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Cranswick results ‘buck grocery trend’

Cranswick’s third-quarter results, boosted by strong Christmas sales, continued to buck the flat or downward trend in the UK grocery market, said City analysts.

Food and drink M&A driven by retail market

Food and drink manufacturing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have been mainly driven by intense competition in the UK retail sector, according to analysis from Grant Thornton.

Food exports could suffer after Greek election result

Food and drink manufacturers’ exports could be threatened by the recent Greek election result, if the successful Syriza party destabilises the euro, warns a specialist foreign exchange provider.

Chilled food helps Greencore beat chilly market

Chilled products and food-to-go drove Greencore’s global growth in its first financial quarter (Q1), the company has reported.

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Business forum gave access to top food execs

Unrivalled access to top food and drink manufacturing executives was the top reason singled out by the sponsors of the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum for backing the event....

Waitrose’s new 2,000 job plan to boost manufacturing

Waitrose’s plan to create 2,000 new jobs in stores and a new e-commerce grocery depot this year is expected to boost the retailer’s manufacturing businesses.

Fine food firm Bennett Opie aims at doubling sales

Bennett Opie aims to double sales from £25M to £50M in five years and has opened a new warehouse facility as it seeks to boost UK and overseas business.

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Business Leaders’ Forum – in quotes

Obesity, skills and the changing retailer landscape were some of the key issues debated at last week’s Business Leaders’ Forum at the Walkie Talkie building in central London.

Findus’ performance may hook acquisitive investors

Findus Group’s UK arm has become a more attractive acquisition target after the global business confirmed it had experienced its second consecutive year of positive growth, although it has denied...

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Prepare for election threats and opportunities

Food and drink manufacturers should prepare for the threats and opportunities arising from the General Election in May, according to law firm DWF.

Quorn gears up for massive NPD push

Quorn has revealed plans for substantial new product development (NPD) activity this year, including gluten-free and vegan lines, which it expects to fuel UK and international growth.

Morrisons’ revival relies on manufacturing: new boss

Morrisons’ food manufacturing links will play a key role in restoring the fortunes of the troubled retailer, which will take up to five years, says its new chairman Andrew Higginson.

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Business leaders tackle fat tax at industry forum

Debate about taxing ‘unhealthy’ foods provoked division at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum and was a top hot topic singled out by Geoff Eaton, chairman of New England Seafood International....

Premier Foods’s sales continue to slide

Premier Foods has reported another fall in sales for the fourth quarter of last year, while reaffirming its pledge to drive down costs .

Cross-party group to tackle supply chain bullying

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has assembled a cross-party group of members of parliament (MPs) to tackle supply chain bullying following criticism of the practices of 2 Sisters Food...

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Greencore ceo: profit collapse a top industry trend

A “catastrophic collapse” in retail profitability was one of five top food industry trends highlighted by Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum on January 20.

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Supermarket price wars in focus at business forum

The impact of the supermarket price war on food and drink manufacturers, politics and the prospect of a food tax all featured in Paul Wilkinson’s summary of 2014 at the Business...

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Business Leaders’ Forum: one day to go

Senior food and drink manufacturing executives are preparing for the Business Leaders’ Forum (BLF) in central London tomorrow (January 20). The event – staged by the Food Manufacture Group –...

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Signature Flatbreads to create 200 jobs

Signature Flatbreads aims to create at least 200 jobs and target £100M in turnover within the next three years, joint md William Eid claimed after the company’s launch.

Top three tips to securing investment

Food and drink firms seeking crowdfunding must provide detailed business information to ensure they stand out from the competition to potential investors.

Lakeland Dairies scoops up frozen yogurt firm

Lakeland Dairies has acquired Taste Trends, a frozen yogurt business based in Surrey, and plans to invest to grow the company under its existing management team.

Supermarket price war to force food suppliers to fail

The supermarket price war could force more than 100 food suppliers out of business, warns a new report from insolvency specialist Begbies Traynor.

Don’t miss out on industry’s growing popularity with investors

Food and drink firms should latch on to a growing popularity with investors to provide crowd funding for their businesses to gain investment and expertise, according to Crowdcube.

Tesco reveals more store cuts

Tesco aims to axe 13 stores in Hungary and rumours suggest more will follow internationally, according to Shore Capital director and head of research Clive Black.

Sainsbury to axe 500 store support staff

Sainsbury has confirmed plans to cut 500 jobs among its store support staff, who work at centres in London, Manchester and Coventry.

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