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Kettleby Foods

Samworth Brothers pushing for £1bn turnover

By Ben Bouckley

Samworth Brothers is hoping to turnover around £1bn within three years, as the Leicester firm confirmed that it will create at least 70 new jobs at its Kettleby Foods business.

'Wallpaper' sparks botulism food safety fears

'Wallpaper' sparks botulism food safety fears

By Mike Stones

An article published in lifestyle magazine Wallpaper about “cutting edge” food preparation techniques so worried food safety expert, Dr Jo Head that she contacted FoodManufacture.co.uk to share her fears about foodborne botulism.

Irradiation could have stopped E.coli crisis: CPA ceo

Irradiation could have stopped E.coli crisis: CPA ceo

By Ben Bouckley

The deadly Escherichia coli crisis that killed 47 people in Germany alone and left thousands seriously ill could almost certainly have been averted by irradiating the fenugreek seeds blamed for the outbreak.

EC's fresh produce campaign 'misses mark'

EC's fresh produce campaign 'misses mark'

By Ben Bouckley

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) has criticised the "ineptitude" of the European Commission (EC), following what the trade body says was a poorly planned one-off advertisement aimed at reassuring UK consumers about the safety of fresh produce.

Government has ‘no perception’ of E.coli crisis impact

Government has ‘no perception’ of E.coli crisis impact

By Ben Bouckley

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) has criticised “UK government plc” for what it describes as a damaging and misleading response to the deadly European E.coli crisis that has left this country's fresh produce industry in turmoil.

Nature's nurture

Nature's nurture

By Rod Addy

Meet Natures Way, winner of the 2010 Food Manufacturing Excellence award for Fresh Produce and Gary Kilhams, fruit business unit manager, Natures Way Foods.

Service level disagreement

Service level disagreement

By Hugh Williams

w When we decided to have our kitchen re-fitted, I knew that choosing a reputable tradesman would be tough. It was my fault for not making the rules of the house clear in the first place.

FSA advises consumers to shun raw beansprouts

FSA advises consumers to shun raw beansprouts

By Lawrence Morley

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is advising consumers not to eat raw sprouted seeds such as beansprouts, alfalfa and fenugreek, after an E.coli outbreak led to the hospitalisation of eight people in Bordeaux, France.

Worried salad suppliers need E.coli crystal ball

Worried salad suppliers need E.coli crystal ball

By Anne Bruce

UK Salads technical director Mark Lever says that parts of the UK fresh produce sector are still on their knees after the devastating German E.coli outbreak that left 35 people dead.

Salad sales plummet, producers call for E.coli action

Salad sales plummet, producers call for E.coli action

By Graham Holter

UK salad producers hope the European Commission (EC) will part-fund an awareness campaign to persuade consumers that their products are safe, and expect compensation after revealing that sales here have plummeted up to 60% by value since the E.coli crisis...

Europe's GM barrier is 'starving the poor’

Europe's GM barrier is 'starving the poor’

By Rick Pendrous

The EU is exacerbating poverty and starvation in the developing world via barriers against genetic modification (GM), says one of the UK’s leading scientists.

Offers in the region of £400,000 are invited for the Northumberland Foods' site

End of the line for Northumberland Foods?

By Ben Bouckley

Food production looks unlikely to restart at the former Northumberland Foods site in Amble, after it emerged that the firm’s assets are being auctioned off and the site sold.

Severed fingers lead to food firm fine

Severed fingers lead to food firm fine

By Ben Bouckley

Swancote Foods has been fined £10,000 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a cleaner lost two fingers in a potato processing machine.

Stop dithering and identify E.coli source, say fresh produce players

Stop dithering and identify E.coli source, say fresh produce players

By Anne Bruce and Ben Bouckley

As UK sales slide, fresh produce industry players say they are disappointed by the German and EU authorities’ variously indecisive and misleading steps when dealing with the German E.coli outbreak that has seen 16 people die and around 1,614 fall ill.

Wingland Foods completes salad expansion

Wingland Foods completes salad expansion

By Ben Bouckley and Anne Bruce

Wingland Foods has completed the third £1m phase of a factory expansion that provides it with a 336m2 of additional low- and high-care cooking space.

End of the line for Bakkavör business

End of the line for Bakkavör business

By Anne Bruce

Bakkavör closed its Exotic Farm Produce factory in Kirton the Friday before last, with up to 66 of its 115 staff now facing redundancy.

Fourayes in bid to double turnover

Fourayes in bid to double turnover

By Anne Bruce

Fruit supplier Fourayes has installed jam and fruit purée production facilities as it bids to double its turnover to £20m within five years.

Time for fresh produce brands to deliver?

Time for fresh produce brands to deliver?

By Ben Bouckley

Former Tesco director of produce Peter Durose has challenged fresh produce suppliers to build successful brands to achieve better prices and achieve production benefits of scale.

Wilkin & Sons to preserve Tiptree base?

Wilkin & Sons to preserve Tiptree base?

By Anne Bruce

Jam producer Wilkin & Sons says its main focus during 2011 is to find new premises, which could possibly involve moving from its iconic site in the village of Tipree, Essex.

'Striking a Balance' Does DEFRA's task force report mark a new regulatory dawn or a missed opportunity?

DEFRA task force has failed fresh produce, FPC

By Ben Bouckley

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) says that a prominent DEFRA task force appointed to cut red tape for farmers and food processors has ignored oppressive regulations facing its sector.

Climate change hits fresh pineapple supplies

Climate change hits fresh pineapple supplies

By Rod Addy

Fresh pineapple harvests will be hit by bad weather later this year, with businesses forced to resort to canned versions of the fruit and other stocks, fresh produce processor Nature’s Way Foods has warned.

Ocado ceo Tim Steiner: Increasing numbers of food firms are entering the online grocery arena

Online sales help brands counter own label threat

By Ben Bouckley

Limited supermarket shelf space and own label competition are reasons why food firms are growing online sales, both directly and through third-party sites, says food and grocery analyst IGD.

IT meltdown: Brakes ceo Stefan Barden wants to

Major IT meltdown puts the skids on Brakes

By Anne Bruce

Foodservice giant Brakes has apologised to customers following a massive IT breakdown last week, which meant staff in warehouses could not pick food and send out orders.

Trade buyer could carve-up Uniq, M&A experts

Trade buyer could carve-up Uniq, M&A experts

By Ben Bouckley

Food sector M&A experts believe it is more likely that a trade buyer – rather than a private equity player – could bid for convenience food firm Uniq, after its board announced a "number of indications of interest from third parties" in...

ASA has refused to scratch a free-range egg advert

Chariots of Fire scored egg advert OK with ASA

By Ben Bouckley

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected numerous consumer complaints about a television advert for free-range eggs, which involved chickens running around fields to the theme music from film Chariots of Fire.