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Food & Drink - 2005






















EFSIS, the Milton Keynes-based food safety inspection company, is to be acquired by SAI Global of Australia for about £5m.

Cadbury Schweppes has sold Holland House, its US-based cooking wine business, to Mizkan Americas for £21m.

Cadbury Schweppes is to sell its Grandma's Molasses business in the US to B&G Foods for £17m.

Pernod Ricard is to sell three whisky brands and the Glen Grant distillery to Campari of Italy for £89m.

Scotmin Nutrition, the Ayr-based animal feeds company, has been acquired by Buccleuch Group of Selkirk for undisclosed terms.

Unilever is to sell Mora, its Dutch snack foods business with annual sales of £70m, to Ad van Geloven for undisclosed terms.

Glisten has acquired Lyme Regis Fine Foods, the Hampshire-based fruit bars and cereals supplier with about 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Cadbury Schweppes is to build a £70m chewing gum factory in Poland by 2008, while £30m is being invested in the expansion of a Mexican factory.

Canterbury Foods is to sell its meat products business to J&J Tranfield for £4.5m, including sites in Hull and Stoke.

Young's Bluecrest is to set up a 64,000 sq ft smoked salmon factory at Starlaw Park in Livingston, in order to expand its Macrae of Edinburgh division.

John Standing Outside Caterers, the Brighton-based catering company with 25 staff, has been acquired by Kent-based Big Fill for undisclosed terms.

Tate & Lyle is to acquire Continental Custom Ingredients of the US for £40m and Celaspinia Foods of Italy for £34m, in order to expand its food ingredients business.

SHS Group is planning to create at least 20 new IT, marketing, accounting and logistics jobs at its recently-opened £5m headquarters in Belfast over the next two years.

Wynnstay has acquired Quins Farm Supplies, the Powys-based supplier of animal nutrition products, for up to £0.4m, while its Young's Animal Feeds joint venture has acquired Dollin & Morris, the Staffordshire-based manufacturer of equine and bird foods.

NWF has announced plans for the £15m expansion of its agriculture and distribution business in Cheshire, including the development of three new warehouses by early 2007.

Sweetmans Select Savouries, the Swansea-based bakery, has been bought out of administration by Cleary Foods Group for undisclosed terms, saving more than 40 jobs.

Cadbury Schweppes is to sell its European drinks division, which has 3,000 staff in 30 countries, to private equity firms Blackstone Group and Lion Capital for £1.27bn.

Finsbury Food Group is to acquire Glasgow-based cake manufacturers California Cake and Campbell's Cake for £7.4m, as well as United Central Bakeries of Edinburgh for £2.5m.

Aulds is to invest a further £6m at a frozen and chilled desserts factory in Renfrewshire, having just opened a £2m temporary replacement for the factory that burnt down in September.

Seabay has acquired Quickfish, the Grimsby-based seafood importer and distributor, for undisclosed terms.

Northern Foods has won a £30m contract to supply ready meals to Asda, which will create more than 200 jobs at factories in Carlisle, Grantham, Sheffield and Nottingham.

Fuller Smith & Turner has acquired George Gale & Co, the Hampshire brewer with 111 pubs, for £92m.

Warburtons is to create up to 140 jobs at its new £10m bakery, which is due to open at the former Rathbones site in Rogerstone, South Wales, in July.

Premier Foods has acquired Cauldron Foods, the Bristol-based meat-free products manufacturer with 215 staff, from Rayner & Co for £27m.

Brambles Foods has acquired Harry Mason, the London-based sandwich supplier, which should double its annual turnover to £20m.

Hitchen Foods, the Wigan-based supplier of prepared vegetables and salads with 750 staff, has been acquired by Geest for £44m.

Graham's Dairies has acquired Scottish Milk Dairies from First Milk for undisclosed terms, after rival firm Robert Wiseman dropped its bid.

Genus is to acquire Sygen International, the Oxfordshire-based pig breeding company, for £187m.

Calypso, the Wrexham-based soft drinks manufacturer with 180 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

Duchy Originals Foods is to set up an organic pastries bakery in Launceston next April, with the creation of an initial ten jobs.

Cromer Crab Company of Norfolk and Anchor Seafoods of West Sussex have been acquired by Fishery Products International of Canada for £18m.

Hill Station is to acquire Loseley Dairy Ice Cream of Cwmbran and Granelli McDermott of Cheshire for £2m.

