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Food & Drink - 2016
Bakkavor is planning to expand the 600-strong workforce at its Freshcook prepared foods factory at Holbeach St Marks in Lincolnshire with 100 new jobs.
Northumbrian Fine Foods is investing £1.2m in the expansion of its gluten-free biscuits factory in Gateshead, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Beer Hawk is setting up a 12,000 sq ft beer distribution centre at Thorpe Arch Estate near Wetherby and plans to create 30 jobs over the next few years.
Premier Foods has acquired the remaining 51% stake in Knighton Foods, the Staffordshire-based dry powder food products firm, for a nominal sum.
John Thompson & Sons is to acquire a stake in McLarnon Feeds, the Randalstown-based animal feed firm, from Moy Park for undisclosed terms.
Finnebrogue is planning to expand the 330-strong workforce at its new 160,000 sq ft sausage processing plant in Downpatrick with an unspecified number of jobs.
Camden Town Brewery is to set up a 57,000 sq ft brewing facility in Enfield by early next year, with the creation of about 70 jobs over the next two years.
ABM Catering Solutions has acquired the contracts of Talkington Bates Midlands, the Rugby-based catering firm, for undisclosed terms.
GlenWyvis Distillery Community Benefit Society is looking to raise £1.5m to develop a new community-owned whisky distillery in Dingwall.
Edrington Group is planning to relocate 90 of the 103 jobs at its whisky production office in Perth to a new headquarters in Glasgow.
Thomas J Fudge has sold a majority stake in its Dorset-based biscuit making business to private equity firm Livingbridge for undisclosed terms.
Higgidy is to expand the 280-strong workforce at its Shoreham-based pie making business with 150 new jobs over the next five years.
Bonds of London, the Nottinghamshire-based confectionery firm, has been acquired by Innovative Bites of the US in a multi-million pound deal.
Innis & Gunn has acquired Inveralmond Brewery in Perth and will expand its brewing facilities, having raised £3.1m from crowdfunding.
Automatic Refreshments is to expand the 50-strong workforce at its Hinckley-based vending supply business with ten new jobs by the end of the year.
Chapel Down has raised £1.7m to build a brewery and visitor centre in Ashford for its Curious Drinks beer and cider business by early next year.
Marine Harvest is to create 55 jobs at its new £80m fish feed factory due to be built at Altanavaig quarry in Kyleakin by 2018.
West Berkshire Brewery is looking to raise £1.5m for the expansion of its Yattendon-based ales business, including a larger brewery and visitor centre.
Bacardi Global Brands is to relocate the European headquarters of its alcoholic drinks business to a 9,600 sq ft office at The Steward Building in London.
MPM Products has sold a majority stake in its Macclesfield-based pet food business to private equity firm ECI for about £50m.
Blends is planning to expand the workforce at its Liverpool-based specialist food ingredients business from 38 to 55, having secured funding of £4.6m.
Llaeth Y Llan is planning to double the 43-strong workforce at its Denbighshire-based yogurt making business over the next two years.
Shropshire Council has approved plans for a £5m vineyard, winery and visitor centre at Hencote Farm in Shrewsbury, with the creation of up to 60 jobs.
Malton Foods has acquired the Goblin and Simpsons ready meals brands from Manchester-based Simpsons Ready Meals for undisclosed terms.
The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (DARD) has won approval to build a new headquarters at an 8.7-acre site in Ballykelly by the end of 2017.
Institute of Food Research is to open an £82m food and health research facility called Quadram Institute at Norwich Research Park in 2018.
Catering Butcher is to relocate its Staffordshire-based catering business to a new 17,000 sq ft facility in Longton this summer, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Asahi of Japan is to acquire the Peroni and Grolsch beer brands from SABMiller for £2bn, including London-based Meantime Brewing Company.
Speyside Distillers Company has secured funding of £2.3m from Clydesdale Bank for the expansion of its Glasgow-based whisky business.
Tommy Tucker is to relocate its Worksop-based popcorn manufacturing business to more than 41,000 sq ft of warehousing at Target Park in Sheffield.
Real Yorkshire Pudding Company, the Doncaster-based food manufacturing firm with more than 100 staff, has been acquired by Go2 Foods.
Mercers of Yorkshire has acquired a 4,600 sq ft warehouse at By-Pass Business Park in Sherburn-in-Elmet for its sauce manufacturing business.
Border Biscuits is to expand its biscuit factory in Lanark with a new production line, having secured a seven-figure funding deal from Clydesdale Bank.
Greencore is to create 100 jobs at its new convenience foods distribution centre in Hatfield, and a further 150 at its other depots including Nottinghamshire.
Glendale Foods, the Salford-based food manufacturing firm with 200 staff, has undergone a partial management buy-out for undisclosed terms.