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Carlsberg loses market share in the UK

Carlsberg, the Danish brewer, has reported that UK sales for the six months to June 30 remained flat. Its UK volumes declined and the company lost market share as it...

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UK Twinkie supplier moves to larger site

American confectionery wholesaler Innovative Bites is to move to a new purpose-built premises in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, to bring together the US and UK sides of its business.

2 Sisters £45M investment to secure jobs

A £45M investment at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Scunthorpe factory will secure the site’s 1,600 jobs.

Arla Foods launches breakfast campaign as part of £100M investment

Arla Foods UK has launched a major new breakfast campaign as part of its £100M commitment to support healthier eating among consumers.

Icelandic Seachill to make 86 redundancies after M&S contract loss

Icelandic Seachill, the seafood supplier, has revealed it is to make 86 redundancies and close its deli site in Grimsby in the wake of losing a large contract with Marks...

Unite pledges to fight for jobs at 2 Sisters’ pizza factory

Unite has pledged ‘to leave no stone unturned’ to save the 325 jobs under threat at 2 Sisters’ pizza factory in Nottingham.

Dragons’ Den backs coconut entrepreneur for £75,000

Dragons fought to invest in coconut entrepreneur Jacob Thundil, after he showcased his Cocofina brand, in TV show Dragons’ Den last night.

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Furniss Biscuits begins investment programme

Furniss Biscuits has installed a new modern oven as part of its ongoing investment programme.

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Which sector saw highest costs since the Brexit vote?

The cost of manufacturing food and drink products has risen 4.3% over the past 12 months across all sectors, according to latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Childhood obesity plan ‘fatigued’ claim retailers

Retailers have stepped up their objections to the childhood obesity strategy, arguing that the report isn’t comprehensive enough and the government has failed to provide leadership.

Glanbia reports strong first-half year results

Glanbia has reported its first-half performance for the six months to July 2 as “strong” boosted by its Performance Nutrition division.

Asda announces worst-ever sales slump

Asda has announced its worst-ever quarterly sales drop, the eighth consecutive quarter for falling sales at the British retailer.

Nestlé posts good growth despite China sales dip

Nestlé reported a significant growth slowdown in China in its half-year trading update, despite announcing good growth throughout the rest of the company.

2 Sisters pizza factory to consult over 350 job losses

2 Sisters’ pizza factory in Nottingham is to consult over the possible loss of 350 jobs.

Dragons’ Den reject steams ahead with expansion

A businessman rejected by BBC TV show Dragons’ Den is continuing to expand his business with the opening of a new franchise site in Dublin this week.

Sweet maker Maxilin Crawford buys Tilley’s Sweets

Liquorice and lollipop manufacturer Maxilin Crawford could more than triple its production output, after buying confectionery competitior Tilley’s Sweets.

Potato recall costs manufacturer nearly £600k

Ready meal and potato salad recalls cost manufacturer Swancote Foods nearly £600,000, according to owner Produce Investments.

Cheese firm: E.coli link based on ‘malicious prejudice’ from HPS

The owner of Errington Cheese, whose Dunsyre Blue cheese was recently linked to an E.coli outbreak, has accused Health Protection Scotland (HPS) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) of having a campaign against...

Morrisons sells stake in US online food retailer for £45M

Morrisons has sold its 10% stake in US online food retailer Fresh Direct for £45M.

Manufacturers will struggle to replace EU staff post-Brexit

Food manufacturers face a “particularly challenging” time following the Brexit vote, as nearly 40% of the industry’s workforce are migrants and the overall damage to the economy is likely to reduce staff...

Coffee roaster Matthew Algie bought by Tchibo

Matthew Algie, the Glasgow-based independent coffee roaster, has been acquired by German coffee and foodservice business Tchibo for an undisclosed sum.

Insurance Act comes into force

New legislation came into force last Friday (August 12) that will change the way food and drink suppliers buy their insurance.

Top food and drink acquisitions of the year – so far

Acquisitions in the food and drink industry have been on the rise this year, despite the threat of Brexit and major policy shake ups, including the impending UK sugar tax...

ABP Food Group’s £20M investment creates 400 jobs

More than 400 jobs are to be created by beef producer ABP food group, after a £20M investment at its Shrewsbury plant.

Mondelēz International buys Cadbury biscuit licence

Mondelēz International has bought the Cadbury biscuit licence from Burton’s Biscuit Company, in a much anticipated £200M deal.