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CMA widens scope of Sainsbury’s/Asda merger investigation to include discounters

17 Oct 2018

Asda and Sainsbury's have won their fight to have discounters Aldi and Lidl included in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)'s investigation into their planned merger. 

New Products - Agrial claims French milk first; Hormel launches Skippy PB & Jelly Minis; Nestle takes Maggi into UK noodle pots

14 Sep 2018

This week, the more eye-catching new products announced to market include Unilever rolling out a vegan version of its Hellmann's mayonnaise in the UK and Nestle taking its Asian-inspired Maggi snacks into noodle pots.

150 jobs saved as Waitrose cake supplier sold out of administration

6 Sep 2017

UK cake maker More Food, which supplies retailers including Waitrose and Budgens, has been acquired out of administration for an undisclosed sum.

Fipronil - UK grocers pull food lines, Dutch make arrests

10 Aug 2017

The fipronil-in-eggs contamination scare that has rocked Europe's egg sector saw two major developments today (10 August), with UK supermarkets pulling processed food products and two individuals arrested in the Netherlands over the affair.

UK's Waitrose halts JBS corned beef sales over 'slave labour' claims

8 Jun 2017

Packs of sliced corned beef "sourced" from Brazil-based JBS have been removed from the shelves of UK retailer Waitrose, after a national newspaper linked the meat giant with alleged slave labour on cattle farms.

French food group Agromousquetaires eyes UK private-label market

7 Feb 2017

France-based food group Agromousquetaires is preparing for a move into the UK private-label market in a bid to increase sales and expand product development overseas.

UK's FSA responds amid warning on antibiotics overuse in food chain

6 Sep 2016

The UK's Food Standards Agency is preparing to release the results of its tests on meat and other produce for antimicrobial resistance after campaigners published new research indicating the overuse of antibiotics in farming is contributing to drug resistance.

Lidl next to make cage-free egg pledge in UK 

29 Jul 2016

German discounter Lidl has become the latest supermarket to say it will transition its egg supply to cage-free eggs. 

Iceland and Morrisons to end sale of eggs from caged hens

27 Jul 2016

UK retailers Iceland Foods and Morrisons have both announced plans to end the sale of eggs from caged hens in their stores by 2025.

Waitrose to deliver private label worldwide in online tie-up

6 Jul 2016

Waitrose has joined forces with an online retailer to enable it to reach a global audience.

"Heavenly" baby food firm to target Asian markets - interview

5 Jul 2016

Since setting up their baby food business from their home in Northern Ireland in 2009, husband-and-wife founders of Heavenly Tasty Organics James Blair and Shauna McCarney-Blair have seen the firm go from strength to strength. Now the firm is about to launch its range of snack products in Asia. James Blair, operations director, tells John Shepherd about the firms latest expansion plans.

Bakkavor's UK recruitment drive to meet growing demand

8 Jun 2016

UK private-label group Bakkavor is to create more than 470 new jobs at two of its domestic production plants to meet demand for a range of deli products, ready meals and desserts.

Plenish launches cashew-based dairy-free drink

26 Apr 2016

UK juice specialist Plenish is launching a non-dairy beverage made from cashews which will be branded as Plenish Organic Cashew M*lk.

John West, Princes face criticism on tuna sourcing

7 Oct 2015

Thai Union Group's UK unit John West and Princes, the UK food and drink group, have come under fire from Greenpeace over their tuna sourcing and sustainability pledges.

Food industry news of the week - Hershey, Nestle, Nutella

19 Jun 2015

China continues to be an issue for Hershey, which today (19 June) cut its forecast for 2015 sales for the second time this year thanks to challenges in the market. Meanwhile, around 300 jobs are to go at the US confectionery giant as it tries to react quicker to changing market trends. Nestle, which has had its own issues in China, this week also indicated growth in parts of Africa had not been as rapid as it had hoped.

