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McCain hoped to support the potato industry during the pandemic through a £25m investment

McCain Foods in £25m potato industry investment

By Gwen Ridler

Frozen food producer McCain Foods (GB) has invested £25m into the UK potato industry to help navigate the pressures of the coronavirus and erratic weather caused by climate change.

Burts Chips has invested £3M in a new high-speed potato frying line to meet export demand

Burts Chips invests £3M and creates new jobs

By Michael Stones

Burts Chips has boosted capacity by 20% at its Plymouth factory and created new jobs, after investing £3M in a new high-speed potato frying line to meet export demand for its products.

Laser scanner detects acrylamide precursers in chips

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Laser scanner detects acrylamide precursers in chips

By Rick Pendrous

Amid growing concern about the presence of cancer-causing acrylamide in crisps and French fries, a young scientist has developed a new laser system that scans peeled potatoes in the factory to detect toxic compounds before they reach the consumer.

Fairfields Farm has won a £100k grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural development. Founder Robert Strathern pictured

Crisp manufacturer wins £100k investment

By Gwen Ridler

Crisp manufacturer Fairfields Farm has won a £99,978 grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), to assist with continued expansion.

The Snack, Nut and Crisp Manufacturers' Association said the results of a recent acrylamide investigation should not be looked at in isolation

Snacks sector hits back over crisp acrylamide claims

By Matt Atherton

The UK snacks manufacturers’ organisation has hit back over claims the industry was unaware of the potential risks of acrylamide, or was unwilling to take measures to reduce the levels of the cancer-causing chemical.

One in five potato crisp varieties are high in acrylamide, an investigation claimed

Crisp makers under fire for ‘carcinogenic’ acrylamide

By Matt Atherton

Premium crisp manufacturer Tyrrells has played down warnings over the cancer-causing chemical acrylamide, after an investigation revealed its ‘sweet potato lightly salted crisps’ contained almost 2.5 times the recommended EU limit for acrylamide.

A variation on ready salted

Nando's new ready salted inspired flavour

By Nicholas Robinson

Chicken restaurant chain Nandos is extending its flame-grilled Peri Peri chicken flavour portfolio of Grooves Cut potato crisps by adding a new Peri-Salted product.

The expansion at Corkers will enable the firm to produce an extra 120,000 bags of crisps a day

Corkers completes factory expansion

By Laurence Gibbons

Crisp brand Corkers has finished the expansion of its factory in Ely, Cambridgeshire and is now able to produce an extra 120,000 bags of crisps a day.

Eastern promise of frozen chips

Eastern promise of frozen chips

Chilling and freezing specialist GEA Eurotek has reported "a bumper serving of order wins", which it attributes to China and India's increasing appetite for French fries.

Heinz restores Westwick volumes after severe fire

Heinz restores Westwick volumes after severe fire

By Ben Bouckley

Heinz says it has “dialled up” production volumes on two lines at its Aunt Bessie’s frozen potato factory in Westwick, Norfolk, which was devastated by a major fire in early May.

It's in the bag for Seabrook

It's in the bag for Seabrook

By Rod Addy

The pages of magazines are littered with over-eager brands all boasting amazingly optimistic growth plans, which stretch the bounds of credibility. Seabrook Crisps might easily be mistaken for one of them if it weren't for the fact that, in Seabrook's...

Heinz Aunt Bessie's factory back in action

Heinz Aunt Bessie's factory back in action

By Anne Bruce

Heinz has restarted one of the three production lines at its Aunt Bessies frozen potato factory in Westwick, Norfolk after a major fire three weeks ago, while the brand itself has appointed a new md.

Severe Heinz fire halts Aunt Bessie’s production

Severe Heinz fire halts Aunt Bessie’s production

By Ben Bouckley

Heinz’s frozen and chilled foods facility near Norwich remains closed, after a devastating fire last Friday ravaged the portion of the site that produces Aunt Bessie’s potato products.

Seabrook crisps

Seabrook unveils plans for crisp factory number two

By Elaine Watson

Bradford-based crisp manufacturer Seabrook is scouting around for a second production facility in the Northampton area after unveiling ambitious plans to more than double sales from £28m to £63m in the next five years.

Crispy business

Crispy business

By Elaine Watson

Being small fry in a pond of giant sharks keeps you on your toes, says the boss of one snack brand that likes to punch above its weight

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