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Zetar Completes Refinancing

    Zetar Completes Refinancing

Zetar, the UK confectionery and snack foods group, has completed its refinancing, agreeing new four year bank facilities with HSBC Bank. The refinancing provides Zetar with up to £45m in

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Sainsbury Relaunches Taste the Difference Own Brand Range

    Sainsbury Relaunches Taste the Difference Own Brand Range

UK supermarket group Sainsbury has relaunched its premium ‘Taste the Difference’ range of own label food and beverage products. The new range will feature over 1,000 products with hundreds of

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McDonald’s Aims For Bigger Share of UK High Street Coffee Market

    McDonald’s Aims For Bigger Share of UK High Street Coffee Market

In response to rising coffee sales, McDonald’s is extending its freshly-ground coffee range with the addition of sustainably-sourced Espresso. The Rainforest Alliance certified beverage marks another step in McDonald’s journey

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Asda Relaunches £8 Billion Own Label Food Range

    Asda Relaunches £8 Billion Own Label Food Range

Asda, the UK’s second biggest-supermarket group, has relaunched its entire range of more than 3,500 own label food products and invested over £100m in a concerted drive to improve product

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Consolidation in UK Vending Machines Market

SnackTime, one of the UK’s largest national operators of snack and chilled drink vending machines, has acquired Vendia UK for a maximum consideration of £10.98m. Vendia UK’s core operation is

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Stake in Seafood Holdings For Sale

    Stake in Seafood Holdings For Sale

Private equity firm Risk Capital Partners is reported to be looking to sell its 24% stake in Seafood Holdings, a supplier of seafood to the UK food service sector. In

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Decline in UK On-trade Continues to Benefit Off-trade

    Decline in UK On-trade Continues to Benefit Off-trade

Over the past year value has declined in the UK on-trade across most categories yet value has grown in the off-trade across all categories bar one, according to the latest

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Dairy Crest Reassures Investors

    Dairy Crest Reassures Investors

UK dairy group Dairy Crest has moved to reassure investors following rival Robert Wiseman Dairies’ shock profits warning due to recent intense competitive pressures within the liquid milk market. Whilst

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Campari Acquires Liqueur Brands From William Grant For €128 Million

    Campari Acquires Liqueur Brands From William Grant For €128 Million

Italian drinks producer Gruppo Campari is acquiring the Carolans, Frangelico and Irish Mist brands from William Grant & Sons, the Scotch whisky distiller. The acquisition reinforces Campari’s position as a

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Robert Wiseman Dairies Cautions on Profits

    Robert Wiseman Dairies Cautions on Profits

UK liquid milk specialist Robert Wiseman Dairies has cautioned that whilst anticipated sales volumes for the year remain unchanged, operating profits will be impacted by around £7m in the second

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£4.6 Billion European Ice Cream Market Stays Cool Despite a Cold Economy

    £4.6 Billion European Ice Cream Market Stays Cool Despite a Cold Economy

New research from Mintel Global Market Navigator (GMN) reveals that Germans are the biggest ice cream lovers in Europe, with Germany spending an average of £19 per head on the

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Strong Interim Results From Hilton Food Group

    Strong Interim Results From Hilton Food Group

UK-based Hilton Food Group, the leading specialist retail meat packing business supplying major international food retailers in Europe, has reported a strong underlying trading performance for the 28 weeks to

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UK Food and Drink Processors Make First Step Towards 2020 Water Target

    UK Food and Drink Processors Make First Step Towards 2020 Water Target

Almost 500,000 cubic metres of water have already been saved as 36 of the UK’s leading food and drink manufacturers report their first full year progress on the voluntary Federation

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Biggest Fall in UK Alcohol Consumption in 60 Years

    Biggest Fall in UK Alcohol Consumption in 60 Years

UK drinkers are continuing to reduce their alcohol consumption, with 2009 seeing the sharpest year-on-year decline since 1948, according to newly published figures from the British Beer & Pub Association.

