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Irish food and drink exports top €11bn despite Brexit

Irish food and drink exports have topped €11bn (£9.76bn) annually for the first time – but the value of exports to the UK fell by 8% following currency fluctuations and...

Poultry producer launches halal subsidiary

One of the world’s largest exporters of poultry BRF – which operates a factory in the UK – has launched a subsidiary to target the growing halal processed foods market...

Sustainable food brands offer £837bn opportunity

Food and drink manufacturers could benefit from a £837bn opportunity by making their brands’ sustainability credentials clearer, Unilever revealed, after researching global consumers’ buying habits.

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Bakery fillings firm bought by Dutch giant

Lancashire-based bakery ingredients maker James Fleming & Co is to be sold to Dutch firm Zeelandia at the turn of the year.

Cargill opens China innovation centre

Global ingredients supplier Cargill has opened an innovation centre, designed to create new food products and flavours for its customers, in China.

Amazon launches zero checkout store

Online shopping giant Amazon has opened its first physical grocery store in the US, which allows consumers to pick up their purchases and walk out, without queuing to pay at...

Hilton Food Group plans for new Australian factory

Hilton Food Group is to build a new meat processing facility in Australia, to expand its packing capabilities.

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Premier Foods gets saucy in France

Premier Foods hopes to build on the successful launch earlier this year of Loyd Grossman cooking sauces in France with the trial of pouched products.

‘Record-high’ food stocks keep prices low: Rabobank

Global food prices will be kept low thanks to record-high stock levels, according to food and agribusiness bank Rabobank’s Global Outlook report. 

Trump wins US election on ‘Brexit, plus, plus, plus’ platform

Billionaire property tycoon Donald Trump is to become the 45th US president – in a shock election victory, after pledging a “Brexit, plus, plus plus” to “Make America great again” – leading critics...

Brexit food tariff cut is ‘ludicrous utopianism’: Clegg

Brexit enthusiasts who believe leaving the EU will result in lower food and drink tariffs are suffering from “ludicrous utopianism”, the former deputy prime minister has claimed.

European food firms hail EU-Canada trade deal

European food and drink manufacturers’ organisation FoodDrinkEurope has welcomed the signing of an EU trade deal with Canada, viewed by some as a model for the UK’s trade arrangements with...

Ready meal firm agrees £60,000 export deal to Hong Kong

Ready meals manufacturer Granny Mary’s has exported 34,000 of its new range of frozen meals to Hong Kong.

Kellogg UK jobs boost after German closure

Jobs at Kellogg’s two UK factories in Manchester and Wrexham have been made more secure after the cereal maker confirmed it was to close a plant in Germany to address...

The top 10 brands in the food and drink industry

Coca-Cola is the number one food and drink brand, followed by rival Pepsi in a new report released by Interbrand last week. 

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...

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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.