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Budweiser launches twist-off bottle caps

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s beer brand, Budweiser has introduced new twist-off bottle caps for its product line in the UK.
The new caps are expected to eliminate the need for bottle openers, providing an easier serving experience.
Budweiser UK&I senior brand manager Aina Fuller said: “This is so much more than a packaging innovation for Budweiser – never again […]

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UK Parliament to debate on sugary drinks tax

    UK Parliament to debate on sugary drinks tax

On Monday 30 November the House of Commons will debate an e-petition calling for “a tax on sugary drinks in the UK to improve our children’s health.” The debate was scheduled by the Petitions Committee following a petition started online by Jamie Oliver and Sustain.
The debate, led by Helen Jones MP, Chair of the Petitions […]

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Foodex 2016 to bring UK food and drink manufacturing sectors together

    Foodex 2016 to bring UK food and drink manufacturing sectors together

Foodex 2016, the UK’s premier trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging, ingredients and logistics industries, will return to the NEC Birmingham in April 2016. The show provides a business platform for professionals across full industry spectrum including bakery, beverage, dairy, fresh, ingredients, logistics, meat and seafood.
Run over three days (18–20 April 2016), […]

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Surge in UK Convenience Market

    Surge in UK Convenience Market

UK convenience stores’ sales are forecast to reach £44 billion by 2017, according to the latest research by IGD. This represents a 29% increase from the current value of £34 billion. The average annual growth rate for the convenience sector is set to be 5.1% between now and 2017.
IGD’s ShopperVista research highlights some of the […]

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Carlsberg Targets UK Cider Market

    Carlsberg Targets UK Cider Market

Carlsberg is entering the fast growing UK cider market with the launch of its Somersby brand. Produced in Herefordshire, the cider will initially be available in 440ml cans and 500ml bottles in the off-trade with the on-trade launch scheduled for early 2013.
Carlsberg is targeting the mainstream cider segment. “There is a lot of activity in […]

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UK Soft Drinks Industry Exhibits Solid Growth

    UK Soft Drinks Industry Exhibits Solid Growth

The soft drinks industry grew in value by 5.1% in 2011 to more than £14.5 billion, according to the 2012 UK Soft Drinks Report. Published by the British Soft Drinks Association, with data from Zenith International, the report also reveals that consumption grew by 0.7% to reach more than 14.6 billion litres, or 253.3 litres […]

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Acquisition of Cumbrian Seafoods Approved

    Acquisition of Cumbrian Seafoods Approved

The UK Office of Fair Trading has cleared the acquisition of Cumbrian Seafoods by private equity company Lion Capital, which also owns Young’s Seafood, the UK’s leading chilled and frozen fish and seafood company. The OFT examined the implications of the deal, particularly with regard to whether it gave Young’s Seafood a dominant position in […]

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UK Food and Drink Exports Top £12 Billion

    UK Food and Drink Exports Top £12 Billion

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports rose to over £12 billion (£12,152.4m) in 2011, exceeding expectations and confirming significant potential for overseas growth over the next decade. The previous year’s results (2010) proved a landmark for the industry when figures broke through the £10 billion barrier, but the 2011 results show performance is up by […]

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Record British Sugar Beet Crop

    Record British Sugar Beet Crop

UK sugar beet growers have once again achieved record average yields, marking the fourth time records have been broken in seven years. The previous record set in 2009 was 71.7 tonnes of sugar beet per hectare, but growers have surpassed this to reach 75.6 t/ha, according to British Sugar.
Each year the UK sugar beet industry […]

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UK Sales of Organic Products Fall

    UK Sales of Organic Products Fall

Although global sales of organic products grew by 8.8% in 2010 with growth continuing into 2011, UK sales fell by 3.7% last year, according to the latest organic market analysis by the Soil Association.
Strong growth has continued in all other major European organic markets and in the US, the world’s leading organic market. Sales of […]

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£2.4 Billion UK Cider Market is Ripe For Further Development

    £2.4 Billion UK Cider Market is Ripe For Further Development

Cider is the undisputed success story of the UK alcohol category over the past six years, according to new research from Mintel. It has grown its volume sales by just under a quarter (24%) between 2006 and 2011 and over this period its value sales increased from £1.7 billion to £2.4 billion. With pubs seeing […]

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Double Digit UK Growth For Fairtrade Products

