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Food & Drink - 2008






















Hambleton District Council is to consider plans from Cawingredients of Harrogate to build a soft drinks factory at Leeming Bar near Northallerton, with the creation of up to 90 jobs.

Bristow's of Devon has been bought out of receivership by an unnamed confectionery company, securing some of the 69 jobs at its fudge production business in Crediton.

Castle Rock has secured a £6m financing deal with Abbey Commercial Mortgages to fund the expansion of its Nottingham-based brewery.

Cadbury has agreed to sell its Schweppes Beverages subsidiary in Australia to Asahi of Japan for £550m.

Mike Fenwick Quality Catering Butchers is to relocate its Newton Aycliffe-based business to a 10,000 sq ft unit at Aycliffe Industrial Park in Darlington next year.

Kerfoot is to invest £1.6m in a new 27,000 sq ft vegetable oil processing plant near Goole.

Moorhouses is to invest £3.5m in the expansion of its brewery in Burnley, including a new warehouse, offices and visitor centre.

Unilever is to expand the 450-strong workforce at its ice cream factory in Gloucester with 20 new jobs.

Mitchell's Hotels & Inns has acquired York Brewery, the York-based brewery with 60 staff and four pubs.

Inveralmond Brewery is to invest £0.6m in new premises for its Perth-based brewery, in order to triple production and create a visitor centre.

Real Good Food Company is to relocate the headquarters of its food ingredients business from London to Liverpool by the end of the year.

Schwan's Consumer Brands, the Leyland-based manufacturer of frozen pizzas with 300 staff, has been acquired by Dr Oetker UK.

Intertek has acquired EKO-LAB, the Polish food testing laboratory with 40 staff, for £3.3m.

Premier Foods is planning to set up a new 30,000 sq ft office at Forty Spring Gardens in Manchester in 2009, with the creation of 240 finance, administration and IT jobs.

Branston is to create 60 jobs at a new £2.6m potato processing facility due to open at its Lincolnshire site in May.

Associated British Foods is to acquire Azucarera, the Spanish sugar supplier, from Ebro Puleva for £326m.

Soya Magic has announced the creation of 50 jobs at its new soya milk drinks factory in Grimsby.

Dhamecha Foods is planning to invest £1.5m in the expansion of its wholesale depot in Enfield next year, adding 15,000 sq ft.

Laeso Fish is seeking permission to expand its prawn processing factory in Peterhead, including a new 9,000 sq ft production and cold storage facility.

Waters & Robson, the Northumberland-based producer of Abbey Well mineral water with 91 staff, has been acquired by Coca-Cola.

John Stephenson & Sons, the Lancashire-based drinks distributor with 25 staff and annual turnover of £10m, has been acquired by Wharton Wade Wines of Manchester.

Ilchester Cheese, the Somerset-based speciality cheese producer, has been sold by Inflexion Private Equity to Tine of Norway.

Uniq is planning to create a further 100 jobs at its St Ivel chilled foods factory in Minsterley, Shropshire.

Jersey Dairy is to relocate its Jersey-based dairy processing centre to a new 36,000 sq ft site by the end of 2009.

Restaurants at Work is planning to expand its Surrey-based contract catering business, which currently has about 200 staff, following the public listing of parent company BrightFutures Group.

Butcher's Pet Care has secured £5m to fund the expansion of its pet food factory at Crick, Northants, and plans will be considered by Daventry District Council in November.

Delamere Dairy has secured a £5m funding package to expand its Cheshire-based goats' milk products business across Europe.

International Beverage Holdings has announced a £15m three-year plan to consolidate its global drinks marketing department at a new InterBev commercial centre in Airdrie, with the creation of 20 jobs.

Wyke Farms has secured £5m to fund the expansion of its cheese brand, including new packaging machinery and a marketing campaign.

Hill Station, the Cwmbran-based ice cream manufacturer with 60 staff, has been bought out of administration by a new company called Loseley Dairy Ice Cream.

Massarella Catering has secured a £5m funding package to expand its Sheffield-based catering business, which currently employs more than 4,000 people at 200 sites across the country.

Heron Frozen Foods is to relocate its headquarters and distribution centre to a 267,000 sq ft unit at Melton West Business Park in East Yorkshire next summer.

British Sugar has unveiled plans to invest £35m in the expansion of its factory at Cantley near Yarmouth, with the creation of 25 new jobs, in order to process imported cane sugar from 2010.

