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Food & Drink - 2009






















Long Clawson Dairy has secured £2.5m from the East Midlands Development Agency to expand its cheese plant near Melton Mowbray, with the creation of 12 jobs.

Innocent Drinks is to relocate its London office to a 24,000 sq ft unit at Portobello Dock in Ladbroke Grove.

Western Brand Poultry is investing £4.4m in the expansion of its site in Fermanagh, with the creation of 60 jobs over the next three years.

Mackle Petfoods is to create up to ten new jobs at Moy in Northern Ireland early next year, in order to extend its warehouse and expand into England.

C&K Group is investing £5m in a new 40,000 sq ft abattoir and meat cutting plant at Eye in Suffolk by September 2010.

Oxford Wine Company is to acquire Bona Wines, the Gloucestershire-based wine wholesaler.

Lancashire Tea, the Newton-le-Willows-based tea supplier, has been bought out of administration by its original founders for undisclosed terms.

The Dairy House has been acquired by a Devon-based farmer, securing 30 jobs at its organic dairy in Herefordshire.

Pointer Pet Foods has been sold out of administration by KPMG to a new company called Pointer Pet Products, securing 47 jobs in Rotherham.

Carlsberg is to expand production capacity at its Northampton brewery from 4.5m hectolitres per year to 6m by mid-2011, in order to transfer production from its site in Leeds.

Baker Tilly has sold the Middlesbrough-based Riverside Bakery out of administration to a local businessman, securing the future of 35 jobs.

Pukka Pies is investing £6m in the expansion of its factory at Syston in Leicestershire, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.

Crantock Bakery is planning to expand production at its Cornish bakery over the next three years, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.

C&C Group has acquired the Gaymers Cider Company from Constellation Brands for £45m, including a cider production plant in Shepton Mallet and a warehouse in Bristol.

Butcher's Pet Care has submitted plans to build a £13m pet food factory at the Whitley Business Park in Coventry.

Stubbins is planning to set up a salad packing facility at Henderson's 177,000 sq ft Magnum 25 warehouse at Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire.

Tulip is to invest £12m in the expansion of its meat processing factory in Wirral, with the creation of 270 jobs.

Marukyu, the Japanese supplier of fishing bait, is to set up a European headquarters at Ammanford in Carmarthenshire, with the creation of 20 jobs.

Diageo is planning to more than double production at its Bushmills distillery in Antrim over the next three years, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.

Bradburys is to invest £5m in the expansion of its cheese distribution business in Buxton, with the creation of 55 jobs.

Crisp Malting Group is to submit plans to expand its production facility near Fakenham, including two 3,000-tonne barley storage silos.

Total Produce is to acquire the assets of Utopia UK, the Spalding-based supplier of fresh produce, out of administration.

Palethorpes Pork Farms is to create 30 new jobs at its pie factory in Market Drayton.

Doherty & Gray is to invest £1.2m in the expansion of its meat processing business in Ballymena, with the creation of up to ten jobs.

Tetley Tea is to set up a 12,500 sq ft office at Parkview in Uxbridge.

Highland Spring is to acquire the Campsie Spring and Blaen Twyni bottled water operations from Greencore for up to £17m, with the transfer of 124 staff.

Chivas Brothers is to sell its whisky bottling plant at Newbridge to the Benriach Distillery Company, with the loss of about 80 of the 103 jobs.

Vion and Banham Poultry have unveiled proposals to build a major new chicken processing plant at Eye in Suffolk, with the creation of up to 900 jobs.

Langdons is to open a new frozen and chilled foods depot at Dodworth, near Barnsley, in January.

Uniq is to sell Johma and Meal Solutions, the suppliers of prepared salads and sandwiches in the Netherlands, to Gilde Equity Management for £18m.

Morris & Son has bought Stockley's Sweets, the Accrington-based confectionery manufacturer with 38 staff, out of administration for undisclosed terms.

Arla Foods has announced plans to build a £70m fresh milk dairy at an undisclosed site near London by 2012, with the creation of about 500 jobs.

