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Food & Drink - 1997
Burger King is planning to open 55 new UK outlets in 1998, creating up to 2,000 jobs.
S Daniels is acquiring New Covent Garden Soup Company, the supplier of fresh soups to supermarkets, for about £24m.
M&J Seafoods is to set up five new depots around the country, creating 220 jobs, with £6m of funding being provided by Lloyds Development Capital.
Harrisons & Crosfield has sold Edward Baker Petfoods to Ralston Purina Company of the US for £106m, in order to focus on its core speciality chemicals business.
United Biscuits is selling its snacks businesses in Australia and France to PepsiCo, in return for Biscuiterie Nantaise, PepsiCo's French biscuit business, and £241m.
Albert Fisher has sold Roem, its Dutch seafood operation, to a management team for £21m, and will use the proceeds to buy back some of its shares in a capital restructuring.
Cadbury Schweppes is to acquire La Pie Qui Chante, the French sugar sweets maker, from Danone for undisclosed terms, a move which will make it the third largest confectionery company in France.
Gardner Merchant Services has acquired Lawson Beaumont, the events catering company, from Break for the Border for £2.5m.
Unilever has acquired Kibon, the largest ice cream maker in Brazil, from Philip Morris for £570m, and will use the business as its ice cream "innovation centre" in Latin America.
Guinness and Grand Metropolitan have received European Commission approval for their planned £24bn merger, on the condition that they sell their Dewar's and Ainslie's whisky brands in Europe and make some changes to their distribution agreements.
Milk Marque has acquired Aeron Valley Cheese, the south Wales cheese producer, for under £10m, but the move has been described as an "abuse of monopoly power" by the Dairy Industry Federation.
IAWS, the Irish flour and feeds concern, has acquired Cuisine de France, the specialist breads manufacturer that serves retailers in the UK and Ireland, for £46m.
Tomkins has acquired Golden West Foods, the producer of hamburger buns, syrups and ketchup, for £70m.
Acatos & Hutcheson has acquired Leon Frenkel, the edible oil bottler, for £8m.
Hillsdown is selling seven food products and packaging businesses to Cinven, the venture capital concern, for £53.6m, following its decision to exit from red meat and focus on poultry, chilled and ambient foods.
Geest, the chilled convenience foods company, has begun a £40m capital expenditure programme to open four new factories in Biggleswade, Bourne, Harrow and Milton Keynes, creating 1,000 jobs.
Morland has acquired Ruddles, the real ale brewery, from Grolsch for £8.4m.
John Lusty is to acquire Wunderbar, the luxury snacks company, funded by the £2.3m raised from a rights issue.
Tulip International of Denmark is planning a £12m meat slicing plant in Wellingborough, but will close its two Merseyside plants.
Shippam, the fish paste company, has been sold to a management team backed by NatWest Ventures for about £15m, and now plans to launch new fillings, canned chicken and ready meals.
Hazlewood Foods has acquired R&B Group, the ready meals business, for about £7.4m.
Danisco of Denmark has made a £36.6m recommended offer to acquire Borthwicks, the food flavourings company.
Dairy Crest has bought Anglia Dairies from Anglia Regional Co-operative Society for £4.6m.
Hibernia Foods of Dublin has acquired Majestic Food Group, the UK frozen desserts company that trades as Sweet 'n Savoury Frozen Foods.
Sims Food is selling its retail red meat business to Dawn of Ireland for £12.1m, incurring a £31m loss on disposal, in order to focus on its expanding fast food business.
International Cuisine, the Singapore Food Industries subsidiary, is setting up a new plant in Consett to make chilled ready meals, creating 130 jobs.
HJ Heinz has acquired John West Foods, the canned fish company, from Unilever.
S Daniels is acquiring Globekirk, the tea company, for £2.3m, and Eurogran, the Danish supplier of beverage ingredients, for £5.6m.
Compass is buying SHRM, the French food service company, for £227m, increasing its market share from 12% to 19% and giving it its first foothold in Canada and Australia.
ED&F Man is selling its cocoa processing business to Archer-Daniels-Midland of the US for £135m, but retains its cocoa sourcing and cocoa merchanting operations.
Princes, the Mitsubishi subsidiary, has acquired the Barber Springdale soft drinks business from Hillsdown, which has assets of £13.6m.
Albert Fisher is acquiring Howard Long International, the Norfolk-based supplier of prepared lettuce to McDonald's, for £27m.
Avonmore and Waterford have agreed to merge, creating the largest milk company in Ireland and the UK and a "significant international food company".
Booker is selling its prepared foods business to a management buy-in for £57m, in order to reduce debt and focus on its core food services business.
Compass has acquired National Leisure Catering, the food service group which includes Wembley and the Oval among its customers, for £11m.
Grand Metropolitan and Guinness are planning to merge to create the largest spirits and wine group in the world, which will be called GMG Brands and valued at £24bn.
Lonrho is selling its 94% stake in Lonrho Sugar Corporation to Illovo Sugar of South Africa for £227m, in order to reduce debt and prepare for a restructuring.
Scotia Haven has acquired Whitworths, the baking ingredients business, from Napier Brown for £44m, and now aims to launch dried fruit products into the snacks market.
ED&F Man is acquiring the worldwide molasses business of Cargill for £60m in a move which will make Man the world leader.
St Merryn Meat is to set up a £21m abattoir and meat processing plant at Merthyr Tydfil, creating 660 jobs.