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Krispy Kreme top youth food brand on social media

Krispy Kreme

Donut manufacturer Krispy Kreme is the most popular food brand on social media for young people (aged 18-24), according to a new report.

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Optimism among manufacturers highest in 40 years

The level of optimism among UK manufacturers has reached a peak not seen in over 40 years, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

BrewDog opens school for next generation of brewers

Scotland’s largest independent brewery BrewDog has opened a new bottling shop and school in London that will help grow the next generation of brewers, according to the firm’s boss.

Unilever Q1 food sales ‘disappointing’

Unilever’s poor food results in its first financial quarter (Q1) update for 2014 remained “disappointing”, affected by the late timing of Easter, but the company’s overall outlook was strong, City analysts have said.

Premier Foods gears up for product launches

Premier Foods is preparing product launches and marketing campaigns to hit the market with as the dust settles following the successful completion of its refinancing deal.

University of Liverpool launches £2M norovirus project

Liverpool University is leading a £2M Food Standards Agency (FSA) project to map the occurrence of norovirus food poisoning across premises and industry workers.

Quorn Foods’s £30M investment to create 100 jobs

Quorn Foods aims to invest £30M at its Billingham site, which would lead to the creation of 100 jobs, it claims, to keep pace with soaring consumer demand for meat-free products.

Late payments hit 23% of small businesses

Almost a quarter of small businesses have felt the effects of late payments over the past year, according to research by the national small business group the Forum of Private Business.

£60M acquisition of chilled food distributor NFT

Chilled food distributor NFT has been snapped up by private equity investor EmergeVest in a deal valuing the business at more than £60M.

Top 10 US functional food trends

The growing popularity of fortified and functional foods – in preference to nutritional supplements – was identified as the top of 10 US functional food trends, according to the Chicago-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

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UK chocolate sweet success abroad and at home

UK chocolate sweet success abroad and at home

British chocolate is proving a sweet success abroad and at home, as Easter eggs were named as...

Losses increase for 2 Sisters Food Group

Losses increase for 2 Sisters Food Group

2 Sisters Food Group suffered a loss of £16M in its last set of annual results, covering...

Wealthiest people in food and drink manufacturing

Wealthiest people in food and drink manufacturing

Confectionery manufacturer Ferrero Group’s owner tops our list of the richest people in global food and drink...

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