    Double Digit UK Growth For Fairtrade Products

Estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products in the UK reached £1.32 billion in 2011, a 12% increase on sales of £1.17 billion in 2010. Cocoa and sugar have all seen significant growth with increases respectively of 34% and 21% over 2010. Bananas, coffee, tea are all showing steady growth. Critically, this means that Fairtrade Premiums, […]

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UK Becomes Net Exporter of Lamb

    UK Becomes Net Exporter of Lamb

The UK has become a net exporter of lamb, according to new figures published by EBLEX. Figures show that in 2011 sheep meat exports from the UK saw an 11 per cent increase on the year, totalling 98,500 tonnes product weight. During the same period, UK sheep meat imports fell 13 per cent to 88,000 […]

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UK Shoppers Plan and Shop Around More to Secure Best Value

    UK Shoppers Plan and Shop Around More to Secure Best Value

An increasing number of consumers in the UK are now planning before going out to do their food and grocery shopping, compared to three years ago, according to the latest IGD shopper research. Nearly seven in ten shoppers (67%) plan most of their food and grocery shopping before they even get to a store, up from […]

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UK Beer Sales Decline Continues But Rate Slows Further

    UK Beer Sales Decline Continues But Rate Slows Further

UK beer sales continued to fall in 2011, although at a slower rate than in previous years, according to the latest UK‘Beer Barometer’, released by the British Beer & Pub Association. The BBPA says this decline could be halted – and thousands of jobs saved – if the Government abandons damaging plans for yet-more, above-inflation […]

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Tesco Continues to Decline as Iceland Achieves Record Market Share

    Tesco Continues to Decline as Iceland Achieves Record Market Share

Tesco, has seen its share of the UK grocery market fall to below 30% for the first time since May 2005. The UK’s largest supermarket group held 29.9% of the market for the 12 weeks ended 22 January 2012, according to the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel. However, while Tesco’s market share dropped, Iceland […]

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Plans to Export More UK Food and Drink Unveiled

    Plans to Export More UK Food and Drink Unveiled

The UK food and drink industry has welcomed a new plan, launched by Food and Farming Minister Jim Paice, which could help hundreds of companies secure sales in lucrative emerging markets. The Exports Action Plan, overseen by a Forum co-chaired by Jim Paice and FDF (Food and Drink Federation) deputy president and chief executive of […]

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UK Poultry Industry Must Increase Consolidation and Efficiency Levels

    UK Poultry Industry Must Increase Consolidation and Efficiency Levels

Despite operating in one of the highest value-add markets in the EU, the UK poultry industry is suffering as a result of high feed prices, limited volume growth and oversupply, according to Rabobank. Increases in domestic demand merely reflect population growth, whilst the UK’s export industry still underperforms by failing to capitalise on a strengthened […]

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New Year Dieting Dilemma for British Consumers

    New Year Dieting Dilemma for British Consumers

Despite having the resolve to lose weight, British consumers may not know how to go about it, reveals new research from Mintel. Indeed, just six in 10 (61) UK consumers say that they know what they should and should not eat to lose weight – dropping to only 55% of men.
Furthermore, over one in 10 […]

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Kraft Foods to Restructure UK Confectionery Operations

    Kraft Foods to Restructure UK Confectionery Operations

Kraft Foods plans to invest £50 million in its UK confectionery manufacturing operations while cutting the workforce by 200 people. The 200 jobs will be shed at Kraft’s sites at Bournville, Birmingham, Chirk in Wrexham, north Wales, and Marlbrook in Herefordshire. The cuts will be made through redeployment and voluntary redundancies over two years from […]

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Record Results at Greene King

    Record Results at Greene King

Greene King, the British regional brewer and pub group, has increased operating profit before exceptionals to a record £115.6 million in the 24 weeks to October 16th 2011 on revenue up 9.0% to £527.5 million. Profit before tax and exceptional items rose 5.6% to £77.2 million.
 