Nestle is to create at least 100 jobs at a new chocolate co-packing facility in York.

SABMiller, the South African brewer, is to set up a 28,000 sq ft office at Bridge Street Plaza in Reading.

RF Brookes is creating 100 new jobs at its frozen ready meals factory in Newport, South Wales.

Thanet Earth is to start recruiting some of the 550 staff that will be needed at its new salad growing and packing facility being built at Birchington in Kent.

Robert Wiseman Dairies has won planning permission for a new dairy depot at Amesbury in Wiltshire, having agreed to acquire the nine-acre site for £4.5m.

SA Brain & Co has acquired W Hall & Son, the North Wales-based drinks distribution company, for undisclosed terms.

D&F McCarthy is planning to relocate its Norwich-based fruit and vegetable business and 45 staff to a new £2m distribution centre to be built at the Broadland Business Park by the end of 2009.

Dairy Crest is creating 70 jobs at a new cheese packing facility at Bermuda Park in Nuneaton.

Cains has been sold out of administration to its former owner, securing the future of 90 jobs at its Liverpool-based brewery and nine pubs.

J&J Denholm of Peterhead is to merge with Alexander Buchan and Pelagic Freezing to create a new fish processing firm with 250 staff called Denholm Seafoods.

Biofresh is planning to expand the workforce at its food preservation technology business from seven to 20 by next year, and will also relocate from West Yorkshire back to Tyneside in November.

Simpsons Malt has secured funding of £27m to invest in four new germinating and kilning vessels at its malting plant in Berwick by 2009.

Loch Duart has acquired Salar Smokehouse, the Hebridean fish processing firm.

Grainfarmers is to merge with CentaurGrain to create a new group called Openfield that will work with 7,000 farmers and handle about 4m tonnes of grain.

Glen Turner has won approval from West Lothian Council to expand its distillery in Bathgate, with the creation of 30 jobs.

Armit, the London-based wine merchant, has been acquired by Baarsma of the Netherlands.

Northern Foods is setting up a 135,000 sq ft biscuit distribution centre at the 41 Industrial Estate in Wakefield.

Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association has merged with Brewing Research International of Gatwick to create a combined food technology organisation called Campden BRI.

Jenks Sales Brokers is setting up a 315,000 sq ft food distribution centre at Snelshall West in Milton Keynes.

Angus Dundee Distillers is planning to expand the Glencadam distillery in Brechin with 16 new warehouses over the next three years, with the creation of ten jobs.

C&C Group is planning to create up to 70 new jobs at its office in Cambridgeshire, in order to increase sales of Magners cider.

Premier Foods is to create 40 new jobs at its four distribution centres in Wisbech, including vacancies for shift managers, controllers and forklift truck operators.

Calder Foods is looking to create a further 100 jobs at its sandwich fillings factory in Carlisle, following a £2.5m expansion project and the £3.6m acquisition of business from Daniels Group.

Intersnack is to invest £3m in new production facilities at its snacks factory at Stanley in County Durham, with the creation of 45 jobs.

AG Barr has agreed to acquired Groupe Rubicon, the branded juice drinks supplier with 97 staff in North London and Gwent, for £60m.

New Britain Palm Oil, the plantation company, is planning to invest £18m in the development of a new palm oil processing facility at an undisclosed marine port in the north of England.

Barbox, the online supplier to the licensed trade, has been acquired by Amphire, creating a combined group with annual food and drink orders of more than £1bn.

Northern Foods is planning to invest £40m in the expansion of its biscuit manufacturing facilities in either Batley or Uttoxeter by 2011, but the other site will close.

Stonegate, the Lacock-based egg producer with 500 staff at sites in Lincolnshire, Cornwall and elsewhere, has undergone a management buy-out.

WN Lindsay has acquired the Scottish grain drying and storage operations of Glencore Grain for £3m, including a 70,000t malting barley plant at Stracathro, Brechin.

Lion Capital has acquired FoodVest, the owner of Findus frozen foods and Young's seafood products with more than 6,000 staff at 20 factories, from CapVest for £1.1bn.

Intertek has acquired Applica, the German food testing laboratory with 43 staff, for up to £3.6m.

Fuller Smith & Turner is to set up a new beer distribution centre and office on a two-acre site at Horndean in Hampshire, and staff will relocate from the existing premises early next year.

