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Scrutiny will only intensify even if Premier CEO gets re-elected 6 Jul 2018

It would be a surprise Premier Foods' under-fire CEO Gavin Darby is not re-elected at the UK group's AGM on 18 July but activist investor Oasis Management has brought to the fore concerns about the manufacturer's performance. The market will be watching closely if Premier moves forward under its current CEO.

UK government likely to give little ground on child obesity measures - analysis 29 Jun 2018

The food industry will engage in consultations on key pillars of the UK childhood obesity strategy's second phase, launched earlier this week. But, Ben Cooper writes, the food sector's opportunity to prevent the inclusion of controls on advertising and price promotions has passed. While battling for any and every possible concession, food manufacturers must brace themselves for the commercial consequences.

"It's taken five years to properly get started" - Nom Noms World Food founder Lisa Sohanpal on UK ethnic-cuisine firm's ambitions - the bitesize interview 27 Jun 2018

UK-based ethnic-cuisine business Nom Nom World Foods has had its ups and downs since forming five years ago. Dean Best caught up with founder and CEO Lisa Sohanpal, now based in Toronto, to discuss her plans for growth, including some notable new contracts in North America - but also hear about the challenges that can beset an SME.

The Millennials are taking over. But why are they so miserable? 25 Jun 2018

This year sees the last of the Millennial cohort reach adulthood. The world over they punch above their weight in terms of their influence and the interest they receive from brands. However, the economic prospects for the generation differ widely between mature and emerging markets, Ben Cooper writes.

Charlie Bigham's CEO Patrick Cairns on how UK ready-meals maker plans to serve up more growth - interview 20 Jun 2018

After a decade at Unilever, a stint in charge of UK baby-food firm Plum Baby and seven years leading Wessanen’s UK division, Patrick Cairns has, since March last year, been chief executive of Charlie Bigham’s, the London-based manufacturer of upmarket ready meals. Dean Best met Cairns to discuss his plans for the business.

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Premier Foods 'may look to offload assets' 18 Jul 2018

Ahead of its crucial AGM vote today which will determine the future of its CEO Gavin Darby, the UK's Premier Foods has suggested it is open to selling assets.

Three-quarters of UK infants eat too much, officials say 18 Jul 2018

Around three-quarters of children aged up to a year in the UK are over-fed, according to new guidelines from the country's public-health agency.

UK pastry products maker Freshpack to close after failing to find buyer 17 Jul 2018

UK-based frozen pastry products manufacturer Freshpack is set to close after failing to find a buyer, with potential suitors put off by the low margins available within the category.

Arla Foods issues stark warning on Brexit fallout 17 Jul 2018

European dairy heavyweight Arla Foods has painted a bleak picture of the situation that could face UK consumers post-Brexit.

UK game specialist Gressingham buys local meat business JF Edwards 16 Jul 2018

Gressingham, the UK game specialist best known for its Gressingham Duck products, has acquired London meat wholesaler JF Edwards (Smithfield).

2 Sisters keeps open last of three plants set to close 16 Jul 2018

2 Sisters Food Group has decided to keep open one of the three chicken-processing factories in the UK it had slated for closure five months ago.

Premier Foods boss Darby confident of AGM vote win 16 Jul 2018

Under-fire Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby has broken his media silence to say he is "quietly confident" of victory in his re-election vote at the UK company's annual general meeting on Wednesday (18 July).

Arla Foods gets clearance for Yeo Valley acquisition 11 Jul 2018

Arla Foods has gained clearance from the UK's Competition and Markets Authority to acquire the liquid milk, butter and cheese business of fellow dairy company Yeo Valley.

Premier Foods says biggest investor Nissin to back under-fire CEO 11 Jul 2018

Premier Foods has said the company's largest shareholder, Japan's Nissin Foods Holdings, is to back the UK manufacturer's under-pressure CEO Gavin Darby when he is up for re-election next week.

Avondale Foods to add jobs after securing Asda salad deal 10 Jul 2018

UK-based Avondale Foods plans to create 60 jobs after winning a contract to supply Asda's own-label range of salad products.

Latest blogs

Plenty of hot air as UK politicians grill Asda, Sainsbury's over merger 22 Jun 2018

UK Parliamentary select committees at their best are meant to bring light rather than generate heat but this wasn't a select committee at its best.

Asda and Sainsbury's - deal or no deal? 18 Jun 2018

The proposed merger between Asda and Sainsbury's - two of the UK's 'big four' supermarkets - is, as expected, getting people hot under the collar.

Food firms in the firing line in UK government's anti-obesity fight 30 May 2018

UK manufacturers of food products containing high levels of sugar can't expect the government's focus to be turned away from them anytime soon.