Author: Sabbir Hossain

Morrisons buys free-range egg manufacturer

Supermarket chain Morrisons has acquired Chippindale Foods, a supplier of free-range eggs. The supermarket chain said the acquisition meant it would make even more of its own fresh food and would enable it to bring forward the date at which all of Morrisons’ eggs come from non-caged hens. It is currently committed to achieving that by 2025. British farmers​ Morrisons claimed it was already the largest supermarket customer for British farmers. It said it made most of its own fresh food in 17 manufacturing sites and 491 stores, including bakery, seafood, meat, fruit and veg, flowers and chilled processed...

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About Face: Diet Pepsi May Bring Back Aspartame

Diet Pepsi Cola may be going back to using aspartame, a report in Ad Age claims. The diet soft drink brand may experience a sweetener reversal since PepsiCo pulled the artificial sweetener in 2015, in a marketing move over safety concerns, and replaced it with sucralose and Ace-K. The company faced a consumer backlash when it dropped aspartame from Diet Pepsi. So in 2016, it resurrected the aspartame version—only in limited quantities, and marketed it as “classic sweetener blend.” It kept the aspartame-free version as its mainstream variety. Now, Diet Pepsi is said to be going back to the version with...

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Paul Norman to Retire as Kellogg North America President

In an SEC filing on Feb. 16, Kellogg Co. announced the retirement – although using the phrase “to pursue other opportunities” – of Paul Norman as a corporate senior vice president and president of Kellogg North America, effective April 1. No immediate successor was named. “We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for all that you have contributed across our organization during your 30-plus years at the Kellogg Co.,” read a letter signed by Steven Cahillane, who has been CEO since October 2017. “We wish you and your family only the very best as you transition to the...

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Princes reveals business review

Food and drink company Princes has confirmed it is conducting a review of its manufacturing business. The company, which processes branded fruit juice and canned food, told FoodManufacture.co.uk​ no further information could be disclosed until the review was completed. Princes has 11 manufacturing sites in the UK, including Bradford, Belvedere, Cardiff, Chichester, Eden Valley, Erith, Glasgow, Long Sutton, Manchester and Wisbech. The news was revealed after a source told FoodManufacture.co.uk ​that the Princes juice facility in Newton Heath, Manchester, was to close, with production moving to Cardiff. Review​ However, a Princes spokesman said no decision had yet been made. He said: “We are...

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Distributor Midland Food Group bought by Granarolo

Distributor Midland Food Group has been bought by Italian firm Granarolo’s UK subsidiary for an undisclosed sum, in a deal designed to boost the latter’s UK chilled food business. Through the deal, Granarolo has acquired 100% of Midland, which distributes chilled, ambient and frozen food and chalked up £62M in sales in the past full financial year. Midland has focused mainly on serving the foodservice industry, but has a growing retail presence. However, in a statement, Granarolo said it was significantly interested in the potential offered by its chilled food channel. “With the acquisition of Midland Food Group, we...

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