Boparan Restaurant Holdings owned Giraffe Concepts has acquired restaurant chain Ed's Easy Diner

Boparan buys another food business

By Michael Stones

2 Sisters Food Group owner Ranjit Boparan has extended his food business empire with the acquisition of 33 Ed’s Easy Diner restaurants.

The new Chefs’ Choice awards will showcase the top achievement of foodservice suppliers

New Chefs’ Choice awards mark foodservice excellence

By Michael Stones

Food manufacturers are invited to submit entries for the new Chefs’ Choice awards, which aim to showcase the top achievement of foodservice suppliers, from wholesalers through to food makers.

The British frozen food market is value at more than £8bn

British frozen food market worth a cool £8bn

By Michael Stones

Food manufacturers face an £8bn-plus opportunity to target the frozen food market, according to a new report from the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF).

The UberEats launch could bring new opportunity for food manufacturers

Uber’s food delivery service ‘offers opportunities’

By Michelle Perrett

Uber’s new food delivery service UberEats, which launched in the London area last week (June 16), will need to be “compelling” to convert users but could offer a new opportunity for food manufacturers, claims grocery think-tank IGD.

Raymond Blanc

British Food Fortnight wins French chef support

By Michael Stones

British Food Fortnight – the annual celebration of food and drink which begins tomorrow – has enlisted big name backing, including French chef Raymond Blanc, to promote the nation’s finest produce.

Yorkshire Provender will increase its workforce from 12

30 new jobs after Yorkshire Provender investment

By Nicholas Robinson

Soup manufacturer Yorkshire Provender will create 30 new jobs next summer after investing £2.4M to double the size of its Melmerby-based factory to meet growing consumer demand for fresh soup.

The popularity of free-from foods in the foodservice sector is set to rapidly increase

Free-from foodservice sales: next big growth market

By Nicholas Robinson

Free-from foods are set to storm the foodservice sector, as consumers continue to exclude things like gluten and dairy from their diets, those working in the sector have predicted.

There's plenty of inspiration for barbecue-themed product development this summer

Expert outlines top summer barbecue trends

By Rod Addy

Chewing gum tobacco, cola leather and marshmallow smoke are among the experimental barbecue flavours consumers could encounter this summer, according to Celia Holt, product development expert at Food Innovation Solutions (FIS).

The Billington Group's food brands include English Provender Company and Bar Foods

Billington Group snaps up TSC Foods

By Rod Addy

The Billington Group has strengthened its food portfolio by snapping up TSC Foods, the firm behind Glorious! soup for an undisclosed sum.

Burgers such as those served at the Shake Shack in New York could be a big 2014 UK trend

Barbecue season in UK faces US burger revolution

By Rod Addy

New York-style burger trends look set to influence new product development for the UK 2014 barbecue season, according to Carlos Diaz, food director at Food Innovation Solutions.

Gordon Ramsay's favourite Chinese restaurant could provide extra bite for The Authentic Food Company's profits

Gordon Ramsay chefs to boost Authentic Food firm

By Tom Chandler

Ethnic food specialist The Authentic Food Company (TAFC) is expecting its Chinese ready-meal range to almost double in value to £20M, after partnering with chefs from Gordon Ramsay’s favourite Chinese restaurant.

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.

Keep it cheap and simple

Keep it cheap and simple

For manufacturers wanting to start - or increase - their offering to caterers, there are a few points worth remembering. The hospitality sector is...

Stuff 'n' nonsense

Stuff 'n' nonsense

By Lynda Searby

When it comes to over-eating, consumers appear to have no sense - or at least no self-control. Rod Addy reports on our survey

Beetroot & Orange gets sweeter

Beetroot & Orange gets sweeter

Leading pastry chef Elliot Richardson has joined the team at food product development consultancy Beetroot & Orange. Richardson, who lectures at...

Cater for a wider audience

Cater for a wider audience

By Sarah Britton

NPD chefs tell Sarah Britton why a culinary background is essential to food manufacture and how restaurants continue to influence their work


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