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Comment: Act now to cut antibiotics in meat

All signs are pointing to a growing public awareness of – and concern about – the use of human antibiotics in animals that will subsequently...

Comment: Tread carefully over payment terms

Food manufacturers are catching some flack for extending payment terms to their suppliers. The growing tension in the supply chain points to...

Briefing: Fat, the forgotten issue

Ben Cooper | 5 Dec 2014

The fourth article in just-food's management briefing on food reformulation looks at competing priorities, in particular how the increased focus on salt and latterly sugar may mean less attention is paid to reducing fat, by both consumers and food companies.

Deal or no deal: Frozen sale makes sense for Kerry

Katy Askew | 24 Nov 2014

Kerry Group is reportedly mulling the sale of its frozen food business. The company has seen strong sales and profit momentum at its ingredients unit but endured a lacklustre performance from the consumer foods side of the business. In this context, it makes sense for the Irish company to pare down peripheral and under-performing areas of Kerry Foods. Katy Askew reports.

Comment: Poultry industry must improve standards

Katy Askew | 6 Aug 2014

The UK's Food Standards Agency has issued the results of its first set of quarterly campylobacter tests, part of a year-long study into the prevalence of the bacteria in the UK poultry supply. The results reveal that around three-fifths of chicken sold in UK supermarkets are contaminated with the bacteria and the regulator has conceded that more must be done to win over consumer trust. After a personal brush with the issue, having found offal in pre-packed supermarket chicken, Katy Askew would strongly concur.

Why whole sector should take heed of meat scrutiny

Dean Best | 24 Jul 2014

The meat supply chain is in the spotlight this week, with allegations in the UK and China of poor and potentially unsafe practices at firms supplying retail and foodservice giants including Tesco and McDonald's. But the entire industry needs to pay attention: consumer interest in what they eat is at its highest-ever level.

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2 Sisters invests GBP55m to grow ready meals unit

Katy Askew | 23 Sep 2015

2 Sisters Food Group plans to invest GBP55m (US$84.2m) to support "further growth" at its own-label meal solutions unit by upgrading production. 

Asda using steam to cut campylobacter in chicken

Katy Askew | 21 May 2015

Asda is introducing a steam process, SonoSteam, to some of its chicken production in a move the retailer claims can reduce campylobacter contamination in fresh products by as much as 80%.

Food industry quotes of week: Gardein, Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 1 May 2015

This week, Mondelez International reported its first-quarter results, with news of a solid performance in China. Elsewhere, Associated British Foods announced the launch of a high-protein bread in New Zealand. Yves Potvin, founder of meat-free brand Gardein, spoke to just-food about its plans under the ownership of Pinnacle Foods. And Kerry Group said moves to reposition its portfolio to focus on snacking trends were paying off. Here is the week in quotes.

2 Sisters reduces human antibiotics in poultry

Katy Askew | 30 Apr 2015

2 Sisters Food Group, the UK food arm of Boparan Holdings, has announced plans to remove antibiotics defined by the World Health Organization as the "highest priority" and "critically important" to human health from poultry production.

Fox's Biscuits pay offer puts strikes on hold

Dean Best | 21 Apr 2015

Two strikes planned this week at a Fox's Biscuits plant in Yorkshire have been suspended as staff mull a new pay offer from parent company 2 Sisters Food Group.

UPDATE: 2 Sisters in talks to avoid Fox's strike

Dean Best | 16 Apr 2015

2 Sisters Food Group has said it is in "dialogue" with union officials in the UK in a bid to avert a strike at a Fox's Biscuits plant.

Fox's Biscuits plant to be hit by strike

Dean Best | 16 Apr 2015

Engineers at a Fox's Biscuits plant in the UK are set to go on strike next week over what union officials have described as a "paltry and insulting" pay offer from the business.

2 Sisters pumps GBP10m into Gunstones Bakery

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Mar 2015

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a GBP10m investment at its Gunstones Bakery site in Dronfield in the UK.