Heinz is to sell its frozen and chilled foods factory in Okehampton to a new company called Polestar Foods, with the transfer of 315 staff.

The Northwest Regional Development Agency is to help restart production at Peter Hunt's Bakery in Bolton, with the creation of 48 jobs.

Smales Group has sold 3G Food Service, the Hull-based supplier of catering products, to a management buy-out.

Northern Foods is to invest £26m in new automation machinery for its Fox's Biscuits factories in Batley, Kirkham and Uttoxeter, but about 200 jobs will be lost.

Regency Mowbray has acquired Lea Green Foods, the St Helens-based sauce manufacturer with 14 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Lighthouse Caledonia has submitted plans to set up a £5m fish processing factory at Arnish, near Stornoway, with the creation of 100 jobs.

Aston Manor Brewery has acquired Devon Cider of Tiverton out of administration, securing the future of 50 jobs.

AG Barr is to close its soft drinks factory in Mansfield in 2011, with the loss of 100 jobs, in order to invest up to £10m in the expansion of its Cumbernauld site.

Glenmorangie, the drinks company, is said to be considering plans to relocate its headquarters from Broxburn to George Street in Edinburgh.

Simms & Woods, the Pershore-based vegetable packing firm with more than 100 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.

Bolton Cold Stores is planning to expand the 27-strong workforce at its Bolton-based meat supplies business with 14 new staff early next year.

Anglo Beef Processors has acquired an abattoir in Guildford from Chitty Food Group.

Dalesman Group is looking to expand the 81-strong workforce at its Bradford-based food seasonings factory with ten new staff, having completed a warehouse extension.

Brunch Box Sandwich Company is expanding the 55-strong workforce at its Dundonald-based sandwich production business with 41 new jobs.

BrewDog is planning to raise £2.3m in an online share issue to fund the development of a new brewery in Aberdeen.

Blackfriars Bakery is looking to increase the workforce at its new factory in Leicester from 43 to 60 over the next three years.

Coca-Cola Enterprises is to invest £13m in a new soft drinks production line at its plant in Wakefield.

The East of England Development Agency is providing £4.4m to Unilever and Goodman for the development of a regional enterprise hub at Colworth Science Park in Bedfordshire, including laboratory space for the Institute of Food Research.

Monument Foods has acquired JW Rae, the Tyneside-based bakery with 16 staff, in order to expand its Aspin Bakery division.

Thistle Seafoods has won planning permission from Aberdeenshire Council for the £4m expansion of its plant in Buchan, securing the future of about 200 jobs.

Heygates has selected a 20-acre site at Newton Heath in Manchester to build a new £20m Fine Lady bakery, which could create up to 250 jobs.

Babylicious, the Amersham-based supplier of frozen baby food, has been sold out of administration by Tenon Recovery to a management team.

Coastal Grains has secured a £1m EU investment to install new equipment and double the capacity of its grain storage facility in Belford, Northumberland.

The Scottish Crop Research Institute of Dundee (SCRI) is to merge with the Mcaulay Land Use Research Institute of Aberdeen in 2011, in order to create a combined research group with about 600 staff.

Bairds Malt, the Arbroath-based malt manufacturer with 250 staff at five locations, is under new ownership following the £415m acquisition of its US parent United Malt Holdings by GrainCorp of Australia.

Marine Harvest is planning to invest £40m in the development of four new salmon farms in the Highlands and Islands, with the creation of 40 jobs.

Rowe's the Bakers is to recruit 20 additional production staff at its bakery in Penryn, in order to supply scones to Tesco.

Bright Futures Group has acquired Jill Bartlett & Company, the London-based contract catering company with 65 staff, for £0.7m.

One NorthEast has announced that Longbenton Foods is to restart production at the former Findus crispy pancakes factory on Tyneside in early 2010, with the creation of 230 jobs.

Robert Wiseman Dairies is to shed up to 210 jobs in Okehampton, Bridgwater and Bristol, in preparation for the creation of 300 jobs at a new £15m distribution centre due to open in Amesbury in November.

