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Last week's warm weather pushed up sales of hand-held ices at Waitrose

Waitrose boasts ready meals growth

By Rod Addy

Ready meals and food-to-go sales soared at Waitrose last week, with Bigham’s and Waitrose own-label Traditional British lines achieving strong sales growth.

Food Manufacture's publisher WRBM featured on the influential Ones to recognise list

Food Manufacture’s publisher in Profit Track listing

By Michael Stones

William Reed Business Media (WRBM) – the publisher responsible for Food Manufacture Group titles and events – has had its business potential recognised by the Profit Track 100 list of top performing businesses.

David Potts has now been at the helm of Morrisons for over a month

Morrisons ‘warned’ to stick with manufacturing

By Nicholas Robinson

Food manufacturing is essential to the future success of Morrisons, this website’s readers have ‘warned’ the retailer’s boss David Potts, following conflicting advice from City analysts.

Debate is raging over coconut oil labelling in the UK

Coconuts causing confusion

By Nicholas Robinson

Consumers are being “misled” by gimmicky and inaccurate coconut oil marketing, claims the Coconoil brand founder Garry Stiven.

Supermarket price war has provided a boost for some manufacturers

Lean processors better placed in the price war

By Nicholas Robinson

The supermarket price war hasn’t been as bad for food manufacturers as some think and has instead provided a boost for many firms, according to business experts.

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...

Premier Foods's sales continued to slide in the fourth quarter of last year

Premier Foods’s sales continue to slide

By Michael Stones

Premier Foods has reported another fall in sales for the fourth quarter of last year, while reaffirming its pledge to drive down costs .

Consumers are more interested in proteins

Consumer interest in protein boosts sector

By Nicholas Robinson

Consumer awareness of protein’s health credentials has given businesses the opportunity to expand into protein-enriched food and drink, new research has claimed.

Ranjit Singh blamed the Q1 profit fall on tough trading conditions

Boparan boss blames profit fall on tough market

By Michael Stones

Boparan boss Ranjit Singh – ceo of the 2 Sisters Food group – has blamed the firm’s nearly £7M fall in like-for-like (LFL) operating profit on tough trading conditions.

Spicy opportunity: five key trends will drive shoppers' purchases next year, predicted Canadean

Top five food trends for next year offer opportunity

By Michael Stones

‘Better-for-you ingredients’ is one of five top trends that will influence the purchase of food and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) next year, predicts market research firm Canadean.

2 Sisters saw net losses of £143.3M, but growth in like-for-like operating profit, pre-tax profit and sales

2 Sisters Food Group hit by costs of £163.5M

By Rod Addy

Costs and charges of £163.5M increased 2 Sisters Food Group’s debts across the past full financial year, according to results just posted by parent company Boparan Holdings.

Asda's market share rose to 17.3% in the 12 weeks ending October 12, said Kantar Worldpanel

Asda wins out as food market enters deflation

By Rod Addy

Asda headed the supermarket pack as the food market officially entered a period of deflation, although consumers were the real winners, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel figures.

Aldi bosses Roman Heini (left) and Matthew Barnes want shoppers to do their entire weekly shop at their discount stores

Aldi launches new organic range in upmarket bid

By Michael Stones

Discount retailer Aldi has launched what it claims is an affordable range of organic products that will help customers save 25% on their normal British organic basket, as the store continued its drive to offer upmarket products.

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