Greencore supplies a range of dishes to the US market, including spiced salmon meal kits

Convenience food champion triples US revenue

By Aidan Fortune

Dublin-headquartered Greencore has tripled US sales in the first quarter of the current financial year and reported continued UK growth from its convenience, and especially food-to-go, operations.

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.

The snacks sector is dominated by two key trends – Clean supreme and Disruptive green, says Innova

snacks webinar

Sustainable snacking: two trends dominate sector

By Michael Stones

The global snacks sector is dominated by two key trends – Clean supreme and Disruptive green – Innova Market Insights director of innovation Lu Ann Williams told the Food Manufacture Group’s latest webinar: Sustainable snacking trends for 2017.

SK Foods won the Judges' Star Performer category of the food and drink manufacturing Oscars

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

SK Foods wins Judges’ Star Performer Oscar

By Michael Stones

Chilled ethnic snacks producer SK Foods has landed the coveted Judges’ star performer trophy in the food manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during an awards celebration at The Hilton Park Lane, last week.

2 Sisters is seeking talks with union officials to avert the threat of further strikes

2 Sisters seeks union talks after Pennine strike

By Michael Stones

2 Sisters Food Group is seeking talks with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), after its members at Pennine Foods factory in Sheffield staged a 48-hour walkout, at the end of last week.

Asda relaunches its Italian range

Asda relaunches its Italian range

By Rick Pendrous

Faerch Plast worked closely with own-label food manufacturer Greencore to give Asda’s core Italian chilled ready meal range a makeover with new black and green dual-colour trays made from high quality crystalline polyethylene terephthalate.

Graze plans to start selling products in US stores this summer

Innovation conference

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.

Dutch company Zwanenberg owns the Westlers brand alongside Malton Foods and other food businesses

Ready meals deal leads to 100 job cuts

By John Wood

More than 100 jobs will be lost in Manchester, after ready meals manufacturer Malton Foods bought the ambient pots, pouches and canned pudding business of Simpson Ready Foods for an undisclosed sum.

Kolak Snack Foods boss Rikin Lakhani plans another factory around the M25 next year

Kolak plans another factory around M25

By Rick Pendrous

West London based snack food manufacturer Kolak Snack Foods will commission another factory around the M25 over the coming year, as part of a £15M investment to increase the growing company's production capacity.

Belief and dedication was the key to a successful food and drink business

The Big interview

Kolak boss shares top advice to young food starters

By Laurence Gibbons

Start-up food and drink manufacturers must have a strong belief in their products and persevere, despite the challenges, in order to succeed in business, according to the boss of one snack food firm.

Bespoke line for IQF ready meals

Bespoke line for IQF ready meals

German frozen food manufacturer Jütro Tiefkühlkost has installed a bespoke packing line from Ishida to handle the weighing, sealing and checkweighing of individually quick frozen (IQF) ready meals.

Ed Spelman, md at Ballymaguire Foods, and Michael Hoey, chairman of Ballymaguire Foods

Ballymaguire Foods creates 100 jobs in output boost

By Alice Foster

Chilled ready meal producer Ballymaguire Foods has started constructing a new factory as part of plans to create 100 jobs and boost sales in the UK and Ireland, the firm’s md told this website.

Graze will manufacture snacks for some of the UK's major retailers

Graze manufactures food for major supermarkets

By Nicholas Robinson

Graze, the online snack manufacturer, will launch into more than 1,200 major retailers across the UK in a bid to expand its £68M turnover business with its new Good to Go range.

Laila’s Fine Foods seals the deal

Laila’s Fine Foods seals the deal

Ready meal supplier Laila’s Fine Foods has acquired two SL4 tray sealers from Packaging Automation’s Eclipse range to meet its growing throughput.

Sales of natural fruit pieces show promise as interest increases

Rise of natural fruit pieces

By Nicholas Robinson

Sales of natural fruit pieces for use in confectionery products are on the rise, as some firms report annual purchase increases of almost 8%.

Bingham and Jones are looking for solutions to future food problems now (Photo©Sacha Ferrier)

Business Leaders’ Forum

Bingham and Jones to launch insect ready meals

By Nicholas Robinson

Ready meal industry gurus Jonny Bingham and David Jones are developing their own brand of meals with a difference, following dozens of successful launches for other major firms.

Bigham's meals for two will now be available for one

Bigham's to launch single portion meals

By Rick Pendrous

Upmarket ready meal manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s is planning to launch four of its dishes in single portion versions in March.

Denney-Finch: 'Seven million tonnes of food and drink is still being thrown away by UK homes each year'

Young shoppers neglect freezers and boost waste

By Rod Addy

Young shoppers are reluctant freezer users, so contributing to the mountain of food waste produced each year by throwing food away needlessly, according to fresh research from grocery think tank IGD.

Discounters Aldi and Lidl are pushing for more use of X-ray in the UK

X-ray makes a very positive business case

By Paul Gander

Retailer demands for suppliers to use X-ray inspection remain important in driving uptake of the technology, but they are increasingly being superseded by a positive business case on the part of the manufacturers themselves, say suppliers.

Laila's Fine Foods secured a £58,000 grant from the local council

Laila’s Fine Foods Iceland deal worth millions

By Nicholas Robinson

Ready meal business Laila’s Fine Foods has landed a multi-million pound deal to supply Iceland with a new range of frozen Mexican ready meals, which will lead to a 25% increase in daily output, said md Laila Remtulla.

Kerry's sales growth was hit by the horsemeat scandal and hot weather

Kerry’s results dented by horsemeat crisis

By Michael Stones

Horsemeat and hot weather reduced Kerry’s sales growth in ready meals last year, according to its preliminary results for the year to December 31 2013.

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...

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.  

Ready meal firms no longer need to look to cardboard

‘Quantum leap’ in food packaging

A peelable lidding film has been introduced for ready meals that removes the need for cardboard sleeves, while delivering cost savings and reducing packaging.

About 50 new jobs will be created at Simtom Food Products after it agreed the new finance package

Indian food firm to create up to 50 jobs

By Mike Stones

Indian food firm Simtom Food Products plans to create 50 jobs as part of an expansion plan after agreeing new funding from the Yorkshire Bank.

Bakkavör reported strong UK growth a range of chilled convenience foods

Bakkavör hails UK chilled food success

By Rod Addy

Growth in salads, soups, pizzas and desserts helped boost UK sales for chilled food firm Bakkavör in the six months to June 29, the company reported.

2 Sisters said the horsemeat crisis would cause 'considerable volume reduction' in its ready meal business during the second half

Horsemeat scandal to hit 2 Sisters Food Group results

By Mike Stones

The 2 Sisters Food Group expects the horsemeat scandal to cause “considerable volume reduction” to its ready meal business, according to its latest financial results for the 13 weeks to January 26.


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