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Bunzl has agreed 13 acquisitions so far this year

Chilled and frozen food gel pack firm Hydropac acquired

By Rod Addy

Bunzl plc, the specialist international distribution and services group, has announced the acquisitions of chilled and frozen food gel pack firm Hydropac and industrial clothing specialist Workwear Express.

Hilton Food Group said the deal would offer opportunities in the out-of-home sector

Hilton Food Group announces acquisition of Fairfax Meadow

By Rod Addy

Hilton Food Group, the international multi-protein food business, has, through its subsidiary Hilton Foods, acquired Fairfax Meadow Europe, supplier of meat to UK foodservice customers, from Argent Holdings for £23.8m.

Who will claim trophies on 10 February?

Rich Products, Müller and ABP are among FMEA finalists

By Rod Addy

Rich Products, Müller UK & Ireland and ABP are among the food firms making the final cut in the run-up to the announcement of the winners of the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs). Is your company shortlisted? Read on to find out.

Mackintosh: 'a big investment in our head office'

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Foodman Talks: Princes boss on food & drink factory investment

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive Foodman Talks video, Cameron Mackintosh, managing director of ambient food and drink manufacturer Princes, charts its progress on its mammoth factory investment programme at its Erith, Long Sutton and Cardiff sites.

Morrisons' board has already recommended CD&R's £9.8bn bid (including net debt)

Morrisons board back auction winner CD&R

By Rod Addy

Morrisons supermarket's board has backed a winning £7.1bn bid at auction on 2 October by CD&R, the US private equity outfit advised by former Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy.

From finance to drinks, Suppey has built Kyon Drinks up to be a contender in the non-alcoholic drinks market

Kyon Drinks: New drinks launch dodges the pandemic

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive interview, Kyon Drinks founder Daniel Suppey talks Food Manufacturer through the trials of setting up a drinks business during a global pandemic and the strengths of the non-alcoholic drinks market.

L to R: Jara and Master: Simply Doughnuts is developing new flavours for overseas customers

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Simply Doughnuts in NPD and export push

By Rod Addy & James Ridler

Simply Doughnuts, winner of the 2021 Food Manufacture Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year award, is launching three new flavours and enjoying export success, founder, owner and managing director Shiraz Master explains in this exclusive podcast.

Lill: 'Committed to continuing to invest'

BBF agrees to acquire Sargents Bakeries

By Rod Addy

BBF Limited has agreed to acquire Sargents Bakeries Limited, which makes sweet pies, tarts and sundaes for an undisclosed sum, creating a combined business with a turnover of almost £200m, employing 1,700 people.

Morrisons is embroiled in a bidding war

Morrisons pension trustees turn up heat in bidding war

By Rod Addy

Morrisons's pension scheme trustees have intensified the bidding war for the UK supermarket chain by highlighting £800m needed to support employee pensions in addition to the terms of any current offer.

Lolay: 'Disruptions to supply chains and shortages of labour'

Food and drink output plunges

By Rod Addy

Food and drink sector output fell at the fastest pace in eight months as staff shortages, driven partly by large numbers of workers self-isolating, restricted production capacity, according to Lloyds Bank UK Recovery Tracker.

Simtom Foods's factory is based at Merry Lees Industrial Estate in Leicestershire

World foods supplier Simtom Food Products in administration

By Rod Addy

Simtom Food Products Limited, the family-owned ethnic condiments manufacturer, has entered administration citing the impact of the pandemic and labour shortages, after making most of its 60-strong permanent workforce redundant.

NWFE's brands include Wild West and Cruga

Valeo agrees to acquire meat snacks group NWFE

By Rod Addy

Valeo Foods Group - owner of Rowse Honey, Kettle crisps and Jacob's biscuits - has agreed to acquire meat snacks producer New World Foods Europe (NWFE) from Australia-based entrepreneur Tony Quinn.

Bakkavor's salad sales were still behind 2019 levels, but a recovery in food-to-go still drove a strong sales performance

Bakkavor trading 'ahead of 2019' except for salads

By Rod Addy

Bakkavor, the fresh prepared food manufacturer, has reported second quarter trading ahead of 2019, although sales of salads had been hit by COVID-19 restrictions and mixed weather.

The newly merged business will process about 500m litres of British Red Tractor farm assured milk

Freshways Dairy and Medina Dairy merge

By Rod Addy

Freshways Dairy and Medina Dairy have announced a merger to create a more sustainable, scaled up business called Medina Freshways Ltd.

Typhoo processes its branded and own label teas in the UK

Typhoo Tea acquired by Zetland Capital

By Rod Addy

Typhoo Tea Ltd, maker of brands such as Lift and Heath & Heather has been acquired by private equity firm Zetland Capital, enabling it to invest in production and boost jobs.

SMEs in all sectors are struggling financially

Surge in food SMEs in significant financial distress

By Rod Addy

The amount of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in food and drink manufacturing in significant financial distress has risen by 35%, comparing the first quarter of 2020 with the first quarter of 2021.

Clothier: 'The system is older than you or I'

FoodMan Talks: Wyke Farms grows exports amid Brexit red tape

By Rod Addy

Post-Brexit bureaucracy is still hampering cheese producer Wyke Farms' export efforts, although the company is making considerable headway in markets outside the EU, according to managing director Richard Clothier in the latest FoodMan Talks.

Gü recently expanded into fast-growing categories such as free-from

Noble Foods agrees Gü acquisition by Exponent

By Rod Addy

Noble Foods has agreed to sell top premium chilled desserts brand Gü to Exponent for an undisclosed sum, as the private equity group claims the brand has significant global potential.

Chicken Joes secured a tax benefit worth £77,863 with the help of R&D tax consultancy Catax

Chicken Joes boosts business after securing £78k tax credit

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive interview, Chicken Joes managing director Joe Koumi discusses how a research and development (R&D) tax rebate has benefitted his business and the perceived difficulties with companies pursuing rebates.