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Scottish vegetable processor expands

Scottish vegetable processor expands

By Anne Bruce

Scottish vegetable company R & K Drysdale (Drysdales) is spending a £647,647 government grant on extending its premises in a move that will create new employment opportunities.

£14m investment

Natures Way Foods to create up to 380 new jobs

By Elaine Watson

Bagged salads and prepared fruit specialist Natures Way Foods has secured planning permission to build a £14m packhouse in Runcton that will create 110 permanent jobs and up to 270 flexible roles.

179 jobs to go at Bakkavor's Bourne Salads site

179 jobs to go at Bakkavor's Bourne Salads site

By Elaine Watson

144 hourly-paid staff have opted to take voluntary redundancy while a further 35 salaried staff have been made redundant at Bakkavör's Bourne Prepared Produce site in Lincolnshire.

Eaton: Stronger than expected sales in food-to-go

Uniq Q4: Desserts -1.7%, food-to-go +8.3%

By Elaine Watson

Chilled convenience firm Uniq said Christmas trading was “close to expectations” in the fourth quarter with a weaker performance in desserts (down 1.7%) offset by a strong performance in food-to-go (up 8.3%).

FSA vindicated in organic nutritional probe

FSA vindicated in organic nutritional probe

By Elaine Watson

The methodology used in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) controversial review of the nutritional merits of organic vs conventionally-produced food has been given the stamp of approval by an independent scientific panel.

Uniq tackles £436m hole in its pension fund

Uniq tackles £436m hole in its pension fund

By Elaine Watson

Uniq has unveiled plans to tackle the £436m hole in its pension scheme with a deficit-for-equity swap that will deliver 90% of the company's equity to the pension fund.

Up to 375 jobs at risk at Bakkavör Bourne site

Up to 375 jobs at risk at Bakkavör Bourne site

By Elaine Watson

Unions are urging Bakkavör to improve its redundancy package at Bourne Prepared Produce in Lincolnshire in order to encourage volunteers and avoid compulsory redundancies.

Tesco: Pricing structure on organics is all over the place

Tesco: Pricing structure on organics is all over the place

By Elaine Watson

The pricing hierarchy in organic foods is confusing shoppers and holding the category back, with some products costing more than twice as much as conventional counterparts and others achieving price parity, according to the UK’s biggest grocer.

Could broccoli and garlic prove key weapons in fight vs arthritis?

Could broccoli and garlic prove key weapons in fight vs arthritis?

By Elaine Watson

A groundbreaking study exploring the potential of bioactive compounds in broccoli and garlic to slow or prevent the breakdown of cartilage is one of nine projects to secure a share of £4m, in the final funding round of the Diet and Health Research Industry...

Interfruit

Interfruit moves to new plant

By Rick Pendrous

Fresh fruit and vegetable wholesaler Interfruit has moved into a new 1,600m2 refrigerated food processing plant at Witton.

M&S

M&S hits back as CASH blasts salt levels in its salads

By Elaine Watson

Surveys that compare salt levels in products of different weights targeted at different eating occasions and then single out individual firms for criticism are unfair and unhelpful, Marks & Spencer has argued.

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CenFRA helps food manufacturers ‘virtually’ evaluate robots

By Elaine Watson

Food robotics and automation centre CenFRA (Centre for Robotics and Automation) has introduced new simulation techniques that can help food manufacturers ‘virtually’ evaluate the merits of automating aspects of their processes without disrupting production.

Uniq

Uniq "still viable" despite £436m pension deficit

By Elaine Watson

Uniq is still a viable business despite the £400m+ hole in its pension fund, and it is “still plausible” that a solution will be found to enable it to trade its way out of trouble, analysts have claimed.

Change4Life didn't change anything, claims academic

Change4Life didn't change anything, claims academic

By Elaine Watson

There is “no evidence” to suggest that the Change4Life initiative has helped to improve the eating habits or lifestyles of the most vulnerable people, according to one health expert.

A prince among tomato slicers

A prince among tomato slicers

Preparing fresh ingredients such as tomatoes can be labour-intensive and time-consuming. The Prince Castle Tomato Saber makes slicing whole tomatoes quick, precise and easy. The device, which is supplied by Foodservice Equipment Marketing (FEM), can help...

Simply Fruit snack packs

Cut fruit firm invests £2-3m in factory expansion

By Elaine Watson

Craigavon-based Orchard County Foods will pump £2-3m into its cut fruit factory over the next 18 months as it seeks to expand its presence in the branded fruit snacks market.

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