Kitwave has acquired Westone Distribution, the Telford-based confectionery wholesaler, for £3.2m, and is now seeking further acquisitions to expand its M&M Value business.

West is planning to open a second £2m brewery at an undisclosed location in Glasgow's East End by the end of next year, with the creation of 25 jobs.

Burton's Foods, the biscuit manufacturer, is expected to be acquired by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Apollo Global Management, as part of a debt reduction move by existing owner Duke Street Capital.

SnackTime has acquired MBM Business Systems, the snacks vending company that operates the Snack in the Box network, for £1.5m.

Heygates is said to be considering two sites in Greater Manchester to build a new £50m bakery for Fine Lady of Banbury Bakeries.

Universal Beverages is to create up to 35 jobs at its factory in Ledbury, as work starts on the development of a new canning line.

BenRiach Distillery of Larbert is to invest £7m in its GlenDronach malt whisky brand, including £5m for casks, £2m for promotion and the creation of five jobs.

East Midlands Development Agency has announced that Sichuan Sweetrip Food of China is to open a confectionery distribution office in Leicester, and EMDA is also in talks with other Chinese companies.

Gleadell Agriculture is to build a new £5m grain storage and drying terminal in Great Yarmouth by July 2010.

Cumbrian Seafoods has sold its Grants smoked salmon operation to MacKnight Food Group of the US for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 120 staff.

Milk Link has won approval for revised plans to extend its cheese factory in Hampton, Cheshire, which will create about 19 jobs.

Fylde Dairies is to recruit 22 additional staff by the end of the year, following the creation of a new dairy distribution centre in Preston.

C&C Group has acquired the Scottish and Irish drinks operations of AB InBev for £180m, including the Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow.

Kiotech is to acquire Optivite, the Nottinghamshire-based supplier of animal feed additives, for up to £3.4m.

The Seafood Company is investing £3m in production and efficiency improvements at its recently-acquired Pinneys of Scotland factory in Annan, securing the future of 515 jobs.

Thistle Seafoods has submitted plans to expand its fish processing factory in Boddam, Aberdeenshire, having received a £1.3m Scottish Government grant that will create ten jobs.

Macrae Fraserburgh is to invest a further £1m at its seafood processing plant in Fraserburgh, including new packing equipment and staff facilities.

Cockerills is to invest £3m in the expansion of its York-based potato supply business, with the creation of about 33 new jobs over the next five years.

Dark Star is to relocate its Sussex-based brewery from Haywards Heath to a 16,000 sq ft site at Partridge Green.

Edinburgh Smoked Salmon Company (Essco) is planning to expand the 300-strong workforce at its Dingwall-based fish processing operation with up to 60 new jobs in 2010, due to rising demand from Asda.

Campbells Prime Meat is to invest a further £2.5m at its new £6m meat processing facility at Whitecross near Falkirk, securing the future of about 300 jobs.

Associated British Foods is to sell its Polish sugar operation to Pfeifer & Langen for undisclosed terms.

Heinz is planning to shed about 40 jobs in Grimsby, in order to relocate its finance and logistics operation to its Middlesex headquarters.

Peter Hunt's Bakery is creating 90 new jobs at its factory in Bolton, having won a contract to supply pies to Birds Eye.

South Holland District Council has unveiled plans to develop a £6m food centre in Spalding, providing office space and catering qualifications under the name of the Red Lion Street Project.

Kraft Foods is to relocate about 100 staff from the Quadrangle office building in Cheltenham to other locations nearby this winter.

Highland Council is to consider plans from Nairnside to convert a chicken farm at Clephanton into a fish processing plant, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.

Anglo Beef Processors has acquired Sturminster Newton Abattoir in Dorset, and will expand capacity at the site.

Evan-Evans has bought the Archers beer brand out of administration for undisclosed terms, and will launch a new Swindon-based brewing and wholesaling business called Wiltshire Ales.

Walkers Snack Foods is creating 50 jobs at its crisps factory in Leicester, following a £2m investment in new equipment.

