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Müller dairy closures a ‘devastating blow’: union

Müller Milk & Ingredients’ decision to close its smaller dairies in East Kilbride and Aberdeen with the loss of 225 jobs has been called a “devastating blow” by the union...

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FDF’s Steve Barnes appointed GroceryAid’s new director general

Steve Barnes has been appointed the new director general of GroceryAid, after four years as commercial and membership director at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Jobs created through Scottish butcher’s Co-op deal

Family butcher business We hae meat will create six new jobs as part of its new range expansion deal with retailer Co-op Food.

Brexit debate

EU is ‘friend to food and drink’: Sir Stuart Rose

The EU is a friend to our food and drink industries. As former executive chairman of Marks & Spencer, I have experience of the benefits that our membership of the...

Brexit Debate

2 Sisters’ boss Ranjit Boparan warns against Brexit

2 Sisters Food Group founder Ranjit Singh Boparan has claimed a vote to leave the EU – Brexit – could spell disaster for the UK food industry.

Hilton Food’s turnover to rise in 2016, say analysts

Hilton Food Group’s 2016 turnover is forecast to rise, according to leading financial analyst Shore Capital.

‘Nothing being done’ to prevent another Calais crisis

Nothing is being done to protect UK food and drink firms from damage caused by another Calais crisis, according to the Scottish Seafood Association (SSA).

Coca-Cola Enterprises ploughs £14M into Morpeth factory

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has opened a new water-processing and bottling line at its Morpeth site, in Northumberland, following a £14M spend.

Monsanto rejects Bayer’s $62bn takeover bid

Monsanto, the international agriculture and seeds company, said it was still open to “constructive conversations” after rejecting an offer from German chemicals company Bayer, which would have reportedly created the...

Tate & Lyle boosts profits – but sales remain flat

Ingredients maker Tate & Lyle has boosted profits after major restructuring in the wake of a difficult 2015, but sales remain flat.


EU ‘vital for food industry success’: Sir Stuart Rose

EU membership is “vital for the success” of the UK food and drink manufacturing sector, argues Sir Stuart Rose, chairman of Britain Stronger in Europe and former executive chairman of...

Cranswick’s ‘outstanding results’ praised by analysts

Meat firm Cranswick’s full-year results have been praised by City analysts for their “outstanding performance”.

Cranswick’s sales rise after ‘strategic developments’

Meat processor Cranswick has posted rising annual sales in full-year results, after 12 months of “strong commercial growth” and “strategic development”. 

Mash Direct to target US in international roll-out strategy

Mash Direct, the Northern Ireland-based prepared vegetable supplier, is to target the US as part of its plans to expand its international operation.

Food and drink manufacturers boost UK output

Rising output reported by food and drink manufacturers has boosted the UK manufacturing sector, despite lacklustre export demand, according to a new Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report.

Ready meals ‘lower in salt and sugar’ from new process

Ready meals with lower sugar and salt content are the benefits claimed for a new retort system adopted by TV show Dragon’s Den winner Ross Mendham.

Real Good Food opens new headquarters

The newly-opened headquarters of Real Good Food (RGF) will help boost the company’s product development and innovation, claims the manufacturer.

Huhtamaki packaging firm buys Delta Print for £80M

Huhtamaki, the Finland-based specialist in packaging for food and drink, has acquired Belfast company Delta Print and Packaging for £80M. 

Asda’s sales fall 5.7% after ‘fierce competition’

Asda has blamed a 5.7% fall in like-for-like sales in its first-quarter trading on “fierce competition” in the UK retail sector.

Food and drink firms welcome Queen’s Speech – mostly

Government plans to support business, education and the economy – set out in the Queen’s Speech – have been welcomed by food and drink manufacturers. But plans to introduce a...

UK Chinese food firm targets exports – to China

Breaking into the lucrative food market in China is the aim of UK based Chinese food manufacturer Ming Foods, after securing an undisclosed amount of funding.

Lean webinar

Lean manufacturing: your questions answered

The Food Manufacture Group’s recent webinar – Lean and green manufacturing: realising world class potential – drew an audience of hundreds of food and drink industry professionals, who put more than...

Dairy Crest sees revenue fall in deflationary market

Dairy Crest has reported revenue down by 5.8% to £422.3M in full-year results, driven by deflation in the market.

Brexit Debate

Firms ‘should tell staff about EU benefits’: Liz Truss

Food and drink manufacturing business leaders should help their staff understand the business benefits of EU membership, ahead of the referendum on June 23, according to environment secretary Liz Truss.

Premier Foods posts group sales up 0.6%

Premier Foods has posted group sales up by 0.6% to £771.7M for the 52 weeks ended April 2 2016.

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