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Bottled water up, juice and smoothies down in 2013

Sales of fruit juice and smoothies fell last year, while the hot summer drove up sales of bottled water in particular, according to the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA).

Bakkavor first quarter growth lifted by contract wins

Bakkavor has reported strong sales and profit growth in its first financial quarter (Q1), boosted considerably by new contracts and product development in the UK.

Sainsbury annual results trumpet own-label success

Sainsbury hailed the success of own-label in helping to drive up revenue in the past financial year, as it revealed annual results today (May 7).

Tulip invests £2.3M to create 80 jobs at Wednesbury

Tulip has invested £2.3M in what it claims is the largest UK facility dedicated to barbecue, slow cooked and pulled meat products at Wednesbury in the Midlands.

UK food must adopt modern technology to thrive

The British food industry faces a bright future, provided it can blend overseas technology with the business community’s strong entrepreneurial skills, according to a leading City analyst.

FDF suggests industry body to match Automotive Council

British food and drink manufacturers should be represented by an industry council, similar to the car industry’s Automotive Council, said Richard Evans, Food and Drink Federation (FDF) president.

Napier Brown confirms ABF sugar dispute hit

The Real Good Food Company’s (RGFC’s) annual profits were hit by its dispute with British Sugar, part of Associated British Foods (ABF), over sugar supply, it has confirmed.

Q3 growth at Thorntons hit by slow sales

Slow sales in February and March and planned store closures hit sales at Thorntons in its third financial quarter (Q3), the confectionery firm reported in a trading statement.

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Own-label deal to boost jobs at Typhoo

A major own-label supermarket contract and an investment programme will create at least 15 jobs and increase output at Typhoo Tea’s Moreton processing plant on the Wirral, Merseyside.

Morrisons: ex boss’s criticism ‘unhelpful and unwelcome’

Morrisons has dismissed outspoken criticism of its top management from a former director of the business as “unhelpful and unwelcome”.

Moy Park growth fuelled by locally-sourced poultry

Moy Park grew 2013 sales and profits as a result of increased supermarket demand for locally-sourced poultry and underlying market growth, the company confirmed in a statement on its annual results.

20 jobs for black pudding firm after £1.4M investment

The Bury Black Pudding Company is creating 20 new jobs as it seeks to double production and tackle export markets, following a £1.4M investment programme backed by HSBC bank.

Orchard Valley Foods buys ingredients firm amid sales boom

Orchard Valley Foods has acquired Food Ingredients International (FII), boosting its potential annual sales to more than £20M.

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KFC prepares for growth with £40M investment

Southern-fried chicken giant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) will pump £21M into the opening of 32 new restaurants this year, creating 1,300 new jobs and setting the pace for five years of expansion.

DEFRA interviews candidates for export role to China

UK food exporters could be a step closer to realising their goal of having a full-time agriculture expert appointed in Beijing to support exports to China, following news that the Department...

AAK acquires bakery fats business

European oils and fats business AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) has agreed to acquire the Belgium-based bakery fats supplier CSM Benelux for an undisclosed sum.

Heinz extends the licensed production of its brand

Welsh chilled food manufacturer Peter’s Food Service has added to the products it makes for Heinz, a year after it first secured a licensing deal to make a range of...

Quorn Foods’s £30M investment to create 400 jobs

Quorn Foods aims to invest £30M at its Billingham site, creating 400 jobs, it claims, to keep pace with soaring consumer demand for meat-free products.

Unilever Q1 food sales ‘disappointing’

Unilever’s poor food results in its first financial quarter (Q1) update for 2014 remained “disappointing”, affected by the late timing of Easter, but the company’s overall outlook was strong, City...

Optimism among manufacturers highest in 40 years

The level of optimism among UK manufacturers has reached a peak not seen in over 40 years, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Late payments hit 23% of small businesses

Almost a quarter of small businesses have felt the effects of late payments over the past year, according to research by the national small business group the Forum of Private...

Premier Foods gears up for product launches

Premier Foods is preparing product launches and marketing campaigns to hit the market with as the dust settles following the successful completion of its refinancing deal.

ABF: Sugar slump offset by Primark and grocery

A starring performance by clothes retailer Primark and strong growth in grocery helped Associated British Foods (ABF) lift its half-year group profits by £7M to £463M, despite a slump in...

£60M acquisition of chilled food distributor NFT

Chilled food distributor NFT has been snapped up by private equity investor EmergeVest in a deal valuing the business at more than £60M.

Speciality supplier Golden Acre nets seafood firm

Speciality seafood firm Elsinore Foods has announced its acquisition by fine food distributor Golden Acre Dairy Foods Holdings in a move that expands the latter’s product offering for major supermarkets....

03:43 pm 16 September 2014