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Greencore's food-to-go focus paying dividends

Prioritising its food-to-go operations in the UK and the US has led Greencore to report higher annual sales and earnings. And the Ireland-ba...

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...

Katy Askew | 25 Nov 2014

Over the last twelve months Irish food group Greencore outperformed the overall food market in UK, its largest market, on the back of its exposure to the faster-growth food-to-go segment and expansion in convenience channels.

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.

Dean Best | 5 Jun 2014

Chilled ready meals is big business in the UK and it's a business still in growth. But only just about. Last year's horsemeat contamination scandal hit sales of chilled ready meals in the UK and the industry is looking at how to reignite the category. Innovation in packaging and emphasising provenance are being held up as ways to re-boot the sector. Dean Best reports.

Michelle Russell | 26 Nov 2013

Greencore this morning (26 November) revealed an increase in annual earnings and sales. The convenience food group said it enters its new financial year with "good momentum", despite operating in a "weak" consumer environment. Analysts offered a relatively optimistic review of the results.

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Dean Best | 16 Jan 2014

With consumers assessing whet they eat on health and ethical grounds, UK-based meat-free products manufacturer Quorn Foods has benefited. The business also enjoyed a boost from last year's horsemeat contamination saga. Dean Best met Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan to discuss the company's recent growth.

Michelle Russell | 22 Nov 2013

Convenience food group Greencore has experienced an eventful few years. The Ireland-based manufacturer was beaten to the acquisition of the UK's Northern Foods. This year, Greencore was caught up in the horsemeat contamination saga that rocked the European food industry. However, the company has continued to expand in the UK and in the US. In part one of the just-food interview, Michelle Russell speaks to chief executive Patrick Coveney about the challenges of operating in a difficult UK market.

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Hannah Abdulla | 17 May 2016

Growing demand for on-the-go foods in the US and UK led Greencore to deliver higher sales in the first half of its financial year.

Hannah Abdulla | 26 Jan 2016

Ireland-based sandwich maker Greencore has reported a jump in first-quarter revenues, lifted by higher sales in its convenience foods division.

Katy Askew | 5 Jan 2016

Food-to-go manufacturer Greencore plans to more than double the number of people employed at its Hatfield distribution depot after securing a new customer win. 

Hannah Abdulla | 27 Nov 2015

Ahead of the climate talks in Paris, Unilever announced plans to be carbon positive from its operations by 2030. Elsewhere, there was more consolidation in the US food sector, with Pinnacle Foods moving for Boulder Brands. Tyson Foods, Post Holdings and Greencore all had annual results out in the week. Maple Leaf Foods outlined plans to "streamline" its business, which is set to lead to the loss of 400 staff. Here is the week in quotes.

Dean Best | 27 Nov 2015

The US food sector saw another major takeover this week with Pinnacle Foods agreeing to pay US$975m for free-from group Boulder Brands. The country could soon see another, with Thai Union Group saying there are "serious" buyers lined up for Chicken of the Sea - a business it is willing to sell to secure another US asset, Bumble Bee Foods. And, ahead of the climate change talks in Paris next week, Unilever announced plans for its operations to be "carbon positive" in 15 years.

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Nov 2015

Profits at Ireland-based private-label supplier Greencore have jumped on the back of sales growth led by its food-to-go focus in the UK and US markets.

Dean Best | 28 Jul 2015

Greencore has booked a 6% rise in third-quarter sales, helped by growth in the UK and the US.

Katy Askew | 4 Jun 2015

Greencore is opening a new distribution hub to serve its UK convenience store customers.

Katy Askew | 19 May 2015

Greencore, the Irish food maker, booked an increase in first-half sales and profits thanks to expansion and new customer wins in the UK and US food-to-go markets.

Dean Best | 27 Jan 2015

Greencore has booked a 4% increase in first quarter sales as the private label supplier eked out growth in the UK and reported a solid performance from its US business.

Dean Best | 15 Dec 2014

The takeover battles for Chiquita Brands International and for Hillshire Brands were among the stories that grabbed your interest in 2014.

Dean Best | 9 Dec 2014

The UK government is considering allowing ready meal manufacturers to put the official five-a-day logo on their products.

Dean Best | 1 Dec 2014

The bidding for Egyptian snacks group Bisco Misr intensified, there was speculation over Kerry Group's frozen ready-meal business and Danone sold its dairy business in Indonesia.

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Dec 2014

The much-awaited campylobacter tests on supermarket chicken in the UK were published this week. On the mergers and acquisitions side, Abraaj raised its bid yet again for Bisco Misr. Conversely, Danone was reported to be mulling a sale of its shares in the Yakult business and Kerry Group was reportedly looking to offload its frozen ready-meals arm in the UK. Meanwhile, Ireland's Greencore published some strong annual results. Here is the week in quotes.

Katy Askew | 25 Nov 2014

Greencore is increasing the capacity of its US food-to-go business and expanding its reach to the west coast of the country as it works to build a US$1bn business in the market.

Katy Askew | 25 Nov 2014

Greencore, the Ireland-based convenience food group, has said it will step up investments in the coming year after booking higher earnings for the 12 months to 26 September.

Hannah Abdulla | 29 Jul 2014

Greencore has said it is confident it can deliver annual earnings in line with market expectations after posting higher sales for the third quarter of its financial year.

Katy Askew | 20 May 2014

Greencore's drive into the food-to-go sector in the US and UK lifted the group's first-half sales.

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Apr 2014

Origin Enterprises has announced the appointment of Imelda Hurley as chief financial officer.

Katy Askew | 18 Mar 2014

Greencore is investing in a new sandwich manufacturing facility to serve the north-east of the US, a move that will see production end at two other sites.

Dean Best | 3 Mar 2014

Tesco's bid to try again to revitalise its UK sales grabbed the headlines this week and we looked at the retailer's moves to build a multichannel business. just-food also reported from the Gulfood trade fair in Dubai, where we met a series of senior executives including Mondelez International's regional boss. Our interview pages this week also featured the boss of gluten-free firm Dr Schär's UK arm and the CFO of Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods.

Dean Best | 25 Feb 2014

Ireland-based private-label group Greencore has moved to expand its business in the US with the acquisition of food-to-go supplier Lettieri's.

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Michelle Russell | 29 Nov 2013

Sachin Tendulkar isn't alone in bidding farewell to colleagues as, today, I enter into my final few hours as news editor for just-food.

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