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Fyffes has expanded its mushroom business in Canada

Fyffes seals mushroom acquisition

By James Ridler

Banana producer and distributor Fyffes has expanded its operations in Canada, after acquiring its second mushroom business in British Columbia.

Pringles is was of the top five savoury snacks set to benefit from the Snackification trend

Global savoury snacks sales to hit £103bn by 2020

By Michael Stones

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.

Cocaine has been found at Coca-Cola factory in southern France

€50M of cocaine found at Coca-Cola plant

By Matt Atherton

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).

Non-UK nationals working in Britain rose by 88,900 in the months before the EU referendum

Number of EU workers surge pre-referendum

By James Ridler

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 Statistics (ONS).

Takeover: the brewers have agreed a date of October 10 for the £79bn deal to go through

600 jobs set for axe after brewer mega-merger

By Noli Dinkovski

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.

FDF boss Ian Wright has hit back at criticism of his comments on food and drink sponsorship at the Olympics

FDF hits back at Olympics food criticism

By James Ridler

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.

Mega-merger: the £79bn deal brings together the world’s two biggest brewers

Brewing giants agree £79bn takeover date

By Noli Dinkovski

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 was threatened with a chainsaw after night of violence in Calais

Lorry driver threatened with chainsaw in Calais

By Matt Atherton

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 need for urgent action, warned the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

The FDF boss predicted a detailed plan for Brexit will be in place by October

Expect Brexit timeline by October, says FDF boss

By Noli Dinkovski

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 party conference, which takes place from October 2–5.

Five options could determine the UK's trading relationship with the EU

Brexit impact

Five trade options for life after Brexit: AHDB

By Michelle Perrett

Five possible scenarios could determine the future of the UK food and drink sector’s trading relationship with the EU after Brexit, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

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Food manufacturers face challenging times: survey

By Rick Pendrous

Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, food and drink manufacturers face even more business challenges than they did before. The scale of those challenges was revealed by our exclusive survey of Food Manufacture Group readers.

Hostess Brands has been sold to The Gores Group (Image taken from Flickr/Sharon)

Hostess Brand sold again to go public

By Matt Atherton

Hostess Brands – the maker of snack cake Twinkies – has been sold to the private equity firm The Gores Group, with a view to making the company public later this year.

Rick Pendrous, editor of Food Manufacture

Brexit impact

Food sector licks its wounds after Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

Despite all signs to the contrary, I don’t think many of us on the Remain side really expected a Brexit vote in our heart of hearts. Which made the result to leave the EU even more of a shock when we woke up on Friday June 24.