17-Jan-2014 - Plunging world sugar prices hampered sales growth for Associated British Foods (ABF) in the first quarter of its current financial year, but its Twinings and Allied Bakeries brands delivered strong performances.
17-Jan-2014 - Japan could be a lucrative market for Anglesey-based sea salt company Halen Môn now the product has Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status.
17-Jan-2014 - Food and drink firm Healthy Food Brands has created 10 jobs to meet growing demand, after securing a contract to supply its PLj Lemon Juice brand to 750 Tesco stores.
17-Jan-2014 - Online grocery distribution business Ocado will not deliver cash flow growth in the short term, according to City analyst Shore Capital, after the online grocery distribution business released its results for the 16 weeks to December 1 2013.
17-Jan-2014 - Thorntons reported sweet success over Christmas, with its second quarter results, for the 14 weeks to January 22, revealing sales in both fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and retail divisions ahead of some City analysts’ expectations.
15-Jan-2014 - Rice brand Tilda’s UK management team will be kept on to drive the growth of the brand following its acquisition by US-based Hain Celestial Group.
15-Jan-2014 - Alastair Macphie will become executive chairman of bakery ingredients firm Macphie later this year, following an 18-year stint as chief executive officer, as part of a management restructure.
15-Jan-2014 - Fruit firm SH Pratt has confirmed 86 jobs will go at its Luton plant in Bedfordshire after the loss of a major contract to supply supermarket chain Morrisons.
15-Jan-2014 - Carr’s Milling has made a “solid” start to 2014, according to Investec analyst Nicola Mallard, confirming that its recently commissioned £17M mill in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, is performing as expected.
15-Jan-2014 - Low fruit and meat prices between November and December 2013 have helped dampen consumer price inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
15-Jan-2014 - Greencore’s share price hit an all-time high of 229.00p this month, a massive increase from 50p in 2012.
15-Jan-2014 - Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has sold Spring Valley Foods, its South African prepared fruit business, to In2food Group for an undisclosed sum.
13-Jan-2014 - Reports that Premier Foods could be about to sell its Hovis brand to the Los Angeles-based Gores Group have been welcomed by City analysts Shore Capital.
13-Jan-2014 - The Gaymer Cider Company faces the prospect of a strike at its Shepton Mallett plant in Somerset, after members of the Unite union agreed to a vote over industrial action in a dispute over pay.
10-Jan-2014 - Vimto drinks brand owner Nichols’ strategy of throttling back on promotions paid dividends in the second half of 2013, according to Shore Capital analyst Phil Carroll.
10-Jan-2014 - Hilton Food Group is in a strong position to shrug off debts and “invest in additional growth opportunities”, according to analyst Darren Shirley of Shore Capital.
10-Jan-2014 - Morrisons’ results for the six weeks to January 5 were branded as “a surprise and a disastrous Christmas update”, by city analyst Shore Capital.
10-Jan-2014 - Leading retailers Tesco, Morrisons and Marks & Spencer (M&S) have all reported sliding sales over the Christmas period, with one retailer accused of delivering “a quite awful trading update”.
10-Jan-2014 - Greggs has warned up to 410 jobs could go as it closes in-store bakeries and simplifies management and support staff structures across its UK estate.
08-Jan-2014 - Scotland’s The Inveralmond Brewery aims to build on the popularity of craft beer in the UK and overseas after clinching an export contract to supply four of its beers to Russia.
08-Jan-2014 - Sainsbury’s third quarter results for the 14 weeks to January 4 2014 were greeted with relief by City analysts, as the supermarket’s boss Justin King pledged to stay at the helm – at least for the short to medium term.
08-Jan-2014 - UK frozen food sales in 2014 are set to recover from last year’s horsemeat scandal, British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) director general Brian Young has said.
08-Jan-2014 - Business from food manufacturers has boosted performance at Meadow Foods, executive chairman Simon Chantler said, as the firm revealed 2% growth in the firm’s annual operating profit.
08-Jan-2014 - 2 Sisters Food Group has invested in a multi-million pound expansion of its added value chicken processing plant in Cambuslang, Scotland, creating up to 180 jobs in the region.
06-Jan-2014 - Greencore is expected to improve its financial performance over the coming year as its new focus on ‘food-to-go’ products both in the UK and US gathers momentum. Most City analysts have predicted a positive outlook for the Irish own-label convenience foods group.