Founded in 1799 and headquartered at Bury St Edmunds in England, […]

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UK Food and Drink Exports Continue to Grow

    UK Food and Drink Exports Continue to Grow

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports grew to £5.8 billion in the first half of 2011 – a rise of over 13% on the same period in 2010, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). Exports to the EU increased by 12.6% to £4.4 billion with the majority of markets showing growth, and three […]

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UK Alcohol Consumption in 2010 Far Lower Than 2004 Peak

  UK Alcohol Consumption in 2010 Far Lower Than 2004 Peak

UK alcohol consumption in 2010 remains far lower than it was six years ago, with consumption continuing to flat-line. While there was a small 0.6% rise in UK consumption per head in 2010, drinking levels are still 11% lower than they were in 2004 when a marked decline in UK consumption began, according to the […]

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UK Consumers Hit Hard by Rising Cost of Food

  UK Consumers Hit Hard by Rising Cost of Food

Rising food prices are forcing UK consumers to make changes to their shopping habits, says Which? A new national survey from the consumer champion found that 84% of people are worried about the rising cost of food – and yet, as figures reveal that the rate of inflation has fallen slightly, food prices continue to […]

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Dairy Crest Eyes Yoghurt Market

  Dairy Crest Eyes Yoghurt Market

UK dairy group Dairy Crest is reported to planning to move into the £1.2b yoghurt market either through developing its own business or by acquisition. Dairy Crest had been a key player within the UK yoghurt market through a joint venture with French dairy group Yoplait before selling its stake in 2009. A condition of […]

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SABMiller Opens New £3 Million Research Brewery in the UK

  SABMiller Opens New £3 Million Research Brewery in the UK

SABMiller today announces that it has commissioned a £3 million global brewing research facility in Nottingham, with the aim of pioneering new developments in the science of brewing.  Housed within the University of Nottingham’s School of Biosciences, the Brewing Research Facility (BRF) will explore new brewing technology and processes, putting the UK at the centre […]

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More Volume Growth For UK Bottled Water

  More Volume Growth For UK Bottled Water

Overall volume sales in the UK bottled water market grew by 0.7% in 2010 to 2,055 million litres. Zenith International’s 2011 Report on UK Bottled Water also shows retail sizes under 10 litres, which accounted for 83% of the total, achieved 2.4% growth.
In contrast, the bottled cooler market declined by 8.3%, due to ongoing challenging […]

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Blackstone Eyes Tangerine Confectionery

  Blackstone Eyes Tangerine Confectionery

Private equity firm Blackstone Group is in exclusive talks to acquire Tangerine Confectionery, the largest manufacturer of sugar confectionery and branded popcorn in the UK, in a deal worth more than £100m. Earlier this year, Tangerine was reported to be seeking a new private equity investor to help fund further expansion.
Since its formation in 2005, following […]

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Profit Warning From Thorntons

  Profit Warning From Thorntons

UK confectionery manufacturer and retailer Thorntons has warned that poor trading over the important Easter period coupled with the ongoing challenging retail environment will result in profit before tax and additional impairment charges for the year to June 25th 2011 being in the £3.0m to £4.5m range, significantly below the £6.1 million achieved last year.
In […]

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Zetar Expands Confectionery Business

  Zetar Expands Confectionery Business

Zetar, the UK confectionery and snack foods company, has acquired Derwent Lynton for a maximum consideration of up to £0.8m. Based in Derby, Derwent Lynton is a chocolate confectionery manufacturer specialising in solid milk chocolate and chocolate flavour balls and eggs, hollow milk chocolate shapes, sugar-coated milk chocolate products including eggs & beans and chocolate […]

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Record Fall in UK Food Prices

  Record Fall in UK Food Prices

UK prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages fell by 1.4% between February and March this year compared with a rise of 0.3% between the same two months a year ago, according to the Office for National Statistics. The 1.4% this year was a record fall for a February to March period.
The downward effects were widespread […]

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UK Food and Grocery Industry Recovers 115,000 Tonnes of Waste

  UK Food and Grocery Industry Recovers 115,000 Tonnes of Waste

Participants in a scheme run by ECR (Efficient Consumer Response) UK are well on the way to achieving targets set last autumn to prevent and recover waste in the FMCG supply chain in the UK. By thinking differently about waste when looking at products, packaging design, range and forecasting, consumer goods manufacturers and retailers have […]

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Boparan Starts Delisting of Northern Foods

  Boparan Starts Delisting of Northern Foods

Boparan Holdings has started the process of delisting Northern Foods’ shares from the London Stock Exchange after its £340m offer for the UK convenience food company was declared unconditional in all respects. It is anticipated that cancellation of the listing will take effect on or around May 11th 2011. Northern Foods will then be re-registered […]

