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Founder Steve Monk (pictured) is looking to accelerate savoury biscuits growth with the new funds.

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UK savoury biscuits SME raises £550k

By Bethan Grylls

Good Guys Bakehouse, founded by ex-United Biscuits general manager, Steve Monk, has raised £550k to fuel retail growth for its biscuits range.

Leadership coach, Amy Wilkinson, explains how you can be better networker. Credit: Getty/Compassionate Eye Foundation/David Oxberry

Short read

5 ways to beat networking nerves

By Amy Wilkinson

Leadership coach Amy Wilkinson gives top tips to help you build your conversation confidence and help you forge meaningful connections at food and drink business events.

UK-made seaside treat on rocky ground from 'cheap' imports posing as locally produced goods. Credit: Stanton & Novelty

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British rock candy faces extinction

By Bethan Grylls

Ten Blackpool-based confectionery manufacturers have come together to urge UK Government to grant rock origin protection status after ‘cheap, imitation imports’ place their businesses at risk.

Turncoat Distillery has moved production to Love Lane Brewery. Pictured: Turncoat head Edward Ridding

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Turncoat Distillery relocates to Love Lane Brewery

By Gwen Ridler

Liverpool-based Turncoat Distillery has relocated its production facility to Love Lane Brewery, a strategic move aimed at expanding production capacity and enhancing operational efficiency.

I.T.S celebrates its expansion after acquiring its second site

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Newbury flavour house secures second site

By Bethan Grylls

Following rapid year-on-year growth, flavour expert I.T.S is set to expand its capabilities as it invests into a new site close to its existing premises in Berkshire.

Carr's Group reveals plans to restructure its agriculture division

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Restructure plans on the cards for Carr’s Group

By Gwen Ridler

Agriculture and engineering group Carr’s Group has revealed plans to restructure its animal feed block business in its interim results for the six months to 29 February 2024.

L-R: Jean-Jacques Masse, Meilleur Ouvrier de France for cuisine gastronomy; Jean-François Girardin, president of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Association; Louis Le Duff, founder and chairman of Le Duff Group; Phillipe Morin, CEO of Bridor; and Frédéric Lalos, Meilleur Ouvrier de France for Bakery

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Bakery manufacturer Bridor acquires Pandriks

By Bethan Grylls

The French manufacturer of baked goods such as bread and patisseries has acquired organic and artisanal inspired bakery company Pandriks Holding B.V for an undisclosed sum.

L-R: Kieron Daniels, broiler technical services manager at Aviagen presents Brian Dickey with his award

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Moy Park farmer breaks record

By Bethan Grylls

Brian Dickey who farms outside of Ballymena in Northern Ireland has scored an impressive European Production Efficiency Factor (EPEF), trumping Moy Park’s previous record and securing a prestigious Ross 440 award.

DuelFuel's founder warns functional food innovators of alleged inconsistences in VAT rules, which has 'crippled' his business

Long read

What makes a cake a cake?

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture speaks with DuelFuel's founder Tim Davies after his business has been forced to shut up shop, following what he calls 'an incorrect' decision and a potentially 'dangerous precedent' from HMRC around his product's...

Hilton Food Group posted its preliminary full year results for 2023. Image: Getty

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Hilton Food Group posts growth in full year results

By Gwen Ridler

Meat processor Hilton Food Group has posted sales and profit growth for the year ended 31 December 2023 in its preliminary results, underpinned by the recovery of its seafood business and raw material costs driving up revenues.

The panel at Small Beer's recent event, featuring (third from left and moving right) Emma Loisel, Felix James and James Cadbury

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Can one business make a difference?

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture looks at whether start-ups with strong ethical and sustainable foundations can make meaningful and positive change in the way things are done.

When so much is at stake, why is this crucial piece of the puzzle ignored? Credit: Getty/Adam Gault

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M&A: Going beyond the balance sheets

By Martyn King

Martyn King of management consultancy Chasm Ltd explores the role of operational due diligence when buying, selling or managing multiple sites.

L-R: Food Manufacture editor Bethan Grylls with Fran Ball on stage at the 2024 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

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Arla’s hat trick

By Bethan Grylls

Fran Ball, VP of production at Arla, reflects on what it means to have won at this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards and the processes and people that helped secure the dairy company’s three trophies.

