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Kerry Group has posted sales growth, despite adverse currency movements

Kerry Group posts sales boost in ‘adverse’ market

By James Ridler

Irish food and ingredients manufacturer Kerry Group has posted a £130M rise in sales in its half-year trading report, despite the company facing “significant adverse currency movements”.

Boosting apprenticeships was a key means of lifting productivity, said DEFRA boss Tim Render

Food manufacturers face ‘four key challenges’

By Michael Stones

Food manufacturers face four key challenges – with the need to boost productivity topping the list – according to Tim Render, director of food and farming, at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Donald Trump is to become the 45th US president

Trump wins US election on ‘Brexit, plus, plus, plus’ platform

By Michael Stones

Billionaire property tycoon Donald Trump is to become the 45th US president – in a shock election victory, after pledging a “Brexit, plus, plus plus” to “Make America great again” – leading critics to question the impact of his presidency on world trade...

Food manufacturers have set their wish list for Osborne's Budget

Budget 2015

Food firms to Osborne: ‘give us dedicated strategy’

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturers have called on Chancellor of the Exchequer to set a “dedicated competitiveness strategy” for food and drink to help them tackle challenges around innovation, health and skills in today’s Budget.

The deal means UB can have a much more secure supply of cocoa beans and chocolate

United Biscuits crafts cocoa supply pact with Cargill

By Rod Addy

United Biscuits (UB) has clinched a three-year partnership with international food conglomerate Cargill ensuring dedicated cocoa and chocolate supplies for products such as Jaffa Cakes and McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives.

Osborne: ‘Next year's fuel duty rise will be cancelled’

Autumn statement: good news on rates and fuel

By Rod Addy

UK businesses received good news on business rates and fuel prices in Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s autumn statement, although there was some criticism on energy prices.

Cake firm Finsbury Foods reports strong Christmas sales

Happy Christmas for Finsbury Foods

By Dan Colombini

Cake manufacturer Finsbury Foods has reported strong growth in its latest trading update despite weak consumer confidence in the sector, according to city analysts.

Greencore cfo insists business is not for sale

Greencore cfo insists business is not for sale

By Ben Bouckley

Greencore cfo Alan Williams has told that he can "categorically confirm the business is not for sale", following a news report that said the €850m turnover convenience foods group had held talks with private equity firms...


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