Devon Savouries, the Bath-based supplier of pies and pastries, has been acquired by JJ Beanos, the supplier of coffee dispensing machines.

Mathiesons Bakeries, the Larbert-based bakery chain with 450 staff, has sold a controlling stake in the company to private equity firm Symphony Investment Fund.

TSC Foods, the Scunthorpe-based soup manufacturer, is to undergo a £24m management buy-out backed by Key Capital Partners.

Tulip UK is to expand the 1,900-strong workforce at its three Cornish meat processing plants in Bodmin, Bugle and Redruth with up to 100 new jobs.

Bowes of Norfolk has sold its pig rearing division to a management team operating under the name of East Anglian Pigs.

Cold Move has acquired the Liverpool Produce Terminal, and will create an initial 50 jobs with the reopening of the 90,000 sq ft cool store.

Fruitapeel is to acquire the former Sunjuice fruit juice production facility in Llantrisant from the administrators of Serious Food, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.

Dean Foods of the US has completed the acquisition of the Alpro soy-based foods division of Vandemoortele for £280m, which includes 750 staff in the UK, Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

Sea Scot has been bought out of liquidation by Maresmar of Spain for undisclosed terms, securing eight jobs at its shellfish business on the Isle of Skye.

British Sugar is recruiting 30 staff for its new Silver Spoon sugar packing plant due to open in Bury St Edmunds in August.

First Milk has secured a £3.9m Scottish Government grant to build a new creamery at Campbeltown in Argyll, while its existing plant will be transformed into a Tesco store with the creation of 200 jobs.

Warburtons is planning to expand the 140-strong workforce at its new £45m bakery at Severn Beach near Bristol to 300 by the end of the year.

Morning Foods has awarded a contract to Mayfield Construction to build a £1.4m 40,000 sq ft distribution warehouse in Kirkby.

Uniq has agreed to sell its Marie chilled and frozen foods business in France to Groupe LDC for £51m.

McCambridge Group has sold five bakeries in Oxford, Thatcham, Newton Abbot, Plympton and Ilkeston to D&G Foods for undisclosed terms.

Sam Cole Food Group is to relocate its Lowestoft-based food processing operations to a new £2.2m factory on the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate, and the workforce will rise from 40 to 50.

Greyfriars has submitted plans to Harrogate Borough Council to build a £4.5m mushroom growing facility at its site in Wath by early next year.

Finsbury Food Group has acquired Goswell Enterprises, the supplier of speciality breads, for £2.2m, in order to expand its Nicholas & Harris subsidiary.

PricewaterhouseCoopers has sold four Dairy Farmers of Britain depots in Sheffield, Newark, Spalding and Skegness to the Capital Dairy Company and a depot in Cheshunt to Braeforge, but a further 17 depots will close.

Elizabeth Shaw, the Bristol-based chocolate manufacturer, has been acquired by an unnamed Norwegian investment company for undisclosed terms.

Falkirk Council is in discussions with Campbells Prime Meat about plans to set up a meat processing operation at a former abattoir in Whitecross, with the relocation of more than 300 jobs from Broxburn.

Milk Link has acquired the Llandyrnog creamery in Denbighshire from the receivers of Dairy Farmers of Britain for undisclosed terms, securing up to 170 jobs.

Five Star Fish is creating 100 new jobs at its seafood processing plant in Grimsby, and a £7m expansion project is due for completion within four months.

Lactalis McLelland has bought the Lubborn cheese plant in Somerset from the failed Dairy Farmers of Britain, securing about 95 jobs.

Cobra Beer, the supplier of bottled beer to restaurants, has been sold out of administration by PricewaterhouseCoopers to a joint venture controlled by Molson Coors UK for undisclosed terms.

Woldgrain Storage has secured a £1.5m grant from the East Midlands Development Agency to build new storage and processing facilities at its crop store near Gainsborough by 2012.

Meadow Foods has acquired Nene Valley, the Peterborough-based cream manufacturer, from Dairy Farmers of Britain for undisclosed terms.

