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How to win with Gen Z

By Bethan Grylls

As we gear up towards Food Manufacture’s Spotlight Series week (20-24 March) which focuses on food security, the grocery sector can enjoy another excellent event from William Reed, a digital, high value data and events business serving the food and drinks...

Tate & Lyle announces rebrand

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Tate & Lyle rebrands

By Bethan Grylls

Tate & Lyle has announced new branding, which will see changes to its logo and company ethos.

Unlike profit figures, the strength of business relationships are hard to define

How to benchmark business relationships

By Rick Pendrous

A new business relationship management and benchmarking subscription service for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands and suppliers, launched by Food Manufacture’s publisher William Reed, is gaining increased traction within the sector.

Black: ‘The damage shrinkflation leads to needs to be carefully considered’

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‘Shrinkflation’ should be last resort

By Gwen Ridler

‘Shrinkflation’ must be a last resort for brands, which should not ignore how savvy shoppers are about such tactics, Clive Black, head of research at Shore Capital has warned.

Greencore has published its full year financial results

Greencore posts £2.3bn sales growth in full-year results

By Gwen Ridler

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore has revealed sales growth of 56.5% over the past year to £2.3bn in its full-year results, boosted by a rise in US sales following the acquisition of US firm Peacock Foods at the end of last year.

Sweet manufacturer sees profits drop as sugar debate continues

Tangerine’s profits dip after UK sugar row

By Gwen Ridler

Sweet maker Tangerine Confectionery suffered a 65% fall in profit last year, as the company faced increased competition from European brands and uncertainties caused by the sugar debate.

Morrisons has posts sales and profit growth in its interim results

Morrisons reveals rise in sales and profits

By Gwen Ridler

Morrisons has revealed a rise in sales and profits for the first half of this year in its interim results, released yesterday (September 14), as it sees results from its ‘Fix, rebuild and grow’ strategy.

UK grocery price rise and shoppers buy less, according to a new Nielsen report

UK grocery market sees 2.9% growth year-on-year

By Gwen Ridler

UK grocery sales have grown 2.9% year-on-year, according to a new report from information specialist Nielsen, as the European grocery market grew at the fastest rate in three years. 

New snack extruder range raises flexibility

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New snack extruder range raises flexibility

By Rick Pendrous

A new generation of extrusion equipment has been launched for cereals, snacks, ingredients and other food applications.

Finsbury Food Group reported a 1.1% fall in like-for-like sales in constant currency

Finsbury sales drop 1.1% after industry deflation

By Matt Atherton

Speciality cake and bread manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has reported a 1.1% fall in like-for-like sales, in constant currency, during its financial year to July 1, after deflation in the UK retail food market.

Promotions account for 40% of all food and drink spending

Promotions ‘have to fall to meet sugar targets’

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink promotions will need to reduce if the industry is going to meet sugar reduction targets set by Public Health England (PHE), the boss of a market intelligence firm has warned.

2 Sisters owner Boparan Holdings reported a 17.8% drop in like-for-like operating profit

2 Sisters owner blames ‘tough’ market for profits fall

By Matt Atherton

2 Sisters Food Group’s parent company, Boparan Holdings, reported a 17.8% drop in like-for-like operating profit in its second quarter trading update, blaming currency fluctuations and the “very tough” trading environment.

Hotel Chocolat reported 'stellar growth', according to one analyst

Hotel Chocolat reports ‘stellar growth’

By Michael Stones

Premium confectionery business Hotel Chocolat has reported “stellar growth” in first-half results for its 2016/17 financial year; boosted by strong Christmas sales and continuing store expansion, according to business analyst GlobalData.

Unilever Foods reported sales and profit rises of 3.7% and 1.6% respectively, across the last three months of 2016

Unilever’s food sales and profits rise

By Matt Atherton

Unilever Foods reported a 2.6% rise in underlying profit in its full-year trading update, despite the manufacturer’s operating margin falling 0.3%.

