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Food and drink acquisitions in the year so far

The food and drink manufacturing sector has seen a series of high profile mergers and acquisitions this year. We capture the top deals in photos.

Weetabix’s £1.4bn sale to Post Holdings leads our gallery of food and drink industry acquisitions

Kellogg and Nestlé announce snack reformulation

Kellogg has cut the amount of sugar in three of its cereal bars, as Nestlé announces plans to reformulate Milkybar white chocolate.

Walkers apologises after Twitter campaign backfires

Walkers Crisps has apologised after its social media campaign, inviting people to send in selfies to appear in an interactive video, was hijacked by some Twitter users.

Chicken firms to pay £19,216 for equipment misuse

Two chicken processing businesses have been ordered to pay almost a combined £20,000 in damages and costs to bakery equipment maker Bakers Basco, for using its equipment without permission.

Greencore plans factory closure: 400 jobs at risk

Greencore has revealed plans to close its chilled desserts factory in Evercreech, Somerset, putting about 400 jobs at risk.

Packaging firm fined £500k for forklift accident

A drinks packaging firm has been ordered to pay more than £500,000, after a worker was injured in an accident involving a forklift truck.

Tate & Lyle gains from weak pound in 85% profit rise

Ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle reported an 85% rise in profit before tax in its full-year results, reflecting the weak value of sterling and an “excellent commercial and manufacturing performance”, it claimed.

Marks & Spencer’s profits dip as food sales fall

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) £312.4M fall in profits in the year ending April 1 2017 exceeded market expectations, according to market analysts, as like-for-like food sales for the retailer fell.

Food industry should ‘question chemical migration in packaging’

The assumptions on which key chemical migration modelling though packaging walls is based – specifically of aromatic compounds into aqueous foods – need to be reassessed urgently, according to a French research team.

ISRAEL SPOTLIGHT

Food and drink firms prosper in the start-up nation

Israel's reputation for innovation in hi-tech industries can now be extended to food.

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