Dairy Crest is to acquire the London Food Service business of Arla Foods, which includes food distribution sites in Ruislip, Bloomsbury and Nine Elms, for £4m.

Premier Foods is to sell Jonker Fris, the Dutch canned fruit and vegetable supplier with gross assets of £17m, to NPM Capital.

Simply Go, the Cwmbran-based sandwich filling manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by a former management team, securing the future of 50 of the 200 jobs.

British Cattle Movement Service is to create 100 new jobs in Workington by the end of the year.

Premier Foods has sold its Typhoo Tea business to Apeejay Tea of India for £80m, and Apeejay will establish a UK headquarters at the factory in Moreton, Wirral.

Richmond Foods is to invest £14m at its ice cream factory in Wigan over the next three years, with the creation of 60 jobs.

The Scottish Executive is to provide £6.5m of funding to 67 businesses for the modernisation of fishing vessels and fish processing plants, which will help to create 100 jobs.

Fredericks Dairies is investing £10m in a new automated production facility in Lancashire.

William Grant & Sons has acquired Raynal & Cie, the French brandy company, for an estimated £50m.

Greencore has acquired Oldfields, the London-based sandwich manufacturer, for £12m, and has also announced the sale of its UK pizza business to management for a nominal sum.

Provexis has sold its Altu food business to Go Lower for under £0.1m, in order to focus on the development of new food bioactives.

Cargill has sold its Seaforth corn mill to Dacsa of Spain for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of about 20 staff.

Walkers is to set up a new snacks factory in Skelmersdale by March, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.

Robert Wiseman Dairies is about to acquire a site in Taunton to set up a new £30m dairy by spring 2007, which will employ up to 500 staff.

Warburtons is to employ 100 workers at a bakery in Stockton when it becomes fully operational in December, following a £6.5m investment at the site.

Princes is creating 60 new jobs at its soft drinks factory in Manchester, with vacancies for manufacturing operatives, engineers and production managers.

Deli Lites is to expand production at its sandwich factory at Warrenpoint in County Down, with the creation of 12 new jobs.

The National Farmers Union has begun recruiting staff for its new £6.5m headquarters due to be completed at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire in December, and some of the 120 staff will relocate from London.

Bomfords has acquired Tuddenham Hall Foods, the Suffolk-based grower of asparagus and other vegetables.

Sainsbury's has announced that John Baarda is to create an initial 32 jobs at a new £3m tomato production facility in Billingham, and the 23-acre site will use carbon dioxide and steam produced by Terra Industries.

Interbrew UK has awarded a £3.5m contract to Dew to extend its brewery in Magor, South Wales.

The Seafood Company, the West Sussex-based seafood supplier, has been acquired by FPI of Canada for £18m.

Gold Star Soft Drinks has won planning permission to set up a £1.3m soft drinks factory in Saltash over the next 18 months, with the creation of at least 14 new jobs.

Premier Foods is planning to invest £2m at its recently-acquired Marlow Foods meat alternatives business, including marketing initiatives and new product development.

GoLower, the Edinburgh-based supplier of low-sugar snack bars, is considering plans for a flotation on Aim next year to fund expansion into continental Europe and the US.

Direct Wines is to set up a 17,000 sq ft wine distribution centre at the Gloucester Business Park in Brockworth by 2007, which should create 300 new jobs for the Gloucester area.

Charnwood Borough Council has approved plans for the development of an egg packing factory at Sunrise Poultry in Sileby, with the creation of up to 60 jobs.

Pan Fish of Norway has acquired two Scottish fish farming companies - Corrie Mhor Salmon of Wester Ross for £4.7m and Murray Seafoods of Loch Fyne for £5.5m.

NWF Agriculture has acquired Nutrition Express, the Salford Quays-based animal feed distributor, for £0.5m.

Greene King is to acquire Belhaven, the East Lothian-based brewery and chain of 270 pubs, for £254m.

Sildarvinnslan of Iceland is seeking permission from Shetland Islands Council to build a major fishmeal processing factory at Sullom Voe next year.

Highland Council is to consider plans from Praban na Linne for the development of a £3m all-Gaelic distillery and visitor centre on the Isle of Skye.

Macaw, the Nelson-based soft drinks company with more than 300 staff, is to be acquired by Cott Corp of Canada for £75m.

Woodward Foodservice has undergone a £25m management buy-out backed by Catalyst Investment.

BioCare, the Birmingham-based distributor of natural healthcare products and food supplements, has been acquired by Aim-listed cash shell NeutraHealth for £16m.

The Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group is to invest £0.4m in new production lines at its factory in Bellshill, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.

Whitworths has acquired Sundora, the dried fruit and nut company, for undisclosed terms, and production will transfer from Pocklington to Irthlingborough.

Kerry Group has acquired Noon Products, the ready meals manufacturer, from WT Foods for about £125m.

Northern Foods is creating 60 new jobs at the Palethorpes pie factory in Market Drayton, following a £2.3m expansion programme.

Lindley Catering, the Stoke-based contract catering company with 400 staff, has been acquired by private equity firm Sovereign Capital for £14m.

Bodycote Materials Testing has acquired Allied Laboratory Services, the Grimsby-based food testing company.

Napier Brown, the sugar products supplier, is to be acquired by The Real Good Food Company for £68m.

SABMiller of South Africa is to set up a new company to manage the marketing and distribution of its beer brands in the UK.

Carr's Billington Agriculture has acquired certain fixed assets of W&J Pye, the owner of four compound feed mills in Blackburn, Lancaster, Langwathby and Shrewsbury, out of administration, for £16m.

Devon Cider is to relocate to the former Thomas Hardy bottling factory in Tiverton by the end of the year, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.

Yeo Valley is planning to relocate its south Devon-based ice cream factory and 25 staff to Newton Abbot.

Rodda's Creamery is planning a £2.8m expansion at its clotted cream factory in Cornwall, with the creation of ten jobs.

Greene King has acquired TD Ridley & Sons, the Essex-based pub operator, for £46m, and Ridley's Chelmsford brewery will close with the loss of up to 85 jobs.

Carlsberg is to invest £13m in a new canning line for its Joshua Tetley brewery in Leeds, with the creation of 24 jobs.

Sir Robert McAlpine has won a £6m contract from Scotbeef to build a production facility in Glasgow.

Morrisons is planning to expand its recently-acquired abattoir in Turriff, which is expected to involve an increase in the 200-strong workforce.

Pro-Pak Foods, the Malton-based meat and ready meals company with 300 staff, has been acquired by TiCan of Denmark for undisclosed terms.

Faroe Seafood is looking to create more than 100 new jobs in Grimsby over the next two years, and plans to set up a manufacturing base, either directly or outsourced to another company.

Heinz is to acquire the HP, Lea & Perrins and Amoy sauce brands from Danone, prompting speculation that up to 400 jobs could be cut at factories in Birmingham and Worcester and an office on London.

Inter Link Foods is to close its recently-acquired Newton House Bakery in Ravensthorpe in September, but some of the 154 staff will relocate to Yorkshire Cottage Bakery in Bradford.

Moorhouses is planning to invest £0.8m in the expansion of its Burnley brewery and the opening of new pubs.

Weetabix has won planning permission from Kettering Council to expand its breakfast cereals site in Burton Latimer by over 14.5 hectares, including a new warehouse and two production units.

GW Padley is seeking permission from North Kesteven District Council for the £30m expansion of its Anwick poultry factory near Sleaford, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.

Diageo is to acquire the Bushmills Irish whiskey brand from Pernod Ricard for about £200m.

Premier Foods is to acquire Marlow Foods, the manufacturer of Quorn substitute meat products, from Montagu Private Equity for £172m.

John Millar & Sons has been bought out of receivership by Wallace & Allan, saving 83 jobs at its confectionery plant in Broxburn.

Macduff Shellfish has secured planning permission from Aberdeenshire Council to build a £2m coldstore at its site in Mintlaw.

Scottish & Newcastle is to sell the UK distribution rights for Beck's beer to InBev in a £67m deal, and the proceeds will be used to advertise its core brands.

David Powell Bakeries of Hampshire is to be acquired by the Kidderminster-based subsidiary of Rich Products Corporation of the US.

Moy Park has secured £6m from Invest Northern Ireland to support a £40m investment in the expansion of its poultry processing plants in Craigavon, Dungannon, Moira and Lisnaskea.

Anglo Beef Processors is to set up a new beef packing factory in the Craigavon area, with the creation of 80 jobs.

KPMG has sold former Rathbones bakeries in Walsall, Leicester and Peterborough, as well as a Carlisle distribution centre, to two former directors operating under the name of Harvestime, securing the future of about 1,000 jobs.

Cadbury Schweppes has acquired Green & Black's, the London-based organic confectionery company with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Nichols has acquired Beacon Soft Drinks, the Brighton-based supplier of drinks to pubs and clubs, for about £3m.

