New Product Development

Food and drink firms had “remained resilient” last year despite the tough economic climate

Food and drink firms 'on track' to lead recovery

By Dan Colombini

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.

Cranswick has benefitted from the value of pork

Cranswick sales boosted by Pork value and NPD

By Dan Colombini

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.

Hampstead Farm sauces are designed to appeal to consumers worried about salt intake

Salt-free sauce: the start of a new category?

By Rod Addy

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.

Fishy business

Fishy business

By Rod Addy

The Paramount 21 story started for me 10 years ago when I was invited down to its former site in Brixham, Devon (I was working for a Marks & Spencer supplier at the time).

Chocolate hungry consumers have prompted Highland Chocolatier to invest £200,000 in quadrupling the size of its production area

Highland Chocolatier takes high road to success

By Rod Addy

Chocolate manufacturer Highland Chocolatier is investing £200,000 in quadrupling the size of its production area in a bid to expand capacity to meet rapidly rising demand.

Tastes of tomorrow

Tastes of tomorrow

We profile some of the award-winning new products from the world's biggest trade show: Anuga 2011

Kraft moves chocolate R&D to Bournville

Kraft moves chocolate R&D to Bournville

By Graham Holter

Kraft has moved its global chocolate centre from Germany to Cadbury’s historic home of Bournville, in a move that has created 54 jobs.

What's the big idea?

What's the big idea?

By Rod Addy

As part of the Vion Group, Snowbird Foods is brimming over with new concepts for a host of meat products, from sausages to meatballs. We grill the man behind production

Real growth lies in retail, says Lees Foods boss

Real growth lies in retail, says Lees Foods boss

By Ben Bouckley

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.

Sweet deal for regional food

Sweet deal for regional food

By Lorraine Mullaney

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.


Andy Clarke

The boss was right. Asda’s Extra Special range is not that special

By Elaine Watson

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.

Higgidy Pies

Higgidy seeks new facility

By Ben Bouckley

Upmarket pie firm Higgidy is actively searching the Shoreham area for a new facility as it approaches capacity at its existing local plant.

Ethnic breadmaker invests 
in tortillas and pancakes

Ethnic breadmaker invests 
in tortillas and pancakes

By Hayley Brown

Ethnic breadmaker Honeytop Speciality Foods has moved into the morning goods sector after making a major investment in its Dunstable factory. This has resulted in some "exciting new product launches", according to Honeytop's new product...

RSSL takes on global R&D role as Kraft restructures

RSSL takes on global R&D role as Kraft restructures

By Elaine Watson

Reading Scientific Services (RSSL) will house an expanded global science and technology centre supporting Kraft worldwide following a radical restructuring that will also see Cadbury Bournville transformed into a global centre of excellence for chocolate...

Have you got the NPD factor?

Have you got the NPD factor?

Putting the 'X' factor into new product development (NPD) launches is not something that be taught or a skill that can be learnt. It's an innate talent from within that requires intuition and instinct, combined with confidence and conviction.

Snack of all shades

Snack of all shades

By Hayley Brown

Kettle Chips's new product development manager Kaye Carruthers talks to Hayley Brown about some of the latest trends in the snacking category

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