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Fyffes seals mushroom acquisition

Banana producer and distributor Fyffes has expanded its operations in Canada, after acquiring its second mushroom business in British Columbia.

Global savoury snacks sales to hit £103bn by 2020

Global savoury snack sales are predicted to top £103bn ($138bn) by 2020, as the ‘snackification’ trend continues to grow, according to new research from consumer insights firm Canadean.

€50M of cocaine found at Coca-Cola plant

Almost 400kg of cocaine – with a reported street value of about €50M (£42M) – was found at a Coca-Cola factory in southern France on Friday (August 26).

Number of EU workers surge pre-referendum

The number of EU workers in the UK rose by almost 90,000 in the run up to the EU referendum, according to new figures released by the Office of National...

FDF hits back at Olympics food criticism

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has hit back at claims it said non-western countries had welcomed less healthy food advertising at the Rio Olympics.

600 jobs set for axe after brewer mega-merger

Fears are growing for the future of nearly 600 jobs at SABMiller after brewing giant AB InBev confirmed its takeover of the brewer would “significantly impact” its existing UK locations.

Brewing giants agree £79bn takeover date

The takeover of SABMiller by AB InBev is expected to be completed on October 10 after a new valuation of the business was agreed following the drop in the pound.

Lorry driver threatened with chainsaw in Calais

A truck driver was threatened with a chainsaw and a lorry carrying fruit and vegetables set on fire during a night of violence in Calais on July 29, highlighting the...

Expect Brexit timeline by October, says FDF boss

The boss of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) believes the Conservative government will set out a timetable for the UK’s exit from the EU at the time of its...

Brexit impact

Freight transport group calls for PM to prioritise logistics

Freight Transport Association (FTA) boss David Wells has urged Prime Minister (PM) Theresa May to prioritise the logistics industry in Brexit talks with the EU. 

Brexit impact

Five trade options for life after Brexit: AHDB

Five possible scenarios could determine the future of the UK food and drink sector’s trading relationship with the EU after Brexit, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)....

Brexit impact

Freight transport group highlights drive to single market access

Access to the single market and the ability to hire non-UK drivers are the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA’s) top priorities after Brexit. 

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Food manufacturers face challenging times: survey

Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, food and drink manufacturers face even more business challenges than they did before. The scale of those challenges was revealed...

Hostess Brand sold again to go public

Hostess Brands – the maker of snack cake Twinkies – has been sold to the private equity firm The Gores Group, with a view to making the company public later this year.

Brexit impact

Food sector licks its wounds after Brexit

Despite all signs to the contrary, I don’t think many of us on the Remain side really expected a Brexit vote in our heart of hearts. Which made the result...

Brexit: ‘knock off’ protected food status threat

Markets could be swarmed with “knock-offs” of classic regional British foods such as Cornish pasties and clotted cream thanks to the UK’s decision to leave the EU, according to market...

Brexit: UK beef prices fall as imports set to rise

A year of static sales and falling beef prices has created an “intensely” competitive marketplace, according to meat manufacturer Dovecote Park, as analysts warned that the price of meat imported...

Food workers union backs Jeremy Corbyn

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has voiced strong support for embattled Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, after a wave of resignations from his shadow cabinet, including food and...

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Food industry reacts to Brexit – in Tweets

The result is in and the Great British public has decided ­– we are to leave the EU, after more than 40 years membership. Here we report reaction to the...

Brexit debate

Unilever boss backs remain amid company logo row

The boss of Unilever is the latest senior food industry figure to speak up in favour of remaining in the EU, amid a spat over the use of the company’s...

Malnutrition rising warns Global Nutrition Report

Malnutrition is on the rise in every country in the world and is a leading global driver of disease, according to the 2016 Global Nutrition Report.

Brexit debate

Food sector 'better off in the EU': Liz Truss

Environment secretary Liz Truss has claimed the future success of the UK’s food and drink manufacturing sector hinged on it remaining a part of the EU, in a speech to...

‘Breakthrough’ global food waste standard to save industry millions

A new global food waste standard aimed at saving consumers and the food industry money, while alleviating pressure on natural resources, has been described as a “breakthrough” by its backers.

Trade associations monitor US plans to cut sodium

UK exporters are watching developments across the Atlantic closely, following the US publication of ambitious sodium targets for food manufacturers.

Food manufacturers get access to export buyers at summit

Food manufacturers will get the chance to meet some of the biggest export buyers at the international Food and Drink Summit in Liverpool this month.