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Vegetarian meal producer Goodlife Foods has been acquire by Dutch firm Izico Food Group

Goodlife Foods acquired by Dutch food manufacturer

By Gwen Ridler

British vegetarian meal manufacturer Goodlife Foods has been acquired by Dutch frozen snack producer Izico Food Group for an undisclosed amount, as it plans to strengthen its position in the UK market.

Reclosable frozen pack launched

Reclosable frozen pack launched

By Frederick Dawson

Packaging supplier Parkside has collaborated with Northcoast Seafoods in what it claims is the ‘first to market’ reclosable pack for frozen foods. The pack uses the firm’s Parkscribe laser scribe technology, which creates an easy to open and close pack...

Greencore share price fell 20p last week

Greencore shares fall 7.5% after US customer deal

By Matt Atherton

Greencore shares dropped about 7.5% in value within three hours last week (April 25), before rallying, after its largest customer, Tyson Foods, revealed a £2.5bn ($3.2bn) takeover of convenience foods manufacturer AdvancePierre Foods.

JBT acquires high pressure processing firm Avure

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JBT acquires high pressure processing firm Avure

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink processing equipment specialist JBT Corporation has acquired high pressure processing (HPP) equipment supplier Avure Technologies for $57M (£47M) in a move designed to expand its food processing systems, which extend food shelf-life.

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...

155,000 visitors attended the last Anuga show, held in 2013

British firms on waiting list for 2015 Anuga show

By Rick Pendrous

Capacity restrictions have prevented a number of UK food and drink manufacturers from exhibiting at this year's Anuga food show, which takes place in Cologne, Germany, from October 10 to 14.

Mariner Foods's equipment is being prepared for auction

Mariner Foods assets sale

By Rod Addy

Mariner Foods’ assets are being sold off after the Grimsby-based seafood firm plunged into administration three weeks ago.

The acquisition of Adelie Foods and its Urban Eat brand, was one convenience sector deal

International firms target UK food acquisitions

By Rod Addy

International players buying UK food businesses was one of the main trends characterising merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the first quarter of 2015, according to financial advisory firm Grant Thornton.

Freezing festive leftovers could help tackle food waste

Freeze Christmas leftovers to prevent waste

By Laurence Gibbons

Freezing festive leftovers could help reduce Christmas food waste, equalling 2M turkeys and 74M mince pies, according to food waste charity Hubbub.

Food firms should share the amount of food they are wasting and work more collaboratively with food redistribution charities to tackle food waste

Five-step plan to beat food waste

By Laurence Gibbons

Food waste charity Hubbub has launched a five-step manifesto to help food manufacturers tackle food waste.

Food machinery firm extends to two new sites

More outlets for used equipment firm Boyd

Boyd Food Machinery, which supplies refurbished and new equipment, has set up facilities in Belfast and County Waterford to meet growing demand for food processing and packing kit.

UK refrigeration firm strikes deal down under

Cool deal for packaged products

British freezing and chilling system manufacturer Starfrost has struck an exclusive supply deal with food processing equipment specialist Milmeq in New Zealand.

Liquid nitrogen keeps it cool

New way to control the temperature of food

Cryogenic freezing and chilling specialist Air Products has developed a new way of using liquid nitrogen to control the temperature of foods while they are being processed. The firm claims it will improve quality – even when used with the most heat-sensitive...

WRAP says more consistent labelling will help consumers waste less food

Fight against food waste gets political

By Paul Gander

The Fresher for Longer (FFL) initiative – which brings together key industry bodies, environmental groups and politicians – is helping to forge a consensus on packaging’s role in reducing the UK’s high levels of food waste.

Ready meal industry would like to see some stabilisation

Frozen food sales set to rise in 2014

By Nicholas Robinson

UK frozen food sales in 2014 are set to recover from last year’s horsemeat scandal, British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) director general Brian Young has said.  

Frozen food production lines more user-friendly

Quick start freezing to suit the small lines

Based on customer research, Air Products has modified its Freshline QS tunnel to make it even more user-friendly for food firms wanting to try new frozen product lines or expand their freezing capacity. The entry-level Freshline QS tunnel is now 6m long,...

Jamie Oliver has teamed up with consumer watchdog Which? to highlight the contribution of cutting food waste

Jamie Oliver backs Which? food waste campaign

By Mike Stones

Millionaire celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has endorsed Which?’s new research which revealed 14M cash-strapped consumers were cutting waste due to financial reasons.

Smoking hot hygiene for artisan cured meats firm

Smoking hot hygiene for artisan cured meats firm

Artisan smokehouse Capreolus Fine Foods installed a new maturing room for its cured, air-dried and smoked meats with the aim of avoiding product contamination issues relating to the drying and maturation of its products.

Can Captain Birds Eye look forward to Eastern promise?

After Weetabix, Eastern firms size up Birds Eye

By Lorraine Mullaney

Far Eastern firms’ appetite for UK food brands seems to be sharpening, with Birds Eye, which is owned by Iglo Foods, apparently the latest acquisition target.

The firm is looking to expand in the US

Greencore faces US challenge with Marketfare deal

By Dan Colombini

Anglo-Irish chilled foods manufacturer Greencore faces a tough challenge in the US convenience foods market, according to city analysts, after the firm announced the purchase of Arizona-based food-to-go firm Marketfare yesterday (April 17).

Frozen food sales reached £5.36bn last year - with a little help from Jamie and friends

Jamie Oliver helps boost frozen food sales by £250M

By Tom Chandler

Celebrity endorsements by TV chefs such as Jamie Oliver plus consumers’ perception of high-value and low-waste helped the UK frozen food sector grow by 5.2% to reach sales of £5.36bn last year, according to the British Frozen Foods Federation (BFFF).

Which firms will land the glittering prizes? Find out tonight

Food Manufacturing Awards: the big night

By Mike Stones

Tonight is the night. The long wait is nearly over. This evening, 450 food and drink industry executives will gather in central London to discover which firms have triumphed in the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

Food Manufacturing Awards: one week to go

Food Manufacturing Awards: one week to go

By Mike Stones

There is just one week to go before the stellar evening when food and drink manufacturers celebrate the best of the best at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

Breaking the ice

Breaking the ice

By John Dunn

With frozen food enjoying a renaissance, it looks like Britain is entering a new ice age, reports John Dunn

Lyle's Golden Syrup now has US owners

M&A round-up: The good, bad and ugly deals of 2010

By Elaine Watson

There were some sizeable deals in the food sector in 2010, from the Kraft-Cadbury takeover at the start of the year to Pepsi’s acquisition of Russian dairy and juice giant Wimm‐Bill‐Dann at the tail end.

Escape the chill

Escape the chill

Pioneering attempts are being made to redefine ready meals, as Freddie Dawson discovers.

A fashion parade in the freezer

A fashion parade in the freezer

By Paul Gander

Consumer belt-tightening and lively competition between the main frozen food brands are triggering a welter of packaging innovation. But this still leaves key areas such as frozen ready meals with more questions than answers.


Interfruit moves to new plant

By Rick Pendrous

Fresh fruit and vegetable wholesaler Interfruit has moved into a new 1,600m2 refrigerated food processing plant at Witton.

High pressure processing finally takes off in UK

High pressure processing finally takes off in UK

By Rick Pendrous

The much heralded take-off of high pressure processing (HPP) so-called cold pasteurisation in the UK has at long last occurred, with news of the first commercial machine having recently been installed in an unnamed UK food processing operation.

Simply the best

Simply the best

By Rod Addy

Food manufacture has much to celebrate and last month it did just that


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