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News in brief

Mondelēz mulls £80M extra Banbury spend

Mondelēz could pump a further £80M into its Banbury instant coffee production facility, creating up to 160 new jobs, if an existing £40M investment in two Tassimo lines yields good...


Coffee success for Mondelēz in Banbury

Paul Sinclair will make his site a global hub, he tells Nicholas Robinson

Food Vision 2015

Small food firms’ key innovation weapon

Small scale food and drink manufacturers have a key weapon in the battle to bring innovative new products to market – patience, according to the boss of one business.

Coca-Cola Enterprises to invest £66M in sustainability

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) will pump £66M into a range of efficiency and operational upgrades across its UK manufacturing sites this year.

Food and drink industry people on the move

Morrisons’s express check out of five board members leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food and drink industry.

News in brief

AG Barr appoints David Ritchie to its board

AG Barr has announced David Ritchie will join its board as a non-executive director from April 1.

Molson Coors invests £2M in craft brewery

Brewer Molson Coors has invested £2M in a new facility to expand production for the Franciscan Well craft brewery in Cork, Ireland.

Alpro’s biggest challenges during £28.5M expansion

Managing growing market share and multiple suppliers were the biggest challenges Alpro faced when constructing its new £28.5M production facility at its existing Burton Latimer site, near Kettering.

Dragons’ Den’s food and drink investments – in pictures

Since its inception in 2005 BBC’s Dragons’ Den programme has constantly invested money in food and drink businesses.

Whisky slump prompts budget action plea

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is urging chancellor George Osborne to cut duty by 2% in his March 18 budget, after it emerged the UK Scotch market fell by nearly 5% last year.

Alpro’s £28.5M extension creates 50 jobs

Plant-based food manufacturer Alpro has invested £28.5M in a new production facility at its existing Burton Latimer site, creating 50 new jobs.


AG Barr to double output

Working with one high-speed production line can be a challenge, but Tim Stacey tells Nicholas Robinson there are more perks than drawbacks

£2M invested in new high pressure juice processing site

A first time fresh juice producer has pumped £2M into a new cold press and high pressure processing (HPP) juicing facility in Shropshire and has secured a contract with upmarket...

Most inspiring food and drink firms in Britain

More than 70 food and drink businesses have been honoured in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain list.

BrewDog creates 130 new jobs with £1.5M grant

A surge in demand for craft beer has led the Aberdeenshire-based BrewDog to create 130 new jobs at Ellon in north east Scotland, after receiving a grant of £1.5M from...

Mondelēz boosts coffee site staff

Mondelēz will take on an extra 100 staff at its Banbury, Oxfordshire, coffee facility, following a major investment to boost its production capabilities and a joint venture with Douwe Egberts.

Nichols set for boost through focus on value sales

Nichols will keep outperforming, aided by continued focus on value rather than volume growth, according to a leading analyst.

Food firms ‘sow seeds of doubt’ in WHO

World Health Organisation (WHO) sugar guidance is “disappointing” and suggests food firms have persuaded it to take a softer line on consumption, claims pressure group Action on Sugar (AoS).

Chaucer Foods to create 25 jobs in Hull

Chaucer Foods aims to create 25 jobs in Hull as the company adds a third production line there and looks to expand into gluten-free bakery items by 2016.

Perfect storm thwarting small food and drink firms

There is a perfect storm holding back fast-growing small food and drink firms, according to entrepreneurs celebrated by the government.

Purity Soft Drinks installs beverage disinfection kit

Purity Soft Drinks has installed a beverage disinfection system at its site at Wednesbury in the West Midlands. The system manufactures and doses a disinfectant agent and undertakes several tasks...

New UK fresh pressed juices launched

A new cold pressed juice has been launched onto the UK market after a farmer successfully sought an alternate use for his hail-battered crops.

Fruitapeel Juice installs new high pressure processing plant

New high pressure processing (HPP) facilities are part of a £2.3M investment that Fruitapeel Juice has made in its South Wales facility.

Diageo clinches Tequila Don Julio acquisition

Diageo has completed the acquisition of Tequila Don Julio following full regulatory approval for the deal.

Trade body shuns attack on energy drinks

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has rejected calls to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under 16, claiming they are not promoted to this age group.