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British Soft Drinks Association boss Gavin Partington at the launch

Map reveals soft drink jobs across UK

By Alice Foster

The soft drinks sector adds £11bn to the UK economy and supports more than 340,000 jobs nationwide, according to figures released this week.

Andy Wood is backing Britain's continued EU membership with both barrels

Brewery boss backs EU membership campaign

By Michael Stones

The boss of Adnams brewery has joined food industry executives and other business leaders in backing the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI’s) campaign in support of Britain’s EU membership.

Alibaba has appointed its first UK md Amee Chande

Alibaba opens UK office for euro expansion

By Michael Stones

Global online retail giant the Alibaba Group has appointed a UK md to run its UK office, as part of plans to expand its business empire into Europe and facilitate sales to China.

The Britain Stronger in Europe group was launched today

Keep UK in EU, argues new campaign group

By Michael Stones

Britain will be better off within the EU, a new cross-party campaign group launched today, led by the chairman of online grocery business Ocado and former chief executive of Marks & Spencer Stuart Rose will argue.  

A petition started by Oliver could force a parliamentary sugar debate

Jamie wins 100k signatures to force sugar tax debate

By Laurence Gibbons

The government will be forced to consider debating whether to tax sugary drinks after a petition calling for the move by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver gained more than 100,000 signatures.

Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

What prospect for food should Corbyn win?

By Rick Pendrous

Jeremy Corbyn, who is leading the other candidates in the polls to become the next leader of the Labour Party, divides opinion. Those on the right see him as an unreconstructed leftie who would make Labour unelectable. His fans – including many young...

Provisional approval of Poundland's bid clears the way to achieve five key benefits

Five benefits from Poundland takeover approval

By Michael Stones

Poundland’s £55M takeover bid for 99p Stores has won provisional approval from the the competition watchdog, clearing the way to deliver five key benefits, said one leading analyst.

Ed Spelman, md at Ballymaguire Foods, and Michael Hoey, chairman of Ballymaguire Foods

Ballymaguire Foods creates 100 jobs in output boost

By Alice Foster

Chilled ready meal producer Ballymaguire Foods has started constructing a new factory as part of plans to create 100 jobs and boost sales in the UK and Ireland, the firm’s md told this website.

Aldi will team up with team GB to promote British produce to consumers

Aldi makes Olympic effort to support British food

By John Wood

British produce is set to get a sharp boost after Aldi announced its partnership with the Olympics team GB, weeks after the German discounter pledged to ‘change the face of retailer and supplier relations’.

Coca-Cola Company is looking to simplify through mergers

CCE ‘in multi-billion pound merger talks’

By Nicholas Robinson

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has refused to confirm or deny whether it is in a three-way multi-billion pound discussion to combine its operations with two other European Coca-Cola bottling firms.

The Scottish government has pressed the UK government and French authorities to resolve the crisis

End Calais chaos to protect Scottish seafood exports

By Alice Foster

The UK government and French authorities must do more to resolve the transport chaos around Calais, says the Scottish government after holding a crisis meeting yesterday to probe the impact on Scotland’s seafood exports.

The great herb hoax: Fraudster are targeting oregano

Food fraudsters targeting oregano a ‘major problem’

By Laurence Gibbons

Food fraudsters are substituting dried oregano with other herbs, such as olive and myrtle leaves, reflecting a “major problem” in the herb and spices sector, according to Professor Chris Elliott.

Drinks deal feels good for Nichols

Nichols acquires Feel Good Drinks

By Laurence Gibbons

Vimto brand owner Nichols Plc has acquired Feel Good Drinks from German drinks supplier MBG International Premium Brands for an undisclosed amount.

Mash Direct is driving towards a turnover boost of £2M in the next six months

Mash Direct targets £2M turnover boost in six months

By Michael Stones

Vegetable accompaniments business Mash Direct is targeting a turnover boost of £2M in the next six months, after securing an annual deal, worth £3M, with the UK’s second biggest supermarket Asda.

Hullets supplies frozen food from six depots across the UK

Cool buyout for Newcastle food wholesaler

By Nicholas Robinson

Newcastle-based wholesaler Kitwave has scooped Sheffield frozen food firm Hulleys Frozen in its eleventh acquisition since securing a £7.5M cash injection.

Less is more: fewer audits are needed, says George Eustice

Fewer food audits needed, says minister

By Rick Pendrous

The burden of inspections on food businesses could be reduced as part of a new government strategy designed to ensure a vibrant, profitable and growing UK food and farming sector, a government minister indicated to the meat industry last month.

