Food and drink manufacturers are on track to realise the government’s ambition for the sector to lead the UK’s economic recovery after research confirmed it as one of the UK’s few growth industries last year.
The soaring value of pork and a commitment to new product development (NPD) has boosted sales at pork specialist Cranswick, according to city analysts, after the firm reported a strong set of fourth quarter results.
Brighton-based firm Hampstead Farm aims to woo health-conscious consumers with a four-strong range of salt-free cooking sauces the firm's founder believes could establish a new sub-category within 'free-from' retail offerings.
Nestlé will start a multi-million pound investment in its global confectionery research centre in York if, as expected, it receives planning approval at a city council meeting this Thursday, September 22.
The md of Intersnack UK says that a consumer “appetite for experimentation” is driving strong growth in a snacks market where the main business challenge is keeping pace with fast-changing consumer and retailer needs.
Despite his firm's successful push to boost foodservice sales over the past year, Lees Foods ceo Clive Miquel believes the retail sector is where the “real growth lies” , as the company looks to extend its brands into complementary product areas.
Innovation in cakes, biscuits and confectionery is under threat from the rise of retailer own-label products in the midst of the recession, according to David Jago, Mintel innovation and insight director.
Scarborough-based family firm, Thomas’s Bakery sought advice from food technologists at regional food group deliciouslyorkshire to bring its confectionery for schools range in line with the new nutritional guidelines established since Jamie Oliver’s campaign.
Asda boss Andy Clarke’s recent ‘Gerald Ratner’ moment simply reflects what any product developer working with the supermarkets will tell you in private, that the retailer’s own-label range does not stack up against the competition in the quality stakes.
Cash flow difficulties, market volatility, reduced customer orders and consumer spending cutbacks were all consequences of the recent recession reported by small food and drink manufacturers in the East Midlands.
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Malted loaf maker Soreen is sustaining its turnaround more than a year into its recovery strategy. Revenue is still rising on the back of new product development (NPD) and the growth of new sales channels, according to md Paul Tripp.
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