Almost 200 employees across two parts of the business are facing the prospect of redundancy. Credit: Getty / RUNSTUDIO

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Almost 200 AG Barr workers face redundancy

By William Dodds

Nearly 200 people working for AG Barr are facing redundancy after the drinks manufacturer confirmed it was making significant changes to how its business operates.

Shipping costs have seen drastic price increases amid Red Sea attacks. Credit: Getty/djtrener

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How to ride the wave in a permacrisis

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture’s upcoming webinar brings together expert panel to provide overview of UK economy and geopolitical climate, as they strive to help food producers minimise disruption in volatile times.

Further strike action at Suntory Beverage & Food’s factory in Gloucestershire has been called off. Image: Getty

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Strike action called off at Suntory factory

By Gwen Ridler

Workers at Suntory Beverage & Food’s factory in Gloucestershire have called off strike action after securing a new pay deal with the manufacturer.

Jean-Philippe (third from left) with a handful of Tilda farmers

Me & My Team

Tilda’s climb to the top

By Jean-Philippe Laborde

Managing director Jean-Philippe Laborde of the well-known rice brand talks about Tilda’s strategy since he took the helm five years ago, from innovation and keeping costs down, to teamwork and trailing new rice cultivation techniques.

A new era for Prima Bakeries Group as it announces it will become an employee-owned business

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Prima Bakeries Group becomes employee-owned

By Bethan Grylls

The Group which includes Redruth-based Prima Bakeries and St Columb-based Cornish Premier Pasties, has announced its transition to an employee-owned business.

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2024 winners have been announced - drum roll, please!

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Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2024 winners revealed...

By Bethan Grylls

The London Hilton Bankside was awash with celebration as hundreds of food and beverage producers joined together to honour their team’s achievements - and it was an extraordinary night for Arla Foods which saw a triple win.

Small businesses need more support as growth slows to snail pace. Credit: Getty/Stefan Rotter

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UK small business growth slows by 40%

By Bethan Grylls

The last decade has seen SMEs been hindered by several major events, including Brexit, Covid-19 and geo-political tensions, which have led to a significant slow in growth.

Don't miss our webinar, exploring technologies for improving your supply chain traceability. Credit: Getty/sitox

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Technology to improve your traceability

By Bethan Grylls

Register for our exclusive webinar which looks at existing and emerging technology to enhance your supply chain traceability, whilst taking you back to basics as our experts explore several case studies, options and the important questions to ask before...

Scott Baigent and Cam Wallace have bought Eight Degrees from Irish Distillers

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Eight Degrees founders buy back brewery

By Gwen Ridler

The founders of Irish drinks maker Eight Degrees have bought back their brewery from Pernod Ricard subsidiary Irish Distillers for an undisclosed sum.

The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive will significantly change the way companies approach ESG. Credit: Getty/MTStock Studio

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How the Due Diligence Directive will impact food and drink producers

By Bethan Grylls

Last December saw the informal agreement from EU Parliament and Council negotiators on new corporative sustainability rules, but what does this mean for food and drink manufacturers and suppliers and their current way of approaching ESG?

How prepared are you for the changes coming to UK borders? Credit: Getty/PCH-Vector

Opinion

New UK border controls may cause anarchy

By Andrew Thurston

Long-awaited changes to border controls on the import of animals, food and flowers from the EU into the UK may cause significant disruption to trade if suppliers in the EU are not sufficiently prepared. Andrew Thurston, customs duty lead for MHA explores.

2023 was a highly volatile year for the global commodities market and 2024 will see further disruption. Getty/CharlieAJA

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Sugar, oil and gold likely to see price hikes in 2024

By Bethan Grylls

The Smart Cube’s senior commodity specialist examines the fluctuating commodity market and how things are shaping up this year, as he warns oil, gold and sugar costs are set to rise.

Regal Foods flexes appetite for further growth as it acquires Love Handmade Cakes

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Regal Food acquires Love Handmade Cakes

By Bethan Grylls

The acquisition of the Yorkshire-based cake manufacturer comes just 24 months after Regal Food Products Group Plc snapped up premium desserts manufacture, Just Desserts Yorkshire.

Happy Drinks COmpany has secured a £440k loan from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Flexible Growth Fund. Image: Getty, Yau Ming Low

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Happy Drinks Company creates jobs after £440k loan

By Gwen Ridler

Clean-label drinks firm Happy Drinks Company is to create 24 jobs to support the expansion of its bottling and manufacturing operations, after securing a £440k loan from Liverpool City Council.

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