Start-ups

SMEs in all sectors are struggling financially

Surge in food SMEs in significant financial distress

By Rod Addy

The amount of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in food and drink manufacturing in significant financial distress has risen by 35%, comparing the first quarter of 2020 with the first quarter of 2021.

From finance to the world of adult soft drinks, Nix & Kix chronicle their challenges in getting to market

Foot on the ladder: start-up Nix and Kix

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive interview, Nix & Kix co-founders Kerstin Robinson and Julia Kessler discuss their history and the challenges they faced in setting up their own drinks company.

Lava Spirits sources organic Valencian oranges from Sicily as well as Navel oranges

Start-up Lava Spirits details gin launches

By Rod Addy

Start-up Lava Spirits has outlined the development of its latest Lava Spirits Co Coffee Gin and Coffee Orange Gin launches, which it has made available direct to consumers via its website.

Whitby Gin is expanding

Whitby Gin in £1.5m distillery expansion

By Michelle Perrett

A Yorkshire gin-maker is expanding its operation after being granted permission to move into new premises in the shadow of Whitby Abbey.

EIT Food CEO on funding the fight against COVID-19

EIT Food boss exclusive interview: part 1

Coronavirus funding fostering food firm innovation

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive interview, Andy Zynga, boss of European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food, addresses likely access to funding after the Brexit transition period and three funding recipients that caught his eye.

Ellen Norman talks to Food Manufacture about this year's Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition.

Prizes up for grabs at food innovation contest

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink entrepreneurs could be in the running for a share of a £160,000 prize pool at this year’s Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition.

Ahye: 'Vital that we continue to innovate'

Freaks of Nature invests £1m in desserts production

By Rod Addy

Freaks of Nature, the Yorkshire plant-based chilled desserts producer, is investing £1m in its manufacturing facilities to keep pace with demand for its chilled desserts and hot puddings.

The vegan snack company has 'huge growth potential'

Vegan snack company gets financial backing

By Michelle Perrett

Two young entrepreneurs have struck a “significant” investment deal with Spanish food group Dacsa, along with a number of angel investors.

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 Gwen 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 Gwen 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

Development hub

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 Gwen 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 Gwen 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.