Food Management remembers the biggest stories that captured readers’ attention since our online newsroom launched in August 2017.

Below is a countdown of our ten most read stories; to view the original stories, click on the headlines.

  1. Kettle Foods acquires Cornpoppers

In September, Kettle Foods, producer of Kettle Chips, announced the acquisition of UK popcorn producer, Cornpoppers Ltd, in a move that formed part of Kettle Foods’ ambition to build a portfolio of snack brands, following its acquisition of Metcalfe’s skinny in 2016.

Kettle Foods MD, Ashley Hicks, with Cornpoppers’ previous owner, Balvinder Nijjar.

  1. Rise in foodservice fish prices driven by inflation

In early October, the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index stated that fish prices in foodservice had seen an “abrupt” increase, as the category saw some of the highest rates of year-on-year inflation.

  1. Love Lamb Week to promote British lamb

In August it was announced that Love Lamb Week 2017 would be taking place in September and the National Sheep Association (NSA) would be getting behind it to celebrate everything about British lamb.

  1. A conversation with former Asda CEO Andy Clarke

In November, Food Management today attended an exclusive event hosted by tech start-up Spoon Guru, which recently announced the appointment of former Asda chief executive, Andy Clarke, as its chairman. Our seventh most read story was a round-up of his views on a number of issues in the food industry.

  1. UK Sausage Week winners revealed

Launching the week-long campaign celebrating all things sausage, the winners of the UK Sausage Week awards were announced during a celebration lunch at Plaisterers’ Hall, London. More than 400 different products were entered into the competition and were judged at The Regional Food Academy, Harper Adams University, by Institute of Meat CEO Keith Fisher, Ladies In Pigs and other industry experts.

UK Sausage Week awards winners.

  1. Tulip takes over UK pig producer Easey Holdings Ltd

In September, Tulip Ltd announced its acquisition of UK pig producer Easey Holdings Ltd. The acquisition was expected to reinforce the company’s commitment to global farming, representing an investment in British farming and Tulip’s commitment to sustainable growth.

  1. Fish and chicken take top spots in latest Kantar figures

The Meat, Fish & Poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 13th August 2017 indicated a 1.5% growth in chicken sales, plus a drive in value growth for chilled fish. The versatility of chicken, which was reported to be the nation’s favourite meat, was reflected in the performance of fresh processed poultry, which was growing volumes at 9% despite rising prices at the time.

The Meat, Fish & Poultry (MFP) figures from Kantar Worldpanel indicated a drive in value growth for chilled fish.

  1. Food industry reacts to Brexit agreement

In early December, Theresa May agreed on a “breakthrough” deal with the European Commission over the issues of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU and Northern Ireland, allowing negotiations to move to the next phase.

  1. Gordon Rhodes back to production days after ‘devastating fire’

In late August, Food Management Today reported that Seasonings manufacturer Gordon Rhodes, part of sausage seasonings manufacturer Dalesman Group, had gone back to production less than nine days after a fire that destroyed most of its Bradford site.

  1. TOP STORY – Iceland launches new frozen fish campaign with extended range

Our most read story since August 2017 was news that Iceland had launched a new marketing and PR campaign aimed at encouraging more consumers to buy and understand the benefits of frozen fish, backed by an expansion of its frozen fish and seafood range. The range would include products such as Rainbow Trout Fillets, Salt Baked Sea Bass, Luxury Hand Filleted Tuna Steaks and Sugo Gamberi, in line with what Iceland described as a “growing consumer trend towards premiumisation (making luxury more affordable)”.

Iceland sea bass.