04-Apr-2013 - Meat firm Cranswick has posted “outstanding trading” both for the year to March 31 2013 and its fourth quarter, according to City analyst Shore Capital.
03-Apr-2013 - High street confectioner Thorntons expects profit before tax for the 52 weeks to June 29 2013 to be ahead of the current market expectation of £3.1M.
03-Apr-2013 - The government is failing to promote UK manufacturing, according to a new industry and public poll conducted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
02-Apr-2013 - Tate & Lyle has posted “reassuringly dull” third-quarter figures, despite having to implement measures to tackle aflatoxin, a fungus in maize caused by the unusually hot and dry conditions in the US last summer.
02-Apr-2013 - The UK economy is set to avoid a triple dip recession as business confidence grows, according to the latest Quarterly Economic Survey from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
02-Apr-2013 - Pig farmers turned sausage manufacturers Debbie and Andrew Keeble are set to launch their premium sausage brand Heck in Tesco on April 8, in direct competition with their former family brand Debbie & Andrew’s sausages.
28-Mar-2013 - Fisherman turned food manufacturer Kevin Jonas has hatched a plan to bring large-scale production of Cromer crab back to its North Norfolk home town of Cromer, creating 20 jobs.
28-Mar-2013 - Meat packer Hilton Food Group, which supplies retailers such as Tesco, is expected to ride out the recent horsemeat contamination issue unscathed, following publication of its preliminary results for 2012 which showed sales up 5% to £1bn.
28-Mar-2013 - Debt-laden food manufacturer Premier Foods is probably “a zombie company”, according to City analyst Panmure Gordon.
28-Mar-2013 - Shoppers are being urged to buy British lamb this Easter to help embattled sheep producers who are struggling against the worst winter weather for more than 50 years, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).
28-Mar-2013 - The Easter holiday – the second biggest period for food and drink sales after Christmas – will be a great opportunity for British food and drink firms to showcase their products – particularly with more shoppers wanting to buy British, according to the grocery think-tank IGD.
27-Mar-2013 - A Merseyside factory that manufactures flavours for Walkers crisps is moving 150 British jobs to Hungary.
26-Mar-2013 - A dessert manufacturer is building a £2.5M factory in Cumbria that will create 50 jobs to cater for the growing trend for miniature desserts.
25-Mar-2013 - Britain’s biggest food manufacturer Premier Foods will seek refinancing over the next six to 18 months to further improve its balance sheet, predicts City analyst Shore Capital.
25-Mar-2013 - The food and drink sector is leading the UK’s industrial output, according to the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI’s) latest monthly Industrial Trends Survey.
25-Mar-2013 - A beef ready meal manufacturer is fighting to preserve the 750 jobs at its Somerset site, as sales fall in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.
22-Mar-2013 - The 700 dairy producers in Tesco’s Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) are to receive an extra 1.9p/litre from April 1 2013.
22-Mar-2013 - Meat packing firm Hilton Food is likely to suffer a short-term impact from the horsemeat scandal, despite none of its products being involved, according to City analyst Panmure Gordon.
22-Mar-2013 - Diageo is planning to “take 80 roles out of the business” as it restructures its management operations in in Scotland.
22-Mar-2013 - Leading City analyst Panmure Gordon has reduced its profit growth forecast for AG Barr, after the Irn Bru manufacturer posted results for the year ended January 26.
21-Mar-2013 - Food industry organisations have given a mixed reception to chancellor George Osborne’s budget – praising the new employer allowance but criticising lack of help for smaller firms and the retention of VAT on hot foods.
21-Mar-2013 - Bouquets and brickbats – seemingly in equal measure – greeted the chancellor’s budget this week. Here, we bring you a flavour of the key points in quotes from industry groups and leading players.
20-Mar-2013 - Officials from the union Unite are meeting Moy Park management today (March 20) in a bid to save 300 jobs at the firm’s Wisbech poultry products factory in Cambridgeshire.
20-Mar-2013 - Buying traceable, local and British food has risen “substantially” up consumers’ agendas since the horsemeat scandal, according to the latest research from Mintel.
19-Mar-2013 - The 2 Sisters Food Group expects the horsemeat scandal to cause “considerable volume reduction” to its ready meal business, according to its latest financial results for the 13 weeks to January 26.
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