Drink Firms

Cash-strapped: Small-scale food manufacturers could boost output if banks boosted lending

Small food manufacturers’ growth plans stifled by banks

By Gary Scattergood

Small food and drink firms make a crucial contribution to the £1,000bn driven through local economies by small businesses each year, but it could be far greater if banks loosened their purse strings.

Müller's acquisition of Robert Wiseman Dairies is a sign of things to come

Food & drink firms face more foreign takeovers

By Tom Chandler

More British food and drink firms could find themselves the targets of overseas takeovers this year, with some analysts predicting mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity surpassing the £4.2bn achieved in the UK last year.

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