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More than half of businesses said they were stockpiling to weather Brexit

Business leaders' Forum

Brexit top of industry agenda

By Aidan Fortune

Brexit was on everyone’s mind at the Food Manufacture Business Leaders’ Forum. Taking place in London last month and sponsored by legal firm DWF, the event saw representatives from the UK’s top food and drink businesses gather to discuss the challenges...

FoodDrinkEurope has called for better contingency plans to safeguard the agri-food chain

FoodDrinkEurope urges Brexit contingency planning

By James Ridler

FoodDrinkEurope (FDE), the manufacturers’ organisation for the European food and drink industry, has urged companies on both sides of the Channel to prepare for a no-deal Brexit scenario.

Thomas Fudge's specialises in premium and artisinal biscuits

Burton’s Biscuit Co buys Thomas Fudge’s

By Rod Addy

Burton’s Biscuit Co has acquired Thomas Fudge’s, the premium sweet and savoury branded and own-label biscuit manufacturer, which bakes Marmite products under licence, from private equity firm Livingbridge.

HRH The Countess of Wessex pictured (centre) at the Smithfield Forum, House of Lords on 29 January, alongside representatives of the British beef and lamb industry

New red meat forum created to promote sector

By Aidan Fortune

A new group has been created in an attempt to have a “single independent industry voice” to address key issues affecting the UK’s red meat sector.

Unilever has acquired snack brand Graze for an undisclosed amount

Unilever acquires snacks brand Graze

By James Ridler

Unilever has snapped up healthy snacks brand Graze, the first deal secured by new chief executive Alan Jope since his appointment last month.

The site will comprise a Food Hub, an Energy Hub, a Sustainable Industries Hub and an Amenity Hub

Thames Enterprise Park cash to help boost food facilities

By Rod Addy

A further £8.5m of investment in Thames Enterprise Park has been announced and the cash will help develop a food hub, offering processing, packaging, warehousing and distribution facilities, among other services.

Sales of fruit and vegetables are on the rise as more consumers switch to meat-free meals

Meat-free meals on the rise

By James Ridler

UK consumers ate 4.4bn meat-free dinners in 2018, as a growing trend of vegetarian, vegan and flexitarian diets saw a surge in sales of fruits and vegetables.

Food and drink firms feel the negative impact of Brexit worse, reports Creditsafe

Brexit negatively impacts food and drink

By James Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers have reported more negative impact from Brexit than any other business sector in the UK, according to a new report.

Paulson & Co has upped its stake in Premier Foods

Investor ups stake in Premier Foods

By James Ridler

US activist investor Paulson & Co has upped its stake in Mr Kipling and Batchelor brand owner Premier Foods to 11.9%.

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