Valentine’s Day meals criticised for high salt levels

Valentine’s Day meals criticised for high salt levels

By Gwen Ridler

Valentine’s Day meal deals contain “shockingly high” levels of hidden salt, with retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) one of the worst offenders, according to pressure group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).

The Farmer’s Son has recalled packs of haggis over food poisoning fears

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Haggis recalled over food poisoning fears

By Gwen Ridler

Scottish meat processor The Farmer’s Son has recalled packs of haggis and black pudding, due to concerns over the company’s procedures to prevent food poisoning.

An ammonia leak forced the evacuation of part of Addo Food Groups Poole bakery

Ammonia leak sparks factory evacuation

By Gwen Ridler

Staff at part of Addo Food Group’s Poole factory were evacuated last week, after what the firm described as “a controlled ammonia leak” at the site.

Meat firm boss: ‘We've got the capacity to produce new products in line with demands’


Pork producer: ‘We’ll continue to innovate’

By Noli Dinkovski

A meat firm boss has claimed innovation through new product development (NPD), and improved shelf-life and packaging, will allow his business to grow both supermarket sales and its own retail arm.

Sausage manufacturer wins award

Sizzling win for sausage manufacturer

By Gwen Ridler

Sausage manufacturer JC Rooks & Sons’s pork, black pudding & bacon sausage has been awarded Best British Banger at a ceremony held at Smiths of Smithfield in London.

Pork Farms first announced the deal in August 2014

Pork Farms and Kerry Foods deal set to clear

By Rod Addy

Pork Farms’s purchase of Kerry Foods’s chilled savoury pastry factories at Poole, Dorset, and Spalding in Lincolnshire, has been provisionally cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Food fails for politicians

Election 2015

When political food fails – in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

What do a bacon sandwich, a sausage roll and a hot dog have in common? You’d be forgiven for thinking the answer is that they are all tasty snacks consisting of a baked treat with a pork filling, but they have actually all caused headaches for campaigning...

Tulip HR director Kirsty Wilkins

Tulip creates 145 Gloucestershire jobs

By Rod Addy

Tulip is creating 145 jobs at its Westerleigh production facility in Gloucestershire as a result of its £16M project to expand the site.

Castellano's Charcuterie makes premium charcuterie products

Tulip snaps up Castellano’s Charcuterie

By Rod Addy

Tulip has bought Castellano’s Charcuterie, the award winning, Bristol-based, charcuterie business from owner, Vincent Castellano in a move that will boost its reach into retail, deli and foodservice sectors.

Tulip aims to boost production at the Ruskington plant by 20%

Tulip to create up to 45 jobs in £8M investment

By Rod Addy

Meat processor Tulip is creating up to 45 jobs in an £8M investment at its Ruskington plant in Lincolnshire, which makes Scotch eggs and cocktail sausages for the retail sector.

Pork Farms makes a range of chilled pastry products, such as pork pies

Kerry Foods sells chilled pastry assets

By Rod Addy

Pork Farms Group has bought Kerry Foods’s chilled savoury pastry factories at Poole, Dorset, and Spalding in Lincolnshire for an undisclosed sum.

American food could be the hottest retail trend in 2015

Spicy American food: 2015’s hottest trend

By Laurence Gibbons

A growing trend among street food markets for spicy American BBQ and Korean and Vietnamese dishes will hit the retailers in 2015, according to food coatings firm Bowman Ingredients.

Diaz: 'This is a trend that is set to grow'

Top healthy food trends: low sodium at forefront

By Rod Addy

Demand for healthy food and drink will increase, with low sodium options helping to drive new product development (NPD), according to Carlos Diaz, food director at Food Innovation Solutions (FIS).

Kerry's sales growth was hit by the horsemeat scandal and hot weather

Kerry’s results dented by horsemeat crisis

By Michael Stones

Horsemeat and hot weather reduced Kerry’s sales growth in ready meals last year, according to its preliminary results for the year to December 31 2013.

Paterson revealed the news on his trade mission

China-based expert to support pork exports

By Rick Pendrous

Environment secretary Owen Paterson is expected to announce the appointment of a full-time agricultural expert in Beijing early in the New Year to assist with growing UK food exports to China.

Parnell claims BHJ Ingredients' products can aid slicing and improve yield in meat products

Our stock is soaring

By Gary Scattergood

Core products are crucial for BHJ Ingredients to weather the storm, says Gary Scattergood

Cranswick's first half trading update revealed mixed results

Cranswick margin fall ‘a big surprise’: City

By Michael Stones

Pork processor Cranswick’s update on first half trading, released today (October 7), revealed “strong top line performance” but represented a profit warning, said City analysts Investec and N+1 Singer.

The up-for-sale Pork Farms is working on savoury pastries for the gluten-free market

Pork Farms growth outstrips market

By Gary Scattergood

Chilled pastry product manufacturer Pork Farms is expecting to outstrip market growth for the fourth consecutive year – a record md Chris Peters puts down to considerable investment in process technology, innovation and focusing on its core competencies.

Corkers crisps are made on the farm in Ely, Cambridgeshire

Corking plans for Corkers expansion

By Rod Addy

Crisps brand Corkers is expanding its factory in Ely, Cambridgeshire, to enable it to produce up to 300,000 bags of crisps a day.

The horsemeat crisis has boosted demand for sessions' bangers

Quality counts

By Gary Scattergood

To build a successful family sausage firm, it's crucial to have good quality products and invest in the business, Rob Sessions tells Gary Scattergood

Lick that: UK ice cream sales have topped £1bn already this year

Scoop of the year: ice cream sales top £1bn

By Mike Stones

Britons have spent £1.1bn on ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt already this year, up from £910M five years ago, according to the latest research from Mintel.

Twitter fans were active at the FDF President's Dinner - tackling subjects as diverse as the Responsibility Deal and the France's preference for whisky over cognac

Food and Drink Federation dinner: Twitter snapshot

By Mike Stones

Business leaders, food and drink scientists, and industry figures, including two government ministers, attended the Food and Drink Federation’s President’s Dinner held in London this week. Here’s a snapshot of the evening captured in Twitter posts.


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