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Food sector bodies slam political parties for lax response on food security

Too little focus on food production and food security has been presented during the election campaign, argue the NFU, BRC, UKHospitality and FDF

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Tesco makes move to lower chicken stocking densities

The retailer will reduce densities from the current ’industry standard’ level of 38kg/m² to 30kg/m² by the first half of 2025

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King Charles urged to strip Unilever and Cadbury of royal warrants over Russia links

King Charles has expressed his support for the people of Ukraine since Russia’s invasion

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Dirtea partners with Bear Grylls to get mushrooms to the masses

Dirtea has received a seven-figure investment from Bear Grylls as part of a new partnership, with the television presenter and adventurer becoming a global ambassador for the functional mushroom challenger brand

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Common Drinks raises six-figure funding to launch functional drinks range

Functional drinks startup Common has bagged a six-figure investment from a clutch of fmcg heavyweights as consumer demand for health-focused beverages continues to grow

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Tesco’s marketplace boosts SKU count by more than a third

The supermarket’s total online SKU count has risen from 28,018 to 38,070: an increase of 36%

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Welsh dairy company Evan Rees on verge of closure

The business behind Hollybush Butter said commodity price inflation meant it was ‘impossible to continue’

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Diageo sells majority stake in Guinness Nigeria

Diageo has sold a controlling stake in its Nigerian Guinness operation to its distributor in the country in a deal worth about $70m (£55m)

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Welsh cheese producer Mona Island Dairy appoints administrators

The business had warned last month that it could no longer trade, citing a lack of investment

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Freshways dismantles ‘farm shop on wheels’ in value push

An analysis of its current range reveals Milk & More has moved away from its previous positioning in a bid to keep prices competitive

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Clawson Farms launches six-truckle cheese range

The range aims to disrupt the category with ‘characterful’ branding and well-loved flavours

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Hostility to UPFs in parliament growing amid ‘deafening’ industry silence

A white paper published by marketing and PR agency SPQR includes a forensic breakdown of all mentions of UPF in the current parliament

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Symington’s profits surge but uncertainty arises over CEO departure

Alongside the latest accounts for the year ended 31 December 2023, filings at Companies House also showed CEO Christian Boulter is no longer a director at the company

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Bulk shapes up for more growth following record year

An increase in the popularity of strength training has lifted DTC nutrition brand Bulk to a record performance as revenues jumped 30% to £123.1m in 2023

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Valeo Foods hits the acquisition trail once again with takeover of Dal Colle

Valeo Foods Group is back on the acquisition trail with a deal to buy Italian bakery producer Dal Colle as the ambient giant looks to build a platform across Europe

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Nomad Foods hires new CFO to succeed Samy Zekhout

Frozen food giant Nomad Foods has appointed Ruben Baldew as chief financial officer to succeed Samy Zekhout, who is leaving to explore new opportunities

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Suppliers refusing to pay Sainsbury’s new 'huge' data fees

The supermarket wants to charge suppliers up to £400,000 to access forecast data they had previously received for free

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Hunter & Gather secures £500k to help maintain rapid growth

Hunter & Gather has secured a six-figure investment to support its expanding retail distribution and maintain rapid growth

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Blockhead appoints liquidators weeks after running crowdfunding campaign

Functional chewing gum startup Blockhead has collapsed just weeks after attempting to raise £500k in a crowdfunding campaign

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Bakkavor scoops up Moorish houmous brand

Founded by Julie Waddell in 2012, Moorish generates annual revenues of about £2m and is stocked by the major supermarkets and independent retailers

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Chicken suppliers face £80m losses over FSA wishbone meat rule change

The FSA is proposing a change in guidance that would reclassify wishbone meat as mechanically separated meat

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City snapshot: ‘Robust’ year for Tate & Lyle as it completes transformation with $350m sale of Primient

Tate & Lyle has completed its transformation to become a growth-focused speciality food and beverage ingredients business with the sale of its remaining interest in Primient for $350m. Plus, full-year results from Tate & Lyle, a Q1 update from Bakkavor, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners appoints CFO and Gusbourne publishes annual results

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Yorkshire Tea grabs highest-ever share of black tea category as Bettys & Taylors profits soar

