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Cereal targets extreme sport enthusiasts

A devotee of extreme sport has developed a cereal to support participants of sporting challenges such as triathlons, marathons and long-distance road cycling.

Premier's future: rumours continue

Premier Foods continued to hit the headlines over the past month. Rumours of an impending sale of its Hartley's jams brand to US group Hain Celestial for around £200M followed...

Palm oil pledge for Europe

One of the largest integrated industrial sustainable palm oil producers has pledged to have its entire palm oil estates and operations 100% certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil...

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Allergen-free sales soar: EHL Ingredients

Soaring sales of allergen-free spices are reported by ingredients firm EHL Ingredients.

Tiptree jam maker Wilkin & Sons plans expansion

Jam supplier Wilkin & Sons has moved its distribution operations to new premises to ease a squeeze at its factory.

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Premier Foods ‘too small’ for institutional investors

The UK’s biggest food manufacturer is too small for most big institutional investors, one city analyst has told

Premier Foods: Which brands will be sold next?

Premier Foods’ facilities at Histon and Knighton remain “prime candidates” for sale, after the firm’s disposal of its vinegar and sour pickles business based at Middleton, last week to Mizkan...

Premier Foods now a target for China’s Bright Foods?

Premier Foods could be targeted lock, stock and barrel by China's acquisitive Bright Foods, analysts have suggested, after the UK’s largest food manufacturer announced it had found a buyer for...

Premier Foods sells vinegar & pickles business to Mizkan

The long-predicted sale of Premier Foods' vinegar and sour pickles business has finally taken place – to the Japan-based food manufacturer Mizkan for £41M.

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Premier Foods’ chairman departure ‘not helpful’

The departure of Premier Foods’ chairman Ronnie Bell at the beginning of this month “was unhelpful”, says City analyst Investec.

Symington’s buyout could signal Premier Foods bid

Packaged grocery business Symington’s has undergone a management buyout, which follows press reports that the firm has plans to buy certain Premier Foods brands, including Angel Delight.

'Healthy' oils for food manufacturing

Norfolk-based cold pressed rapeseed oil producer Larchwood Foods has developed two oils to meet the requirements of the food manufacturing sector: Larchwood Foods Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil and...


The oil business

Derek Wiles shares his stories of life in the fresh olive oil business. Rod Addy reports

Premier Foods wins City's confidence

Premier Foods is winning back City analysts' support under the direction of chief executive Michael Clarke, whose restructuring plans have restored their confidence.

Premier Foods: ‘three likely candidates for disposal’

Premier Foods’ facilities at Histon, Knighton and Middleton are the most likely candidates for disposal, according to City analyst Panmure Gordon.

Supermarkets apologise for 'dodgy' price promotions

A damning report on dodgy supermarket pricing tactics that conned shoppers into thinking they were getting a better deal than they were has prompted apologies from the UK’s biggest retailers....

Premier Foods’ disposals 'essential' to service debt

Disposals are essential if Premier Foods is to service net debt, which is likely to remain at £1.2bn this year, warns financial specialist Panmure Gordon.

Premier Foods is ‘mission possible’: city analysts

The recovery of troubled food giant Premier Foods is ‘mission possible’, concludes city analyst Shore Capital after meeting the firm last week (Friday May 11).

Napier Brown to create 20 jobs at sugar packaging unit

Sugar packager and distributor Napier Brown will create 20 new jobs at its facility in Normanton, West Yorkshire in a move welcomed by shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper.

Fat rewards for healthy crisp makers

Crisp makers are hitting back at their unhealthy image with new varieties of crisp substituting traditional oils such as sunflower oil with alternatives that are much lower in saturated fats.

Premier Foods tight-lipped on spreads business sale

Premier Foods is remaining tight-lipped about press reports that private equity firms are competing to buy the firm’s spreads business, which includes Sun-Pat and Hartley’s Jam.

Cane import restrictions threaten TLS Silvertown

Tate & Lyle Sugar (TLS) Silvertown refinery could be doomed and lose over 700 jobs because it cannot obtain sufficient raw cane sugar at a price that would make its...

Provexis: 20% growth for new sports nutrition business SiS

Science in Sport (SiS), the £5M turnover sports nutrition business acquired by life sciences company Provexis in June last year for £8M, is predicted to grow by an impressive 20%...

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China’s Bright Food to acquire Weetabix for £1.2bn

China’s Bright Food has agreed a deal to acquire a majority shareholding of the iconic UK company Weetabix for £1.2bn.

Weetabix sale to Bright Group unlikely

A Weetabix takeover would be poorly timed, say analysts and sources close to the company, who claim an acquisition by China's Bright Group is unlikely.