he Juice Executive has more than doubled its sales over the past 12 months

Juice firm boosts jobs as sales pass £1M

By Gwen Ridler

Beverages manufacturer The Juice Executive has more than doubled its sales in the 12 months to November 2017, after increasing contract manufacturing orders and acquiring juice firm Radiance Cleanse.

Döhler’s Robert Despineux laims the UK is ‘very active in terms of start-ups’

Ingredients firm invests in start-ups

By Paul Gander

A Unilever report recently claimed that collaboration between large manufacturers and start-ups was now a ‘strategic imperative’. But leading ingredients suppliers are also now starting to play an equally entrepreneurial role in investing in food and...

New product development is the biggest growth opportunity for food and drink businesses

NPD tops food and drink firms’ biggest opportunities

By Matt Atherton

New product development (NPD) is the biggest opportunity for food and drink manufacturers over the next 12 months, while fewer firms are positive about business prospects, according to a survey by advisory firm BDO.

Food start-ups are competing for a chance for business mentorship at Rabobank's F&A Next conference

Food start-up competition attracts 120 firms

By Gwen Ridler

More than 120 global food and agriculture start-up firms are competing for a place at the agribusiness bank Rabobank’s business mentorship scheme competition, Foodbytes. 

Kolak Snacks has merged with Europe Snacks to form a £225M manufacturing business, which employs 1,400 people and produces more than 1.4bn packs a year

New snacks giant formed from £225M merger

By Michael Stones

Snack firms Kolak Food Snacks Ltd and Europe Snacks have merged to form a £225M (€250M) manufacturing business, which employs 1,400 people and produces more than 1.4bn packs a year.

Food and drink innovation will be the topic of conversation at New Frontiers in Food & Drink

Innovation conference

Disruptive change drives real growth

By Rick Pendrous

Creative insights are the real drivers of business growth in food and drink and yet, all too often, companies stick with the safe option, adopting a tick-box approach to innovation, according to leading consultants in the field.

Food and drink start-ups have a lot to consider

Food start-ups share top tips

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink start-ups should have a strong brand identity, continuously improve their product and research both the market and consumer response to their product.

Top ways food and drink firms can secure investment

Top three tips to securing investment

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink firms seeking crowdfunding must provide detailed business information to ensure they stand out from the competition to potential investors.

Prospective and newly-formed distilleries can apply for cash to help their businesses grow

Diageo backs £10M fund for distillers

By Rod Addy

New and growing distillers could draw on a £10M fund to help their businesses grow, thanks to an initiative backed by spirits giant Diageo.

Investec is looking to crown an 'Entrepreneur of the Year'

Investec on hunt for entrepreneur of the year

By Laurence Gibbons

Bank and market analyst Investec has launched a hunt to find a food or drink business that has reinvented its category to crown its ‘Food & Drink entrepreneur of the year’.

If big firms don't invest in small businesses they risk losing their income streams

Invest in small food firms or risk losing income

By Laurence Gibbons

Big food and drink manufacturers should invest in small firms to protect their income streams and benefit from injecting an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit into their businesses.

Yumbles offers firms without retail contracts a place to sell their products

Website provides route to market for food firms

By Laurence Gibbons

Small food and drink firms and entrepreneurs can benefit from a new website that offers businesses without retail contracts opportunities to market their products.

Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

Finance needed for small firms to grow

By Rick Pendrous

You only have to look at the number of money-making ideas for food and drink products that make it on to BBC TV's Dragons' Den to recognise that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Britain.

Passion and planning ability are Levi Roots' two key ingredients for launching a career as a food entrepreneur

Levi Roots: how to be a food entrepreneur

By Mike Stones

Passion and planning ability are the two key qualities for launching a career as a successful food entrepreneur, according to Caribbean food guru Levi Roots.

Consumers view frozen yogurt as a healthier alternative to ice cream

UK frozen yogurt market to soar in 2012

By Dan Colombini

The use of innovative flavourings and a consumer drive for healthier food is expected to contribute to major growth in the UK frozen yogurt market, according to industry experts.

Welcome to the big chill

Welcome to the big chill

By Rick Pendrous

Samworth Brothers' chief executive Brian Stein will have the satisfaction of looking back on 16 years of successful leadership of the chilled foods manufacturer when he passes on the reins next year. Stein has helped create a hugely successful business,...


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