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Diamond Foods Bags Pringles in $2.4 Billion Deal

  Diamond Foods Bags Pringles in $2.4 Billion Deal

US-based snacks group Diamond Foods is acquiring the Pringles business from Procter & Gamble in a deal worth $2.35b. Pringles is the world’s largest potato crisp brand with sales in over 140 countries and manufacturing operations in the US, Europe and Asia. The brand has been built over 45 years with a combination of proprietary […]

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UK Food Inflation Slows Sharply

  UK Food Inflation Slows Sharply

UK food inflation fell to 4.0% in March from 4.5% in February, according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Index. Non-food inflation slowed marginally to 1.5% from 1.6% in February and overall shop price inflation slowed to 2.4% in March from 2.7% the previous month.
”Global commodities are still exerting considerable upward pressure on retailers’ costs, but a […]

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UK Organic Sales Fall

  UK Organic Sales Fall

Sales of organic products in the UK fell 5.9% to £1.73b in 2010 with the rate of decline slowing significantly throughout the year, according to the Organic Market Report just published by the Soil Association. The outlook for 2011 is cautiously optimistic.
Despite fragile consumer confidence in the wider economy, the report shows positive signs of […]

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Produce World to Launch Green Giant Fresh in the UK

  Produce World to Launch Green Giant Fresh in the UK

Fresh produce company Produce World is launching the Green Giant Fresh product line in the UK. The canned range of Green Giant sweet corn and speciality vegetables has been available in the UK since 1960.
In North America, selected growers have been offering retailers premium Green Giant Fresh fruit and vegetables for over 15 years and […]

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UK Soft Drinks Sales Exceed £9 Billion Mark

  UK Soft Drinks Sales Exceed £9 Billion Mark

The UK soft drinks market has once again demonstrated its resilience in spite of tough economic conditions, growing to £9.4b in value last year, with take-home sales up 6.6% to £6.6b and the on-premise category edging up 1% to reach £2.8b.
The newly published 2011 Britvic Soft Drinks Report also reveals that the impulse channel grew […]

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UK Food Manufacturing Industry Faces Skills Shortage

  UK Food Manufacturing Industry Faces Skills Shortage

The Food and Drink Federation has warned that the UK food industry’s future sustainability is highly dependent on the skills of its workforce and that the industry needs to improve its image if it wants to attract talent to the sector.
FDF has launched a new careers campaign ‘Taste Success – A Future in Food’, which […]

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New Report Highlights Water and Carbon Impact of Wasted Food

  New Report Highlights Water and Carbon Impact of Wasted Food

The water and carbon footprint of wasted household food in the UK has been identified for the first time, highlighting the major environmental consequences of food waste, both domestically and globally.
The report, ‘The Water and Carbon Footprint of Household Food Waste in the UK’ – jointly published by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) and […]

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Resilient Performance by Shepherd Neame

  Resilient Performance by Shepherd Neame

Shepherd Neame, the UK regional brewer and pub operator, has increased turnover by 1.6% to £61.7m for the 26 weeks ended December 25th 2010. Operating profit was flat at £6.4m. The company’s beer volume grew by 0.6% as its key brands such as Spitfire, Bishops Finger and Asahi performed well despite the tough market environment.
“This […]

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UK Gluten and Wheat Free Market Now Worth £120 Million

The gluten and wheat free market in the UK is continuing to show strong growth. Latest Kantar Worldpanel data (52 w/e 26 December 2010), commissioned by gluten free brand leader DS-gluten free, shows that the total gluten and wheat free market is now worth more than £120.2m – up 14.8% year on year. Bread, sweet […]

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UK Online Grocery Sales to Double by 2015

  UK Online Grocery Sales to Double by 2015

More than a quarter (27%) of UK food and grocery manufacturers say they would consider building their own e-stores in the future in a bid to engage directly with shoppers online, according to research published by food and grocery analysts IGD. The research also reveals that the value of online grocery shopping is forecast to […]

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Another Successful Year For Nichols

  Another Successful Year For Nichols

UK-based soft drinks group Nichols increased profit before tax (pre-exceptional) by 23% to £15.1m on sales up 16% to £83.9m for the year ended December 31st 2010. Nichols’ brand portfolio includes Vimto, which is sold in over 65 countries, and Sunkist and Panda, which are sold in the UK. The company operates in both the […]

