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Irish food and drink exports top €11bn despite Brexit

Irish food and drink exports have topped €11bn (£9.76bn) annually for the first time – but the value of exports to the UK fell by 8% following currency fluctuations and...

Mondelēz to increase Freddo price 20% to 30p

Mondelēz International has blamed increased costs for the expected 20% price rise of its Freddo chocolate bars to 30p this spring.

Hilton’s trading update reports positive 2017 outlook

Meat producer Hilton Food Group has reported a positive outlook for 2017 – with plans for further global expansion – in a trading update for the 52 weeks ending January...

Premier Foods’s 5% price rise plan slated by union

Brexit-related food price rises must not be used as an excuse to exploit workers and customers, the GMB union urged, after Premier Foods revealed it was in talks with retailers...

Tesco fresh food sales drive festive growth

Tesco reported a 1.1% rise in total sales in the 19 weeks to January 7, including a 1.3% rise in like-for-like food sales over the Christmas period.

Müller to cut more than 300 jobs

Müller is to axe more than 300 jobs, after confirming plans to shut down operations at its north east London factory, while creating 180 new jobs alongside wider restructuring plans. 

Premier Foods plans price rises of about 5%

Premier Foods is in talks with retailers over raising its prices by about 5%, the food manufacturer confirmed on Tuesday (January 10).

Adult ice lolly firm wins £150k investment

Adult ice lolly manufacturer Ice Kitchen has landed a £150,000 investment from a Dutch confectionery retailer, to fuel the brand’s expansion in Britain.

Morrisons’ food makers praised as festive sales rise

Morrisons’ chief executive David Potts praised the retailer’s “food makers and shopkeepers”, after it reported its strongest sales performance for seven years in a Christmas trading update.

Sainsbury posts record festive sales of more than £1bn

Sainsbury has reported record Christmas sales of more than £1bn today (January 11), boosted by its online sales.

Meat association appoints AHDB director

The British Meat Processors’ Association (BMPA) has appointed former Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) market development director Nick Allen as its chief executive. 

Vimto owner posts revenue growth

Vimto owner Nichols has reported its revenue was up by 7.3% in a trading update released on Tuesday (January 10), for the year ending December 31 2016.

2 Sisters’ final warning plant in new smell complaint

A 2 Sisters-owned chicken processing site in Perthshire has received another official complaint, despite being on a final warning over the impact smells generated from the site was having on...

UK sweet firm bought by Turkish confectionery group

UK confectionery manufacturer Dexters has been acquired by the Turkish confectionery group Bebeto for an undisclosed sum.

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Coca-Cola plans launches in new soft drinks categories

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) plans to develop more soft drinks such – as its new Honest organic herbal tea brand recently launched in the UK – in categories outside those...

Baxters posts profits despite ‘volatile’ retail market

Food manufacturer Baxters Food Group has reported a boost in profits in the 2016 financial year, despite a ‘volatile’ and challenging retail market.

Ministry of Cake stake sold to French firm

Private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) has sold its stake in dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake to French counterpart Mademoiselle Desserts, for an undisclosed sum.

2 Sisters to add 100 jobs at Derby plant

2 Sisters Food Group plans to create 100 new jobs “across all levels” at its Derby factory, just over a year on from rescuing the site from administrators.

British sparkling wine: New Year’s Eve export success

British sparkling wine was exported to a record number of countries ahead of New Year’s Eve, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has revealed.

Blender Windyridge Cheese moves to new premises

Family-owned cheese blending specialist Windyridge Cheese has relocated to a new site, The Blending House in Wincanton, which will provide extended capabilities and space for the rapidly-growing business.

Hilton enters joint venture in Portugal

Meat producer Hilton Food Group has agreed a joint venture to supply Portuguese retailer Sonae Modelo Continente, following six-months of cooperation between the two companies.

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DEFRA boss tries to reassure food industry on migrant labour

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom has tried to reassure food manufacturers and farmers worried about continued access to migrant workers after Brexit.

Troy Foods launches own-label mayonnaise

Vegetable and salad producer Troy Foods is to launch its own range of mayonnaise, following a £200,000 investment into production capacity.

Britvic agrees £55M deal for Brazilian drinks firm

Drinks maker Britvic plans to complete a £55M takeover of Brazilian concentrates and juices firm Bela Ischia – the second Brazilian acquisition in 18 months.

Samworth Brothers acquires Cornish pasty company

Samworth Brothers has acquired the West Cornwall Pasty Company for an undisclosed sum, expanding the manufacturer’s pasty market share in Britain.