Kuehne & Nagel is to set up a 50,000 sq ft drinks distribution centre at Hamilton International Park near Glasgow.

Brakes is to acquire Woodward Foodservice, the food wholesaler with eight distribution centres in the Midlands, the North, Scotland and Wales, from Baugur for an estimated £20m.

Kallo Foods has acquired So Good, the soya products brand, for undisclosed terms.

Lakeland Smolt has acquired two fish farms at Armaddy and Port Na Gile in Argyll from Lighthouse Caledonia for £2.5m.

Berties, the Elland-based catering and banqueting firm, has undergone a management buy-in.

Tate & Lyle is to sell its global sugar trading operations to Bunge of the US for undisclosed terms, in order to focus on sugar refining.

Vitacress Salads, the Andover-based salad grower and distributor with about 1,000 staff, has been acquired by RAR of Portugal for about £50m.

Framlingham Farmers of Suffolk has merged with Atlas Agriculture, creating a combined farming operation called AtlasFram Group with annual sales of more than £100m.

Glenmorangie is to invest £45m upgrading two whisky distilleries in Tain and Islay and relocating its headquarters and 200 staff from Broxburn to Edinburgh over the next two years, while its Glen Moray distillery at Elgin will be sold.

Baraka Foods is planning to expand the 38-strong workforce at its ready meals factory in Rhondda with 12 new jobs.

Caterplus Services of Watford has acquired Hospitality Catering Services of Gateshead for undisclosed terms, creating a combined catering group with more than 1,600 staff working at 350 sites across the country.

Parripak has acquired Solway Veg, the Gretna-based supplier of prepared vegetables.

Dale Farm is to invest £4.3m in training programmes for the 500 staff at its dairy operations in Northern Ireland, with the support of a £0.9m Invest NI grant.

Diageo is investing £1.5m in improvements to the Old Bushmills distillery in County Antrim, in order to double output over the next five years.

Grant Thornton has sold 32 Ferrari's bakery outlets in Wales out of administration to ICD Wales, securing the future of 200 jobs, and a further 40 jobs will be saved through a management buy-out of the Best Bakeries factory in Hirwaun.

Moy Park, the poultry processing group with sites in Northern Ireland, East Anglia and Lincolnshire, is to be sold by OSI Group to Marfrig of Brazil.

Kerry Foods is to create 75 jobs at its re-opened culinary ingredients factory in Hartlepool by the end of the year.

Loch Fyne Oysters has acquired Simson's Fisheries, the Surrey-based fish wholesaler with 45 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Arran Brewery has been bought out of administration by Marketing Management Services International for undisclosed terms.

Grampian Country Foods, the Livingston-based food processing company with 17,500 staff, has been acquired by Vion of the Netherlands.

Tindale & Stanton has been bought out of administration by a new company called Hobson Foods, securing the future of almost 160 bakery jobs in Burnopfield and Gateshead.

Country Valley Foods is to expand its meat processing facilities in Darlington by the end of the year, including new maturation chillers, traceability systems, a beef line and the creation of six jobs.

IAWS is to merge with Hiestand of Switzerland to create a combined baked goods group called Aryzta, with operations in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Malaysia, Japan, North America and Australia.

Miller's Traditional Bakery is to create up to 30 jobs at its new 16,000 sq ft bakery on Heron Road in Belfast over the next three years.

Ummah Foods is looking to sell a £1m stake in its halal chocolate bar business, in order to fund its expansion into upmarket shops.

Braeforge is to create about 20 new jobs at its Pensworth & Vines dairy in Southampton, having won a contract to supply milk products to Braziers Dairy.

Lloyd Maunder is to create 100 production jobs at its meat processing factory in Mid Devon this summer.

Hjaltland Seafarms has acquired Collarfirth Salmon, the Shetland-based salmon farmer.

Warburtons is to open a new £45m bakery at the Western Approach Distribution Park in Bristol in December, with the creation of 450 jobs.

Northern Foods is to invest £3m in new production machinery at its Fox's Biscuits factory at Kirkham in Lancashire, but there will be no change to the 500-strong workforce.

Herefordshire County Council is to consider plans from Universal Beverages for the transformation of the former Robertson's jam factory in Ledbury into a cider apple pressing plant.

Country Fresh Produce of Norfolk has bought the fresh-cut herbs business of Diss-based D Laurie & Sons.

