KK Fine Foods expands factory, creating 100 jobs

Frozen ready meal maker KK Fine Foods is set to create 100 jobs as part of a £833,000 expansion of its food factory in Wales.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 11 November 2015

DEFRA’s ‘enormous’ budget cut to slash activities, warns FDF

An “enormous” funding cut is set to slash the operations of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), warns a food and drink manufacturing boss.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 11 November 2015

Premier Foods’s sales boost ‘credit to management’

Premier Foods’s first quarterly branded sales rise for two years was a tribute to the manufacturer’s management team, say leading City analysts.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 11 November 2015

Barry Callebaut to expand its European Specialties business

Barry Callebaut plans to expand its European Specialties business, by acquiring the commercial vending activities of FrieslandCampina Kievit.

Confectionerynews.com, 10 November 2015

Scottish food and drink to replace oil as top income earner

Scottish food and drink production, on track to hit a turnover of £16.5bn by 2017, will play an increasingly important role as oil revenues fall, according to Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 10 November 2015

Fresh produce supply chain in ‘battlefield’ warning

The fresh produce supply chain is “a battleground” and growers may be forced to cut the amount they produce, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 10 November 2015

Premier sales up due to ‘innovation and investment’

Premier Foods’s first quarterly increase in branded sales for two years is due to “innovation and investment”, claims the manufacturer.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 10 November 2015

Signature plans to open 20 bakeries in India

Signature International, which already has a production facility built to European standards in the city of Nashik – 200 miles north of Mumbai – has plans to build 20 flatbread manufacturing plants across the Indian subcontinent within the next five to 10 years.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 9 November 2015

‘Allergen Safe’ scheme is solution to ‘may contain’ confusion

A new scheme to cut through the confusion of ‘may contain’ labelling is being proposed to help both manufacturers and consumers.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 9 November 2015

Saucy moves into America

The Saucy Fish Co, based in Grimsby, has secured a listing with Whole Foods Market in the US.

Grocer, 9 November 2015

Food price index rises on back of bad weather: FAO

Major food commodity prices rose in October, spurred by weather-driven concerns about sugar and palm oil supplies, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Foodnavigator.com, 6 November 2015

Dairy Crest becomes ‘key corporate target’: analysts

Dairy Crest is a prime takeover target as the sale of its troubled dairies to Müller nears completion, according to leading analysts.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 5 November 2015

Dairy Crest sale signals after sale of dairies division

Dairy Crest reported a 5% fall in revenue from continuing operations to £203.8m and a 13% fall in pre-tax profit to £13.1m for the six months to end of September.

Telegraph, 5 November 2015

Food labels and the food waste debate

Joanna Blythman argues in an opinion piece that consumers are giving best-before advice more legitimacy than it deserves leading to needless waste.

Guardian, 4 November 2015

Kraft Heinz to close plants

Kraft Heinz is closing seven factories and cutting 2,600 jobs in North America in order to reduce costs.

Reuters, 4 November 2015

DRINKS INDUSTRY

Carlsberg to cut 15% of workforce

Carlsberg reported a DKr4.499bn ($650m) in the third quarter caused by writedowns in its Russian business and slowing European sales. The brewer plans to cut 2000 staff including some in the UK.

Financial Times, 11 November 2015

Government backs Scotch whisky industry as decline slows

Scotch whisky industry representatives and government officials have pledged to boost economic growth, as the industry shows signs of recovery.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 11 November 2015

Soft drinks and confectionery lead supermarket promotions

Soft drinks and confectionery are two of the most heavily promoted products in the UK, the new IRI fast moving consumer goods price and promotion report has revealed.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 10 November 2015

European Commission approves The Coca-Cola Company and Cobega acquisition

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and Cobega (Spain) for joint control of Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) in the UK.

Foodanddrinkeurope.com, 10 November 2015     

Fever-Tree raises full-year guidance

Fever-Tree, the tonic water and ginger beer maker, has said its full-year results will be “materially ahead” of expectations as sales in the UK and internationally continued to grow in the second half.

City a.m., 4 November 2015