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Food & Drink - 2010
North Lincolnshire Council is to consider preliminary proposals to develop a chicken farm in Ealand, in order to supply the 2 Sisters chicken factory in Scunthorpe and create up to 400 jobs.
British Salt, the Cheshire-based salt supplier with 125 staff, has been acquired by Tata of India for £93m, and will now be merged with Brunner Mond.
Browns Food Group, the Dumfriesshire-based meat processing firm, has agreed a £4.5m financing package with Lloyds Banking Group to help fund the acquisition of a cold store unit at Tilbury in Essex.
G&S Fruit Supplies has been bought out of administration and renamed Allfresh Catering Supplies, securing 70 jobs at its Wiltshire-based wholesaling business.
Roach Brothers is to submit plans to extend its fish processing factory on Havelock Street in Hull.
Warburtons is to sell its bakery in Newport to Brace's Bakery, securing the future of up to 114 jobs.
Pedigree Wholesale, the supplier of pet products, has acquired a 20,000 sq ft warehouse on the Albion Park Industrial Estate in Leeds.
GlaxoSmithKline is to acquire Maxinutrition, the Hemel Hempstead-based supplier of sports drinks and snacks, from Darwin Private Equity for £162m.
Hershey of the US is planning to move into the UK market, with Asda offering its chocolate confectionery products from early next year.
Polestar Foods has been acquired by Privet Capital for undisclosed terms, but 166 jobs could be lost with the appointment of KPMG as administrators at its Leamington Desserts factory.
Arla Foods is planning to build a new butter factory at its site in Westbury by next August, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Tate & Lyle is to sell its molasses business to W&R Barnett for £67m, including a trading desk in London, storage and worldwide marketing operations.
Symington's has secured a £10m investment to fund the development of a new gravy products factory in Leeds, with the creation of 40 jobs, and a second new site will be used for other products.
Food Analytical Laboratories has set up a water testing facility at its site in Stoke-on-Trent, which will create up to ten new jobs over the next few months.
Sleaford Quality Foods, the Lincolnshire-based supplier of herbs and spices with 95 staff, has been acquired by Jain Irrigation Systems of India for an estimated £10m.
BenRiach is to build a new £0.5m bottling line at its Newbridge distillery near Edinburgh, with the creation of ten jobs.
North Kesteven District Council is to consider revised plans from a farming partnership to develop a "super dairy" with 3,770 cows at Nocton Heath.
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.
Nestle is to conduct a public consultation on plans to relocate its bottled water plant and 86 staff to a larger site on the outskirts of Buxton by 2012.
Hayden's Bakeries is seeking permission to expand its distribution centre in Devizes, as part of a redevelopment programme that will create up to 150 jobs over the next four years.
Samworth Brothers is seeking permission to build a new 107,000 sq ft food factory at the Rothley Lodge industrial park in Leicestershire.
Associated British Foods is to set up a new 42,000 sq ft Ryvita production plant in Poole next May, with the creation of 38 jobs, but its factory in Stockport will be phased out.
Drambuie is relocating the headquarters of its drinks business from Broxburn to the Connect Business Park at Newbridge.
Euro Foods Group is planning to build a £10m 90,000 sq ft food distribution centre at Aston in Birmingham over the next two years, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Belton Cheese is looking to extend the distribution facilities at its site in Whitchurch, Shropshire, with the creation of ten jobs.
Fane Valley Co-op Society is to sell its liquid milk operation to Dale Farm for undisclosed terms, and up to 50 jobs will be lost with the closure of its site in Newry.
North British Distillery is to invest £9m in improvements to its grain whisky production plant in Edinburgh over the next three years, including a biogas boiler to generate its own electricity.
Longbenton Foods has confirmed the acquisition of the former Northumberland Foods factory in Amble, securing the future of about 100 jobs.
Clegg Food Projects has won contracts worth £20m to build a new 80,000 sq ft bakery in Newcastle for Greggs and a 60,000 sq ft ingredients factory in Leek for Adams Food Group.
Silvery Tweed Cereals is investing £1.2m in the expansion of its cereals processing plant in Berwick, including new production and storage facilities and six new jobs.
Langdons Group has won planning permission to build a new frozen and chilled distribution depot on a seven-acre site in Redditch by next August.
Total Foodservice Solutions is to relocate from depots in Chatburn and Huddersfield to a new headquarters in Clitheroe, with the creation of 60 new jobs.
Marine Harvest is planning to invest £12m in the expansion of its salmon farm in Lochailort by 2012, with the creation of six new jobs.
