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The project is funded through the EU’s Interreg Atlantic Area programme

Welsh and NI firms in EU healthy food funding boost

By Noli Dinkovski

Small and medium-sized (SME) food and drink businesses in Wales and Northern Ireland are set to benefit from a €1.2m (£1.09m) European project aimed at broadening their knowledge and capacity to supply the growing demand for innovative healthy food.

Knibss: ‘I always describe it as a bit like walking into a house you’re going to buy and you instantly know that it’s the right place.’ David Knibbs (left) and wife Lydia (right).

Exclusive interview

Riding the meat-free wave at The Tofoo Company

By James Ridler

Finding the perfect small business to build into a nationwide brand has proved to be a massive success, as the owners of The Tofoo Company explain in this exclusive podcast interview.

Mak Tok’s William Chew faced the Dragons (pictured) to secure an investment and their invaluable knowledge. Image © BBC

Mak Tok founder on Dragons’ Den appearance

By James Ridler

Mak Tok founder William Chew talks to Food Manufacture about his appearance on last week’s episode of the hit BBC show Dragons’ Den, and what drove him to pitch for investment in his chilli paste company.

The range is composed of three functional products: Focus, Amplify and Balance, each with a unique flavour profile

Former Danone R&D director helps launch CBD shots

By Rod Addy

Former Danone research and development director Dr Ketan Joshi has worked on the development and launch of a range of ready-to-drink (RTD) shots infused with cannabidiol (CBD).

Mike Russell Smith co-founded Savoursmiths with his wife Colette in 2016

Crisp maker Savoursmiths sets sights on new factory

By Helen Gilbert

Upmarket crisp maker Savoursmiths intends to open a factory in 2020 that will be able to process between seven and eight million bags of crisps annually, Food Manufacture can reveal.

Cwmfarm Charcuterie's husband and wife team Ruth and Andrew Davies aim to hire more staff to cope with increased demand

Cwmfarm Charcuterie clinches export deals

By Rod Addy

Welsh charcuterie supplier Cwmfarm Charcuterie is moving to a bigger 185m2 factory this October to meet increased demand, after signing trade deals with supermarkets in Canada, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Lucy Wager's Pudology is one of the brands taking advantage of the free-from desserts sector

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The pull of free-from puddings

By Ellie Woollven

As vegan, vegetarian, and flexitarian trends take hold, start-up firms are capitalising on the free-from puddings sector.

Food and drink innovation at Food Tech Week

Innovation at London Food Tech Week

By James Ridler

From new uses of hemp and cannabidiol in food and drink to the growing trend of fermented beverages, YFoods’ London Food Tech Week showcased some of the latest innovations from across the industry, featured in this photo gallery.

Investors are looking to put their money into meat-alternatives producers

Time is right for meat alternative start-ups

By James Ridler

Now is the perfect time for start-ups in the alternative meat sector, as a growing number of investors look to fund businesses within the market, according to the head of investment at CPT Capital.

Dale Vince (centre): ‘Our products are simple – just great food made from vegetables for kids’

Vegan football club owner opens factory

By Noli Dinkovski

The entrepreneur behind the world’s first vegan football club has opened a plant-based food business to tap into the £1bn-plus UK school dinners market.