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Heck! has installed 433 solar electricity panels, capable of generating 200,000 kwh per year

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Heck! invests £150k in solar energy at HQ

By Gwen Ridler

Bedale-based sausage maker Heck! Food has invested £150k in solar energy production at its Kirklington headquarters in its continuing mission to become net zero.

Baker & Baker has invested £2.9m into its cookie line

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Baker & Baker invests £2.9m in cookie line

By Gwen Ridler

Bakery products manufacturer Baker & Baker has invested £2.9m into its cookie production line at its Wirral site, expanding production and creating new jobs.

UK food manufacturers see revenues drop in first quarter of 2024, whilst exports also take a hit. Credit: Getty/Suchat longthara

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Troubling revenue and export numbers for UK food producers

By Bethan Grylls

Industry analysis of 2024’s first quarter has revealed disappointing news for UK trade and manufacturing revenues, with numbers taking a big hit – but new opportunities to enhance existing trade deals may offer light at end of the tunnel.

Bakkavor's CEO suggests there's other areas the dip brand could dip its toe into

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Bakkavor acquires UK humous brand Moorish

By Bethan Grylls

The dip brand, which was founded by former BBC journalist Julie Waddell in 2012, has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by the fresh foods provider.

Less than half of consumers trust manufacturers, according to EIT Food

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Less than half of consumers trust food manufacturers

By Gwen Ridler

Consumer trust in the food system has dropped, with less than half of shoppers trusting food manufacturers over a perceived lack of competency and openness, according to EIT Food.

Food and drink M&A deal volume was up this year, but the value of deals fell. Image: Getty, Martin Barraud

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Food and drink M&A reaches highest levels since 2016

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity has reached the highest deal volume since 2016, but the value of deals continued to decline in the face of lingering macroeconomic headwinds.

Greencore posted rapid growth in its 2024 half-year results

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Greencore’s profits skyrocket in half-year results

By Gwen Ridler

Greencore’s profits rocketed in the first half of the 2024 financial year, with the convenience foods manufacturer predicting its full-year results to be ahead of current market expectations.

Arla's Lockerbie site (pictured) has been promised £34 million's worth of a £300+ investment

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Arla to invest more than £300m into UK sites

By Bethan Grylls

On the day of the Farm to Fork Summit, the dairy giant has said it will be injecting money into four of its sites across the UK, in addition to its previously announced plans for its Taw Valley site.

Nosh.bio in the repurposed factory in Dresden

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German plant in Dresden to mass-produce mycelium protein

By Bethan Grylls

Following the repurposing of a German-based, closed-down brewery, alternative protein manufacturer Nosh.bio has confirmed it will soon be capable of producing thousands of tons of mycelium protein each year.

2 Sisters owner Bopraran Holdings reported an after tax loss of £37.5m

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2 Sisters owner still in the red despite £3bn sales

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters Food Group owner Boparan Holdings has reported sales and operational profit growth in its financial results for the year ended 29 July 2023, but exceptional items and net finance charges landed the group further into the red.

ERIKS has received more than 2,500 applications for its 2024 apprenticeship programme

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Applications for engineering apprenticeships soar

By Gwen Ridler

Young people are scrambling to secure entry-level engineering roles, as industrial service provider ERIKS reveals more than 2,500 people have applied for its 2024 apprenticeship programme.

FrieslandCampina's UK-based operational arm is poised for a strategic office relocation in London, Victoria

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FrieslandCampina relocates UK headquarters

By Bethan Grylls

After 30 years in the historical West Sussex town of Horsham, the diary giant’s UK arm will be moving its HQ to the hustle and bustle of London, Victoria.

Left & centre: Dhruv Baker and Tom Whitaker from Tempus Foods  Right: Andrew Owens from Rare & Pasture

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Rare & Pasture announces merger with Tempus Foods

By Gwen Ridler

British charcuterie and smoked meat firms Rare & Pasture and Tempus have announced plans to merge their businesses in a move that will help expand production and boost sales for the two brands.

Lidl will invest £500m in British pork

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Lidl invests £500m in British pork

By Gwen Ridler

Discount retailer Lidl is to invest £500m in British pork in a bid to address sector-wide challenges and improve margins for farmers.

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