Editor's viewpoint: Waitrose's personalised promos will stir industry

17 Jun 2015

UK grocer Waitrose has got industry watchers talking this afternoon (17 June) with the launch of a promotional programme that lets consumers choose which products they want to buy on offer. Rivals and suppliers will be watching very closely.

Yorkshire Provender pumps GBP2m into new factory

22 Dec 2014

UK chilled soup manufacturer The Yorkshire Provender Co. has invested GBP2m (US$3.1m) into expanding its production facilities.

The bitesize interview: Cricketer Farm MD Greg Parsons

28 Nov 2014

UK cheese maker Cricketer Farm supplies the country's major retailers with low-fat cheese, a category growing amid the rising consumer interest in health. However, in the last 18 months, the business has added a new brand - Cheeky Cow - to its portfolio, with half the fat of mature cheddar. MD Greg Parsons talks to Dean Best about the brand's early performance, the competition and how there are plans for "evolution" in 2015.

Campylobacter in 70% of UK supermarket chicken - FSA

27 Nov 2014

More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in UK supermarkets are contaminated with campylobacter, a survey by the Food Standards Agency has unveiled.

Front-of-pack labels work, UK retailers insist

19 Nov 2014

The introduction of front-of-pack nutrition labels in the UK has encouraged consumers to choose healthier food, the country's grocers insisted today (19 November).

Warburtons adds "premium" loaves to range

4 Nov 2014

Warburtons has added a line of "premium" loaves to its bakery range.

UK: Iglo launches Birds Eye Steamfresh range

1 Sep 2014

Iglo Group is launching a new line of Birds Eye Steamfresh frozen vegetable, pasta and rice products throughout the UK in a bid to capitalise on what it describes as the "current trend" for steam cooking.

UK: Burts Chips in talks to expand Lentil Waves listings

11 Jul 2014

UK crisp maker Burts Chips has launched snacks made from lentils into Waitrose and is in talks with other retailers for further listings.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

23 Jun 2014

This week shares dipped in both Premier Foods and ConAgra Foods after the firms said they were likely to miss earnings forecasts for their respective quarters. Elsewhere, PepsiCo and Mondelez both showed their commitment to R&D through the opening of new facilities. Danone debuted its desserts range in the US, but in the UK was in hot water with the advertising watchdog who claimed its Nutricia Growing Up Milk ad implied the health of kids that didn't consume the product would suffer. Here is the week in quotes

UK: Waitrose to develop export business for brands

19 Jun 2014

UK supermarket Waitrose has announced plans to export branded products from SMEs to overseas markets.

FREE FROM FOOD EXPO: Moo Free aims to "dominate" dairy-free chocolate market

11 Jun 2014

Ambitious dairy-free chocolate maker Moo Free aims to "dominate" the world market for dairy-free milk chocolate by expanding in new markets and increasing its exposure to the supermarket channel.

FREE FROM FOOD EXPO: American Muffin Co. extends reach in free-from sector

10 Jun 2014

The American Muffin Co. started producing gluten-free products in 2005 and - while this is still the baker's biggest selling line - the firm has extended its range to encompass other areas in the free-from sector where it hopes to unlock future growth.

FREE FROM FOOD EXPO: Doves Farm eyeing growth at home and abroad

10 Jun 2014

Gluten-free and organic firm Doves Farm plans to expand its UK sales through new product development, while also eyeing expansion in key overseas markets.

UK: Unilever responds to frozen yoghurt demand with Snog minis

10 Jun 2014

Unilever is extending its presence in the frozen yoghurt sector with the development of mini frozen yoghurt pots under the Snog brand.

FMCG in the Middle East: How leading execs view the region

2 May 2014

For packaged food manufacturers with ambitions for international growth, the Middle East presents an opportunity, with growing populations enjoying rising incomes. In its management briefing on the region, just-food provides a flavour of what leading food and drink executives have said about Middle East in recent weeks.

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