2 Sisters parent Boparan Q2 “stabilised”

Katy Askew | 17 Mar 2015

Boparan Holdings, the parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, said it “stabilised” its business despite “another challenging quarter”.

2 Sisters Food Group eyes Fox's job cuts

Dean Best | 2 Mar 2015

2 Sisters Food Group has set out plans to cut around 80 jobs at its Fox's biscuits plant in Batley, West Yorkshire.

2 Sisters starts consultation on more job cuts

Katy Askew | 23 Feb 2015

2 Sisters Food Group started consultations with the union representing workers at its Llangefni poultry site this morning (23 February).

Food industry quotes of week: Kraft, Thai Union

Dean Best | 22 Dec 2014

US food giant Kraft Foods Group this week announced its chairman would also take on the role of CEO - and he promptly said the company would reassess its business to "stay ahead" of the "rapid change" within the industry.

Boparan sees sales, margin pressure

Katy Askew | 18 Dec 2014

Boparan Holdings, the owner of 2 Sisters Food Group, revealed ongoing pressure on sales and margins during its first quarter.

2 Sisters Food Group posts higher annual losses

Hannah Abdulla | 18 Nov 2014

Boparan Holdings, the owner of UK company 2 Sisters Food Group, has reported annual higher losses after its bottom line was hit with restructuring charges.

Jobs set to go at 2 Sisters plants

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Aug 2014

2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed jobs look set to go at two of the UK group's sites as contracts come to an end.

FSA: no action at 2 Sisters plant

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Aug 2014

The UK's Food Standards Agency has insisted no action will be taken against 2 Sisters Food Group, despite saying the poultry processor did breach hygiene regulations at one of its plant.

2 Sisters "passes" FSA poultry plant audits

Dean Best | 28 Jul 2014

2 Sisters Food Group said today (28 July) two plants at the centre of food safety allegations had passed audits ordered by the UK's Food Standards Agency.

FSA ordered to carry out review on 2 Sisters

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Jul 2014

Poultry manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group is facing a second investigation from the UK Food Standard Agency after health minister Jeremy Hunt ordered a probe into two of its plants.

2 Sisters sells Solway to Avana buyers

Hannah Abdulla | 15 Jul 2014

2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed the sale of its Solway Foods site in Corby to the same former executives that purchased its Avana Bakeries site in Newport, a deal announced last week.

2 Sisters Newport site sold to former execs

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Jul 2014

2 Sisters Food Group has announced the sale of the Avana Bakeries site in Newport to Food Utopia, a company set up by two former executives at the UK food group.

Former Findus CFO joins 2 Sisters

Hannah Abdulla | 17 Jun 2014

2 Sisters Food Group has announced the appointment of former Findus Group CFO Stephen Leadbeater to the position of group CFO.

Mixed Q3 results at Boparan Holdings

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Jun 2014

Boparan Holdings, the parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, has reported mixed third-quarter results, with higher underlying operating profit but the cost of closing sites hitting its bottom line.

2 Sisters silent on "balance sheet overhaul"

Katy Askew | 15 May 2014

2 Sisters Food Group has remained silent on a report it has asked a number of banks for suggestions on how to strengthen the UK company's balance sheet.

Burton's Biscuit Co. mum over link to Fox's

Hannah Abdulla | 12 May 2014

Burton's Biscuit Co. has refused to be drawn on a report it has approached the owner of Fox's Biscuits over buying its UK rival.

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2 Sisters' impressive waste-to-energy plan

Katy Askew | 5 Dec 2014

2 Sisters Food Group announced a new "multi million" pound bio-refinery deal with renewable energy experts H2 Energy this week. The plan is set to "transform the energy requirements" at 2 Sisters, the company said.

Tesco veteran Neville-Rolfe takes director role at 2 Sisters Food Group

Dean Best | 2 Sep 2013

Lucy Neville-Rolfe, the former Tesco executive, has accepted a role at 2 Sisters Food Group, one of the UK's largest food manufacturers.

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