Booker has acquired Ritter Courivaud, the supplier of ingredients to restaurants, for £14m, as well as the Classic network of eight drinks depots for £4m.
Tomlinson's Dairies is to create up to 80 jobs at a new 70,000 sq ft dairy processing plant due to open in Wrexham by June 2011.
Ilfracombe Foodservice is to invest £1.6m in the development of a new 68,000 sq ft warehouse and office at the Mullacott Industrial Estate in Ilfracombe.
Ardo UK is to create 38 jobs and invest in new production equipment in Lowestoft, having agreed a new supply deal with the Anglian Pea Growers co-operative.
Eden Springs is planning a £20m expansion programme for its Blantyre-based water coolers business, including acquisitions and the creation of 125 jobs over the next three years.
Oaklands Farm Eggs is planning to invest £5m in the development of an egg packing facility at Ruabon, Wrexham.
Richard Wellock & Sons is planning to relocate its Pendle-based fruit and vegetable depot to the Lomeshaye Industrial Estate in Nelson.
Compass Group has acquired IDA Service, the Danish provider of food and support services, for £17m.
Cropton Brewery near Pickering is seeking permission to build a new bottling and kegging plant, which would expand the 25-strong workforce with about seven new jobs.
Brookside Products, the Maryport-based fish processing firm with annual turnover of £12m, has been acquired by Morpol of Poland.
Richard Whittaker is to relocate its food ingredients business, which has 64 staff, to a larger 83,000 sq ft unit in Rochdale.
Greggs is seeking permission to build a new bakery at Solstice Park in Wiltshire, which would create up to 300 jobs by 2016.
House of Townend has acquired Playford Ros, the North Yorkshire-based wine merchant with eight remaining staff, out of administration.
Edrington Group is to invest £10m in the installation of new whisky processing and bottling facilities at its main site in Glasgow, but 23 jobs will be lost.
Morpol of Poland is seeking a suitable location in Scotland to build a new £10m salmon processing plant.
Nestle is looking into the possibility of relocating its headquarters and 1,000-strong workforce away from Croydon, having failed to find a suitable location in the Croydon area.
Authentic Food Company of Manchester is seeking a suitable site in the North West to set up a new ready meals factory, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Claymore Dairies, the Nairn-based dairy processing firm with more than 70 staff, is to be acquired by Graham's for undisclosed terms.
SnackTime is to acquire Vendia UK, the vending company trading as Simply Drinks, Integer, VMI and Drinkmaster, for up to £11m.
Samworth Brothers is to set up a new 86,000 sq ft food products distribution centre at One Portbury near Bristol, in order to relocate from its current site in Patchway.
William Grant & Sons has sold its Carolans, Frangelico and Irish Mist liqueur brands to Gruppo Campari of Italy for £108m.
East of England Development Agency is to help fund Suffolk Mushrooms' proposed development of a £1m mushroom farm at Stanton near Bury St Edmunds, with the creation of up to 75 jobs.
Bowland Foods has submitted plans to extend its meat packing plant in Preston, with a small increase to the 40-strong workforce.
Arla Foods has selected a 70-acre site in Aylesbury for the development of previously-announced £150m dairy by 2012, which will create about 500 jobs.
Coca-Cola Enterprises is to relocate more than 550 Uxbridge-based staff to a 109,000 sq ft unit at Invista's New Bakers Court in 2012.
Crown Estate has approved plans from Offshore Shellfish to set up Europe's largest offshore mussel farm in Lyme Bay, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Bright Futures Group has acquired Yes Dining, the Oxfordshire-based contract catering company with 230 staff, for up to £0.2m.
Wing Yip has won permission to expand the Birmingham headquarters and warehouse of its food importing business, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Seabrook of Bradford is considering plans to set up a new crisps factory in the Northampton area, as part of a strategy to double sales over the next five years.
Aramark, the food services company, is setting up a 9,500 sq ft office at 250 Fowler Avenue in Farnborough.
Arla is to soon confirm the exact location for a planned £150m dairy due to open near London in 2012.
Marine Harvest is recruiting staff for a new £3m fish farm off Barra, as part of a £40m investment programme.
Cornish Country Larder is seeking permission to extend its creamery near Newquay, with the creation of up to 15 jobs.
Wilkin & Sons has acquired Coles Traditional Foods, the Saffron Walden-based desserts manufacturer with 20 staff.
Annyalla Chicks of Ireland is planning to set up a poultry processing plant in Wrexham later this year, with the creation of an initial 20 jobs.
Unilever has acquired the Danish ice cream manufacturing operations of Diplom-Is for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 30 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.