Bairds Malt is to invest £30m in a new barley malting plant in Arbroath.

Meat Express has been bought out of administration by its former management for undisclosed terms, securing the future of ten jobs at its meat processing business in Newton Aycliffe.

Berkmann Wine Cellars has acquired Vinoceros, the Redruth-based wine distributor, for undisclosed terms.

Grainfarmers is forming an alliance with Greencore and the Angus Cereal Partnership to develop a £13m malting barley grain storage and drying facility near Montrose.

Pepsico has bought V Water, the bottled vitamin water brand, from Unilever Ventures for about £10m.

MITIE Group has acquired Catering Partnership Holdings, the Leicester-based corporate catering company with 430 staff, for undisclosed terms.

John Thompson & Sons of Belfast is to acquire AB Agri, the Lisburn-based animal feeds firm with 60 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Mars is to acquire Wrigley, the US chewing gum maker with 600 staff at a factory in Plymouth, for £11bn.

Village Bakery is to create 25 new jobs at its plant in Wrexham, in order to supply gluten-free bread to Hero Group.

Five Star Fish has acquired A Kalkman, the Lowestoft-based fish processing firm, for almost £2m, and the 28 staff will be offered the chance to relocate to Grimsby.

Faccenda is to invest £5m in the expansion of its chicken processing factories in Brackley, Telford and Dudley, but the Sutton Benger site near Chippenham will close with the loss of up to 450 jobs.

Scottish Borders Council is to consider plans from Glenrath Farms to build a second egg farm at East Happrew in the Stobo valley.

Tyrrells, the Herefordshire-based potato snacks manufacturer, has been acquired by Langholm Capital for about £40m.

Highland Spring is to invest £30m in the expansion of its mineral water bottling plant at Blackford in Perthshire over the next four years, with the creation of 60 jobs.

Symington's has bought the Sammy's couscous packing business from Bristol-based First Quality Foods for undisclosed terms, and production will transfer to its site in Leeds.

Grainfarmers has announced plans to build a plant to store up to 100,000 tonnes of grain at a disused quarry site near Kettering by July 2009.

Scheff Foods is to build a £1.5m frozen foods factory at the Hawthorns Business Park in West Bromwich this year, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.

Dawnfresh Seafoods has acquired Scot Trout, the Bellshill-based fish processing firm with 450 staff throughout Scotland, for undisclosed terms.

Finsbury Food Group has acquired Yorkshire Farm Bakery and A&P Foods, the Hull-based manufacturers of gluten-free foods, for up to £8.9m, with the transfer of about 100 staff.

SHS International is planning to invest £6.3m in the expansion of its nutritional food products factory in Liverpool, including a new spray dryer, warehouse and the creation of 59 jobs.

Marston's has acquired Refresh, the owner of the Wychwood Brewery in Oxfordshire, for undisclosed terms.

Norish has acquired a 44,519 sq ft cold storage facility in Gillingham, Kent, from Scottish Widows for £3.1m.

Western Brand is to invest £6m in the expansion of its poultry processing plant in Lisnaskea, with the backing of Invest NI.

Kerry Foods is to create 17 new jobs following a £2.9m investment at its ready meals factory in Enniskillen.

Country Valley Foods has acquired the Billingham division of Cocked Hat Farm Foods, with the transfer of 20 staff.

Lloyd Maunder is to shed 32 of the 650 jobs at its poultry processing plant in Mid Devon, and has also unveiled a £5.5m expansion plan for the site.

CDB Meats, the Dartford-based meat importer that owns Ham Packers in Cornwall and has annual sales of about £30m, has been acquired by Marfrig of Brazil.

Tayto has acquired Red Mill, the snack foods manufacturer with 300 staff in Birmingham and Bolton.

Dorset Cereals, the Dorchester-based manufacturer of breakfast cereals, has been acquired by Wellness Foods for £50m.

Muller has won permission to expand its dairy factory in Market Drayton, with the creation of about 300 jobs.

Whyte & Mackay has secured outline planning permission to build 17 new warehouses at its Invergordon distillery in Easter Ross, at a cost of £15m.

AB Agri is to relocate its Peterborough-based animal feeds business and 100 staff to a new 22,248 sq ft site at Lynch Wood later this year.

Warburtons is to open a new 15,000 sq ft bakery depot at Howden in East Yorkshire in July, with the transfer of 42 jobs from its site in Gilberdyke.

