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Hop Stuff

Hop Stuff brewery ends crowdfunding drive after smashing £400k target Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

It has raised over £700k from 968 investors to fund the brewery’s growing taproom estate. 

LoveRaw founder Rimi Thapar

LoveRaw rejects £50k Dragon offer in favour of private cash Subscription

12 Feb 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The brand’s founder Rimi Thapar appeared in last night’s Dragons’ Den seeking investment in return for a 5% stake

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G Simmons & Sons scores funding to meet pork scratchings demand Subscription

09 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Pork scratchings manufacturer G Simmons & Sons has secured a six-figure bank funding package to help it expand operations to meet surging demand for its products.

Well & Truly

Well & Truly seals £400k funding to aid growth Subscription

08 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Healthy snacking startup Well & Truly has bagged £400k in capital from female-focused funding network AllBright

Appetise

Just Eat rival Appetise woos crowd for £500k Subscription

08 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Online takeaway service Appetise has turned to the crowd to raise £500,000 for a battle against Just Eat

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Opitat surpasses £150,000 crowdfunding target Subscription

08 Feb 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The London brand kicked off a Crowdcube drive on 30 January with the aim of raising £150,000 in exchange for 6.98% of equity

Poppy's Picnic

Poppy's Picnic turns down Dragon and kicks off crowdfunder Subscription

02 Feb 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Raw petfood brand Poppy’s Picnic has shunned an offer secured on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den to raise over £350k in crowdfunding.

Optiat coffee body scrubs

Optiat’s £150k Crowdcube drive passes halfway mark in two days Subscription

01 Feb 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The personal care startup plans to spend funds on larger production runs, R&D, and marketing and advertising

Arla plant

Arla to plough £72m into its British business this year Subscription

31 Jan 2018 | By Kevin White

The cash injection is part of a €527m (£460m) global investment programme announced by the dairy co-op, and will see it bring production of Lactofree to the UK

Mindful Chef

Crowdfunding: hunger for food and drink business on the rise Subscription

26 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Crowdfunding appetite for food and drink startups was undiminished in 2017, according to figures from Crowdcube

Wheyhey new packaging

Wheyhey raises £3m from industry big beasts to battle rivals Subscription

25 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

High-protein ice cream brand Wheyhey has raised £3m in a funding round backed by food & drink heavyweights

Dave Bateman

Wimbledon Brewery signs ex-Paperchase CFO David Bateman Subscription

16 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Bateman has made a personal investment in the company, which would “assist in supporting its growth”…

B&M

CD&R sells remaining 5% B&M Bargains stake for £200m after bumper Christmas Subscription

15 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

The private equity backers of B&M Bargains has sold its remaining 5% stake in the discount chain for £200m, cashing in on a bumper Christmas for the business.

Punk IPA

BrewDog extends £50m crowdfunding drive until October Subscription

15 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brand has extended its current Equity For Punks crowdfunding drive until October this year…

Natural Drinks Co

Natural Drinks wins private investment after crowdfund fails Subscription

05 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

The money, from an unnamed private fund, will help it accelerate the launch of a raft of NPD…

Grace Foods

Grace Foods wins £1m contract to supply aloe vera drink to Aldi in Spain Subscription

05 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Caribbean food and drink manufacturer Grace Foods is increasing its international footprint in Europe after agreeing a new contract with Aldi in Spain, supported by a £6m bank funding package.

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Poundland owner Pepkor Europe secures new £180m loan facility Subscription

03 Jan 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The Grocer first revealed that trade credit insurer Atradius had reduced its cover for the discount retailer in mid-December in the wake of the Steinhoff accounting scandal

Durham Gin

Craft brand Durham Distillery to expand into whisky production Subscription

03 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The business has received £250k funding from Finance Durham to move to a new city centre site…

Seabrook lattice crisps

Seabrook refinances with £23m growth package Subscription

21 Dec 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Seabrook Crisps has agreed a £23m refinancing package to support its growth strategy.

Skinny Lager

Skinny Brands wins £1.5m funding to develop low-calorie booze Subscription

19 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Investors include the likes of former Goldman Sachs MD Nigel Robinson and Fatface founder Tim Slade

kerrygold

Ornua refinance bank funding with €610m package to support growth Subscription

18 Dec 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Irish dairy Ornua has secured a new five-year funding package of €610m to help support future growth.

Raw Halo directors Jonathan Chapman and Meg Haggar

Raw Halo smashes Crowdcube funding target to raise £205k Subscription

12 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The nascent organic chocolate brand raised 186% of its £110k target

Pots and Co

Pots & Co raises £4.5m to invest in kitchens and drive growth Subscription

01 Dec 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Pots & Co sells its ceramic dessert pots in Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Whole Foods Market, Harrods, Booths and Selfridges

Pots & Co

City snapshot: Pots & Co sells stake for £4.6m Subscription

01 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Fast growing desserts supplier Pots & Co has sold a minority stake valuing the business at £36m. Plus a look at what else is in this week’s edition of The Grocer and all the latest news from the City.

Dash Water, Jack Scott & Alex Wright

Ethical soft drink startup Dash Water secures £250k to expand Subscription

28 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The brand has secured the interest of “select people” – most notably Brad Berman and John Ayton

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Power list 2018: Who is pulling the property strings?

09 Feb 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The rise of online, the discounters and multichannel have all rewritten the rules in supermarket property

tesco woolwich

Supermarket expansion: from thin air Video Subscription

02 Feb 2018 | By Megan Tatum

By selling ‘empty space’ above stores, grocers can unlock billions, boost sales, and help solve the UK housing shortage

bananacoin

Bananacoin: can a Bitcoin-style scheme work for banana growers? Subscription

01 Feb 2018 | By Kevin White

Bananacoin is being hailed as ’the first eco-friendly’ cryptocurrency, as merging tech offers new forms of finance for growers in deprived areas

 Jeremy Perl

The Schuldschein is on the horizon

30 Jan 2018 | By Jeremy Perl

Three trends dominate the corporate debt world in food & drink industry

High street sign

The ailing high street needs rapid solutions, not a blame game Subscription

29 Jan 2018 | By Ian Quinn

A raft of retailers including Debenhams, Mothercare, and Carpetright are among those to issue profit warnings after poor trading

MS cauliflower

Does Marks & Spencer need a Plan B?

12 Jan 2018

The tale of the cauliflower steak is another reason for suggesting it does

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Sainsbury's first-half results: what the analysts say Subscription

09 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Sales at Sainsbury’s jumped 17% to £16.3bn in the first half thanks to the acquisition of Argos, but losses at the catalogue retailer, keeping prices down and the national living wage all dragged down the supermarket’s profits

Marks & Spencer shoppers

Marks & Spencer half year results: what the analysts say Subscription

08 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Openings of Simply Food stores to be scaled back  because of the ’increasingly tough trading environment’

morrisons

Morrisons third quarter sales: what the analysts say Subscription

02 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Group like-for-like sales including fuel increased 3.4% in the period, with total sales for the quarter, excluding fuel, up 2.3%

Tesco

Tesco first half results: What the analysts say Subscription

04 Oct 2017

Tesco has declared its turnaround “firmly on track” after posting a 27.3% jump in group operating profit before exceptional items and its seventh consecutive quarter of sales growth

Casamigos clooney

How Clooney worked his magic on Diageo sales too Subscription

03 Aug 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Brand growth has largely been achieved by premiumisation focus

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How an ambitious Danish start-up plans to get fmcg brands into China – and why it’s moving to London Subscription

11 Jul 2017 | By Julia Glotz

Shobr has just secured investment from China and moved its HQ to Mayfair. Now it has its sights on Asia

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