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Morrisons tops supermarket takeover talk

Morrisons has refused to confirm or deny reports it could be in buyout talks after its shares spiked by 5%, following speculation of a UK supermarket takeover by a South...

London Crisp Co has capital sales plan

The recently-launched London Crisp Company will quadruple its output within the next six months, after securing several new contracts and gaining overseas interest, its founder Tom Lock has revealed.

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Poundland online could ‘steal a grocery march’

Poundland’s first online delivery service could “steal a march” on UK grocery retailers, an analyst has claimed after the deep discounter revealed its e-commerce plans.

Dragons’ Den reject manages to double supply chain

A Dragons’ Den reject who sells food that has gone past its ‘best before date’ has reported unprecedented supplier growth over the past six months. 

73,000 new food and drink jobs in England and Wales

More than 73,000 jobs will be created by food and drink businesses in England and Wales by 2020, as a result of innovative new products and increased export opportunities.

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...

Five benefits from Poundland takeover approval

Poundland’s £55M takeover bid for 99p Stores has won provisional approval from the the competition watchdog, clearing the way to deliver five key benefits, said one leading analyst.

Food recalls sparked by soya, nuts, gluten and sulphur dioxide

Cupcakes containing soya and chocolate fruit mix containing nuts are among the products that have been recalled over the past week.

Dragons’ Den investor pumps £50k into sauce firm

Korean food firm Yogiyo is to rebrand its range and buy new ingredients after winning £50,000 worth of investment from investor Peter Jones on the hit TV show Dragons’ Den last night....

Kettle Chips maker appoints new md

Gourmet crisps maker Kettle Foods has appointed former Tesco director Ashley Hicks as its new md.

Supermarkets manufacturing food is ‘a real threat’

Food and drink business failures are on the increase and supermarket plans to bring more manufacturing in-house could make the food industry even more cut-throat.

Welsh food SMEs given £80M boost

A knowledge exchange project operated by a university and a further education college has added more than £80M to the turnover of Welsh small- and medium-sized food businesses (SMEs) since...

Morrisons takes on new HR director

Morrisons, Britain’s second largest fresh food manufacturer and fourth largest retailer, has appointed Clare Grainger as its new group human resources (HR) director.

Sainsbury ceo canvassed to stock Tags crisps

Former Seabrook Crisps boss John Tague has sent a letter directly to Sainsbury ceo Mike Coupe to persuade him to stock his Tags brand of crisps, following a £125,000 investment...

Dried beef snack maker plans to invest after merger

Europe’s largest ambient beef snack manufacturer plans to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in equipment following a recent merger.

NFT begins construction of new Tilbury logistics centre

Construction of chilled food distribution firm NFT’s ‘port-centric’ logistics centre in Tilbury, London commenced last month, with a ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony.

Dragons’ Den stars pump £125,000 into Tags crisps

Former Seabrook Crisps md John Tague walked away with a £125,000 investment after four of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den stars battled it out to get their hands on a slice...

Manufacturers: ‘National Living Wage unaffordable’

Food and drink manufacturers in the UK won't be able to afford the £7.20 an hour National Living Wage (NLW) when it comes into force next year, according to a...

Aldi probes dead caterpillar in tomato tin

Discount retailer Aldi has been forced to apologise to a customer who found a dead caterpillar in one of its tomato tins.

Symington’s first profit slump in 15 years

Symington’s sales and profits have slumped for the first time in 15 years, despite the Yorkshire-based food manufacturer recently pumping £2.5M into a new noodle facility in Leeds.

Food fraudsters targeting oregano a ‘major problem’

Food fraudsters are substituting dried oregano with other herbs, such as olive and myrtle leaves, reflecting a “major problem” in the herb and spices sector, according to Professor Chris Elliott.

Amazon Fresh launch ‘could be trouble for Ocado’

The long-awaited launch of Amazon Fresh in the UK is imminent and could spell trouble for Ocado, a specialist in online retail and logistics has claimed.

Co-op’s 200 store boost ‘good for suppliers’

The Co-operative’s plans to open 200 new convenience stores and recruit 3,000 extra staff can only be good news for food and drink manufacturers, a spokesman has said.

Seabrook Crisps sold for £35M in management buyout

Seabrook Crisps has been sold for £35M in a management buyout, after the Yorkshire-based manufacturer returned to growth with a post-tax profit of £1.3M last year.

Morrisons data leak auditor jailed for eight years

A former Morrisons auditor has been jailed for eight years after leaking the personal data of 100,000 of the company’s employees in a revenge attack on the firm.

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