New Product Development

Investment on a plate: Liz Truss (right) opened the new production line earlier this month

Premier Foods visit reveals growth potential

By Michael Stones

An investors' tour of Premier Foods’s sweet treats facility at Carlton, near Barnsley has revealed significant investment potential, reports City analyst Shore Capital.

Greencore is focusing on in food-to-go opportunities

Greencore invests in new product development

By Rod Addy

Greencore is investing in longer shelf-life products to boost efficiency and cut waste and hot snacks to meet continued growth in demand for food-to-go, according to chief financial officer Alan Williams.

Left to right: Jakobi and Metcalfe

Metcalfe’s Skinny and Itsu to form separate firms

By Rod Addy

Metcalfe’s Food Company aims to split in half, forming separate businesses for its Metcalfe’s Skinny popcorn and Asian food-to-go brand Itsu Grocery to enable greater focus on each.

Food & Drink Innovation Network

Tomorrow’s new product development in focus

By Rick Pendrous

The latest thinking in food and drink new product development (NPD) will be featured in seminar called ‘Breakthrough Innovation’ taking place in London on April 14.

UK food firms could copy US external test kitchens

US-style external test kitchens could come to the UK

The UK could soon follow an emerging trend in the US, where a number of food processors without in-house new product development (NPD) facilities are making use of external test kitchens operated by equipment suppliers.

Kevin Brennan: 'People continue to rethink their meat eating habits'

Quorn sees January sales surge

By Rod Addy

Quorn Foods has attributed a surge in sales over January to increased demand for more sustainable diets.

Bernard Matthews operates factories in Norfolk and Suffolk

Bernard Matthews to create 90 Norfolk jobs

By Rod Addy

Bernard Matthews aims to create 90 permanent roles at its Great Witchingham site in Norfolk, as an increase in orders has prompted it to ramp up production there.

The 20 new blends are inspired by current 'foodie' trends, says EHL

EHL boosts blends by 20

By Nicholas Robinson

EHL Ingredients will launch 20 new herb and spice blends, rubs, marinades, coatings and seasonings soon.

Davis will bring over 27 years’ experience to the role

EHL appoints new product development manager

By Laurence Gibbons

EHL Ingredients has appointed Katherine Davis as its new product development manager to lead the development of new blends and boost its product range.

Leatherhead Food Research hopes its new leadership team will increase its support for the food industry

Leatherhead creates new leadership team

By Laurence Gibbons

Leatherhead Food Research has created a new leadership team in a bid to increase its support for the food industry and add investment in resources and customer communications.

Food Ingredients, Health & Nutrition website launches online

New online website for ingredients industry

By Nicholas Robinson

Explosive growth in the food ingredients sector will boost its overall value to €59bn (£47bn) by 2018, according to new research by Markets and Markets.

Understanding the neuroscience of shopping could boost food and drink sales

Neuroscience could boost food sales

By Nicholas Robinson

Food businesses need to tap into neuroscience and understand how consumers make fast and unconscious decisions, if they are to improve their sales, says a marketing expert.

Pork Farms's new gluten-free pastry brand


Pork Farms pumps half a million into gluten-free

By Nicholas Robinson

Pork Farms has pumped half a million pounds into a new gluten-free (GF) bakery brand that is being manufactured at its chilled quiche Riverside Bakery in Nottingham.

OkoBay is targeting the premium ice lolly market

Coconut water trend moves into frozen aisle

Coconut water launches grew by 99% globally between 2012 and 2013, according to Mintel data. Now this trend has moved into the frozen aisle with the launch of OkoBay Coconut Water ice lollies, which are claimed to be: ‘the world’s first all-natural coconut...

The new Kerrygold production facility will have a capacity of 50,000t of butter

New €30M Kerrygold site to create 50 jobs

By Laurence Gibbons

The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) has invested €30M (£24.6M) in a new butter production and packaging facility for its Kerrygold brand, creating 50 jobs in Mitchelstown, County Cork.

Bristol-based Barts Ingredients has snapped up OTP Foods in a multimillion pound deal

Barts Ingredients acquires OTP Foods

By Laurence Gibbons

Herb and spice manufacturer The Barts Ingredients Company has acquired sauce and paste business OTP Foods in a multimillion pound deal funded by bank Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Holt: ‘Are you delivering against all your customer expectations?’

Innovation audits vital to NPD health

By Rod Addy

Innovation audits should be a vital part of any new product development (NPD) strategy to maintain a regular flow of fresh ideas, according to Celia Holt, director at Food Innovation Solutions.

Naturex aims to make the most of rosemary's preservative potential


Naturex joint venture targets meat shelf-life boosters

By Rod Addy

Naturex aims to develop shelf-life-boosting formulations based on rosemary extracts with natural antimicrobial and antioxidant properties through the natural ingredient firm’s new joint venture with sister company Galactic.

Mondelēz is increasing its penetration of brands such as Cadbury in the global market

Mondelēz aims to boost chocolate penetration

By Rod Addy

Mondelēz International’s heat resistant chocolate, new product development and increased penetration in under-represented parts of the world offers the company considerable potential for the future, chocolate head Bharat Puri has claimed.

Sian Holt: proud of the firm's journey from Blackpool Pleasure Beach to Selfridges

Fudge firm thrilled with Selfridges tie-up

By Gary Scattergood

A premium Kent-based fudge firm has signed a major deal to provide Selfridges with own-label products – 30 years after first setting up shop at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Flavour manufacturer joins forces with salt producer

Low-salt product launched for processed meat

Vacuum salt producer AkzoNobel Salt Specialties has joined forces with flavour manufacturer Givaudan to design a low-sodium ingredient to replace salt in processed meat.

New chameleon can from Rexam

Can is the colour of consumption

Beverage can maker Rexam is laying claim to being the first company in the market to offer thermochromic printed ends to its customers. It has also introduced a range of photochromic ink.

The factory incorporates well-equipped kitchens

Ingredients supplier prepares for NPD push

By Rod Addy

Ingredients firm Jardox has recruited innovations talent from Premier Foods to spearhead a new product development (NPD) push after opening a £3M new plant.

Ishida Europe to show how automation can mean productivity

Automation and integration mean productivity

Ishida Europe will demonstrate how automation and integration can deliver improved efficiencies, maximum throughput and fast return on investment, at The Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition.

Don't compromise the success of new food and drink products by neglecting manufacturing practicalities, warns Coriolis

Process as vital as products to improve NPD success

By Gary Scattergood

Food and drink companies are failing to give their new products the best chance of success by paying too much attention to products and not enough to the practicalities of the manufacturing processes, according to food specialist management consultancy...

The starches are suitable for soups, as well as dairy foods, says Ingredion

New clean-label starches 'ideal' for dairy goods

By Gary Scattergood

Ingredion has launched a new range of clean-label starches which, it claims, has "the highest ever process tolerance". This means they can be used in a wider range of products than ever before.

Tim Taylor, the new head of sales at Holmesterne

Holmesterne strengthens management team

By Laurence Gibbons

North Yorkshire-based food manufacturer, Holmesterne has strengthened its management team with the appointment of two new executives.


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