Hot drinks supplier Bettys & Taylors has returned to double-digit sales growth, pushing revenues close to £300m as Yorkshire Tea extended its number-one position in the UK black tea market

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Unilever Graze integration putting ‘significant number of jobs at risk’

Graze is losing its independent status after owner Unilever set in motion plans to integrate the snacking brand into the wider group, with a significant number of jobs on the line as a result, The Grocer has learned

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Food and drink M&A activity hits eight-year high

M&A activity in food and drink has picked up in 2024 as market conditions continued to ease, with deal numbers hitting their highest levels since 2016, according to a new report released this morning

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Mission readies £1.3m crowd raise to fuel growth

Natural energy drinks brand Mission is prepping a £1.3m crowdfunding campaign to fuel its growth over the next two years

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FSA to use international approvals for lab grown meat

It plans to unveil a “sliding scale” of international agreement for the approval or regulated products

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Good Guys Bakehouse completes six-figure raise from fmcg heavyweights

Angel investors backing the business include former Pladis UK boss Nick Bunker, David Bell, currently chairman of Hackney Gelato and a former director at Mars UK and Young’s Seafood, and former Graze COO Tom Carroll, who was also CEO at British Corner Shop

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Resilience body will draw on pandemic ‘war room’ spirit to tackle climate change

The resilience group is being set up following talks between Defra and the Food & Drink Sector Council

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Anchor launches squeezy butter product

The new butter product is designed to provide a ‘faster, easier route to more buttery bakes, with just a squeeze’

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Browns Food Group targets £100m sales jump for Scottish pork

The processor said it was in discussions with major retailers over increasing the availability of Scottish pork following its acquisition of the Brechin abattoir in 2022

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Wilkinson Sword unveils major campaign ‘The Blade Masters since 1772’

The activity centres on the new Blade Master character, a suave, middle-aged man

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ABP completes £24.5m refurb of Perth beef processing facility

The site has been given a 2,800 sq m extension, along with significant refurbishment and upgrades to meat production and maturation areas, storage areas and staff facilities

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Morrisons slammed for ditching 100% British lamb commitment

The retailer said a trial selling New Zealand lamb in 39 stores was a reaction to the ‘blunt’ reality it was cheaper to source

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City snapshot: Britvic growth fizzes in first half as volumes rise

Britvic has hailed an “excellent” first-half performance as rising volumes helped the soft drinks giant boost revenues and profits. Plus, interim results from Imperial Brands and Compass Group

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Pots for Tots pushing for retail growth with six-figure funding

Healthy children’s food brand Pots for Tots has raised £400k to expand its offering further into retail

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Bepps appoints liquidators as access to funding dries up

Healthy snacking challenger Bepps has ceased trading after an attempt to secure funds to support working capital failed

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KinKind in £500k funding drive to enter retail channel

More than half the funding is already committed by angel investors, with the business aiming to bring additional backers on board by the end of June to complete the round

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All Things Butter secures seven-figure seed funding

Disruptive dairy startup All Things Butter has closed a £2.2m seed funding round to support a wider rollout of its products and prepare an overseas launch

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City snapshot: Premier Foods appoints non-exec to the board

Premier Foods has appointed Malcolm Waugh as an independent non-executive director.

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How fmcg is celebrating Pride Month 2024

Major grocery players like HelloFresh, Co-op, Britvic, Sysco GB and Tesco are demonstrating their commitment to Pride this month

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Sainsbury’s forecast data fees: shades of Tesco’s fulfilment fee fiasco?

Sainsbury’s is now charging for forecast data it previously provided for free. Suppliers say it’s a cash grab, but it could become the new normal

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The art of marketing the little (more expensive) luxuries to grocery shoppers

In uncertain economic times like today, the ‘lipstick effect’ often takes hold

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Why brands must make sampling more sustainable

France has tackled the issue with a legislative approach, but we could be proactive, says Richard Lloyd-Williams, MD and business director at Flavor

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Three key ways to get results from your category strategy

Senior roles in retailers are about prioritisation, so it’s important to establish your category’s importance for this audience, says Jeremy Garlick, partner at Insight Traction

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