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UK Dairy Sector Responds to Carbon Footprinting Challenge

    UK Dairy Sector Responds to Carbon Footprinting Challenge

The first UK sector specific guidance for calculating the carbon footprint of all dairy products has been launched. Developed by Dairy UK, DairyCo and the Carbon Trust in collaboration with

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Own Stores Decline Hits Thorntons

    Own Stores Decline Hits Thorntons

Reported pre-tax profit before exceptionals fell 2.4% to £6.1m on flat revenue of £214.6m for the year ended June 26th 2010 at Thorntons, the UK confectionery manufacturer and retailer, as

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Interim Profit Surges at Arla Foods But a Challenging Autumn Ahead

    Interim Profit Surges at Arla Foods But a Challenging Autumn Ahead

Increased prices in the global market, rising foreign exchange rates as well as strict control of costs have allowed Scandinavian dairy group Arla Foods to post a hugely increased profit

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Greencore Completes Disposal of Dutch Convenience Food Business

    Greencore Completes Disposal of Dutch Convenience Food Business

Leading UK and Irish convenience food manufacturer Greencore Group has completed the sale of its Netherlands-based convenience foods business, Greencore Continental, to Convenience Foods Europe, a subsidiary of Parcom Buy

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Findus Group Targets Growth in Nordic Region

    Findus Group Targets Growth in Nordic Region

Findus Group, one of Europe’s largest frozen food and seafood companies, has appointed Jari Latvanen, formerly with Nestle, to head its new, dedicated business unit covering the Nordic region. The

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Decrease in UK Food Safety Training a ‘Ticking Time Bomb

UK Food businesses are cutting back on food safety and hygiene training, according to a survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).The survey, which took place in

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European Organic Food Market Continues to Grow

    European Organic Food Market Continues to Grow

EU-27 demand for organic products continues to grow. The European organic consumer market is the biggest in the world, and was worth about $26b in 2008. The largest markets are

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Dairy Farmers to Increase Stake in Arla Foods UK

    Dairy Farmers to Increase Stake in Arla Foods UK

Arla Foods Milk Partnership, the British farmers group which supplies milk to dairy processor Arla Foods UK, is considering increasing its investment in the dairy processor. A final decision will

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New €12m Irish Mushroom Plant

  New €12m Irish Mushroom Plant

Irish mushrooms producer Monaghan Mushrooms has opened its new Eur12m state-of-the-art mushroom growing facility at Tyholland in County Monaghan. The

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Resilient First Half From Greggs

  Resilient First Half From Greggs

Greggs, the UK’s largest retail baker, increased total group sales in the 26 weeks ended 3rd July 2010 by 2.9%

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VION Investment Programme Creates 250 New Jobs in Scotland

  VION Investment Programme Creates 250 New Jobs in Scotland

Netherlands-based VION, Europe’s largest fresh meat group, is creating an additional 250 jobs within its Scottish operations. A multi-million pound

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Generation Brew – Young British Coffee Drinkers Not Satisfied With a Cup of Instant

New research from YouGov SixthSense reveals that a generational divide exists in UK coffee consumption. 83% of over 55s has

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Northern Foods to Sell Dalepak Frozen Foods

  Northern Foods to Sell Dalepak Frozen Foods

UK convenience foods producer Northern Foods has agreed to sell Dalepak Frozen Foods to the Irish Food Processors Group, one

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Milk Link to Launch I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cheddar in the UK

  Milk Link to Launch I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cheddar in the UK

UK dairy co-operative Milk Link is planning to launch I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cheddar, a new cheese product that

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Premier Foods Increases Branded Sales in First Half

  Premier Foods Increases Branded Sales in First Half

Premier Foods, the UK’s largest domestic food processor, has increased operating profit by £40m to £67m for the six months

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Nichols Outperforms UK Soft Drinks Market

  Nichols Outperforms UK Soft Drinks Market

Nichols, the soft drinks group, has increased profit before tax by 39% to £6.0m on sales ahead by 17.8% to

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Cloned Meat Entered UK Food Chain

The Food Standards Agency in the UK has confirmed that meat from a cloned animal has entered the British food

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Lactalis Acquires Rachel’s Organic

  Lactalis Acquires Rachel’s Organic

French and international dairy group Lactalis has extended its UK interests with the acquisition of Rachel’s Organic, the Welsh company

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Simply Fresh Foods Acquired by Morrisons

  Simply Fresh Foods Acquired by Morrisons

Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket group, has expanded its manufacturing division with the acquisition of Simply Fresh Foods, a

