Higgidy posted a £2.1M growth in sales in its full year results

Pie maker Higgidy posts £2.1M sales growth

By Gwen Ridler

Upmarket pie and quiche manufacturer Higgidy has posted a 10% rise in sales for the year ending September 30 2016, as it grew to be the third largest savoury pastry brand in the UK.

NIm's Fruit Crisps signed a new supply deal with Homemade Speciality Products

Nim’s Fruit Crisps signs new supply deal

By Matt Atherton

Nim’s Fruit Crisps has signed a deal with snacks distributor Handmade Speciality Products to distribute its apple, pear, pineapple, and beetroot and parsnip crisps to the education and healthcare sectors, it was revealed this week (June 12).

Genius Foods plans to cut 115 jobs across its business

Gluten-free baker Genius to cut 115 jobs

By Matt Atherton

Gluten-free bakery company Genius Foods has announced it will cut 115 jobs across its business, including a reported 78 jobs at its Hull factory, as it plans to end production of its non-Genius branded products.

Blossom Cottage has recalled a batch of its Morello Cherry cordial bottles because of a fermentation problem

Blossom Cottage recall over exploding bottle fears

By Michelle Perrett

Blossom Cottage, the drinks brand owned by SHS Drinks, has recalled a batch of its Morello Cherry Cordial 500ml bottles because of a fermentation problem that could cause bottles to explode.

Almost 1M more people visited the discounters this Christmas

Discounters enjoy good Christmas while big four suffer

By Laurence Gibbons

The discount retailers Aldi and Lidl enjoyed a boost in sales over Christmas, while the big four suffered in a market that saw sales fall by 0.2%, according to figures released by Kantar Worldpanel today (January 12).

Hubbub is hoping to engage with 100,000 people on food waste

Pumpkins help Hubbub educate 100k people on food waste

By Laurence Gibbons

Hubbub will attempt to save 18,000t of pumpkin being discarded and educate 100,000 people on the wider food waste issue over the Halloween weekend with its ‘Pumpkin Rescue’ events, according to the waste prevention charity’s founder.

Tesco's sales dropped by 1.7% for the same period last year

Tesco’s haemorrhaging sales slow

By Nicholas Robinson

Tesco boss Dave Lewis has slowed the retailer’s haemorrhaging sales, as his plans to regain customers from the discounters Aldi and Lidl achieved a dip of just 1.3%, its first quarter results show.

Morrisons could be gaining traction once again, according to analysts

Morrisons’ Potts makes more price cuts

By Nicholas Robinson

Morrisons boss David Potts has today (June 8) slashed up to a third off the prices of 200 everyday items in his latest bid to turn the beleaguered retailer’s fortunes around.

Ocado's growth will continue to outpace the online grocery market, predicted its boss

Ocado to grow ahead of online grocery market

By Michael Stones

Online retailer Ocado will continue to grow ahead of the online grocery market, predicted its boss Tim Steiner, as it posted group sales up by 19.2% for the 12 weeks to February 22.

Morrisons' new boss should implement a seven-point to do list, recommended Shore Capital

Morrisons results to show price war damage

By Michael Stones

Morrisons’ full-year results – to be published on Thursday March 12 – are expected to show another significant fall in profits, reflecting the impact of supermarket price war, as city analyst Shore Capital offered a seven-point to-do list for new ceo...

M&S aims at 100% double-bagging of whole chickens

M&S moves to 100% double-bagging of whole chickens

By Paul Gander

With the November test report on campylobacter highlighting levels of contamination on whole chickens in UK retail averaging 70% over six months, at least one retailer said it was on-track to have all its birds wrapped in an ovenable roast-in bag to avoid...

Mash Direct was set up just 10 years ago

Mash Direct adds 40 workers

By Rod Addy

Mash Direct has recruited 37 staff in the past year and aims to dramatically increase turnover and target further business wins following a new ready meal contract with Asda.

'Morrisons is already in more than enough trouble,' says analyst

Morrisons denies Netto revival threat

By Nicholas Robinson

Morrisons has denied claims it will suffer from Netto’s re-entry onto the British supermarket scene, despite analyst claims it could prove vulnerable to a renewed round of price cutting.

Tesco is lagging behind Sainsbury and Asda in Morgan Stanley's latest Alphawise UK Food Retail Price Tracker

Tesco board restructure may be required – analyst

By Rod Addy

Tesco may need to restructure its board following news that its chief finance officer (cfo) Laurie McIlwee is to leave the business, according to leading food industry analyst Clive Black.

Ocado has reported a pre-tax loss of £12.5M for the year to December 1 2013, despite boosting sales by 17.2%

Ocado profit doubt ‘casts long shadow’ as losses rise

By Michael Stones

Rising pre-tax losses at Ocado, the online grocer and logistics business, are casting “a long shadow over the firm”, according to one retail consultant, as the firm’s commercial director announces his decision to leave the firm.

Threadgold says increased exports will create UK jobs at Amy's Kitchen

Amy’s Kitchen eyes export opportunities

By Gary Scattergood

Vegetarian and vegan food maker Amy’s Kitchen has ambitious European and Asian export plans in the wake of its 300% year-on-year sales growth in the UK.

Don't miss our selection of the best IGD conference tweets

IGD conference: big food retail and manufacturing themes – in Tweets

By Mike Stones

Hundreds of food and drink industry leaders packed The Lancaster Hotel in London this week for the grocery think-tank IGD annual convention. Thronging the conference hall were some prolific tweeters. Here, we bring you a selection of their best Tweets....

Organics: 10 reasons to be cheerful...

Organics: 10 reasons to be cheerful...

It's been a challenging couple of years for the organic sector, with sharp declines in sales in many areas and a contraction in shelf space as supermarkets have weeded out their slowest sellers.

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.

Suppliers foot the bill - again

Suppliers foot the bill - again

I hear that Somerfield is aiming to increase its suppliers' cost to serve. The retailer's proposition allegedly consists of a target to cut stocks,...


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