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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

Raw Halo

Raw Halo kicks off £110k chocolate crowdfunding drive Subscription

23 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The brand is seeking finance via Crowdcube in exchange for 8.41% of equity

Capsicana

Sauce start-up Capsicana looks to the crowd to fund retail growth Subscription

20 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Sauce start-up Capsicana is aiming to raise £300,000 when it launches a crowdfunding campaign this week to tap growing demand for Latin American flavours.

Snact

Fruit-waste-to-crisps supplier Spare Fruit bids for Seedrs cash

17 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

A snack firm that repurposes otherwise discarded fruit into air-dried crisps is seeking cash from the crowd

Tamdu single malt

Ian Macleod agrees £80m refinancing Subscription

17 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Family-owned whisky distiller Ian Macleod Distillers has agreed an £80m refinancing for its next phase of growth

Natural Drinks Co - Skinny Tonic and Agua Tierra

Natural Drinks Co unveils posh mixer to take on Fever-Tree Subscription

15 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The business has kicked off a £750,000 Crowdcube drive to accelerate Skinny Tonic’s launch

Tamdu single malt

Tamdhu owner Ian Macleod secures £80m refinancing Subscription

13 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Family owned whisky distiller Ian Macleod Distillers, which owns the Tamdhu, Glengoyne and Smokehead brands, has agreed an £80m refinancing to position the business for its next phase of growth.

Davison Canners

Davison Canners wins retail listing for new desserts range Subscription

13 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Northern Irish food manufacturer Davison Canners has won supermarket listings for a new range of desserts after securing a £3.1m bank finance package to move all its production in-house, creating 50 new jobs in the process.

Bakkavor apprentice

Bakkavor cuts valuation to get IPO away Subscription

10 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson, Edward Devlin

Bakkavor this morning dramatically announced its aborted stock market listing was back on just a week on from pulling its initial flotation after lowering its valuation to get the deal away.

Piccolo babyfood

Piccolo babyfood secures DSG £500k to fuel Far East growth Subscription

10 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

DSG Consumer Partners has invested £500,000 to support Piccolo’s growth ambitions in the UK and expansion outside Europe

Lakes Distillery Gin

Lakes Distillery hits crowdfunding target of £1m in two days Subscription

10 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brand offered 2.21% of its equity to investors via Crowdcube

Bakkavor

Second Bakkavor float 'must be sweetened' Subscription

10 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Bakkavor will try to float again next year after pulling its London IPO at the 11th hour

field and flower

Field & Flower secures £825k after trimming back valuation Subscription

06 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Field & Flower reduced its valuation to secure the crowdfunding cash

Dunnet Bay

Dunnet Bay Distillers readies raft of craft spirits after £300k investment Subscription

02 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Rock Rose Gin maker will launch a new Winter Edition of its flagship line this month…

WooHa

WooHa to expand US exports thanks to £700k funding Subscription

30 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Scottish start-up WooHa Brewing Company is eyeing further exports in the US after securing £700,000 from an SME fund.

Organic Produce

New finance product aimed at food SMEs with cash flow issues Subscription

27 Oct 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Funding group Ultimate Finance has created Purchase Finance to enable small businesses to fund the purchase of goods

Mister Free'd

Mister Free'd founders sell a stake for £750k seed funding Subscription

27 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

The healthy snack brand will use the money to fund an “aggressive” marketing strategy, expansion of its team and for NPD

forthglade dog food

Forthglade Foods secures £5m growth capital to expand in the UK and overseas Subscription

25 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Private equity-backed pet food brand Forthglade Foods has secure £5m growth capital funding to further its expansion plans at home and overseas, as well as developing a larger manufacturing facility.

Dann's Ice Cream

Dann's Ice Cream expands range of luxury ice cream Subscription

24 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Luxury ice cream manufacturer Dann’s Ice Cream is expanding its product range and widening its distribution after securing a five-figure bank loan.

Sainsbury's food waste

Food waste tech firm Winnow raises $7.4m growth capital Subscription

23 Oct 2017 Updated: 24 Oct 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

A technology company behind software which helps chefs cut food waste has completed a round of funding to raise $7.4m (£5.6m) in growth capital.

BrewDog Trojan dog

BrewDog returns to crowd for fifth time to raise £10m Subscription

23 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson, Edward Devlin

BrewDog is again turning to its ‘equity punks’ to raise up to £50m in its fifth crowd campaign

Kitchup

Kitchup in £100k crowdfunding bid Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Food tech startup Kitchup has launched a £100,000 crowdfunding campaign to fund expansion and development of its technology

argos sainsbury's nine elms

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

Shobr warehouse_web

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

mike coupe sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s hasn’t taken its eye off the grocery ball. But will Nisa prove a distraction? Subscription

04 Jul 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

What a difference a quarter makes. One analyst described Sainsbury’s performance as “little short of a Lazarus moment” so should it now focus on its core business?

Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's Q1 results: What the analysts say Subscription

04 Jul 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Analysts have hailed the 3% rise in grocery sales as a positive development

crowdfunding

The trouble with crowdfunding Subscription

23 Jun 2017 | By Edward Devlin

What’s the success rate for crowdfunded startups? And is there adequate protection, or are punters just punks? We take a look at the winners … and losers

Whole Food Market

What the Whole Foods tie-up will mean for Amazon Subscription

23 Jun 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Amazon’s food armoury had lacked crucial weapons. Not any more

Tesco Knocknagoney 3

Tesco Q1 results: analyst reactions Subscription

16 Jun 2017

During the quarter it reported a 1.3% growth in customer transactions – some ten million more than last year

Morrisons CEO David Potts

Morrisons results: what the analysts say Subscription

04 May 2017

Morrisons’ like-for-like sales rose 3.4% in the 13 weeks to 30 April – its highest growth rate yet under CEO David Potts

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