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.


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