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RHM is to invest £23m at the Avana Bakeries site in Newport, securing the future of 675 jobs, but the company's Cardiff site will close and 230 staff will be offered employment in Newport.
The Scottish Agricultural Science Agency is to consider bids from four construction groups early next year for the development of a new £25m headquarters at Gogarbank Farm, near Edinburgh.
Asda is to close its 31 in-store butchers' counters and switch to centrally packed meat, which will involve the creation of 1,100 jobs at supplier factories in Swansea, Doncaster and Winsford.
Unilever Bestfoods is planning to build a £50m national distribution centre at Kingswood Lakeside, Staffordshire, with the creation of up to 300 jobs, and may transfer work from sites in Peterborough, Warrington and Worksop.
Co-operative Group is to sell off its 2,330 dairy cows and shed up to 48 jobs at farms in Cheshire, Shropshire, Ayrshire and Leicestershire, in order to focus on arable, fruit and vegetable farming.
Cadbury Schweppes is planning to reduce its 55,000-strong worldwide workforce by 5,500 and close 27 of its 133 factories over the next four years, but declined to give details of where the cuts will take place.
United Dairy Farmers is to set up a £4.5m technical centre of excellence in Northern Ireland, in order to develop new dairy products for international markets using milk supplied by local farmers.
Sygen is looking to spend up to £24m on the expansion of its shrimp business into countries such as Brazil, Ecuador and China, and is seeking acquisitions, joint ventures and licensing deals.
Dalziel, the meat ingredients maker, is to relocate its distribution operation and 20 staff to a new site in Hebburn, in order to free up space for 25 additional manufacturing jobs in Gateshead.
Scottish Agricultural College is considering plans to close campuses in Craibstone, Aberdeen and Auchincruive, Ayr, in order to centralise its education, research and development work in Edinburgh and Midlothian.
DARD, the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, has announced a £2.5m EU funding package for the food industry in Northern Ireland, enabling Dale Farm, Wilson's Country, Willowbrook Foods and seven other companies to invest in new facilities.
SodaStream is to close its factory in Peterborough in July with the loss of 30 jobs, as parent company Soda-Club plans to move its gas cylinder refilling and refurbishment department to Germany.
Morley Research Centre is to merge with Arable Research Centres, with Morley's Wymondham site becoming the arable research headquarters and ARC's Cirencester office managing the membership, accounting and technology transfer operations.
Carmarthenshire County Council is planning to develop a food park on a 50-acre site at Cross Hands near Llanelli, in order to create up to 200 jobs and act as a centre for agricultural produce companies such as Dawn Pac.
Northern Foods is to centralise its IT and financial administration activities at a new department for 80 staff in Wakefield, but 200 jobs will be shed at operating companies throughout the country.
Carmarthenshire County Council is to consider plans from Buckley Bros Brands & Brewing for the development of a new brewery, pub and visitor centre in Llandeilo, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
The Welsh Development Agency is in discussions with Oriel Jones about plans to establish a meat packing operation at the former Dairy Crest site in Carmarthen, which could create 300 jobs.
Invest NI is supporting plans by McColgan's Quality Foods to invest £6m in the expansion of its frozen and chilled foods factory in Strabane, with the creation of 30 jobs by the end of 2004.
Allied Domecq is planning to spend £22m revamping its Scottish facilities over the next 18 months, including a new bottling line at its Dumbarton plant and the rebuilding of its Glenburgie distillery near Forres.
The Welsh Development Agency has launched the £3m AqWa project to expand the fish farming sector in Wales, and 80 jobs will be created through the development of up to 50 farm-based production systems.
Unilever has announced plans for a £96m investment in ice-cream marketing and development over the next three years, including the opening of 1,000 kiosks on beaches and in shopping centres throughout the world.
Parmalat Dairies is to close its yoghurt production plant at Mildenhall, Suffolk, with the loss of up to 150 jobs, in order to relocate production to Kendal and administration to the Egham head office.
United Biscuits is to close its biscuit factory in Ashby de la Zouch next year with the loss of 900 jobs, although 500 jobs will be created with the transfer of production to its 13 other sites.
Lay & Wheeler, the wine company, is to relocate its headquarters from Colchester to Holton St Mary in Suffolk, and a new 200,000 sq ft distribution centre will open in Burton on Trent in March.
North East Lincolnshire Council is helping Roberts Food set up a Yorkshire puddings factory at the former Seagull fish plant in Grimsby with the creation of 70 jobs, following a recent fire at its site in Leeds.
Kallo Foods is to acquire the Whole Earth and Gusto herbal soft drink brands from Whole Earth Foods, and Whole Earth will change its name to Green & Black's and focus on organic chocolate and ice cream.