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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.

Destiny Foods agreed a merger with Compagnie des Desserts

Destiny Foods agrees £60M merger

By Matt Atherton

Specialist desserts manufacturer Destiny Foods has completed a merger with global desserts maker La Compagnie des Desserts, to create a £60M-a-year turnover company.

ICH ltd was fined £20k after a worker fell through the ceiling of an Iceland Foods store

Firm fined £20k for Iceland ceiling fall

By Gwen Ridler

A firm has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 for safety failings, after one of its workers fell through the ceiling of an Iceland Foods’s store.

See the latest food and drink industry appointments in this gallery

Food and drink appointments – photogallery

By Gwen Ridler

December has been a busy month for people moving to new jobs in the food and drink industry, with Coca-Cola, Tate & Lyle and Bakkavor making changes to their senior management teams.

Overseas investment in UK firms has been spurred by the falling pound

Overseas investors look to UK food sector

By Rick Pendrous

Overseas investors are showing an increased appetite for UK and Irish food and drink firms – aided by a low pound exchange rate following the Brexit vote – but clouds are gathering on the horizon as concerns rise about the sector’s continuing access to...

Iceland Foods hits back at Icelandic government (Iceland Foods/Facebook)

Iceland vs Iceland: frosty talks, as retailer hits back

By Matt Atherton

Iceland Foods has claimed the Icelandic government had “no interest” in reaching a compromise over use of the word ‘Iceland’, after talks failed to reach a resolution on Friday (December 2).

BFFF urges quick government action on its International Action Plan for Food and Drink. Image courtesy of Cable Storage Fife http://cableroadcontainers.co.uk

Food export plan ‘must be delivered quickly’: BFFF

By Matt Atherton

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has urged the government to deliver quickly its food and drink export plan, after a survey revealed less than half its members thought Brexit would boost export sales.

The death of the worker at Thistle Seafoods was said to be from natural causes

Worker dies at fish factory

By Gwen Ridler

The death of a worker at Thistle Seafoods is currently under investigation by Police Scotland.

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.

Brian Young believes the outlook is positive for frozen food manufacturing

‘Bright’ outlook for frozen food manufacturers

By Matt Atherton

Frozen food manufacturing products are set to rise in popularity, based on consumers’ preference for less waste and higher nutrient value, according to a report from the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF).

The British frozen food market is value at more than £8bn

British frozen food market worth a cool £8bn

By Michael Stones

Food manufacturers face an £8bn-plus opportunity to target the frozen food market, according to a new report from the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF).

Oppo Ice Cream agreed to remove the content after a complaint was made

Oppo Ice Cream breaches advertising code

By Matt Atherton

Oppo Ice Cream has been forced to amend content on its website by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), for not backing up a claim about the ice cream’s health benefits.

Top Track 100

Top six fastest growing food manufacturers

By Matt Atherton

2 Sisters Food Group is Britain’s fastest growing private food and drink business, according to The Top Track 100 compiled by The Sunday Times.

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.

The FSA may expand its guidance to food manufacturers to cover food storage and freezing advice for consumers

FSA to consider freezer advice on food labels

By Michelle Perrett

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) plans to consider whether to expand its guidance to food manufacturers to cover food storage and freezing advice for consumers. 

Ready for the off: R&R boss Ibrahim Najafi gets a boost from George Johnston and Kelsea Purchall

Ice cream firm invests £10k in bobsleigh team

By Gwen Ridler

Frozen desserts firm R&R Ice Cream has invested £10,000 in the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) to help promote winter sports to Britain’s Young Athletes.

Plastic contamination sparked the recall of Asda vegetarian burgers

Asda recalls burgers after plastic contamination

By Michael Stones

Burgers contaminated with plastic, salmon products infected with listeria and mislabelled soup sparked three food recalls last week by Asda, OT (Smoked Salmon) and Waitrose.

The Från Början team pick up their Ecotrophelia UK 2016 winner’s cheque from M&S’s Sue Bell

Nottingham Trent students win Ecotrophelia UK

By Rick Pendrous

A student team from Nottingham Trent University has scooped the gold prize for their low-fat, non-dairy ice cream made with algal protein, in the UK leg of Ecotrophelia 2016 – the pan-European competition for ecologically inspired innovative new product...

UK sales: R&R clams slow market conditions and the timing of promotions has affected performance

Sales fall 1.3% at R&R Ice Cream

By Noli Dinkovski

R&R Ice Cream has posted a 1.3% drop in sales for the first quarter of 2016 as its acquisition of Nestlé’s South Africa business, fluctuating exchange rates, and tough European trading conditions hit like-for-like performance.

Food industry fires over the past six months are reviewed in this photogallery

Seven food manufacturing fires – in pictures

By Gwen Ridler

Fires, some linked to suspected arson, have continued to devastate food factories and other premises connected to the sector over the past six months. Here’s a quick photo tour of the affected businesses.

Here's your chance to star at the Venice-themed food and drink manufacturing Oscars

FMEAS

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars now open

By Rick Pendrous

The 2016 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) are now open for entries. So, if your company wants to be recognised for its achievements and join the celebrations at this year's Venice-themed event, you need to enter these prestigious awards.

Food businesses could learn about fraud protection from the insurance industry: Lisa Jack

Foodex 2016

Food firms could learn from insurance firms on fraud

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturers need to learn from other industries, such as the insurance sector, and use a “systems approach” to identifying fraudulent activity in their businesses, a leading academic has suggested.

Kerry Group's Cheestrings sold well in the children's snack market, said the firm

Kerry Group reports growth in business volumes

By Gwen Ridler

Kerry Group has posted a 2.9% growth in business volumes, driven by its Taste & nutrition and Consumer food divisions in first quarter results, thanks partly to its children’s snack product Cheestrings.

Inside R&R Ice Cream’s Northallerton factory

Nestlé agrees frozen foods deal with R&R Ice Cream

By Rick Pendrous

Nestlé and R&R, a leading ice cream company based in the UK owned by PAI Partners, have signed an agreement to set up Froneri, a global ice cream and frozen food joint venture (jv).

Ooft vending machines will heat frozen ready meals

Vending hot ready meals from frozen products

By Rick Pendrous

A new vending machine, which produces hot meals from frozen products, will be launched on to the market over the next two months, according to the ceo of Bidvest Foodservice, the company behind the innovation.

Ice cream is one of only a few frozen categories witnessing innovation

Tesco to use social media to drive frozen sales

By Rick Pendrous

Tesco has plans to boost its online sales of frozen foods – where it sees greatest opportunity to drive volume – in an attempt to address an underperforming category instore, using social media as a promotional vehicle, its frozen category director has...

Sealer launched for very large trays

Sealer launched for very large trays

By Rick Pendrous

Heat sealing specialist Proseal has introduced a new tray sealer specifically designed to handle very large food trays. The GT5exSD can seal trays up to 400mm wide, making it ideal for handling large cuts of meat and joints. Top speeds for the single...

The Thuillier brothers have secured crowd funding for their Oppo ice cream business

Andy Murray invests in Dragons’ Den reject

By Laurence Gibbons

Tennis ace Andy Murray has helped Dragons’ Den reject ice cream manufacturer Oppo secure more than £300,000 of crowd funding by investing in the ‘guilt-free’ ice cream brand.

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