Blendex Food Ingredients, the seasoning manufacturer with 74 staff at a factory in Hetton-le-Hole, has undergone a management buy-out.

Belso's UK Cereals, the Peterborough-based breakfast cereal supplier with 30 staff, has been acquired by Bokomo Foods of South Africa.

Cadbury Schweppes is planning to invest £40m in the expansion of its Bournville chocolate confectionery factory in Birmingham by autumn 2006.

Princes Soft Drinks is to create 25 new jobs at the Eden Valley mineral water production plant in Cumbria, following a £5m investment.

Kingmoor Technical Services, the Carlisle-based food testing company, is looking to expand into a 9,000 sq ft site and double its 37-strong workforce over the next two years.

Faroe Seafood is to relocate its UK head office from Preston to Grimsby this summer, with the creation of a few administration jobs.

Eclipse Scientific has acquired Devan Laboratories, the Telford-based food testing laboratory, for undisclosed terms.

Coca-Cola is to invest £53m in the development of a new bottling plant at Knockmore Hill near Lisburn, in order to replace its existing site in Lambeg.

Dean's of Huntly is seeking permission from Aberdeenshire Council to expand its shortbread factory at a cost of £0.75m, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.

Wolverhampton & Dudley has reached agreement to acquire Jennings, the Cumbria-based brewery and chain of 128 pubs, for £46m.

BakeMark UK is to close its bakery in Milton Keynes in May, with the loss of almost 100 jobs, although some staff may relocate to its factory on Merseyside.

Warburtons is seeking permission to refurbish its recently-acquired bakery in Stockton, before bringing it back into production.

The Army School of Catering is planning to relocate from Aldershot to the Army Technical Foundation College site at Arborfield Garrison in 2006.

Spring Fine Foods has bought Sheriffs of Kingsbridge, the Exeter-based biscuit manufacturer, out of administration for undisclosed terms, but 60 jobs have been lost.

Allied Domecq, the spirits group, has accepted a £7.4bn takeover bid from Pernod Ricard, with some of Allied's brands being acquired by Fortune Brands of the US.

Dorset Cereals, the Dorchester-based manufacturer of breakfast cereals, has undergone a management buy-in backed by Langholm Capital.

Dungannon Meats is to create 30 new jobs at its meat processing plant in County Tyrone, having secured a new order to supply Co-op stores.

Grampian Country Foods is to invest £16m in the expansion of its meat processing plant at Broxburn near Edinburgh with the creation of 200 jobs, but 330 jobs will be lost with the closure of its factory in Buckie.

McCowans, the Stenhousemuir-based toffee confectionery company with 84 staff, has been bought out of receivership by a new company called Sally Gardens for undisclosed terms.

Hygrade Foods is seeking permission for the £6m expansion of its meat processing factory in Corsham, with the creation of 80 jobs over the next three years.

Alpha Airports has acquired the Abela Rocas airline catering business in Romania for £3.4m.

Maldon Crystal Salt Company has secured planning permission to set up a new salt processing plant on farmland in Tolleshunt Major, with the creation of six jobs.

Judge's Choice Petfood of Norfolk has acquired the Happidog brand of vegetarian dog food and the Top Number range for working dogs from Provimi of Thirsk.

Old Bushmills Distillery is planning a £10m expansion at its whiskey distillery in Co Antrim, with the creation of 26 jobs.

Direct Table Foods is to build a new bacon factory at Saxon Business Park in Bury St Edmunds by the end of the year, with the creation of 75 jobs, following the recent fire at its original site.

Cromer Crab Company has submitted plans to expand the chilled dispatch and ingredients storage facilities at its shellfish factory in North Norfolk, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.

Whyte & Mackay has awarded a £10m contract to Tulloch Construction to build a whisky bottling plant in Grangemouth.

AG Barr is to relocate about 300 staff from eight Scottish sites to its main soft drinks manufacturing plant in Cumbernauld, as part of a £17m three-year investment.

East Midlands Development Agency is planning to set up a £8m food mall supplying local delicacies, and suitable sites are being considered throughout the region.

Johnson Seafarms, the Shetland-based fish farming company that is planning to produce organic cod, has undergone a £21m management buy-out.

RR Spink & Sons is to recruit 25 extra staff at its fish processing business in Arbroath over the next three months.

Kinnerton, the manufacturer of novelty confectionery with sites in London and Fakenham, is to be acquired by Zetar for up to £32m.