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Signs of Recovery at Refocused Uniq

Having completed the sales of its operations in continental Europe and transformed into a UK-focused chilled foods business, Uniq has

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United Biscuits Offered For Sale

  United Biscuits Offered For Sale

Private equity firms Blackstone Group and PAI Partners are reported to be seeking to sell British and international biscuits and

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Major Improvement By Zetar

Zetar, the UK confectionery and snack foods group, has reported a much improved financial performance for the year ended April

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Solid Start to the Year by Dairy Crest

  Solid Start to the Year by Dairy Crest

Dairy Crest has reported that it has started the year well and trading in the first quarter has been in

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Sharp Dip in Uniq’s Share Price

The value of shares in Uniq have fallen sharply after the UK chilled prepared foods group’s long-term proposals for tackling

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Board Changes at Robert Wiseman Dairies – Capacity Expansion on Track

  Board Changes at Robert Wiseman Dairies – Capacity Expansion on Track

Alan Wiseman retires from his position as chairman of Robert Wiseman Dairies, the UK liquid milk processor, at the group’s

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Cott Extends Private Label Beverages Leadership With $500m Acquisition

Cott Corporation, the world’s largest retailer brand soft drinks company, is acquiring Cliffstar Corporation, the leading private label manufacturer of

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Innovation and Investment at Heart of UK Food and Drink Industry Success

  Innovation and Investment at Heart of UK Food and Drink Industry Success

An ongoing commitment to innovation and high-value production are key reasons why the UK’s food and drink industry has emerged

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Robert Wiseman Dairies Makes Further Milk Price Increase

  Robert Wiseman Dairies Makes Further Milk Price Increase

UK liquid milk specialist Robert Wiseman Dairies has increased the price paid to farmers for milk by 0.4 pence per

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Hat Trick of Awards For Linden Foods

  Hat Trick of Awards For Linden Foods

 UK meat processor Linden Foods has recently won a series of awards for innovation and quality across its range of

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One in Four UK Consumers Rarely Visit the Frozen Food Aisle

A YouGov SixthSense report into the chilled and frozen foods market reveals that 27% of UK adults rarely visit the

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The Kerrygold Company and North Downs Dairy to Merge

  The Kerrygold Company and North Downs Dairy to Merge

The Kerrygold Company and North Downs Dairy, both wholly owned British subsidiaries of the Irish Dairy Board, are merging to

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New Chairman For Premier Foods

  New Chairman For Premier Foods

Premier Foods, the UK’s largest domestic food processor, has appointed Ronnie Bell, the former president of Kraft Foods Europe, as

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UK First For Nestle Waters and S Pellegrino

Nestle Waters UK has teamed up with world famous Italian fashion house Missoni to design a limited edition bottle for

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Lantmannen Unibake Continues UK Expansion

  Lantmannen Unibake Continues UK Expansion

International bakery group Lantmannen Unibake has completed the takeover of UK’s leading supplier of sweet and savoury pastries and specialty

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British Public Confused by Health Messages Surrounding Dairy Products

  British Public Confused by Health Messages Surrounding Dairy Products

A YouGov SixthSense report into the dairy market reveals that 1 in 3 adults in the UK are confused about

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Record Year for St Austell Brewery

St Austell Brewery, the English regional brewer, pub operator and drinks wholesaler, is continuing to increase sales of its cask

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GSK to Launch Lucozade Brand in the US

  GSK to Launch Lucozade Brand in the US

UK-based global healthcare group GlaxoSmithKline is planning to launch its Lucozade energy drink in the US, which is the world’s

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Sold Performance By Milk Link

  Sold Performance By Milk Link

Milk Link has increased profit before tax to £10.6m for the year ended April 3rd last from £0.5m in 2009,

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Lantmannen Unibake Continues International Expansion With Hungarian Acquisition

  Lantmannen Unibake Continues International Expansion With Hungarian Acquisition

In line with its international expansion strategy, Lantmannen Unibake, , which is one of Europe’s leading frozen bakery products suppliers,

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UK Concern Over the Effects of Soft Drinks Advertising on Children

A YouGov SixthSense report into the UK drinks market has shown that 1 in 4 adults believe fizzy drinks contribute

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