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Welsh food and drink gets £21M boost

Food and drink in Wales is to get a £21M boost, as the Welsh government launches a programme to fund research into food production and safeguard thousands of jobs.

£1M Scottish aquaculture scheme to boost turnover

A £1M Scottish aquaculture programme has been launched to boost supply chain innovation, increase industry turnover by about £8M, and create up to 50 jobs.

Scotland Food & Drink ‘to double sector to £30bn’

Scotland Food & Drink has launched a £10M strategy to double the size of its sector to £30bn by 2030.

Expansion plans secured for ingredients producer

Food ingredients producer Kent Foods is to move into Symingtons’ former noodle factory in Leeds, as part of plans to expand its operations.

2 Sisters owner blames ‘tough’ market for profits fall

2 Sisters Food Group’s parent company, Boparan Holdings, reported a 17.8% drop in like-for-like operating profit in its second quarter trading update, blaming currency fluctuations and the “very tough” trading environment....

Potato firm appoints administrators as 90 jobs lost

Potato processing firm M&F Ltd has appointed administrators to sell the company’s assets, with the loss of 90 jobs.

Dessert maker Park Cakes sold in management buyout

Premium own-label cakes and desserts manufacturer Park Cakes has been bought by its management team from private equity owner Vision Capital.

Apetito invests £31M in factory and creates 40 jobs

Food manufacturer Apetito has invested £31M in its south-west factory to increase capacity and efficiency, creating about 40 jobs.

Whisky workers seek Brexit job reassurance

Whisky workers are seeking “honest answers” from EU officials in Brussels today (March 22) over the security of their jobs once the UK quits the EU.

Scottish food and drink exports reach record £5.5bn

Scottish food and drink exports achieved record sales of £5.5bn last year, up 8% on the total achieved in 2015.

Finsbury profit rises 4% during ‘transformation’

Speciality cake and bread manufacturer Finsbury Food Group reported a 4% rise in operating profit to £8.3M in its half-year trading update, as the business continues to transform “into a diverse,...

Food innovation centre receives £9.36M of funding

North Somerset Council has secured £9.36M of funding to build a food and drink innovation centre, FoodWorksSW, which will create 250 jobs.

16,000 chickens die in shed fire

A blaze that killed about 16,000 chickens in Carlisle has sparked a wave of response on social media site Twitter.

Unilever ‘to sell’ spreads brands after review

Unilever may sell its Flora, Stork and Bertolli brands as part of its comprehensive review, according to reports, prompting the GMB union to urge the manufacturer to avoid a cost-cutting “slash...

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FDF to launch new SME membership offer

The Food and Drink Federation is to launch a new small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) membership scheme at a trade event this week.

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Dawn Meats ‘quite likely’ to takeover Dunbia

Dawn Meats is close to sealing the takeover of Northern Ireland meat firm Dunbia, an industry expert said.

Sainsbury warns of Brexit-related cost uncertainties

Sainsbury, Britain’s second largest retailer, has warned of turbulent times ahead related to Brexit, as it reported a 0.5% drop in like-for-like sales.

Arla boosts added-value milk by £95M

Arla Foods UK’s added-value milk sales hit £95M last year, as 1.5M consumers chose its branded products over standard fresh milk.

More than 500 suppliers apply to Morrisons

Hundreds of food producers from across the UK have responded to Morrisons’ search for the best local food, in a bid to boost British supply on shelves across the retailer’s...

Pladis reveals growth plans after successful first year

Biscuit and confectionery manufacturer Pladis has revealed plans to double its chocolate sales this year, after posting revenues of £2.2bn in its first year of trading.

Seabrook Crisps’s export plans revealed

Seabrook Crisps has set its sights on expansion overseas, with planned export deals in Australia and the Middle East.

Local authentic British food gets a boost

Local British food and drink has seen a boost in the past year, according to supply chain standards organisation GS1.

Egg firm expansion boosted by £800k investment

An egg producer in North Yorkshire is set for expansion, after receiving an £800,000 investment to grow the business.

Forge early trade deal with Ireland: urges food industry group

Major players in the food and drink industry have called on the government to reach an early trade deal with the Republic of Ireland – its biggest export market –...

Meat firm Yorkshire Game gets new owners

A gourmet food business that fell into insolvency has been taken over by its current md and the former boss of Ragu and Aunt Bessie’s maker Symingtons.