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Four Dragons’ Den offers refused by drink founder

British Cassis founder and Cargill supplier Jo Hilditch refused four offers of investment from the BBC’s Dragons’ Den stars for a stake in her business.

Dragons’ Den veggie sausage pitch not ‘misleading’

Dragons’ Den reject and vegetarian sausage entrepreneur Rachel Wicklow has slammed claims she misled the TV investors by failing to explain the bigger company structure behind her vegetarian sausages range....

Acorn Brewery pumps £60,000 into new facilities

The Acorn Brewery will pump £60,000 into new equipment this year to boost output by 15,000l and increase trade by 20%.

Nomad Foods reports £392M loss as empire grows

Nomad Foods, the new owner of frozen food company Iglo Group, has reported a £392M loss in the six months to June 30 as the investment firm eyes other potential acquisitions....

14k new Scots food jobs add to 87,000 mainland total

An extra 14,000 jobs in Scotland’s food and drink sector will take the total of new industry jobs on the UK mainland to 87,000 by 2020, according to two new bank reports.

Cheese firm halts production: 70 jobs at risk

Somerset cheese producer Cricketer Farm is set to halt production next year or before, threatening about 70 jobs.  

Snack firm invests £1M and creates ‘dozens of jobs’

Chilled and frozen snack foods firm SK Chilled Foods is investing £1M and creating dozens of new jobs, with the upgrade of its Teesside production plants to meet growing demand...

Bako bakery acquisition boosts turnover to £103M

Bako North Western’s (BNW’s) turnover will rise to over £100M and its staff to 330, following the acquisition of sister company Bako Northern and Scotland (BNS) for an undisclosed amount....

Dragons's rejection spurs on Secret Sausage maker

A food entrepreneur whose vegetarian sausages were spurned by Dragons’ Den investors has pledged to continue her battle to build up the brand. 

‘Secret’ vegetarian sausages fail to impress Dragons

A mum turned food entrepreneur failed to impress investors with her range of vegetarian sausages on hit TV show Dragons’ Den last night.

Firms focus on innovation but fear competition

UK manufacturing businesses – including food and drink manufacturers – are targeting innovation to boost productivity and exports but fear losing out to competitors, reveals a new survey by the...

£10M investment in Jacob’s Cream Crackers factory

Biscuit manufacturer United Biscuits (UB) has revealed £10M investment plans for its Jacob’s Cream Crackers factory. 

Moy Park completes phase one of £20M investment plan

Poultry processor Moy Park has completed the first phase of a £20M investment to turn a 40-year-old factory into one of Europe’s most advanced processing plants. 

Business boss opens Cadbury line with a promise

Business secretary Sajid Javid has opened Mondelēz International’s new Cadbury production line with a pledge that government wants to make the Midlands “an engine for growth” for the UK economy....

Food firms welcome PM’s apprentice plans

Food and drink manufacturers have welcomed the prime minister’s plans to boost the number of top quality apprentices, as part of the government’s pledge to create 3M apprenticeships by 2020....

‘Disappointing’ drop in food tech GCSE students

A drop in the number of students taking food technology at GCSE has been described as a “disappointing and worrying trend” for the food sector.

Sugar lover lands ‘sweetest job in the world’

A sweet lover has landed her dream job as official taster at confectionery maker Swizzels after seeing off thousands of other applicants.

Food manufacturing industry set for 3–4% growth

The UK food and drink manufacturing and processing industry is set for growth of between 3–4% in the short to medium term, while reaching a value of about of £113.1bn...

Ballymaguire Foods creates 100 jobs in output boost

Chilled ready meal producer Ballymaguire Foods has started constructing a new factory as part of plans to create 100 jobs and boost sales in the UK and Ireland, the firm’s...

Fudge maker to invest £1.6M in global expansion

A Scottish fudge and sweet maker is set to invest in machinery and create up to 16 jobs, after securing a £1.6M finance package.

Food manufacturing park expansion to create up to 90 jobs

The country’s first food and drink manufacturing park has doubled in size, creating up to 90 jobs.

News in brief

Worker burns face in ‘powder explosion’ at factory

A worker was taken to hospital with facial burns after a suspected powder explosion at a food factory this morning.

Moy Park’s pre-tax profits plunge 30%

Poultry processor Moy Park has posted a 30% drop in pre-tax profit, ahead of its sale to Brazilian meat processing giant JBS.

Dip in students taking food technology as government plans to scrap A level

The number of young people studying food technology at A level has fallen amid controversy over government plans to ditch the qualification.

450 jobs saved at Young’s after £1.35M investment

Young’s will create more than 200 jobs after securing £1.35M of investment, following a recent announcement to ditch more than 900 jobs when it lost a major contract to supply...