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Higgidy posted a £2.1M growth in sales in its full year results

Pie maker Higgidy posts £2.1M sales growth

By Gwen Ridler

Upmarket pie and quiche manufacturer Higgidy has posted a 10% rise in sales for the year ending September 30 2016, as it grew to be the third largest savoury pastry brand in the UK.

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.

Marks & Spencer have slammed unauthorised third party retailers who sell their products

Marks & Spencer slams unofficial third-party sellers

By Gwen Ridler

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has condemned the sale of its own-label food by unauthorised third-party sellers, after two of its pork stuffing products were part of a Food Standards Agency (FSA) recall.

Morrisons raises price of Marmite

Morrisons raises price of Marmite by 12.5%

By Matt Atherton

Morrisons has raised the price of 92 Unilever products, including Marmite, just days after Tesco’s highly public row over Unilever’s price increase demands.

Marmite sales grew as a result of publicity created during the Tesco and Unilever pricing dispute

Marmite sales boosted by Tesco price dispute

By Gwen Ridler

Marmite sales were boosted by £335,000 this month, thanks to publicity created during a high profile dispute between UK retailer Tesco and manufacturer Unilever over pricing.

Asda sales have fallen for the eighth consecutive quarter

Asda announces worst-ever sales slump

By Gwen Ridler

Asda has announced its worst-ever quarterly sales drop, the eighth consecutive quarter for falling sales at the British retailer.

Blossom Cottage has recalled a batch of its Morello Cherry cordial bottles because of a fermentation problem

Blossom Cottage recall over exploding bottle fears

By Michelle Perrett

Blossom Cottage, the drinks brand owned by SHS Drinks, has recalled a batch of its Morello Cherry Cordial 500ml bottles because of a fermentation problem that could cause bottles to explode.

Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

Range reviews point to more pain in store

By Rick Pendrous

Asda is the latest high street multiple to announce that it was conducting a “range review’’, wherein as much as 25% of its stock-keeping units (SKUs) will be removed from sale in some categories.

Simpsons' workers face an uncertain future

Simpsons Foods consulting with staff over 100 jobs

By Laurence Gibbons

Pudding manufacturer and food packaging firm Simpsons Ready Foods has entered a period of consultation about up to 100 employees’ jobs that are at risk, the firm has confirmed.

Asda has confirmed it has made 'difficult' decisions relating to staff at its Leeds head office

Asda plans ‘hundreds of job losses’

By Laurence Gibbons

Asda is planning to axe hundreds of jobs at its head office and has opened talks with staff about the ‘difficult’ structural changes.

Asda announced the deal earlier today (January 8)

Asda buys meat suppliers outright

By Alice Foster

Asda has bought outright two multi-million pound meat manufacturing firms – Kober and Forza AW – in which it previously owned a stake.

R&R's Mike Fraine: 'Brands have got to become more effective'

Food brand owners should respond to own-label

By Rick Pendrous

Branded food and drink companies will be forced by the inexorable growth in supermarket own-label sales to re-establish consumer trust in their propositions as they lose market share, according to own-label manufacturers.

Morrisons plans to increase basic pay rate from £6.83 an hour to £8.20 an hour

Morrisons follows Lidl and gives pay rise

By Alice Foster

Morrisons has announced a pay rise for store staff at a cost of £40M, following the lead of discount supermarket Lidl earlier this month.

Asda's range of whole fresh chicken in ovenable bags was launched in September 2013

Birds get bagged

By Paul Gander

Pre-wrapped roast-in-the-bag chickens have been a success story of the past couple of years. Paul Gander hears from Asda and its key supplier

David Potts continues to rebuild Morrisons top management team

Morrisons adds to top team with another Tesco exec

By Michael Stones

Morrisons boss David Potts has continued to rebuild the retailer’s senior management team, after the exit of more than half the previous board, with the appointment of former Tesco executive Gary Mills as group retail director.

Food strengths are key to retailer survival

Top retailers should exploit food strengths

By Nicholas Robinson

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrisons must make more of what they do best with food and drink in their fight back against the discounters Aldi and Lidl, a leading analyst has claimed.

Tesco's sales dropped by 1.7% for the same period last year

Tesco’s haemorrhaging sales slow

By Nicholas Robinson

Tesco boss Dave Lewis has slowed the retailer’s haemorrhaging sales, as his plans to regain customers from the discounters Aldi and Lidl achieved a dip of just 1.3%, its first quarter results show.

Morrisons claims significant cuts in the amount of highly contaminated chickens

Campylobacter is losing war, claim retailers

By Rod Addy

Retailers are gaining ground on campylobacter according to results that update the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest data, the grocery industry has claimed.

Morrisons announced it would create 5,000 in-store roles

Major retailers pressed to secure shop floor jobs

By Nicholas Robinson

Unite the union has pressed the UK’s biggest retailers to secure shop floor jobs, following a spate of major redundancies in response to mounting pressure from the discounters Aldi and Lidl.

Sainsbury claims income from suppliers is 'commercially sensitive'

Supermarkets called on to declare supplier income

By Rod Addy

Supermarkets should declare income from suppliers, in line with recommendations from corporate reporting regulator the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), according to a food industry accounting expert.

Rachel’s makes a range of organic dairy-based foods

Tesco supply cull hits jobs at Rachel’s

By Rod Addy

Rachel’s is facing job losses as a result of the organic dairy producer losing a contract with Tesco amid the multiple’s drive to cull 30% of its stock keeping units (SKUs).

David won round one but will he triumph this time? Unlikely, was Begbies Traynor's verdict

Food suppliers ‘devastated’ by supermarket price war

By Michael Stones

Supermarket price war continues to “devastate” small-scale food and drink suppliers, as they fight a David and Goliath style battle with the big retailers, warns business recovery specialist Begbies Traynor.

Morrisons' new boss should implement a seven-point to do list, recommended Shore Capital

Morrisons results to show price war damage

By Michael Stones

Morrisons’ full-year results – to be published on Thursday March 12 – are expected to show another significant fall in profits, reflecting the impact of supermarket price war, as city analyst Shore Capital offered a seven-point to-do list for new ceo...

Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

Expect to see seismic changes from retailers

By Rick Pendrous

Suppliers to the retail sector can expect seismic changes in their relationships with customers over the year ahead as the multiples attempt to fight back against the rise of the limited range discounters.

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