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Descheemaeker: 'Long-term value creation'

Nomad Foods swoops on Findus Switzerland

By Rod Addy

Nomad Foods Ltd has agreed to acquire Findus Switzerland from Froneri International and certain intellectual property from an affiliate of Nestlé SA for €110m (£97.7m).

Left to right: Mindful Chef co-founders Myles Hopper and Giles Humphries

Nestlé acquires healthy meal kit company

By Gwen Ridler

Nestlé has acquired a majority stake in prepared frozen foods and recipe box company Mindful Chef, as it expands its direct to consumer offering.

The project involved stakeholders ranging from Yorkshire Water to Future Food Solutions

Bird’s Eye builds sustainable crop production

By Rod Addy

The year before the 75th anniversary of Birds Eye peas in the UK, James Hopwood, UK agriculture manager and Steve Cann, director of Food Solutions, detail an important environmental project.

Meatless Farm mince is being launched frozen via Ocado

Plant-based NPD roundup

By Rod Addy

A flurry of plant-based product launches this week include Meatless Farm's first entry into the frozen food category, three new Morrisons products from Oumph! and Spanish brand Heura's UK debut.

McCain hoped to support the potato industry during the pandemic through a £25m investment

McCain Foods in £25m potato industry investment

By Gwen Ridler

Frozen food producer McCain Foods (GB) has invested £25m into the UK potato industry to help navigate the pressures of the coronavirus and erratic weather caused by climate change.

The UK is responsible for 4% of global ice cream innovation

Vegan ice cream demand grows

By Michelle Perrett

Demand for plant-based foods has seen an increase in launches of vegan ice cream, new data from research company Mintel has revealed.

New product launches from Mars, McVitie's and Mondelēz

Sweet treats lead latest NPD round-up

By Gwen Ridler

New spread launches from Mars, a trio of new releases from biscuit brand McVitie’s and limited edition Dairy Milk chocolate bars from Cadbury head up this snapshot of the latest new product development from food and drink manufacturers this month.

Frozen food companies are feeling the sting of the coronavirus lock down

Frozen food body wants aid passed up supply chain

By Gwen Ridler

Responding to coronavirus’s impact, the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has urged retailers to share financial aid with their suppliers, as manufacturers increasingly rely on debt to weather the pandemic.

Little Moons planned to create 150 new job at its £3.5m factory

Mochi brand opens £3.5m factory in London

By Gwen Ridler

Mochi brand Little Moons has opened a £3.5m factory in London in a bid to meet increasing demand in the UK and internationally, with plans to create 150 jobs.

Veganuary new products

Veganuary 2020 new product launches

By Gwen Ridler

Greggs’ new vegan steak bake and KFC’s first meat-free burger are just two of the latest plant-based launches in time for Veganuary 2020, featured in this photo gallery.

Perry: the expansion will see a new site built in Kent, initially creating 80 jobs

Cook factory investment to create 200 jobs

By Dan Colombini

Frozen food manufacturer Cook plans to create 200 jobs after securing a £16m funding package from HSBC UK to build a new 2,320m2 kitchen facility in Sittingbourne, Kent.

BFF chairman Nigel Broadhurst called for a swift end to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, whatever the outcome of the general election

Frozen food body calls for end to Brexit ‘black cloud’

By Dan Colombini

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has called for a quick solution to the “black cloud” of Brexit uncertainty, which is impacting the work the industry has achieved in reducing its carbon footprint and other key areas.

No other McCain sites are affected by the plans at this stage

McCain announces 230 potential job losses

By Dan Colombini

McCain Foods has announced the possible loss of 230 jobs at its Grantham factory as the firm seeks to streamline production across the UK.

Mackie’s £250k investment has led to the creation of jobs

New jobs to follow Mackie’s machinery spend

By Dan Colombini

Scottish ice cream producer Mackie’s is to create new jobs at its Aberdeen site, after investing £250,000 in new machinery to help meet increased demand through exports.

Harrow: ‘Consumers are also becoming increasingly concerned with making healthy and environmentally-conscious choices’

Pizza keeps frozen sales growing as meat falls

By Rod Addy

Demand for pizza helped keep frozen food sales growing as revenue from meat declined in the 52 weeks to 8 September, according to Kantar data cited by the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF).

Birds Eye’s Hull factory is able to produce up to 61t of peas an hour

Birds Eye factory urination incident ‘a hoax’

By Noli Dinkovski

Birds Eye has allayed fears that thousands of tonnes of peas might have to be destroyed at its Hull site, claiming the video of a man appearing to urinate on a production line was a hoax.

Lendrum (pictured) called for mandatory recycling labels on products that were easier to understand

Call for mandatory recycling labels on food packs

By Gwen Ridler

The food and drinks packaging industry should move towards a mandatory labelling system that makes it clear whether a product can or cannot be recycled, the head of packaging at frozen food retailer Iceland has urged.

The Cowhouse Dairy pasteurised raw milk from a nearby farm and then processed it into ice cream

Ice cream boss fined £20k for hygiene offences

By Noli Dinkovski

The director of an ice cream-making business that supplied to schools in Derbyshire faces a bill of more than £20,000 after admitting serious hygiene offences.

Nigel Fredericks has entered administration at the loss of 250 jobs

Nigel Fredericks enters administration

By Aidan Fortune

London-based meat and poultry wholesaler Nigel Fredericks Trading Limited has been placed in administration, resulting in the loss of 250 jobs.

Al fresco barbecue range leads food NPD

Al fresco barbecue range leads food NPD

By David Challis

From a new al fresco barbecue range to plant-based milkshakes, we cover the latest new product developments in the food and drink industry, featured in this photo gallery.

2 Sisters Food Group has announced plans to close its Witham processing facility

2 Sisters to close poultry site

By Aidan Fortune

2 Sisters Food Group has announced plans to close one of its poultry processing plants in a bid to grow efficiencies in its supply chain.

Heineken owners top food and drink Rich List

Rich List 2019

Heineken owners top food and drink Rich List

By Gwen Ridler

Heineken owners Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and Michel de Carvalho have once again topped the list of the wealthiest people in UK food and drink manufacturing, featured in this photo gallery.

The EU Council's agreement to extend Brexit has had mixed responses from the food and drink industry

Industry response to EU exit extension

By Gwen Ridler

The EU Council’s decision to allow the UK to delay its departure from the EU has been met with relief and scepticism by the food and drink industry.

The Meatless Farm Co is now available in Morrisons

Meatless Farm Co wins Morrisons listings

By Aidan Fortune

Plant-based protein manufacturer The Meatless Farm Co is expanding its presence in the UK retail sector with new listings in Morrisons.

The FSA and FSS held a review of meat cutting plants and cold stores following a spate of non-compliance issues

Cutting plant review update pending

By Aidan Fortune

An update on the progress made on the recommendations set out in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) and Food Standards Scotland’s (FSS’) meat cutting plant and cold store review is expected imminently.