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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...

The top takeaways from IGD's Supply Chain Summit

With stagnant volumes and volatility in costs putting pressure on margins, more companies are turning their attention to supply chains to ek...

TreeHouse, ConAgra deal - 10 things to learn

TreeHouse Foods confirmed what many suspected yesterday (2 November) when it announced a deal to acquire ConAgra's private brands business f...

Why industry should engage after UK sugar report

With suspicion of so-called Big Food at an all-time high, the food industry needs to be proactive in its response to Public Health England's...

Latest Interviews

CSM Bakery Solutions outlines plans for growth 22 Oct 2015

Katy Askew

CSM Bakery Solutions came to life two years ago when Rhône Capital acquired the bakery supplies business of Dutch food and ingredients group CSM. At the time, Rhône Capital said it would invest in CSM's capacity to innovate and use its customer relationships to support global growth. Katy Askew spoke to CSM vice president of bakery products, Sebastian Siethoff, to find out more. 

Ballymaguire Foods outlines UK ready meal ambition 8 Sep 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Irish private-label ready-meals maker Ballymaguire Foods has opened a new domestic plant it hopes will help expand its presence in the UK. The company says demand for ready meals continues to rise in Ireland and the UK and managing director Ed Spelman talks to Hannah Abdulla about the group's plans to tap into that growth.

Latest News

Cranswick H1 profits rise on sales, cost control 30 Nov 15

Hannah Abdulla

Half-year profits at UK meat processor Cranswick have jumped on the back of underlying sales growth, last year's acquisition of poultry group Benson Park and a tighter focus on costs.

R&R Ice Cream 9M sales, profits rise 30 Nov 15

Dean Best

R&R Ice Cream, the UK-based ice cream maker, has reported higher sales and earnings for the first nine months of the year, helped by last year's acquisition of Australia's Peters Food Group.

Industry news of week - Boulder Brands, Thai Union 27 Nov 15

Dean Best

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.

Berner Food & Beverage sold to PE firm Peak Rock 26 Nov 15

Hannah Abdulla

US private-equity firm Peak Rock has announced the acquisition of Berner Food & Beverage, a manufacturer of private-label dairy products.

Finsbury Food Group's "strong trading" continues 25 Nov 15

Hannah Abdulla

Finsbury Food Group, the UK bakery products maker, said today (25 November) its "strong trading" had continued into its new financial year.

Greencore profits lifted by on-the-go food focus 24 Nov 15

Hannah Abdulla

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.

Latest blogs

UK sugar recommendation: what does 5% look like? 17 Jul 15

Dean Best

A panel advising the UK government on health and nutrition has today (17 July) called for the guidance on sugar intake to be halved, putting further scrutiny on parts of the industry. Should the recommendation become official, translating the advice into easy-to-follow consumer messages will be vital. One organisation has already set out what a typical weekly meal plan could look like.

Ex-Nestle, Kraft execs join ConAgra board 9 Jul 15

Hannah Abdulla

ConAgra Foods has appointed former senior executives at Nestle and Kraft to its board, just three weeks after activist investor Jana Partners took a 7% stake in the US food group.

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