Teachers Get Filled in on Sandwich Production

Seven teachers from Northants and Leicestershire were the latest group to get a glimpse behind the scenes of the chilled food sector. They visited one of the region’s largest food manufacturers they are already taking that knowledge back to the classroom to inspire budding food scientists of the future. The visit, to Samworth Brothers’ Melton Foods, saw teachers tour the factory floor and meet the teams responsible for producing for up to a million sandwiches a week on the site. They heard about food hygiene, storage and how new products are developed, giving them an insight into this fast moving […]

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CFA Endorses Food Safety Week’s Labelling Focus

As the FSA reports consumers’ increasing use of leftover food to help family budgets CFA supports the Agency’s reminders of the importance of ‘use by’ and ‘sell by’ dates. And CFA’s own initiative to educate consumers from an early age, Chilled Education, is already getting the message across to thousands of young people. As part of Food Safety Week (11 – 17 June) the FSA reports that 52 per cent of consumers throw away less unused food than previously and over half (57 per cent) think that using left over food is a good way to save money. This, coupled […]

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Chilled Food Sector Growing Year on Year

The trade body for the chilled food manufacturing sector, CFA, today reports a six per cent growth in the UK retail market. In 2011 the total sales in all retail chilled prepared food was £13,700,189,000 – an increase of £790m over 2010 confirming its position as one of the food industry’s most rapidly growing sectors. Even excluding retailed sandwiches, rolls, baguettes and wraps chilled food is currently worth £9.8bn pa having grown by 29 per cent (£2.16bn) since 2007. Chilled food represents some 13 per cent of the retail food market, Chilled foods, such as prepared salads and ready meals […]

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