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FDF first-half results show 9% rise in UK exports

The value of food and non-alcoholic drink exports rose by 8.7%, up by £528.3M over the past 12 months to £6.6bn, compared with the previous year, according to the Food...

Arla posts growth in half-year results

Arla Foods has posted growth in branded sales, despite falling market prices in Europe in its half-year results.

Tesco click-and-collect service launches to rival Amazon Fresh

Tesco has launched an online click-and-collect service that allows customers to collect their shopping within three hours of ordering.

Whisky exports need to be secured post Brexit: SWA

Free trade deals will be needed to secure exports of Scotch Whisky after the UK leaves the EU, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

High Court backs vote on AB InBev takeover

The UK High Court has given the green light to SABMiller’s plan to split the shareholders vote, which would allow a takeover by AB InBev.

Arla Foods raises milk price to 20p a litre

The National Farmers Union (NFU) said it was “a relief” that Arla Foods planned to increase its milk prices by 1p a litre from September 1.

Carlsberg loses market share in the UK

Carlsberg, the Danish brewer, has reported that UK sales for the six months to June 30 remained flat. Its UK volumes declined and the company lost market share as it...

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UK Twinkie supplier moves to larger site

American confectionery wholesaler Innovative Bites is to move to a new purpose-built premises in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, to bring together the US and UK sides of its business.

2 Sisters £45M investment to secure jobs

A £45M investment at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Scunthorpe factory will secure the site’s 1,600 jobs.

Arla Foods launches breakfast campaign as part of £100M investment

Arla Foods UK has launched a major new breakfast campaign as part of its £100M commitment to support healthier eating among consumers.

Icelandic Seachill to make 86 redundancies after M&S contract loss

Icelandic Seachill, the seafood supplier, has revealed it is to make 86 redundancies and close its deli site in Grimsby in the wake of losing a large contract with Marks...

Unite pledges to fight for jobs at 2 Sisters’ pizza factory

Unite has pledged ‘to leave no stone unturned’ to save the 325 jobs under threat at 2 Sisters’ pizza factory in Nottingham.

Dragons’ Den backs coconut entrepreneur for £75,000

Dragons fought to invest in coconut entrepreneur Jacob Thundil, after he showcased his Cocofina brand, in TV show Dragons’ Den last night.

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Furniss Biscuits begins investment programme

Furniss Biscuits has installed a new modern oven as part of its ongoing investment programme.

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Which sector saw highest costs since the Brexit vote?

The cost of manufacturing food and drink products has risen 4.3% over the past 12 months across all sectors, according to latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Childhood obesity plan ‘fatigued’ claim retailers

Retailers have stepped up their objections to the childhood obesity strategy, arguing that the report isn’t comprehensive enough and the government has failed to provide leadership.

Glanbia reports strong first-half year results

Glanbia has reported its first-half performance for the six months to July 2 as “strong” boosted by its Performance Nutrition division.

Asda announces worst-ever sales slump

Asda has announced its worst-ever quarterly sales drop, the eighth consecutive quarter for falling sales at the British retailer.

Nestlé posts good growth despite China sales dip

Nestlé reported a significant growth slowdown in China in its half-year trading update, despite announcing good growth throughout the rest of the company.

2 Sisters pizza factory to consult over 350 job losses

2 Sisters’ pizza factory in Nottingham is to consult over the possible loss of 350 jobs.

Dragons’ Den reject steams ahead with expansion

A businessman rejected by BBC TV show Dragons’ Den is continuing to expand his business with the opening of a new franchise site in Dublin this week.

Sweet maker Maxilin Crawford buys Tilley’s Sweets

Liquorice and lollipop manufacturer Maxilin Crawford could more than triple its production output, after buying confectionery competitior Tilley’s Sweets.

Potato recall costs manufacturer nearly £600k

Ready meal and potato salad recalls cost manufacturer Swancote Foods nearly £600,000, according to owner Produce Investments.

Cheese firm: E.coli link based on ‘malicious prejudice’ from HPS

The owner of Errington Cheese, whose Dunsyre Blue cheese was recently linked to an E.coli outbreak, has accused Health Protection Scotland (HPS) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) of having a campaign against...

Morrisons sells stake in US online food retailer for £45M

Morrisons has sold its 10% stake in US online food retailer Fresh Direct for £45M.