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UK competition authority shelves British Sugar probe

British Sugar has temporarily avoided a costly and time-consuming investigation into its market practices, with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) confirming it will not pursue the probe for now.

Seabrook’s profits crisp up after stale period

Seabrook Crisps has returned to growth after reporting a £1.8M loss in 2012 and is now boasting a post-tax profit of £1.3M for this year.

United Biscuits bid: Kellogg strong contender

A trade buyer looks set to acquire United Biscuits (UB) if a sale is decided upon, with Kellogg a strong contender among three core bidders, according to an industry expert....

Leicester snacks company creates 56 jobs

Universal Flexible Packaging (UFP) is investing £11M in a new snack factory in Lewisher Road, Leicester, which will create 56 jobs as it shifts production from its Lunsford Road facility.

Bingham and Jones reveal £10M savings for supermarket

Ready meal industry mavericks Jonny Bingham and David Jones have claimed they can save one retailer up to £10M in food waste with a new chilled ready meal format.

Premier Foods’s rejig may alter little, says expert

Premier Foods’s creation of three strategic business units (SBUs) may change little, as the company still faces major challenges if it is to progress, according to one industry expert.

Baxters invests in training for its future supervisory stars

Aberdeen-based soups and condiments manufacturer Baxters has bolstered its commitment to developing skills in Scotland’s food and drink industry through its Supervisors for the Future programme.

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Mary Berry sells dressings, sauces and chutney firm

Mary Berry, star of BBC One’s The Great British Bake Off, has sold her dressings, sauces and chutney business Mary Berry & Daughter to fine foods distributor RH Amar.

Workers ‘devastated’ as 186 KP Snacks jobs face axe

KP Snacks’s plans to close factories at Consett in County Durham and Corby in Northamptonshire, threatening up to 186 jobs, have ‘devastated’ longstanding workers there, according to trades union GMB.

Launch of snacks firm Brighter Foods creates more than 35 jobs

The launch of Brighter Foods has created more than 35 job roles in the snack foods sector in Mid-Wales.

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Jordan brothers in major breakfast cereal deal

David and Bill Jordan, the brothers who launched the Jordans cereals brand, have taken over ownership of European Oat Millers (EOM), a major supplier of breakfast cereal ingredients and own-label breakfast cereals....

38,000 jobs could be created by SMEs in 2015

Nearly 40,000 new food and drink manufacturing jobs could be created within the next year, as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) prepare to spend more money on staff.

Consumers worried about food quality and safety

More than 40% of consumers are worried about the quality and safety of ingredients in prepared food from supermarkets, according to independent research firm RPA.

Heinz baby food recall prompts global standards call

Heinz’s recall of some infant cereal products in China after excessive quantities of lead were detected in ingredient samples has prompted calls for tough global food standards.

Neonic ban threatens UK mustard crop

UK mustard production could be at severe risk, causing problems for manufacturers of brands such as Unilever’s Colman’s mustard, if a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides is enforced in the UK,...

UB acquisition by Kellogg makes sense, says expert

Kellogg buying United Biscuits would make sense, according to an expert with prior senior history at UB, as media speculation over the possibility of such a deal intensified.

Football star’s sauce business to repay lifesavers

Retired football star Fabrice Muamba has launched a range of Caribbean cooking sauces along with his wife Shauna to help raise money for the charity that saved his life when...

Morrisons gives out cash to tempt online customers

Morrisons is trying to turnaround poor sales and boost its slow-starting online business by giving cash to customers in conjunction with third-party rewards platform Quidco.

Premier Foods’s sales fall in ‘challenging market’

Premier Foods has reported sales down by 6.1% due to “challenging market conditions” in half-year results to June 30.

Tesco shoppers donate 5.1M meals to hungry people

Tesco shoppers have donated 5.1M meals, weighing 2,135t, to people in need this year.

Unilever Slim-Fast sale: no UK supply hit

Unilever’s sale of Slim-Fast to US investment group Kainos Capital will not hit UK supply of the brand, according to the company.

Supermarket sales fall £55M after England footie fail

Food and drink sales dropped by £55M after England’s dismal performance in the Brazil 2014 World Cup, having risen initially when the tournament first began, according to IRI data.

Dragons Den sisters recruit China's premier to boost exports

Chinese sauce entrepreneurs Helen and Lisa Tse have recruited an influential ally in their bid to boost their exports to China – the country’s premier Li Keqiang.

Delight in tailored management software

Preserves and sauces manufacturer Cottage Delight has exceeded its two-year transformation targets with the roll out of a tailored software system.

Britain’s top private food and drink companies

Brakes is Britain’s top private food and drink business, with annual sales of more than £3bn and profits of £140M, according to The Top Track 100 compiled by The Sunday...