Driving Scotttish economic growth: logistics makes a key contribution

Scotland’s growth depends on logistics

By Michael Stones

Efficient logistics are a key driver of growth in the Scottish economy, according to a new report from the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Moy Park has 12,000 staff across Europe

Breaking news

Moy Park sold for £944M to JBS

By Nicholas Robinson

Moy Park will be sold to the world’s largest meat packer JBS in a deal worth $1.5bn (£944.7M), it has emerged.

Poundland sales topped £1bn for the first time

Poundland sales top £1bn for first time

By Michael Stones

Discount retailer Poundland has posted sales up by 11.8% to top £1bn for the first time, in full-year results to March 29 but warned trading in the first half of this financial year will be subdued.

'Scare-mongering' reports have over emphasised the dangers of quitting the EU

Food firms ‘to face higher costs after EU exit’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers would face higher long-term costs if Britain quits the EU, but the move would have less impact on business than some “scare-mongering” reports suggest.

Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

EU vote could hinge on government popularity

By Rick Pendrous

High levels of campylobacter in fresh supermarket chicken or a UK exit from the EU after a referendum: it's difficult to say which should be of more immediate concern to the nation’s food sector.

Food and drink manufacturers 'want to remain in the EU', according to industry

Investment to stop until EU referendum – EEF

By Nicholas Robinson

Investment in manufacturing will cease if the prime minister does not hold a referendum on EU membership at the earliest opportunity, the manufacturers’ organisation EEF has said.

Should we stay or should we go? Food manufacturers want to be part of a strong EU, said the FDF

Food manufacturers ‘want to be part of strong EU’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers “want to be part of a strong EU”, Ian Wright, Food and Drink Federation (FDF) director general has told this website, ahead of a key business leader’s speech tonight, which will urge bosses “to speak out early” in favour of...

British food brands dominate UK consumers’ baskets

Home-grown brands popular among Brits

By Laurence Gibbons

Six of the 10 most popular food and drink products in the UK are based there, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel.

It's vital the UK stays in the EU, bosses say

Weak euro threatens food’s export boom

By Nicholas Robinson

Food industry exports could be hit by challenging exchange rates, calling the sector’s recent growth into question, figures show as one of Britain’s biggest manufacturers urges the UK to leave the EU.

APS said the deal would make it the largest grower and supplier of British tomatoes

APS Group snaps up Wight Salads

By Rod Addy

APS Group’s acquisition of Wight Salads Limited (WSL) from Vitacress will enable it to become the UK’s largest grower and seller of British tomatoes, it has claimed.

The prospect of leaving the EU is 'the biggest threat' facing manufacturers

Quitting EU is manufacturers’ ‘biggest threat’

By Michael Stones

Quitting the EU is “the biggest threat” facing manufacturers, warned the manufacturing organisation EEF, as business leaders and analysts highlighted the key importance of EU membership.

The UK food industry is waking up to the cost-cutting benefits offered by automation

UK food industry gets automated to cut costs

By Rod Addy

The UK food industry is switching on to the benefits of automation amid growing pressure to cut costs, according to engineering component specialist European Automation.

Food and drink would ‘prefer’ a Conservative government – expert

Election 2015

Food industry ‘better’ with Conservatives: expert

By Nicholas Robinson

Food and drink manufacturers would be disadvantaged by a Labour coalition with the Scottish National Party (SNP) and would instead prefer another Conservative government, according to a leading analyst.

 EEF were dissapointed by Cameron's policy over an EU referendum

Election 2015

Conservative manifesto ‘disappointing’ for manufacturers

By Laurence Gibbons

David Cameron’s policy to let the public decide on an EU referendum, revealed in the Conservative manifesto today, was “disappointing”, according to the boss of the manufacturers’ organisation EEF.

Business leaders gave a mixed reaction to Labour's manifesto

Election 2015

Labour plans draw mixed reaction from business

By Michael Stones

Business leaders have given a mixed response to Labour’s manifesto published on Monday (April 13), with praise for its commitment to EU membership but criticism of its curb on zero-hours contracts.

Tony Blair urged voters to 'think of the chaos' produced by the possibility of the UK quitting the EU

Election 2015

CBI bosses back Britain’s EU membership

By Michael Stones

Business bosses’ group the Confederation of British Industry has highlighted the key importance of EU membership to the UK economy, after former prime minister Tony Blair slammed David Cameron's pledge to hold a referendum on EU membership.

More than 100 business leaders have backed chancellor George Osborne's economic recovery plan

Election 2015

Food bosses join support for government policy

By Michael Stones

Food industry leaders – including George Weston, ceo of Associated British Foods, which owns the Silver Spoon, Kingsmill and Ovaltine brands – have joined more than 100 business bosses in writing a letter of support for the coalition’s economic policy.