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Icelandic Seachill is to be sold: prompting Unite the union to seek assurances over the security of 750 jobs

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Seachill sale: union seeks assurance over 750 jobs

By Michael Stones

Unite the union is seeking assurances over 750 jobs at Icelandic Seachill in Grimsby, after news emerged on Friday (April 21) that the business is to be sold.

The Kirkcaldy mill had helped lift margins, said Investec

Carr's Kirkcaldy mill ‘helps lift margins’

By Michael Stones

Flour supplier Carr’s Group’s Kirkcaldy mill in Scotland has helped the food, agriculture and engineering group lift margins, according to leading City analyst Investec.

Findus makes a range of frozen food lines

Findus’ performance may hook acquisitive investors

By Rod Addy

Findus Group’s UK arm has become a more attractive acquisition target after the global business confirmed it had experienced its second consecutive year of positive growth, although it has denied sell-off rumours.

Nearly 50 firms were involved in M&A activity in 2014, according to the new report

M&A deals to remain strong in 2015

By Nicholas Robinson

More than £20.2bn was exchanged in food and drink business mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in 2014, according to figures from Catalyst Corporate Finance (CCF).

Irish food firm’s new IT system

System secures supply chain sales

An IT system has been developed for Irish company Derrynaflan Foods by CSB-System to help it keep track of the procurement, stock-keeping, finance and logistics of the 7,500 products it delivers each week to around 2,000 retail and foodservice outlets...

Richards joins Macphie of Glenberrie from Senoble

Macphie appoints new commercial director

By Laurence Gibbons

Food ingredients manufacturer Macphie of Glenbervie has appointed Shan Richards as its commercial director, replacing Andrew Underwood who was promoted to md in April.

Thorntons makes and sells a wide range of chocolate and confectionery products

Q3 growth at Thorntons hit by slow sales

By Rod Addy

Slow sales in February and March and planned store closures hit sales at Thorntons in its third financial quarter (Q3), the confectionery firm reported in a trading statement.

Soft sell: Asda is using social media to encourage consumer engagement and drive product innovation, rather than as a direct sales tool, said its chief marketing officer Stephen Smith

Asda uses social media to engage consumers

By Rick Pendrous

Asda is using social media to encourage consumer engagement and drive its latest product innovation, rather than as a direct sales tool because consumers don’t like it being used to sell to them, according to the retailer’s chief marketing officer Stephen...

Campbell Soup's deal will not cover products in the UK, Middle East or Africa or Denmark's Kelsen Group

Campbell Soup nears sale of some European interests

By Rod Addy

Campbell Soup Company plans to sell some of its business in Europe to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and has announced it is in final and exclusive negotiations to clinch the deal.

Could Premier offer Bright Foods a route for UK expansion after its Weetabix acquisition?

Premier Foods now a target for China’s Bright Foods?

By Anne Bruce

Premier Foods could be targeted lock, stock and barrel by China's acquisitive Bright Foods, analysts have suggested, after the UK’s largest food manufacturer announced it had found a buyer for its vinegars business today (June 15).

Clarke has been praised by city analysts for his performance since taking over at Premier in august last year

Premier boss Michael Clarke backed by city

By Dan Colombini

Premier Foods boss Michael Clarke has received a resounding vote of confidence from city analysts, six months into his role, as he continues his plan to guide the firm out of trouble.

Strictly partly food. TV viewers watching the X factor and Strictly Come Dancing will give party food a boost

Festive food gets X-Factor & Strictly boost

By Mike Stones

The UK’s £100M-plus festive party food boost starts tomorrow (December 10), as TV viewers hold X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing parties, according to retail giant Tesco.

Meet the Master Baker

Meet the Master Baker

By Rick Pendrous

Reconciling retailers' expectations of a constant flow of exciting new products with the constraints of production lines has been a dilemma for plant bakers for many years.

Longbenton Foods' Amble site has been locked-up since late December

Longbenton Foods still in frame for Amble site takeover, administrator

By Ben Bouckley

Longbenton Foods is still in the running to buy the former Northumberland Foods site in Amble, FoodManufacture.co.uk can reveal, despite a prior inability to complete the purchase that led to the administrator tearing-up a previous sale contract in January.

Thorntons' profits slump 8.5% in first half

Thorntons' profits slump 8.5% in first half

By Elaine Watson

A 30.6% surge in sales of Thorntons-branded products to other retailers helped the chocolatier offset lacklustre sales through its own stores in the first half, but profits slumped 8.5% to £8.3m.

Clip the strip to hang up sales

Clip the strip to hang up sales

Ishida says Lancashire-based contract packer Strategy Group is the first UK firm to install its new flexible strip pack applicator (F-SPA) system for applying hanging strips to products.

Thorntons posts 3.9% rise in festive sales

Thorntons posts 3.9% rise in festive sales

By Elaine Watson

Strong growth in sales of Thorntons-branded products to other retailers helped the Derbyshire-based chocolatier offset lacklustre sales through its own stores over the festive season.

Do you need help packing?

Do you need help packing?

By Hugh Williams

I thought I was doing well. The employee at the till had entered a frightening scanning frenzy, throwing cans of beans and packs of chicken breast at me. My wife seemed unaware of my marathon-beating performance. 


Difficulties delay sale of Harvestime

Difficulties delay sale of Harvestime

Time is running out for administrators at Harvestime (2005), who are still struggling to sell the business's loss-making bakery in Walsall.Joint...

Good planning meets demand

Good planning meets demand

I recently saw a very successful example of sales and operations planning (S&OP), whereby manufacturing, distribution and sales have been welded...

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