Marston's is to create 30 new jobs at the Banks's brewery in Wolverhampton in October, in order to start producing Tetley's bitter.
Palethorpes Pork Farms is to create up to 150 new jobs at its meat products factory in Market Drayton.
Forth Wines, the Kinross-based drinks wholesaler with 51 staff, has been sold by Matthew Clark to a consortium of local business people for undisclosed terms.
Vion is to create 150 new jobs at its chicken processing plant in Coupar Angus and 100 jobs at its site in Cambuslang.
Nestle has acquired Vitaflo, the Liverpool-based medical nutrition firm with annual sales of £17m, for undisclosed terms.
Robert Wiseman Dairies is seeking permission to expand its distribution depot in Market Drayton, with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Morrisons has acquired Simply Fresh Foods, the Manchester-based supplier of prepared vegetables, for undisclosed terms.
John West, the Liverpool-based canned fish firm with 67 staff, is to be acquired by Thai Union Frozen Products of Thailand, following the £568m sale of parent company MW Brands.
Rachel's Dairy of Aberystwyth has been acquired by Lactalis of France for about £30m, with the transfer of 140 staff.
Livefoods Direct, the Sheffield-based supplier of mealworms with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Scottish Salmon Company has acquired West Minch, the operator of 11 fish farms in the Western Isles.
Volac has acquired Parnutt Foods, the Lincolnshire-based animal nutrition firm.
GVS Assist is setting up a 22,000 sq ft operations centre for its drinks machines business at the Methley Road Industrial Estate near Castleford.
Hotel Chocolat is planning to create 250 jobs at its factory in Huntingdon over the next five years and a further 150 through the expansion of its shops, having raised £3.7m in a bond scheme.
Highland Council has approved plans from City Centre Estates Leisure to set up a £1m egg farm at Upper Smerral.
Lighthouse Caledonia is to be renamed The Scottish Salmon Company, in preparation for the creation of 70 jobs with this autumn's relaunch of its fish processing plant in Stornoway.
Dawnfresh Seafoods is to create about 30 jobs at its RR Spink & Sons factory in Arbroath, having won two new contracts to supply smoked fish.
Irish Dairy Board is to merge its Kerrygold cheese factory in Leek and its Somerset-based North Downs Dairy into a single group called Adams Foods in October.
Witwood Food Products, the food ingredients manufacturer with 160 staff in Banbury, has been acquired by Newly Weds Foods.
Highland Game has acquired Rick Bestwick, the Chesterfield-based meat supplier with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
SK Chilled Foods is looking to expand its two Middlesbrough-based ready meal production sites at South Bank and Riverside Park, with an increase to the 500-strong workforce.
Tate & Lyle is to sell its EU Sugar Refining division to American Sugar Refining of the US for £211m, including a London-based sugar refinery and Lyle's syrup factory.
Simply Coffee, the Exeter-based drinks vending firm, has been bought out of administration by The 2N's of Dorset.
Allerdale Council is to consider plans from Glendawn Seafoods to build a new salmon processing plant in Maryport, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Waverley TBS, the Hemel Hempstead-based drinks distributor with about 1,000 staff, is to undergo a management buy-out backed by private equity firm Manfield Partners.
Cherry Tree Bakeries is to create 20 jobs for a new cake production line at its site in Burnley.
Hayden's Bakeries is creating up to 150 jobs following the expansion of its bakery site in Devizes.
Fords Bakery has been sold out of administration by KPMG to Scullions Wholesale Bakery of Glasgow, securing 87 jobs in Prestonpans.
Westbridge Foods is to set up a new 8,900 sq ft headquarters at the Enigma Commercial Centre in Malvern.
Carr's Milling Industries has acquired Scotmin Nutrition, the Ayr-based manufacturer of animal feed supplements with 41 staff, and three Borthwickburn branches in Jedburgh, Selkirk and Berwick from Buccleuch Country for £5.6m.
Heygates is to start recruiting up to 250 staff for the new £20m Fine Lady bakery due to open in Newton Heath, Manchester, in October.
National Starch, the food ingredients manufacturer with 80 UK staff at sites in Stockport and Goole, has been sold by Akzo Nobel to Corn Products International of the US for £877m.
Hain Celestial Group has acquired Churchill Food Products, the Nottingham-based manufacturer of food-to-go products, for undisclosed terms.
Roberts Bakery has acquired Aldreds, the Ilkeston-based bakery with 62 staff, from D&G Food Group for undisclosed terms.
C&C is to transfer about 50 credit control and telesales jobs from eastern Europe to its Tennent's brewery in Glasgow, and will also invest £7m in a new back office system.
