Frozen

Frozen food boss’s call to arms

Iceland Foods boss takes over at frozen food federation

By Rick Pendrous

Nigel Broadhurst, the newly elected chairman of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) board, has called on collaboration between all parts of the frozen food industry to promote the benefits of frozen foods to consumers.

Unilever posts sales growth amid its restructuring plans

Unilever posts growth amid restructuring plans

By Gwen Ridler

Unilever has posted sales growth for the third quarter of this year, boosted by a strong performance in emerging markets, amid plans to restructure the business.

Multi-head weighers for free-flowing products

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Multi-head weighers for free-flowing products

By Rick Pendrous

A series of mid-range multi-head weighers for the high performance weighing of free-flowing and semi-sticky products for dry, fresh and frozen foods, has been launched by Ishida.

Reclosable frozen pack launched

Reclosable frozen pack launched

By Frederick Dawson

Packaging supplier Parkside has collaborated with Northcoast Seafoods in what it claims is the ‘first to market’ reclosable pack for frozen foods. The pack uses the firm’s Parkscribe laser scribe technology, which creates an easy to open and close pack...

Frozen transport to and from Continent rises

Refrigeration spotlight

Frozen transport to and from Continent rises

By Rick Pendrous

Supply chain specialist NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics is expecting further growth in the volumes of frozen food it handles both into and out of the UK.

Get ready for cooling directive change

Refrigeration spotlight

Get ready for cooling directive change

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturers have been urged by temperature control systems specialist ICS Cool Energy to upgrade their process cooling systems in the run-up to planned changes to the Ecodesign Directive, which will come into effect on January 1 2018.

A £11.3M food and drink development centre has received planning permission in Somerset

New food development centre to create 250 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Plans for a new £11.3M food and drink development centre in Somerset that would create up to 250 jobs have been given the go ahead, after receiving planning permission from the local council.

Northcoast Seafoods md Fridrik Thorsteinsson (centre) accepts the Retail Product of the Year award from Yearsley Group director Jonathan Baker (l) and BFF chief executive John Hyman

Seafood maker and pub supplier win frozen food awards

By Noli Dinkovski

A seafood producer located near the Humber estuary and a Manchester-based supplier to JD Wetherspoon have scooped the top prizes at an annual awards that celebrates the best in frozen food manufacturing.

Beechdean Group has acquired 50% of ice cream manufacturer Lovingtons

Beechdean scoops up ice cream firm

By Gwen Ridler

Beechdean Group has acquired 50% of ice cream manufacturer Lovingtons, in a joint venture designed to grow investment and boost the manufacturing capabilities of the company. 

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.

Sales of meat substitutes will reach £4bn by 2020, claimed a new report

Meat substitute market to grow to £4bn

By Gwen Ridler

The meat substitute market will reach global sales of £4bn ($5.2bn) by 2020, according to a new report from Allied Market Research.

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.

Food and drinks firms could be losing out on £12bn to fraud

Fraud costs food firms £12bn a year

By Gwen Ridler

The food and drink industry could be losing up to £12bn a year to fraud, according to a new report published this week.

Unilever's Food division reported a 2.1% decrease in underlying volume growth (Flickr/Sean Biehle)

Unilever ice cream brands boost overall sales

By Matt Atherton

Unilever’s ice creams and Knorr brands helped to boost food and refreshment sales by 2.2% in its first quarter results, despite sales being impacted by this year’s late Easter.

Frozen food manufacturer McCain Foods has reported an 8.6% hike in profits

McCain Foods in profits and sales boost

By Noli Dinkovski

Oven chip maker McCain Foods GB has reported an 8.6% hike in profits just weeks after revealing plans to invest more than £100M in its Scarborough factory.

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.

Real Good Food has acquired a majority interest in free-from specialist Brighter Foods

Real Good Food acquires Brighter Foods

By Rick Pendrous

Real Good Food (RGF), the bakery ingredients company, has paid £9M to acquire an 84% interest in Brighter Foods, based in Tywyn in Wales.

The run up to Easter saw a number of launches by food and drink firms

Easter product launches by food and drink firms

By Gwen Ridler

The run up to Easter this year saw chocolate treats and British sweets lead this month’s photogallery of new product development (NPD) from food and drink manufacturers.

Unilever chief executive Paul Polman abandons its sustainability credentials at his peril, suggests one City analyst

Unilever review likely to lead to food disposals

By Rick Pendrous

Unilever’s top-to-bottom review of its business following the rejection of the £115bn bid from US Kraft Heinz earlier this week is likely to lead to the Anglo-Dutch company disposing of some of its underperforming food business, according to City analysts.

McCain Foods plans to cut 74 jobs at its Scarborough site (Flickr/David Holt)

McCain Foods plans to cut 74 jobs

By Matt Atherton

McCain Foods plans to cut 74 jobs at its Scarborough site, after it proposed to close a loss-making facility.

Suppliers will benefit from Iceland's HQ investment, claimed the retailer

Iceland HQ investment to ‘benefit suppliers’

By Gwen Ridler

Iceland’s suppliers are to benefit directly from the retailer’s second phase of a £5M investment programme at its headquarters in Deeside, Wales, claimed the retailer.

Oppo founders Charlie (L) and Harry Thullier are campaigning for lower tax on healthy food and drink

Food producers call for tax cuts on healthy food

By Gwen Ridler

A coalition of food and drink producers has urged the government to cut the tax on low-sugar food and drink products to 5%, following new research that revealed young adults can’t afford to buy healthy food.

Ice Kitchen has secured a £150k investment from Dutch firm Jamin

Adult ice lolly firm wins £150k investment

By Gwen Ridler

Adult ice lolly manufacturer Ice Kitchen has landed a £150,000 investment from a Dutch confectionery retailer, to fuel the brand’s expansion in Britain.

Marcus Boardall (l), deputy chief executive of Reed Boardall, and finance director Sarah Roberts

Reed Boardall maintains profits despite falling sales

By Rick Pendrous

Yorkshire-based cold storage and transport business Reed Boardall has reported a slight fall in revenues of £64.3M for the year to March 31 2016 in its financial results released today (January 4), down from £65.9M achieved in 2015, in what the frozen...

Fires at Icestone Gelato's factory and ice cream parlour were suspected to be arson attacks. Image: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Suspected arson attack on ice cream factory

By Gwen Ridler

A blaze at an ice cream factory is Bradford in currently under investigation by West Yorkshire Police, after two of its business premises were hit by arson attacks on Christmas Eve.