Glanbia has sold its Glanbia Meats pigmeat operations in Ireland to a management team operating under the name of Rosderra Irish Meats Group for £27m.

Pernod Ricard is planning to reopen the mothballed Braeval distillery near Tomintoul in July, and has also started discussions with Moray Council about plans to expand its flagship Glenlivet distillery.

Mole Valley Farmers is to sell its feed mill in Calne to Botley Flour Milling Company.

Organix Brands, the Dorset-based baby food manufacturer, is to be acquired by Hero Group of Switzerland.

Contract Foods, the Redditch-based provider of food manufacturing services with 120 staff, has been acquired by Huegli Holding of Switzerland for undisclosed terms.

Medway Foods has sold its Bridgend-based frozen foods factory out of administration to a new company called Pin-it Pastry for £1m, securing the future of 40 jobs.

KK Fine Foods is planning to build a new £1.7m cold store and production facility at its ready meals factory on Deeside Industrial Park this year.

Bon Bon Buddies is to relocate its confectionery business from Crumlin to a new £1m site at Oakdale Business Park near Caerphilly in March.

Central Foods, the Northampton-based frozen food supplier, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.

Go-Associates is to build a new £6m fresh produce terminal at the Port of Liverpool by September, employing 30 staff.

Unilever is to acquire Inmarko, the Russian ice-cream company with annual sales of £86m.

Diageo is to acquire Rosenblum Cellars, the US wine producer, for £53m.

Haith's Seeds is to relocate its bird seed manufacturing business and 35 staff from Cleethorpes to a new £3.5m 30,000 sq ft site at Grimsby Europarc.

Braehead Foods is to relocate its Kilmarnock-based meat processing plant to a new purpose-built 30,000 sq ft site in March.

Scottish & Newcastle, the Edinburgh-based brewer with 3,300 staff at sites including Manchester, Reading, Dunston, Hereford and Staines, is to be acquired by Heineken and Carlsberg for £7.8bn.

Organix Brands, the baby food supplier with annual sales of £18m, is seeking finance to expand and the business may be put up for sale.

AG Barr has acquired Taut International, the sports drinks supplier with annual retail sales of £1m, for a nominal sum.

Origin Enterprises is to acquire Masstock Group, the provider of specialist agronomy services to farm enterprises with sites in Cheltenham and Ireland, for an initial £26m.

Scottish & Newcastle is to sell its Stassen cider business in Belgium back to the founding family for undisclosed terms.

Lloyd Maunder, the Devon-based poultry firm with 800 staff, has been acquired by 2 Sisters Food Group.

WA Turner, the Kent-based meat products supplier, has been acquired by Anglo Beef Processors Group for undisclosed terms.

UK Bakeries has been bought out of administration by a new company called Kirtons Bakery, securing the future of 41 jobs in Leicester.

Cadbury Schweppes is to sell its Monkhill sugar confectionery business to Tangerine Confectionery for £58m, with the transfer of more than 800 jobs at sites in York, Cleckheaton, Pontefract and Chesterfield.

Penwith District Council has approved plans for the development of a new £7m fish market in Newlyn.

Meadow Foods has acquired West Lakes Dairy Park, the Cumbria-based milk firm supplied by 150 farmers, for undisclosed terms.

Camgrain has secured a £4m grant from the East of England Development Agency to invest in new grain processing facilities near Newmarket over the next five years.

Freeman's of Newent, the Gloucestershire-based chicken processing company, has been acquired by Cargill.

Burton's Foods has acquired Northumbrian Fine Foods, the Gateshead-based biscuit manufacturer with 200 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Northern Foods has acquired a 70,000 sq ft chilled soup factory in Grimsby from Baxters Food Group for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 48 staff.

AG Barr has bought the Vitaminsmart and Vitsmart brands from Chartered Brands for £0.3m, in order to expand its soft drinks business into the new functional waters sector.

Wynnstay has acquired John Hatton Agriculture, the distributor of animal health products, feed and supplements with sites in Lancaster, Kendal, Skipton, Gisburn and Ulverston, for an initial £0.2m.

Eurofins has acquired Lincolne Sutton & Wood, the Norwich-based food and environmental testing firm.

Devro has sold its BioFilm division to a new company backed by Tate & Lyle Ventures for a nominal sum, and £3m will be invested in the dissolvable thin film technology business.