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Northern Foods

Northern Foods, the convenience food manufacturer with more than 9,000 staff at 24 sites, is to be acquired by Boparan Holdings for £342m.

Northern Foods is to merge with Greencore to create a new food manufacturing group called Essenta Foods, including combined annual sales of £1.7bn and up to 16,000 staff.

Northern Foods is to sell Dalepak Frozen Foods of North Yorkshire to the Irish Food Processors Group for £6.4m, with the transfer of 143 staff.

Northern Foods is to create 80 new jobs at its Fox's Biscuits factory at Kirkham near Preston, as part of a £26m investment in new technology at its production sites.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Northern Foods has acquired Ethnic Cuisine, the Swansea-based ready meals manufacturer with 350 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Northern Foods is to invest £9.2m in the expansion of its Solways Foods salad ready meals factory in Corby over the next few months, securing the future of the 700-strong workforce.

Northern Foods is to sell Fletchers Bakeries, Chilled Pastry, Park Cake Bakeries and Smiths Flour Mills to Vision Capital for £160m, including sites in Sheffield, Whitefield, Harlesden, Barnsley, Market Drayton, Nottingham, Trowbridge, Shaftesbury, Trafford Park, Oldham, Bolton, Worksop, Langley Mill and Holbeach.

Northern Foods is to relocate its Nottingham-based technical services department and 49 jobs from Farnsworth House to BioCity in Pennyfoot Street.

Northern Foods has sold NFT Distribution, the Alfreton-based transport business with 1,200 staff, to a management buy-out backed by Phoenix Equity Partners for £51m.

Northern Foods is planning to sell its NFT chilled distribution business to a management buy-out backed by Phoenix Equity Partners for up to £60m.

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.

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

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.

Northern Foods is to create 100 jobs at the Palethorpes manufacturing plant in Market Drayton over the next few months, in order to produce sausage rolls and other products for Marks & Spencer.

Northern Foods is to sell the Cavaghan & Gray Seafood chilled and frozen fish business to IFP Holdings, a subsidiary of Icelandic Group, for £13m, which will involve the transfer of 240 staff based in Grimsby and 150 in Aberdeen.

Northern Foods has announced plans to relocate its head office from Hull to Leeds, which will involve the transfer of up to 100 staff to either Leeds or an existing site in Wakefield.

Northern Foods has confirmed that moves are underway to relocate its headquarters away from Hull, and sites are being considered in Sheffield, Doncaster, Leeds and Wakefield.

Northern Foods' Cavaghan & Gray subsidiary has sold Emile Tissot, the Telford-based frozen ready meals supplier with about 100 staff, to Dawn Fresh Foods for £3.5m.

Northern Foods is to sell its Batchelors and Beck Smith canned food operations in Ireland to Barry's Tea for £67m.

Northern Foods is to sell its Fox's Confectionery factory in Leicester to a newly-formed company called Big Bear for £9.4m, and is now looking to sell Smiths Flour Mills and Northern Foods Transport.

Northern Foods has acquired the remaining 60% of Solway Foods, the manufacturer of salad meals and sandwiches with factories in Corby and Worksop, in a £27m deal.

Northern Foods is investing £2m in a new oven for its Pork Farm Bowyers factory in Trowbridge, in order to increase pie production by 25%.

Northern Foods is creating up to 150 new jobs at its Palethorpes meat products factory in Market Drayton.

Northern Foods is considering plans to relocate its headquarters and 150 staff to the Island Wharf waterfront site in Hull, but a number of other sites are also being considered.

Northern Foods is creating up to 150 jobs at a new £2.5m food production facility in Trowbridge, which will enable its Bowyers division to produce nut-free meat products.

Northern Foods is to acquire Lacemont, the Irish company that is building a frozen pizza factory, for £7.4m.

Northern Foods has sold its Irish food service and frozen food distribution business to IAWS for £16m, in order to allow its Green Isle Foods division to focus on the development of frozen food retail brands.

Northern Foods is to build a £5.5m frozen foods factory in Carlisle, but will close a nearby Cavaghan & Gray meat products factory as well as Rawmarsh Foods in Yorkshire.

Northern Foods is acquiring Fletcher Bakeries, the Sheffield-based bakery, for £41m.

James Finlay has sold its confectionery business to Northern Foods in a £10m deal that will help finance the development of its tea plantations in Sri Lanka.

Northern Foods has acquired Woodgate Dairies, the East Sussex supplier of milk to supermarkets, for £17m.

Northern Foods is acquiring Cavaghan & Gray, the chilled and frozen food company, for £79m.

Northern Foods has confirmed plans to demerge its Express Dairies division in March, and it is then planning to participate in the expected consolidation of the dairy sector.

Northern Foods is to close its Hull and Middlesbrough dairies, sell its Colwyn Bay dairy to Longslow Dairy, and transfer its North East operation to ACC in return for ACC's East Midlands business.