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Mondelēz in bid to buy Cadbury biscuit licence

Confectionery giant Mondelēz has approached Burton’s Biscuit Company in a multi-million pound bid to acquire its licence to produce Cadbury biscuits, according to media reports.

People on the move in the food and drink sector

New ceos at Nestlé and Young’s Seafood feature in a photo gallery of new appointments in the food and drink industry in the past month.

Premier Foods’s strategy ‘is paying off’, claims boss

Premier Foods’s boss Gavin Darby claims his recovery strategy is paying off, after the manufacturer reported its fourth consecutive quarter of rising sales.

Oppo Ice Cream breaches advertising code

Oppo Ice Cream has been forced to amend content on its website by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), for not backing up a claim about the ice cream’s health benefits....

Experts slam schools for lack of skilled workers

Business experts have blamed the education system for a lack of skilled workers, as an industry-wide survey found 69% of manufacturers expected difficulties in filling high-skilled roles in the future.

Allied Bakeries to close depot with loss of 53 jobs

Allied Bakeries, the Kingsmill and Allinson manufacturer, is planning to close its Chester Road distribution depot in Saltney with the possible loss of 53 jobs. 

Food packaging company acquired for £3.1M

A Yorkshire-based food packaging manufacturer has been acquired by Plastics Capital in a deal worth about £3.1M.

Cereal manufacturer opens £2M factory

Breakfast cereal manufacturer Bokomo Foods has opened a £2M production facility in Cambridgeshire.

Brexit challenges will materialise after six months

The challenges of Brexit will be at their most severe for manufacturers – including food and drink producers – over the next six months to a year, culminating in a...

Dairy Crest predicts ‘results in line with expectations’

Dairy Crest said that its first-quarter results will be “in line with expectations” in a trading statement for the three-months to June 30 2016.

Staff cuts planned to pay for Apprenticeship Levy

Almost one-in-five businesses are likely to cut employee numbers to meet the costs of the Apprenticeship Levy, finds an industry-wide survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Pearson...

‘Fake’ farm brands spark complaint from NFU

Retailers’ use of “fake” farm brands has sparked a formal complaint from the National Farmers Union (NFU) to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

Unite keeping an ‘eagle eye’ on Bernard Matthews

Trade union Unite is keeping an “eagle eye” on turkey producer Bernard Matthews, following a meeting with the manufacturer last week (July 15).

Finsbury ‘confident’ on delivering strong profits

Finsbury Food Group, the specialty cake and bread manufacturer, said that it was “confident” of delivering strong profits for the year. 

Exclusive interview

What food and drink manufacturers worry about most

Brexit and the sugar tax topped food and drink manufacturers’ concerns this year, according to the Food Manufacture Group’s exclusive industry-wide survey. We explore the headline results of the survey with...

Halal wholesaler fined £25,000 over controlled waste

A Birmingham halal meat wholesaler has been ordered to pay more than £25,000 after being found guilty of failing to prevent controlled waste escaping from its premises.

FDF sends new PM a food industry wish list

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has added to the Prime Minister (PM) Theresa May’s in tray with a four-point wish list to maintain the competitiveness of UK food and...

Government ‘fails to back UK food’: Greencore boss

Government is failing to recognise the importance of food and drink manufacturing to the UK economy and is not providing the support it needs to grow both domestically and in...


Food manufacturers face challenging times: survey

Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, food and drink manufacturers face even more business challenges than they did before. The scale of those challenges was revealed...

More than 200 jobs at risk at fruit packaging factory

More than 200 jobs could be at risk following the news that a fruit packaging factory in Luton will close by the end of the year.


Brexit: 80 organisations call for food and farming support

More than 80 organisations have signed a letter to the government to stress the implications of Brexit on the food and farming industry.

The big interview

Brewing boss sees bright future for malt

Brewing supremo David Thompson, chief executive of Anglia Maltings Holdings, believes malt has a buoyant future.

Wyke boss slams ‘cheap prices’ after dairy closures

Wyke Farms’s md Richard Clothier has slammed “eye-wateringly cheap dairy prices”, after news that more than 1,000 UK dairy farms have closed since 2013.

Burnley abattoir business bought out of administration

The assets of B Riley & Sons, the Burnley-based abattoir business that went into administration in January with the loss of 130 jobs, has been sold to Dale Valley Rossendale.

Bakkavor slams union protest at Tesco headquarters

Chilled ready meals supplier Bakkavor has slammed the GMB union’s plans to protest at Tesco’s headquarters on Friday (July 15), over alleged changes to the pay and conditions of its...

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