BOCM Pauls has secured a £77m financing package to fund the expansion of its animal feeds business, which includes 1,000 staff at a nationwide network of 20 mills.

Chappell's Fine Foods, the Leicestershire-based pork pie manufacturer, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms and now plans to double the workforce to 24.

Whitelink Seafoods has won planning permission to build a 7,000 sq ft cold storage facility at its factory in Fraserburgh.

Red Bull, the energy drinks company, is to set up a 25,000 sq ft headquarters at The Terrace in London's Tooley Street.

Soleco has acquired Salads To Go, the Skelmersdale-based supplier of prepared salads, for undisclosed terms.

Samworth Brothers is looking to create up to 100 new jobs at its food production operations over the next three years, including Melton Foods and Walkers Charnwood Bakery in Leicestershire.

BrewDog is planning to relocate its brewery from Fraserburgh to a new £2.5m site at Potterton by 2011, and the workforce could rise from 16 to 45.

Meadow Foods is planning to invest £2.5m in new dairy production facilities at its sites in Chester and Yorkshire.

Cheese Cellar Company, the London-based cheese wholesaler, has undergone a management buy-out from the administrators of parent company Novel Group.

Hain Celestial is to create 35 new jobs at its factory in Fakenham, having won a new contract to supply meat-free products.

Young's Seafood is to invest £1.5m in the refurbishment of its Humberstone Road fish processing factory in Grimsby, but up to 49 of the 725 jobs will be lost.

Co-operative Farms is looking to double the size of its farming operation over the next few years, which currently includes 60,000 acres at 15 sites nationwide.

Grieg Seafood Hjaltland is to create up to 70 jobs following a £4.2m investment at its fish processing factory on Shetland.

Danish Crown is planning to expand its pig production capacity in the UK by 25% over the next three years, in order to benefit from rising demand for local products.

Zetar has sold The Baked Snacks Company to a management buy-out for up to £2.7m.

Total Produce has acquired a 50% stake in ASF Holland, the Dutch soft fruit supplier, in order to expand its Redbridge subsidiary.

Cranswick is to sell Cranswick Pet Products and Tropical Marine Centre to a management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB Development Capital for £17m.

Freshway Foods has been sold out of administration by BDO Stoy Hayward to a new company owned by the Parkam Food Group, securing 255 jobs at its Wolverhampton-based sandwiches business.

US Nutrition, the supplier of nutrition and diet products, is to set up a 41,000 sq ft warehouse at the Stretton Business Park in Burton.

John Baarda is to create 50 temporary jobs at its tomato growing operation in Billingham this summer, and a further 100 jobs at its site in Ellerker, East Yorkshire.

Innocent has raised £30m from the sale of a minority stake to Coca-Cola, in order to fund the expansion of its smoothie drinks across Europe.

Cranswick is to acquire Bowes of Norfolk, the pigmeat processing firm with 620 staff, for £17m, while the pig-rearing operation will be sold to a management buy-out.

Milk Link is to create 20 jobs at its Reece's creamery in Cheshire, following a £1m investment in new equipment.

Falkirk Council has approved plans from the Falkirk Distillery Company for the development of a new whisky distillery, including a visitor centre and shops.

Identigen of Ireland is to set up a meat safety laboratory in Newport, South Wales, with the creation of 27 jobs, and will then look to open additional sites in Europe and North America.

Highland Spring has bought Speyside Glenlivet Water, the Moray-based bottled water company with 13 staff, out of administration for undisclosed terms.

Diageo is considering plans to close its headquarters in central London, in order to relocate staff to Park Royal.

Coors Brewers is to relocate its telesales and free trade support staff from Headingley to a new site in Thorpe Park, Leeds, over the next few weeks.

Williams College is to open a new catering college at Northcliffe House in the City of London in May.

David Price Food Services is to expand its frozen food delivery business into Scotland with the acquisition of a 40,000 sq ft cold store depot in Glasgow.

Majestic Wine has acquired Lay & Wheeler, the Suffolk-based supplier of fine wines, for £4.7m.

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is to create up to 100 jobs with the relocation of its headquarters to Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire by mid-summer.

