Food and Beverage

Tetley distribution contract awarded to Norbert Dentressangle

Tetley Teas, owned by Tata Global Beverages. Image attributed to Matito
Posted on 16 Feb 2012 by

Owner of tea maker Tetley, Tata Global Beverages, has awarded a three year contract to Norbert Dentressangle for the UK storage and distribution of Tetley teas.

One of the main factors in Tata’s decision to award the contract to Norbert Dentressangle was its ability to collaborate with other lar…

Thorntons’ profits fall by £7.7m in second half of 2011

A Thorntons' chocolate production line
Posted on 16 Feb 2012 by

Yesterday the chocolate maker Thorntons announced that profits had fallen from £8.4m to £618,000 – a drop of 92%, leading to the proposed closure of at least another 120 shops.

Thorntons saw its shop sales drop by 5.5% on a like-for-like basis in the 28 weeks up to January 7 as rising commodity pri…

Heineken announces further £420m in spending cuts

Beer on a production line. Attributed to Greencolander
Posted on 16 Feb 2012 by

Heineken, the third largest brewer in the UK, said it has been forced to make close to £500m in cuts in the face of rising input costs. 

The brewer already cut spending by around £510m over the past three years as the price of malted barley increased, but chief executive Jean‑Francois van Boxmeer …

Weetabix to spend £20m on US and UK factory upgrades

Posted on 13 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

Cereal manufacturer Weetabix, which is this year celebrating its 80th birthday, is to invest £20 million in upgrading its UK and US factories.

Weetabix has announced the plans to improve production facilities and said the money will be used to upgrade the factory at Burton Latimer (its headquart…

Pepsi to increase marketing spend at expense of 8,700 jobs

Posted on 10 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

International food and beverages giant PepsiCo will cut approximately 3% of its workers across 30 countries as part of a programme to save up to $1.5bn by 2014.

The restructuring is designed to offset high commodity costs and an increased spending on advertising and marketing. The firm plans to i…

Unilever to expand use of SAP in the US

Posted on 10 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

Unilever has extended an SAP enterprise resource planning rollout to North America, including integration with its supply chain management system.

The consumer goods company, which makes brands including PG Tips tea, Persil washing powder and Bertolli olive oil, recently told investors it ha…

FDF to launch UK roadshows to promote apprenticeships in the sector

Meat processing
Posted on 7 Feb 2012 by

The Food and Drink Federation is helping to raise the profile of apprenticeships amongst food manufacturers by holding a series of regional roadshows across the country to inform food companies of the benefits apprentices can bring to their businesses.

This year the FDF will be working with its ke…

Thorntons sets standard for apprenticeships in food and drink sector

A Thorntons' chocolate production line
Posted on 7 Feb 2012 by

The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink has urged food companies to take on apprentices after an apprenticeship programme helped chocolate maker Thorntons improve the performance of its production line and save £1 million.

At Thorntons, a structured staff development programme, inclu…

The beet of change

G's Beetroot
Posted on 3 Feb 2012 by

The UK food and drink industry is booming with exports up 12.2% in 2011 on 2010 and luxury products finding niche markets. Awardwinning manufacturer, G’s Fresh Beetroot is sharing in this success despite the potential disadvantages inherent from its much maligned root vegetable product. John

An innovative recipe for success

Only the highest grade wheat and barley is used to produce premium malt at Muntons
Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by

Now in its 91st year in business, maltster Muntons plc is demonstrating the benefits of diversification and being green. John Silcox talks to Dr Nigel Davies, Muntons’ manufacturing and technical director to find out more about the cash savings, market opportunities and industry awards this s