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.

Harry and Charlie Thuillier found criticism of their ice cream's after taste hard to swallow

Dragons unimpressed by healthy ice cream pitch

By Michelle Perrett

Oppo Ice Cream failed to win backing after Dragons’ Den investors raised concerns about the aftertaste of the healthy product on last night’s TV show.

FIC 'raises complex questions about determining which is the main ingredient'

Confusion about origin and added water labelling

By Rick Pendrous

EU legislation designed to avoid consumers being mislead about the country of origin of ingredients contained in compound foods they purchase is likely to cause headaches for food manufacturers, according to a legal expert.

CHEP will supply 100,000 pallets to Iceland's container devanning operation

Iceland signs three-year pallet deal with CHEP

By Rick Pendrous

Iceland has signed a new three-year deal with pallet provider CHEP that is expected to deliver supply chain efficiencies in the frozen food supermarket chain’s operations, both in the UK and internationally.

Chairman Keith Boardall (left) and deputy chief executive Marcus Boardall

Frozen distributor Reed Boardall reports steady results for 2015

By Rick Pendrous

Reed Boardall Group, the Yorkshire-based cold storage and transport firm has just reported another year of steady performance with revenues rising to just under £66M in the year to March 31 2015, an increase of 3% from the previous year’s total sales...

Food and drink industry people on the move

People on the move in food and drink

By Laurence Gibbons

Young’s Seafood, Müller Wiseman Dairies and Wyke Farms all feature in our latest roundup of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Soutar: ‘We’re looking at potential options for a fifth subsidiary’

William Jackson plans to double turnover to £600M

By Rick Pendrous

William Jackson Food Group (WJFG), the food manufacturing parent to brands such as Aunt Bessie’s frozen foods and organic grocery business Abel & Cole, plans to double turnover to £600M over the next five years and is looking to acquire a fifth subsidiary.

R&R Ice Cream's Mike Fraine shares his manufacturing insights gathered over 25 years

Me and my factory

Meet the ice cream maker from R&R

By Rick Pendrous

Making money from ice cream is no easy task, but R&R boss Mike Fraine seems to have it licked. Rick Pendrous uncovers his success

Food industry people on the move

Food industry people on the move

By Laurence Gibbons

Samworth Brothers, Iglo Food Group and Dawn Foods all made top line appointments as part of their preparations for expansion in 2016.

Manufacturers and retailers in the frozen ready meals category are pioneering the path back to value: Marakon

The path back to value in prepared meals

By Christine Delivanis and Jack Rendle

Category commoditisation destroys value, yet in many grocery categories, the dynamic seems entrenched and value chain participants are either perplexed or defeatist. But some manufacturers and retailers in the frozen ready meals category (FRM) are working...

Europe’s biggest own­-label ice cream manufacturer saw turnover grow

Ice cream maker R&R sees turnover rocket 25%

By Alice Foster

R&R Ice Cream’s turnover has shot up by 25% after a key acquisition, increased business from discounters and the growth of Oreo and Cadbury’s ranges.

Results reveal nearly 50% drop of £126M in first-half profits before tax

Morrisons results prove ‘no quick fix’: analysts

By Alice Foster

The latest results from Morrisons, revealing a nearly 50% drop to £126M in first-half profits before tax, show that there is “no quick fix” for the troubled retailer, according to leading analysts.

Nomad Foods has acquired Iglo Group for about £1.87bn

Nomad Foods reports £392M loss as empire grows

By Alice Foster

Nomad Foods, the new owner of frozen food company Iglo Group, has reported a £392M loss in the six months to June 30 as the investment firm eyes other potential acquisitions.

Bakkavor recently sold its remaining Italian pizza business

Bakkavor sees international sales boost

By John Wood

Bakkavor has boosted turnover and profits for the half-year to June 27, with its international business making up for a decline in UK sales in the second quarter.

Tomra’s test centre simulates cold conditions

Tomra’s test centre simulates cold conditions

Tomra Sorting Solutions can now test the performance of its equipment for all individually quick frozen (IQF) products in a true-to life environment, following the installation of a new 56m2 cold room at its test centre in Leuven, Belgium.

Top food companies of past 15 years

Food manufacture excellence awards

Manufacturing Oscars: previous top winners

By Laurence Gibbons

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards has crowned a Company of the Year for the past 15th years to recognise the best of the best in British food manufacturing.

Hullets supplies frozen food from six depots across the UK

Cool buyout for Newcastle food wholesaler

By Nicholas Robinson

Newcastle-based wholesaler Kitwave has scooped Sheffield frozen food firm Hulleys Frozen in its eleventh acquisition since securing a £7.5M cash injection.

Supermarkets in trouble, says Waitrose boss

Manufacturing is ‘supermarket Armageddon saviour’

By Nicholas Robinson

Supermarkets with their own food manufacturing facilities have a better chance of price war survival, city analysts have claimed, after the boss of Waitrose warned Britain’s biggest retailers would be wiped out by continued price cutting.

Up to 10,000 new jobs will be created: DEFRA boss

Food industry to gain 10,000 new jobs

By Michael Stones

More than 10,000 new food industry jobs and millions of pounds of new investment will be created by the government-backed Food Enterprise Zones (FEZs), claims environment secretary Elizabeth Truss.

BFFF: Labelled date of freezing should be the date of freezing of the burger, not of the meat ingredient

UK frozen food sector wins EC date labelling battle

By Rick Pendrous

The UK’s frozen food sector is celebrating a partial victory with the European Commission (EC) over a disagreement relating to the date labelling of frozen meat products required under the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulations, which came into...

Follow our three top tips to win a  manufacturing Oscar

How you can win a food and drink manufacturing Oscar

By Michael Stones

There’s still plenty of time to submit your winning entry in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), ahead of the July 17 deadline. So, here’s how to impress the judges and bring home a much-coveted food and drink manufacturing Oscar.

Iceland's sales have been hit by a triple whammy

Iceland’s sales hit by triple whammy

By Laurence Gibbons

Frozen food retailer Iceland’s sales were hit by a triple whammy of  intense competition from Aldi and Lidl, food price deflation and “changing consumer habits” over the past year, it claimed.

Findus confirms exclusive sale talks with Nomad

Findus confirms exclusive sale talks with Nomad

By Michael Stones

Frozen food firm Findus has confirmed it is in advanced, exclusive sales talks with investment group Nomad Holdings, following the investment firm’s disclosure yesterday (June 3).

Bright Foods's purchase of Weetabix has been one of the biggest 2015 deals

Food and drink M&A more subdued in 2015

By Rod Addy

UK food and drink mergers and acquisitions (M&A) lost their fizz in the first four months of 2015, discounting major one-off transactions, according to financial advisory firm Oghma Partners’ latest review.

British food brands dominate UK consumers’ baskets

Home-grown brands popular among Brits

By Laurence Gibbons

Six of the 10 most popular food and drink products in the UK are based there, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel.

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