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UK Grocery Market Growth Slows as Consumers Show Caution

  UK Grocery Market Growth Slows as Consumers Show Caution

The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 20th February 2011, show that the market is subdued as shoppers watch their pennies. Overall market growth slowed slightly this period to 3.9% compared to 4.2% last month. However, both Sainsbury at 5.2% and Morrisons at 4.5% outperformed, growing ahead of the […]

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Boparan Now Holds 34% of Northern Foods as Offer Deadline Extended

  Boparan Now Holds 34% of Northern Foods as Offer Deadline Extended

Boparan Holdings, headed by chicken business entrepreneur Ranjit Singh Boparan, now controls more than a third of Northern Foods, the leading UK convenience food group. On January 21st 2011, Boparan made a £342m offer for Northern Foods, which was recommended by the board of Northern Foods in preference to an earlier offer by Greencore involving […]

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Tesco Initiates UK Price War With Asda

  Tesco Initiates UK Price War With Asda

Tesco has launched a £200m campaign to lower prices on more than 1,000 everyday items – from fruit and vegetables to bread, meat and medicines. Customers are being invited to compare Tesco’s prices to those at other supermarkets using Price Check. If Tesco is not cheaper than main rival Asda, the customer can claim back […]

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UK Fairtrade Sales Break £1 Billion Barrier

  UK Fairtrade Sales Break £1 Billion Barrier

UK sales of Fairtrade products soared by 40% in 2010 to an estimated retail value of £1.17b compared with £836m in 2009. UK shoppers are continuing to embrace Fairtrade, showing no downturn on ethical values despite the tough economic times.
Figures released by the Fairtrade Foundation reveal that every day in the UK, some 9.3 million […]

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Tangerine Looks For Investment to Fund Further Expansion

  Tangerine Looks For Investment to Fund Further Expansion

Blackpool-based Tangerine Confectionery, the largest British manufacturer of sugar confectionery and branded popcorn in the UK, is reported to be seeking a new private equity investor to help fund further expansion. Since its formation in 2005, following the buy-out of Danish company Toms, Tangerine Confectionery has quadrupled in size through both organic growth and acquisition. […]

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Challenging Year For Carlsberg

  Challenging Year For Carlsberg

Reflecting a highly challenging year in Russia, its largest market, Carlsberg increased net revenue by 1% to DKr60.05b (Eur8.0b) and operating profit by 9% to DKr10.25b in 2010. However, revenue fell 3% organically during the year with volume down 2% and a 1% decline in price/mix. Favourable currency factors were responsible for 8% of the […]

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Plans For UK’s Largest Dairy Farm Withdrawn

  Plans For UK’s Largest Dairy Farm Withdrawn

Plans to set up the UK’s largest dairy farm in Lincolnshire have been withdrawn by applicant Nocton Dairies. The company has now formally withdrawn its application for planning permission to build a 3,770 cow dairy farm at Nocton Heath due to the response of the Environment Agency, which has maintained its objection to the proposal.
The […]

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Premier Foods in the Red But Debt Level Reduced

  Premier Foods in the Red But Debt Level Reduced

Premier Foods, the UK’s largest food producer, has reported a pre-tax operating loss of £98m, against a profit of £42m in 2009, on a continuing basis for 2010 after a £125m goodwill impairment at its Brookes Avana own label bakery and prepared food business. Group turnover dipped by 3.5% to £ 2.57b due to lower […]

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Greencore Still Considering its Options on Northern Foods

  Greencore Still Considering its Options on Northern Foods

In response to recent press speculation about whether or not it will amend its offer for Northern Foods, the board of Greencore has confirmed that it is still considering its options. Dublin-based Greencore, which is one of the UK’s leading convenience food groups, had proposed an all-share merger of equals with British rival Northern Foods. […]

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Tangerine is One of Britain’s Fastest Growing Private Equity-backed Stars

  Tangerine is One of Britain’s Fastest Growing Private Equity-backed Stars

Blackpool-based Tangerine Confectionery, the largest British manufacturer of sugar confectionery and branded popcorn in the UK, has gained a top 20 place in the latest Sunday Times Deloitte Buyout Track 100, building on its excellent position of 47th last year. The league table ranks Britain’s 100 private equity-backed companies with the fastest-growing profits (EBITDA) over […]

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