over changes to their pay and conditions.

Unilever’s results for the first half of this year have shown profitable growth

Unilever navigates some choppy seas

By Rick Pendrous

Unilever’s results for the first half of 2016 have shown profitable growth in what it claimed were challenging markets particularly in Europe, where underlying sales were flat and volume growth offset continued price deflation.

DEFRA chief Andrea Leadsom joined the 2 Sisters boss in welcoming the new apprenticeship programme

2 Sisters boss welcomes new apprentice plan

By Mike Stones

The new Industry Approved Apprenticeship Programmes (IAAP) for the food and drink industry “puts employers in the driving seat with regards to standards”, says 2 Sisters Food Group’s people and change director Nigel Perry.

Abergavenny Fine Foods' md Melanie Bowman has brought the company back from the ashes

Cheese firm rebuilds factory destroyed in fire

By Matt Atherton

Abergavenny Fine Foods opened its new factory on July 7, a year after fire destroyed the company’s goat’s cheese production at Blaenavon, south east Wales.

Tesco has unveiled new pots for its food-to-go products

New pots for food-to-go at Tesco

By Rick Pendrous

Food packaging suppliers Faerch Plast and Colpac recently joined forces to develop a new pack design in conjunction with fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor for a new Tesco food-to-go range.

Industrial Refrigeration Services launched a specialist energy surveillance service

Cooling system energy check service launched

By Rick Pendrous

A specialist energy surveillance service has been launched by Industrial Refrigeration Services (IRS) to help large food manufacturers plan for a greener future with a reduced carbon footprint and energy cost savings.

Food-to-go offers key business opportunities

Food-to-go offers £16bn opportunity for firms

By Matt Atherton

The UK’s rapidly expanding food-to-go sector could provide key opportunities to grow sales from a market predicted to reach £16.1bn before the end of the year.

Food recalls were caused by potentially deadly bacteria and undeclared allergens this month

Wraps recalled over potentially fatal bacteria

By Gwen Ridler

Lytham Foods has recalled a number of its Freshbite wraps after concerns over the company’s safety procedures to prevent harmful levels of bacteria in its products.

GMB will protest at Tesco HQ

Bakkavor slams union protest at Tesco headquarters

By Matt Atherton

Chilled ready meals supplier Bakkavor has slammed the GMB union’s plans to protest at Tesco’s headquarters on Friday (July 15), over alleged changes to the pay and conditions of its workers.

Could your business glide to greatness at our Venice-themed awards celebration? Why not place your free entry today?

Your chance to win a food manufacturing Oscar

By Rick Pendrous

The deadline is fast approaching to enter the 2016 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards the industry’s Oscars, which recognise outstanding achievement and the very best people and companies in the business.

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