Tesco reported a 1.1% rise in sales in its latest trading update

Tesco fresh food sales drive festive growth

By Matt Atherton

Tesco reported a 1.1% rise in total sales in the 19 weeks to January 7, including a 1.3% rise in like-for-like food sales over the Christmas period.

Boparan Holdings - owner of 2 Sisters - reported a sales boost of 5.1% in its first-quarter trading update

Boparan plans for ‘toughest’ year after sales boost

By Matt Atherton

Boparan Holdings – owner of 2 Sisters Food Group – is preparing for “one of our toughest” years, warned ceo Ranjit Singh, after the food giant’s parent company reported an 11.9% rise in operating profit to £19.8M in the 13 weeks to October 29.

2 Sisters reported 40% increase in profits

2 Sisters owner reports £25M profits jump

By Matt Atherton

2 Sisters’ parent company Boparan Holdings reported a 40% increase in like-for-like operating profit to £25.3M in its fourth-quarter trading update, despite the uncertain market following the Brexit vote.

Better use should be made of sales-out data to help both wholesalers and their suppliers

Sales-out data offers more wholesale potential

By Rick Pendrous

Wholesalers could be making a lot more money from the ‘sales-out’ information they hold by selling this data to suppliers that would also benefit greatly by using it, a specialist in the field has claimed.

Kellogg is moving away from mainly focusing on sales in the major multiples

Kellogg strategy to focus on wholesale price-marked packs

By Rick Pendrous

Kellogg UK has big plans to grow its business within channels, such as the wholesale and convenience sectors, where price-marked packs (PMPs) will form a central part of the cereal, biscuit and crisp giant’s strategy, its sales director for speciality...

Ivan Menezes announced a 'strong start' for Diageo this year

Diageo reports strong start for the year

By Gwen Ridler

A strong start for the year at alcoholic drinks giant Diageo was fuelled by improved marketing, innovation and commercial execution, claimed ceo Ivan Menezes.

Carlsberg will continue to drive value and focus on brand development

Carlsberg loses market share in the UK

By Michelle Perrett

Carlsberg, the Danish brewer, has reported that UK sales for the six months to June 30 remained flat. Its UK volumes declined and the company lost market share as it expected, it said.

Food-to-go offers key business opportunities

Food-to-go offers £16bn opportunity for firms

By Matt Atherton

The UK’s rapidly expanding food-to-go sector could provide key opportunities to grow sales from a market predicted to reach £16.1bn before the end of the year.

M&S's food sales dropped 0.9% this quarter

Marks & Spencer’s food sales drop 0.9%

By Matt Atherton

Food sales at Marks & Spencer (M&S) fell by 0.9%, on a like-for-like basis, in its first quarter, amid reports consumer confidence had fallen to its lowest level in 21 years following the UK’s Brexit vote.

Morrisons’ management, led by Dave Potts, deserves ‘considerable credit’ for reviving the manufacturer's fortunes

Morrisons’ supply chain is ‘a key strength’: analysts

By Michael Stones

Morrisons’ role as a food manufacturer – supported by its vertically integrated supply chain – is a unique sales point, which should be communicated more effectively, according to analysts, after the retailer reported its second quarter of rising sales.

Graze plans to start selling products in US stores this summer

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Graze has global expansion snack plans

By Rick Pendrous

Graze, the online healthy snack provider that supplies directly to consumers, is set to launch its range of products in US supermarkets this summer following a similar roll-out in the UK last year.

Nestlé is still feeling the impact of the Maggi noodles incident

Nestlé results show Maggi incident still hurts

By Laurence Gibbons

Nestlé’s still suffering from its Indian Maggi noodle recall and has lost touch with the Chinese consumer, hitting growth for the global food and drink manufacturer, according to market analysts.

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.

Things are looking up at Real Good Food Company following its sale of Napier Brown

Real good results for Real Good Food Company

By Laurence Gibbons

Real Good Food Company (RGFC) has posted a £9.3M profit after tax for the six months to September 30 2015, largely off the back of the sale of its Napier Brown business for £44M.

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