Does ice cream pose a listeria risk to vulnerable people?

Ice cream listeria risk to the ill and elderly

By Rick Pendrous

Fears have been raised about the wider possible contamination of frozen food with the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in Europe, and the potentially deadly threat this poses to vulnerable individuals, following serious food poisoning outbreaks traced...

Food industry people on the move

Food industry people on the move – in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

Morrisons, Iglo Group, Leatherhead Food Research and Assured Food Standards were all left searching for new bosses this month as the current incumbents announced their decisions to step away from their roles.

Sainsbury is bringing F1 technology to its stores

Sainsbury’s fridges draw on F1 technology

By Rod Addy

Sainsbury is redesigning its in-store fridges drawing on aerodynamic technology built into Formula One (F1) racing cars from Williams Advanced Engineering to make them more energy efficient.

Food allergy risks in April

Latest allergy recalls in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

Nine potentially dangerous products were recalled or withdrawn by food businesses in April over allergy fears stemming from undeclared ingredients, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Deals and partnerships lead the past week's headlines

New Anglo-American partnership leads Good Week/Bad Week

By Laurence Gibbons

A new partnership between the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and its American counterpart – the Institute of Food Technologists – leads the selection of good and bad news from the past seven days in a special edition of Good Week/ Bad...

Albert Bartlett processes and supplies potatoes and was founded in 1948

Albert Bartlett buys Heinz Norfolk factory

By Rod Addy

Potato firm Albert Bartlett has bought Heinz UK’s Aunt Bessie’s potato factory at Westwick in Norfolk, which Heinz announced it proposed to close in October last year, threatening 200 jobs.

The cartoner uses energy-efficient servomotors

Anuga FoodTec 2015

Bosch launches speedy carton machine

By Rod Addy

Breakfast cereal manufacturers and frozen pizza suppliers have access to cartoning technology that can slash changeover times and maintain consistently high yields, courtesy of Bosch Packaging Technology.

Anuga FoodTec attracted more than 43,000 visitors

Anuga FoodTec 2015

Top innovations showcased at Anuga FoodTec

By Rod Addy

This year’s Anuga FoodTec achieved a 14% rise in visitor numbers over the last time it was held in 2012, with more than 1,500 companies presenting the latest food processing solutions.

Fagg: 'There's going to be a lot more volatility in exchange rates'

Prepare for pre-recession spend – top economist

By Nicholas Robinson

Food manufacturers should prepare for a positive three years ahead, as the changing economy prompts consumers to spend at pre-recession levels, a leading economist has said. 

Findus has acquired La Cocinera for an undisclosed sum

Findus snaps up Spanish ready meal firm

By Laurence Gibbons

The Findus Group has snapped up Spanish frozen ready meal firm La Cocinera from Nestlé Spain for an undisclosed sum, following approval from the Spanish competition authorities.

Iceland were duped into selling the wrong kind of sea bass

FSA welcomes fish fraud conviction

By Rod Addy

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has welcomed the conviction of Michael Redhead, company director of Michael Redhead Associates Limited, for food fraud after hoodwinking Iceland Foods.

Findus makes a range of frozen food lines

Findus’ performance may hook acquisitive investors

By Rod Addy

Findus Group’s UK arm has become a more attractive acquisition target after the global business confirmed it had experienced its second consecutive year of positive growth, although it has denied sell-off rumours.

The Heston From Waitrose Ultimate Chocolate Bar frozen dessert sold particularly well over Christmas

Waitrose in ascendant in Christmas sales battle

By Rod Addy

Waitrose’s Heston sub-brand helped boost Christmas sales, claimed the retailer, which was the likely ‘clear winner’ among the supermarkets over the festive period according to one food industry analyst.

Brussels sprouts took a pounding in recent Christmas sales figures

Sprouts and mince pies hit in pre-Christmas sales

By Rod Addy

A slowdown in pre-Christmas food sales in traditional grocery retailers has hit Brussels sprouts and mince pies the hardest, according to data analyst Information Resources (IRI).

The 007-themed awards evening left guests stirred but not shaken by the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing

food manufacturing awards

FMEAs 2014 video highlights

By Laurence Gibbons

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing, last month (Thursday November 20).

KK Fine Foods makes a range of frozen ready meals for foodservice and retail customers

Deeside’s KK Fine Foods to create 90 jobs

By Rod Addy

KK Fine Foods is creating 90 jobs on Deeside Enterprise Zone in a £4.2M investment – its largest to date – supported by the Welsh government and Finance Wales.

Sceti: 'Frozen food can be a key part in reducing food waste'

Food industry must unite to tackle obesity and waste

By Laurence Gibbons

The food industry must engage with frozen food firm Iglo Group’s latest programme to tackle obesity, food waste and unsustainable production, according the firm’s boss Elio Leoni Sceti.

UK manufacturers were behind their European counterparts when it came to automation

PPMA 2014

Fear of speaking out against supermarkets must stop

By Nicholas Robinson

Manufacturers must speak out against the financial pressures supermarkets place on them if they are ever to invest in automation and improve their margins, an industry boss has urged.

Home-cooked meals are not always the healthiest - new research

Home-cooked not always best

By Nicholas Robinson

Home-cooked meals may not be the healthiest or cheapest option for consumers, as food businesses continue to respond to health and price concerns by adapting their recipes, according to new research.

More than 200 staff members ensure product safety

Low food risk from Cook’s high-labour model

By Nicholas Robinson

Handmade ready meal firm Cook claims more human hands in the manufacturing process does not increase the risk to food hygiene standards or decrease overall operational efficiency.

The science behind ice cream revealed

Manufactured ice cream superior to homemade

By Nicholas Robinson

Manufactured ice creams can offer a superior taste experience when compared to homemade product, and premium brands contain less air and more fat, according to a US food scientist.

The latest phase of expansion will increase Yearsley's space by 4,645m2

Yearsley begins second phase of cold store expansion

By Rick Pendrous

Frozen food distributor Yearsley Logistics has begun the second phase of a £5M three-part expansion next to the group’s headquarters in Heywood in Greater Manchester less than a year after opening its new cold store.

Fishy question: what should be the freeze date? At sea or after processing?

Agreeing frozen fish dates sparks hot debate

By Nicholas Robinson

Consumers could be put off eating fish, if new EU rules governing the labelling dates of frozen fish are not better defined, the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has warned.

Contaminated irrigation water is a potential source

Norovirus risk from Chinese strawberries warning

By Nicholas Robinson

Strawberries from China will be subject to stiffer checks for norovirus and hepatitis A at EU borders, following an alert about contaminated produce from the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

Entries for the 2014 Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards close on July 31

FMEAs open for entries

By Rick Pendrous

Entries for the 2014 Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards close on July 31. Don’t miss your chance to be a star. Enter online at

Frozen food firm to detect more contaminants

Birds Eye improves checks on peas

Birds Eye’s Lowestoft factory has installed two free-fall laser sorters to provide enhanced quality checks on its frozen peas.

David Wood Baking makes frozen bake-off and craft bakery products

Ready meal firm’s sale offers lifeline to 142 staff

By Rod Addy

Brakes Group has agreed to sell ready meals firm Creative Foods to David Wood Baking for an undisclosed sum, potentially saving 142 jobs, a move one Facebook campaigners called “brilliant news”.

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