Carr Foods, the Manchester-based cake importer with 14 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

Furniss Foods has acquired the traditional gift section of Exeter-based biscuit and confectionery firm Sheriffs for undisclosed terms.

Geest, the manufacturer of convenience foods, is to be acquired by Bakkavor of Iceland for £485m.

Samworth Brothers is to invest £10m in the expansion of its Kensey Foods hot and cold desserts factory in Launceston, Cornwall, with the creation of 200 jobs over the next few years.

Allerdale Council has received plans from Dutch consortium Partners In Cheese to build a £37m cheese factory at the Lillyhall industrial estate, with the creation of an initial 45 jobs.

Muller has secured an endorsement from a government planning inspector to double the size of its desserts factory in Market Drayton, with the creation of at least 300 new jobs over the next five years.

Defra is to set up a new regional headquarters for its Veterinary Service at the Parc Pensarn site in Carmarthen, and 70 staff will relocate from its existing office in the town centre later this year.

One NorthEast has offered a £0.14m grant to The Tanfield Food Company to help create 45 jobs at a new gourmet foods manufacturing business in Tanfield Lea.

Cavaghan & Gray is planning to spend £3m extending its food factory at Eastern Way in Carlisle.

Castell Howell Foods is to expand its food distribution business to Avonmouth with the creation of 15 jobs, following the acquisition of Bristol-based Pan Aroma.

Tate & Lyle is to set up a venture capital fund to help companies develop new food ingredients, which should supplement its own research and development work.

Pete & Johnny, the Nottinghamshire-based supplier of PJ Smoothie soft drinks with 80 staff, has been acquired by PepsiCo UK for an estimated £20m.

Warburtons is planning to spend a further £250m expanding its bakery operations across the country over the next five years, with a particular emphasis on the south and south west.

Nutrinnovator is planning to acquire Provexis, the developer of functional foods, and the enlarged group will look to raise up to £10m of funds.

Geest is to acquire the trade and moveable assets of the prepared leafy salads manufacturing operations of G's Marketing, in a deal worth £2.2m.

Merrydown, the cider maker, is to be acquired by SHS Group of Northern Ireland for £37m.

Furniss Foods is to receive £0.25m of funding from the South West Regional Development Agency to invest in new machinery and secure the future of 150 jobs at its biscuit factory in Cornwall.

Unilever has sold its Crisp 'n Dry and Cookeen cooking fat businesses to Princes Manufacturing for undisclosed terms.

Glanbia is to acquire the CMP liquid milk and cream processing business of Dairygold Co-operative Society for £6.9m.

John Sisk has won a £11m contract from Coca-Cola to build a materials handling and storage facility at the bottling plant in Edmonton.

Greggs is to build a new £13m 57,000 sq ft savoury production plant at Longbenton on Tyneside by 2006, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Inter Link Foods has acquired Yorkshire Cottage Bakeries, the cake manufacturer with 290 staff in Bradford and Manchester, for £12m.

Ashworth's Foods, the Preston-based pie manufacturer with 75 staff, has been bought out of administration by a local consortium called Unipex.

Macphie has announced a £2.5m investment in new warehousing and equipment to expand its food ingredients manufacturing business at Glenbervie near Stonehaven.

Nichols is to acquire the Panda soft drink brand from Dorset-based brewer Hall & Woodhouse for £5.5m.

Kingsland Wines & Spirits, the Manchester-based drinks firm with annual turnover of £120m, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Tenon Corporate Finance.

Windward Bananas has won permission for the £3.5m expansion of the ripening facilities at its Little Canfield depot in Essex, which will eventually lead to the creation of 80 jobs.

Warburtons has acquired the Rathbones bakery site in Stockton for undisclosed terms, and will spend the next nine months refurbishing the plant.

Cannock Chase Council is set to approve plans from 3663 for the development of a new food distribution centre at Kingswood Lakeside park, with the creation of 143 jobs.

Northern Foods has started to recruit financial, administrative and secretarial staff for its new headquarters in Leeds, which will have a total workforce of about 80.

Julian Graves has acquired Boaters Coffee, the Bedfordshire-based speciality coffee supplier, for undisclosed terms.

Grants Foods is to expand its ready meals factory in Galston, and the workforce will rise from 30 to 50.

NWF Group has won planning permission to increase warehouse space at its site in Wardle, Cheshire, and has also won a contract to store and distribute products for Patak Foods.

Kinloch Damph, the supplier to the Scottish salmon farming industry with annual turnover of £7m, has been acquired by Norwegian-owned Scottish Sea Farms.