Nestle is to open a new 620,000 sq ft distribution centre in Bardon, Leicester, as part of a £110m logistics contract with Eddie Stobart.

Uniq is to sell Pinneys of Scotland, the Annan-based chilled fish company with about 515 staff, to The Seafood Company of Grimsby for an initial £1m.

Stobart Group is to set up a 98,000 sq ft chilled food warehouse at Sherwood Park in Annesley, Nottinghamshire.

Sparky Pac has announced a £3.7m investment in the expansion of its pre-packed vegetables business in Comber, Northern Ireland, with the creation of 15 jobs over the next three years.

Gwynedd Council and CLB Coopers have announced the sale out of administration of the Cig Cibyn abattoir in Caernarfon to Sher Foods of Ireland, and the site will return to full production over the next few weeks.

Produce World has sold British & Brazilian, the supplier of grapes and melons, to AG Thames Holdings.

Frederic Robinson is to install a new real ale production unit at the Unicorn Brewery in Stockport by the end of next year.

PV France is to set up a 25,000 sq ft bakery production plant at Llangefni in Anglesey, with the creation of 105 jobs.

QV Foods has acquired the retail and foodservice unit of MBM Produce, the potato supplier, with the transfer of up to 140 jobs in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Scotland.

Mary's Farmhouse has won permission from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority to build a new ice cream factory at the Newport Business Park.

Dr Oetker is planning to expand the former Schwan's pizza factory in Leyland, Lancashire, with the creation of 40 jobs.

New Britain Palm Oil has won permission to build a new £18m palm oil processing facility on a six-acre site in Bootle, with the creation of 28 jobs.

Glenmorangie is planning to relocate up to 300 staff to a new headquarters and whisky bottling plant in Livingston by summer 2010, as part of a £45m expansion programme that will also include new offices in Edinburgh.

Northern Select Foods has bought the distribution operation of Sweet Moments, the Northallerton-based supplier of fresh desserts.

Grimsby Fish Products, the Grimsby-based fishmeal processor with 30 staff, has been acquired by Welcon, a subsidiary of Norway-based Austevoll Seafoods, in a £14m deal that also includes plants in Aberdeen and Ireland.

Villa Soft Drinks has been bought out of administration by the owner of The Bottling Company, securing the future of 25 jobs at its Sunderland-based juices and carbonated drinks factory.

Cheviot Foods has undergone a management buy-out, securing 190 jobs at its Northumberland-based frozen foods business, after a deal with Country Chef fell through.

Borderfields is planning to expand its workforce in Coldstream from 14 to 30 by the end of the year, having won a contract to supply rapeseed oil to Sainsbury's.

Arla is to invest £70m in the expansion of its dairy processing plant in Leeds by 2010, with the creation of 100 jobs, but 130 jobs will be lost with the closure of its site in Northallerton.

The Centre for the Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has won permission to build a new £53m headquarters for 1,000 staff at Lake Lothing in Lowestoft by 2011.

Jags of Cardiff is looking to open up to ten catering franchises across the country by the end of next year.

Tayto Group has acquired Jonathan Crisp, the Staffordshire-based supplier of hand-fried crisps, for undisclosed terms.

Premier Foods has agreed to sell Martine Specialites, its French frozen patisserie business with 385 staff, to Cerea Capital and Banexi Capital Partenaires for £45m.

Stevenson & Co, the County Antrim-based pork processing company with more than 100 staff, is to be acquired by Dunbia of Dungannon, with the creation of 70 new jobs.

H2H, the Leeds-based fruit and vegetable wholesaler with 23 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.

Duchy Catering, the contract caterer with offices in Leeds and Northampton and annual turnover of £15m, has been acquired by Graysons Restaurants.

Compass Group has acquired KIMCO Corporation, the provider of commercial caretaking services in North America with 5,500 staff, for an initial £50m.

Tees Valley Regeneration has assisted On A Roll with the relocation of its sandwich production business to a larger unit at the Riverside Park in Middlesbrough, and 40 new jobs will be created.