Food Processing

India opens its gates to inward food processing investment

India woos UK food and drink processors

By Rick Pendrous

The Indian government is on a mission to attract overseas investment to meet rising demand for processed foods among its 1.3bn population, which includes a rapidly growing urban middle class. Currently, just 7% of India’s agricultural produce is processed...

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.

Welsh food and drink boosted by £21M programme

Welsh food and drink gets £21M boost

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink in Wales is to get a £21M boost, as the Welsh government launches a programme to fund research into food production and safeguard thousands of jobs.

An artists impression of that new food park. Courtesy of Hacer Developments

Food park could create 1k jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Up to 1,000 food and drink jobs could be created in Pembrokeshire, after plans were unveiled for a new food park.

Manufacturers need to shift to more plant-based foods, said Tim Lang

Plant-based food needed or risk ‘health disaster’

By Matt Atherton

Manufacturers need to shift from producing “ultra-processed” foods to more plant-based food, or risk disaster for public health and the environment, warns food policy expert Professor Tim Lang from City, University of London. 

Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney said the Peacock Foods acquisition will transform the firm’s US business

Greencore to acquire $1bn US firm Peacock Foods

By Michael Stones

Greencore has revealed plans to acquire the US convenience food manufacturer Peacock Foods, which is valued at £594.3M ($747.5M) and has revenues of $1bn, alongside full-year results today (November 14).

The latest food and drink innovations will be on show at FiE

FIE SHOW PREVIEW

Show preview: Food Ingredients Europe

By John Wood

Next week’s Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) and Natural Ingredients (Ni) shows offer the opportunity to see the some of the latest products onthe market and hear about cutting edge developments, says John Wood

Resfood plans more efficient processes for veg washing and disinfection

Green revolution for veg processing

By Rick Pendrous

Better use of precious raw material resources during food processing are the main expected outcome of a euro 6M pan-European research project which comes to an end in October.

Patrick Coveney, ceo Greencore, had something to smile about following the publicaton of the firm's latest results

Greencore results: the analysts’ verdict

By Mike Stones

Half-year results from convenience food manufacturer Greencore published this week (May 22) have attracted a warm reception from city analysts.

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).

On show at Anuga was further evidence of food industry globalisation

Food industry globalisation on show at Anuga 2011

By Lorraine Mullaney

Further globalisation of the food industry was in evidence at the world’s biggest food and drink trade fair “Anuga 2011” with 86% of the exhibitors coming from outside Germany.

Responsibility Deal: signatories have pledged to meet the FSA's 2012 salt targets

Salt campaign group welcomes responsibility deal

By Rick Pendrous

Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH), a leading UK health group which campaigns for reduced levels of salt in processed foods has welcomed the targets announced in the Public Health Responsibility Deal for food, published by health secretary Andrew...

Boparan: Sitting pretty in bid for Northern

Greencore calls time on Northern romance

By Ben Bouckley

Greencore said this morning that it does not intend to make a revised offer for Northern Foods to rival Ranjit Boparan’s 73p/share offer, which means the Midlands businessman is one step closer to tying the knot with Northern shareholders by March 16th.

Industry first as knowledge goes under the hammer

Industry first as knowledge goes under the hammer

By Rick Pendrous


Food companies wanting to benefit from the latest academic food packaging research will have the opportunity to do so at the first knowledge auction of its kind, scheduled to take place at the Interpack show in Düsseldorf, Germany on May 17 next year.


News In Brief

News In Brief

Firms in dangerIndustry analyst Plimsoll has released its latest report into the UK food manufacturing market, which rates 295 of the UK's leading...

Back to the future

Back to the future

By Rod Addy

Bright prospects for the food industry lie as much in existing as in new technologies, says Rod Addy

Building for the future

Building for the future

By Rod Addy

Start-up food and drink businesses may lack affordable, practical training and facilities, but two projects offer a route forward, reports Rod Addy

Farm to fork gets a boost

Farm to fork gets a boost

Cornwall. Home to beaches, pasties ... and food manufacturing. Rebecca Green reports on the latest venture from Duchy College, aimed at encouraging this growing industry

Bridging the gulf

Bridging the gulf

By Elaine Watson

It's a familiar tale of woe, and it starts in the classroom. Teacher shortages, poor links with industry, a raft of more enticing options at GCSE, A-level and degree level, and a skills shortage that could turn into a timebomb if the industry doesn't...

Needs must ...

Needs must ...

By Rick Pendrous

Smaller firms could take advantage of government support to develop tomorrow's ground-breaking technologies. Unfortunately, to date too few have yet taken up what is on offer, as Rick Pendrous reports

It's easy to integrate

It's easy to integrate

By Bob Brooks

To meet demand for pre-packaged fixed-weight products, manufacturers are moving from manual to automated and semi-automated packaging lines.

Clean sweep for sticky problems

Clean sweep for sticky problems

By John Dunn

The cleaning of equipment is one of the biggest problems facing processors. John Dunn reports on the latest developments aimed at making the job simpler and easier