Meat, poultry & seafood

Record profits for Cranswick as new coo arrives

Record profits for Cranswick as new coo arrives

By Ben Bouckley

Cranswick announced today that it has appointed former fresh pork md Adam Couch as chief operating officer (coo), as it unveiled record sales and profits for 2010/11.

Oyster herpes virus devastates EU stocks

Oyster herpes virus devastates EU stocks

By Freddie Dawson

Oysters in France and Ireland have been stuck by the Oyster Herpes Virus (OHV), which is causing upwards of 60% mortality in farms and creating a European shortfall that has no short-term solution, experts have warned.

Ireland to expand meat exports but spurns cloning

Ireland to expand meat exports but spurns cloning

By Rick Pendrous

Cloning is unlikely to form part of Ireland's armoury of technological weaponry as the country seeks to expand its meat and livestock exports over the next decade, says Padraig Brennan, a senior analyst for Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board

Salmon farmer harvests rivals

Salmon farmer harvests rivals

By Anne Bruce

Asda and Tesco salmon supplier Grieg Seafood Hjaltland, this week acquired Skelda Salmon Farms and G Duncan (Salmon) for £2.19m.

Burger factory set for big freeze

Burger factory set for big freeze

By Graham Holter

Northern Ireland meat processor Freeza Meats has unveiled a new £750,000 freezing system at its factory in Newry, County Down.

Ocado ceo Tim Steiner: Increasing numbers of food firms are entering the online grocery arena

Online sales help brands counter own label threat

By Ben Bouckley

Limited supermarket shelf space and own label competition are reasons why food firms are growing online sales, both directly and through third-party sites, says food and grocery analyst IGD.

Findus Group targets selective acquisitions

Findus Group targets selective acquisitions

By Ben Bouckley

The Findus Group says it may well pursue “selective bolt-on acquisitions”, after it emerged that chilled and frozen foods giant’s owner is trying to renegotiate its banking covenants.

Talking Japanese? Surprisingly few UK sushi constituents come from Japan

Nuclear scare fails to dent UK sushi sales

By Ben Bouckley

Despite Food Standards Agency (FSA) screening of food imports from Japan, UK sushi producers speaking to FoodManufacture.co.uk off the record say there has been no consumer backlash against ‘nuclear' sushi.

Save your skin

Save your skin

By Anne Bruce

Severed fingers, crushed skulls, exploding offal cookers and slips trips and falls: is it a House of Horrors freakshow? No, it's a list of just a few of the recent accidents in the food and drink manufacturing sector.

Stand-off

Stand-off

By Rod Addy

Geneva has a rich history. The earliest stages of St Peter's Cathedral there date back to 1160. A famous hotbed for Protestant revolutionary zeal in the 16th18th Century and home to church reformer Calvin, the European headquarters of the UN is also...

Fishing industry can angle for funds

Fishing industry can angle for funds

The English fishing industry has secured a £1.9m EU funding award that will be used to improve fish processing factories in Devon and North Shields, in addition to other schemes.

Cumberland sausage makers hope for higher prices

Cumberland sausage makers hope for higher prices

By Graham Holter

Cumberland sausage producers believe there may be an opportunity to get better prices now that the European Union (EU) has given official recognition to their products.

Findus Group confirms Grimsby redundancies

Findus Group confirms Grimsby redundancies

By Ben Bouckley and Freddie Dawson

The Findus Group has confirmed that 47 workers have accepted voluntary redundancy at the Young's Seafood factory in Grimsby, although the job losses are fewer than initially expected.

Greenpeace campaigners at Princes' Liverpool HQ this morning

Greenpeace targets Princes HQ with direct action

By Ben Bouckley

Greenpeace has taken direct action at Princes' Liverpool HQ, in a bid to shame the food giant over what the campaign group claims are its use of destructive tuna fishing methods.

City: Cranswick well-positioned to diversify

City: Cranswick well-positioned to diversify

By Elaine Watson

With recent capex projects to increase capacity and boost efficiency now bedding in nicely and a strong balance sheet compared with rivals, Cranswick is well-placed to diversify into new product areas, according to City analysts.

Chieftain o’ the	      pudding race

Chieftain o’ the pudding race

By James Macsween, director, Macsween


My grandfather set up the company in 1953. He had his own fleet of engineers and vans.

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