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Community Foods nails national Lidl contract

Community Foods has secured a multi-million pound contract to supply Lidl.

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland takes profit hit

Turbulent dairy markets hit profit margins at Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII) in the past year, although sales continued to grow and the development of a major milk processing venture remained...

Appeal likely as 1,000-a-week pig unit blocked

A top UK pig producer looks likely to contest a decision blocking the development of its plans for a major Derbyshire pig unit, an industry boss has said.

Late payments hinder food jobs

Late payments are preventing small food and drink businesses from securing growth and taking on new employees, according to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Organic food rides retail storm to drive growth

Organic food firms are seizing the opportunities offered by online retailers and caterers to drive growth, suppliers attending the launch of the Soil Association’s (SA’s) 2015 Organic Market Report heard....

Meet Morrisons’ new ceo: David Potts

Morrisons has shopped at Tesco to acquire its new ceo David Potts on a salary of £850,000/year plus incentives.

340 jobs at risk in Produce World shake-up

Produce World Group plans to close two factories, threatening up to 340 jobs, although consolidation elsewhere looks set to create other posts.

Discounters dent Fairtrade sales

Rapid growth of the discounters has dented Fairtrade sales, new figures from the foundation have shown.

McCormick’s £62.5M Italian spice acquisition

McCormick & Company has bought Italian spices business Drogheria & Alimentari (D&A) for €85M (£62.5M) in a deal it claims will boost the portfolio it offers retailers and manufacturers....

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Kingsmill profits will be down – ABF

Intense competition in the UK bakery market will hit Kingsmill’s profits this year, according to the brand’s owner Associated British Foods (ABF).

Coffee, pizza and noodles fuel Nestlé’s European sales

Nestlé struggled in Great Britain (GB) over the past year, although water brands were top performers and coffee, pizza and noodles boosted overall European sales, the global groceries giant claimed.

Asda invests £600M in stores as sales slide

Asda has announced a £600M investment in its stores, as full-year results revealed the supermarket chain’s like-for-like sales had dipped by 1% and its latest quarterly performance showed an accelerating...

Online is price war saviour for big four

Online retail will be the salvation of the big four supermarkets, which faced a battering in the run up to Christmas as a result of increased pressure from the discounters,...

Support for small firms ‘ineffective’ and holding back growth

Support offered to small firms by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) is “ineffective and holding back the growth prospects” of British businesses, including food manufacturers, according to the Federation of Small...

Aldi in £1.2M deal with rapeseed producer

Aldi has seized 8% of the UK rapeseed market through a single £1.2M deal with Phoenix Speciality Oils.

Asda contract doubles capacity for gluten-free brand

Pork Farms’s gluten-free brand Too Good To Be Gluten Free (NoG) has secured a listing to supply 245 Asda stores.

Suppliers ‘won’t be hit’ by Morrisons’ price cuts

Morrisons has stressed the price cuts it has announced will not rebound on suppliers, but will be entirely funded by the supermarket chain itself.

Duc d’O owner saves 236 Ashbury Chocolates jobs

Baronie UK has saved 236 jobs at Ashbury Chocolates, the own-label and branded confectionery manufacturer based in Corby, Northamptonshire, after buying the company out of administration.

Tesco tight lipped on ‘10,000 job cuts plan’

Tesco is remaining tight lipped about widespread media reports that Britain’s biggest retailer is planning to cut up to 10,000 jobs in a bid to revive its flagging fortunes.

Fleetwood Fish Park cash to create 150 local jobs

Up to 150 jobs could be created at Fleetwood Fish Park in Lancashire after prime minister David Cameron announced it had won £2.5M worth of funding from the Regional Growth Fund.

Camden Town Brewery targets more than 100 new jobs

Camden Town Brewery is pitching for £1.4M worth of funding to help build a larger brewery to boost production of its Camden lagers and it expects to create more than...

Controversial food science deal to offer 90 roles

Up to 90 research posts are being created by a £19M investment at the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), but fears have surfaced that its privatisation could damage its work.

Scottish dairy firm secures Morrisons contract

Graham’s The Family Dairy has secured a contract to supply its branded milk and butter products to Morrisons stores throughout Scotland.

Bakkavor resists cost increases to grow market share

Bakkavor has boosted its UK market share for the third consecutive year, despite battling rising input costs, according to results for its fourth financial quarter (Q4).

Big business bullying: next government should act

The next government should act to improve the ethics of big business – including those operating in the food sector – urges the lobby group the Forum of Private Business (FPB).