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Gousto has secured more than £200m through fundraising over the past two months

Gousto secures £172.3m investment

By Gwen Ridler

Recipe box firm Gousto welcomed three additional blue-chip institutional investors onto its register after securing $230m (£172.3m) of investment led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 last month.

Brexit red tape cost food firms about £60m last year, with Export Health Certificates the worst offender

Brexit red tape costs food businesses £60m

By Gwen Ridler

Brexit red tape has cost food businesses £60m in 2021, as continued shortages of registered veterinarians placed pressure on an industry already stretched thin after the UK’s split from the EU.

Mackie's has announced plans to expand its factory and increase production

Mackie’s at Taypack factory expansion plans

By Gwen Ridler

Crisp manufacturer Mackie’s at Taypack has announced plans to expand its production capabilities as it celebrated a bumper year for new product development and festive sales.

Elkes Biscuits has been sold to Boparan Private Holdings for an undisclosed sum.

Elkes Biscuits sale saves more than 500 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Uttoxeter-based Elkes Biscuits has been sold to the Boparan Private Office (BPO) for an undisclosed fee, saving the jobs of more than 500 employees at the site.

Harrow (Pictured) discussed the latest trends and future challenges in the frozen food market

Frozen food momentum to continue post-pandemic: BFFF CEO

By Gwen Ridler

Consumer spend on frozen food will continue grow after the pandemic, with frozen fruit and plant-based some of the biggest trends. according to British Frozen Food Foundation (BFFF) chief executive Richard Harrow.

Kerry is to acquire biotech firms c-LEcta and Emmex

Kerry acquires duo of biotech firms

By Gwen Ridler

Nutrition and ingredients firm Kerry has acquired biotechnology firms c-LEcta and Emmex in a bid to expand its technology portfolio and manufacturing capabilities across fermentation and developing enzymes for use in the production of food and drink....

Ice cream and frozen fish continue to be the biggest players in the frozen food category

Lockdown habits help boost frozen food sales

By Gwen Ridler

Sales of frozen food have been bolstered by new habits developed over lockdown, according to the British Frozen Food Federation’s (BFFF’S) latest report.

The former Philips Avent facility (pictured) will be converted into a chocolate factory

GCB cocoa to build new UK chocolate factory

By Gwen Ridler

Malaysian-owned cocoa manufacturer Guan Chong Berhad (GCB) has contracted Clegg Food Projects to convert the former Philips Avent facility in Glemsford, Suffolk into a ‘world-class’ cocoa and chocolate production factory.

Health and safety is more than just filling out a checklist - mental health issues are just as important and faults on the line

Digital feature: long read

Battling food factory health and safety challenges

By Gwen Ridler

At the fore of every well operated food and drink factory is a strong culture of health and safety, but what are some of the challenges still plaguing manufacturers and how as the spread of COVID-19 affected the way we keep employees safe?

L-R: Hood; Bleakney and Moorcroft

Moorcroft Foods to set up Northern Ireland factory

By Rod Addy

South African food company Moorcroft Foods, which makes dried meat snacks Biltong and Droewors has announced it is establishing a manufacturing facility in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, creating 11 jobs.

Forrest Fresh Foods has secured £500k from the Government to support export growth

Forrest Fresh Foods £500k funding boost

By Gwen Ridler

Wholesaler Forrest Fresh Foods has secured a £500,000 General Export Facility (GEF) loan to help boost exports and overcome COVID-19 supply chain challenges, backed by UK Export Finance (UKEF).

One of Framptons's bottling lines

Contract manufacturing profile: Framptons

Hatching a plant-based future

By Rod Addy

Framptons is a contract packer and manufacturer for well-established brands. Its flexibility and adaptability have ensured its longevity and it has expanded its capacity in plant-based ‘milk’ production thanks to trailblazing investment in a SIG Combidome...

CO2 has several uses in the food industry, including humane poultry culling

Industry response to fresh CO2 supply deal

By Gwen Ridler

A deal struck between CF Industries and members of the carbon dioxide (CO2) industry to keep supplies flowing in the UK has been cautiously welcomed by members of the food and drink industry.

Higgidy is to invest £10m into its Shoreham-by-Sea operations

Higgidy invests £10m in factory expansion

By Gwen Ridler

Savoury pastry manufacturer Higgidy is to invest £10m in expanding and developing its Shoreham-by-Sea headquarters, thanks to Samworth Brothers increasing its stake in the business.

Soreen features on tonight's epsiode of Inside the Factory

Inside the factory visits Soreen

By Gwen Ridler

MasterChef star Greg Wallace visits malt loaf manufacturer Soreen in tonight’s episode of BBC documentary series Inside the Factory (5 January 2022).

Glanbia Cooperative Society has approved Glanbia's exit from its dairy joint venture

Glanbia £262m dairy disposal approved

By Gwen Ridler

The disposal of Glanbia’s share in dairy processing business Glanbia Ireland has been approved by joint-owner Glanbia Cooperative Society.