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Ed Spelman, md at Ballymaguire Foods, and Michael Hoey, chairman of Ballymaguire Foods

Ballymaguire Foods creates 100 jobs in output boost

By Alice Foster

Chilled ready meal producer Ballymaguire Foods has started constructing a new factory as part of plans to create 100 jobs and boost sales in the UK and Ireland, the firm’s md told this website.

Findus has acquired La Cocinera for an undisclosed sum

Findus snaps up Spanish ready meal firm

By Laurence Gibbons

The Findus Group has snapped up Spanish frozen ready meal firm La Cocinera from Nestlé Spain for an undisclosed sum, following approval from the Spanish competition authorities.

Bingham and Jones are looking for solutions to future food problems now (Photo©Sacha Ferrier)

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Bingham and Jones to launch insect ready meals

By Nicholas Robinson

Ready meal industry gurus Jonny Bingham and David Jones are developing their own brand of meals with a difference, following dozens of successful launches for other major firms.

Laila's Fine Foods secured a £58,000 grant from the local council

Laila’s Fine Foods Iceland deal worth millions

By Nicholas Robinson

Ready meal business Laila’s Fine Foods has landed a multi-million pound deal to supply Iceland with a new range of frozen Mexican ready meals, which will lead to a 25% increase in daily output, said md Laila Remtulla.

Coveney has faith in the future of Greencore's food-to-go products

Greencore sees growth in ‘food-to-go’

By Rick Pendrous

Greencore is expected to improve its financial performance over the coming year as its new focus on ‘food-to-go’ products both in the UK and US gathers momentum. Most City analysts have predicted a positive outlook for the Irish own-label convenience...

The premium ready meal market has experienced growth - and will continue to do so, says IRI

Ready meal UK sales hit £2.3bn over last year

By Laurence Gibbons

Ready meal sales in major supermarkets topped £2.3bn in the past year, fuelled by consumers switching from eating out to dining in with posh convenience lines, according to market analyst IRI.

Bakkavör reported strong UK growth a range of chilled convenience foods

Bakkavör hails UK chilled food success

By Rod Addy

Growth in salads, soups, pizzas and desserts helped boost UK sales for chilled food firm Bakkavör in the six months to June 29, the company reported.

Greencore's product mix includes a range of prepared meals

Tale of two regions for Greencore

By Rod Addy

Greencore’s third quarter (Q3) results tell a tale of two regions, with strong progress in the US offsetting declines in its UK heartland.

2 Sisters said the horsemeat crisis would cause 'considerable volume reduction' in its ready meal business during the second half

Horsemeat scandal to hit 2 Sisters Food Group results

By Mike Stones

The 2 Sisters Food Group expects the horsemeat scandal to cause “considerable volume reduction” to its ready meal business, according to its latest financial results for the 13 weeks to January 26.

Novel composite pack for meals

Novel composite pack for meals

A new ready meal packaging format is said to be attracting interest from retailers, thanks to a novel design that offers greater convenience for consumers.

Greencore has acquired International Cuisine Limited from the Hain Daniels Group

Greencore buys own-label ready meal business

By Mike Stones

Chilled food manufacturer Greencore has acquired the own-label chilled ready meal business International Cuisine Limited (ICL) from the Hain Daniels Group in the UK for an undisclosed sum.

Greencore can

Greencore takeover talks could restart

By Dan Colombini and Mike Stones

A drop in share price at chilled foods giant Greencore could spark renewed interest from the firm’s mystery suitor, according to city analysts.

Patrick Coveney pledged to

Greencore sales top £800M as takeover talks end

By Mike Stones

Own-label chilled foods firm Greencore has reported turnover up 8.7% to £804M in the year to September, after confirming that take-over talks with an unnamed suitor had now ended.

Kettleby Foods

Samworth Brothers pushing for £1bn turnover

By Ben Bouckley

Samworth Brothers is hoping to turnover around £1bn within three years, as the Leicester firm confirmed that it will create at least 70 new jobs at its Kettleby Foods business.

Micro-wave or macro-trend?

Micro-wave or macro-trend?

By Paul Gander

What role is in-pack industrial microwave processing likely to play in the future chilled ready meals market? Paul Gander talks to experts for and against this technology about the likelihood of its adoption in the UK.

Escape the chill

Escape the chill

Pioneering attempts are being made to redefine ready meals, as Freddie Dawson discovers.

Ready, steady grow

Ready, steady grow

By Michelle Knott

Despite a rash of recent closures in the ready meals sector, some manufacturers remain hopeful about the prospects for eventual recovery. Michelle Knott reports

New boss for Uniq

New boss for Uniq

Uniq has appointed Stephen Draisey as md of its UK business.Draisey, 48, has held a number of senior positions during a 17 year career with Bakkavor,...

Gourmet food at a gallop

Gourmet food at a gallop

By Paul Gander

While innovation is key, processes that give extended shelf-life are still the holy grail for ready meal producers, says Paul Gander

Brains for business

Brains for business

By Sarah Britton

Innovation and technology centre Malmo Park is on a mission to seek out the development chefs of tomorrow. Sarah Britton joined its Chef Idol judging panel to see what was cooking

Chilled fresh foods turn up the heat on frozen

Chilled fresh foods turn up the heat on frozen

By Michelle Knott

Speed, flexibility and shelf-life extension are the priorities for chilled ready meal manufacturers in their sales battle with frozen foods, as Michelle Knott discovers

Prince among ready meals

Prince among ready meals

Princes Foods' factory manager Elliot Gledhill describes some of the issues involved in moving production from one location to another

Price pressure forces automation

Price pressure forces automation

By Susan Birks

As margins decline and competition increases ready meals producers need to adopt flexible -- but lower cost -- production techniques. Susan Birks investigates whether it is better to take on more labour or to automate

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