Isle of Arran Brewery is planning to almost double production at its Arran-based brewery, including an investment in new storage tanks and transport facilities.
Tilly Confectionery is planning to set up a new £1.1m 16,000 sq ft confectionery factory at Alva in Stirlingshire by spring 2011, with the creation of 23 jobs.
New Forest Ice Cream has won planning permission to build a new factory in Lymington, with the creation of about 30 jobs.
Diageo has started work on the £86m expansion of its whisky bottling plant at Leven in Fife, which will create about 400 jobs from summer 2011.
QV Foods has acquired the potato packing business of Perthshire-based Taypack, which will lead to the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Compass Group has acquired Southeast Service Corporation, the US provider of business and education support services with 6,500 staff, for £45m.
Moray Council has approved plans from Perno Ricard to rebuild 31 bonded warehouses at its Chivas Regal sites in Mulben and Keith.
Anglo Beef Processors is seeking permission from Shropshire Council to double the size of its abattoir at Hordley, near Ellesmere.
R&R Ice Cream has acquired Rolland, the French ice cream manufacturer with 520 staff, for undisclosed terms.
NPD Services has unveiled plans to develop an enlarged halal meat production facility at the Simply Halal abattoir near Banham in Norfolk, which could create up to 300 jobs.
Plum Baby, the Hampshire-based baby foods supplier, has been acquired by Darwin Private Equity for £10m.
Midland Pig Producers is seeking permission to set up a new pig production facility at Foston in Derbyshire, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
Dairy Crest is to invest £3.2m in the installation of two biomass boilers at its creamery in Davidstow by April 2011, and the plant will be built and operated by Dalkia.
South Kesteven District Council is expected to receive an application from Velmur to build a dairy with 2,896 cows at South Witham, near Grantham, which could create 30 jobs.
Wynnstay Group has acquired Woodheads Seeds, the Selby-based seeds supplier, for more than £3m.
Linwoods is investing £4.3m in the expansion of its Armagh-based foods business, in order to increase export sales and create more than 30 new jobs.
TSC Foods is investing £2m in new soup production facilities at its factory in Scunthorpe, and 50 new jobs will be created over the next three months.
Moy Park is to acquire O'Kane Poultry to create a combined poultry processing group with 5,000 of its 8,500 staff in Northern Ireland.
Berwyn Bakery is to create up to 25 new jobs at its Bala bakery in Gwynedd, having won a contract to supply cakes to Tesco.
One North East has announced a further £1.4m grant for the former Longbenton frozen foods plant on North Tyneside, in order to manufacture crispy pancakes and create up to 150 jobs.
Godminster has acquired Daisy & Co, the Somerset-based cheesemaker.
Greene King is to expand the production facilities at its Belhaven brewery in Dunbar by February 2011.
Country Harvest Frozen Foods has acquired Mike Fenwick, the Newton Aycliffe-based catering butcher with 15 staff, out of administration.
Primebake is recruiting 49 additional production and hygiene staff at its bakery in Nantwich.
Cairngorm Brewery of Aviemore has secured funding from Highlands & Islands Enterprise to build a new £1.5m bottling plant by the end of the year.
GA Pet Food Partners has won planning permission to expand its pet food factory in Chorley, which currently has a 120-strong workforce.
Britvic is to acquire Fruite, the French soft drinks company with more than 500 staff, for about £200m.
Cornerways Nursery has won permission to extend its tomato production facility at Wissington near King's Lynn by 2011, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Brakes has acquired Browns Food Service, the catering butcher with 40 vans and depots in Rugby, Romsey and London.
Ella Riley is considering plans to set up a new toffee confectionery factory in West Yorkshire over the next five years, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Martins Foods has bought Mellors out of administration, securing more than 60 jobs at its bakery in Southport.
McErlain's Bakery is to create 16 new jobs at its bakery in Magherafelt, having won a contract to supply Marks & Spencer stores across Northern Ireland.
Mathiesons Bakeries has been bought out of administration by a new company called Mathiesons Foods, creating a new group with 560 staff and 51 shops across Scotland.
Diet Chef has secured a £3m private equity investment to fund the expansion of its Edinburgh-based ready meals business.
Stockley's is to relocate its confectionery factory from Oswaldtwistle Mills to a larger site in Shadsworth.
Armstrong Logistics is to create 20 jobs at its new 100,000 sq ft distribution centre at the RD Business Park in Hinckley, and is planning to build a £2.5m chilled and frozen food warehouse.
Bernard Matthews has acquired Lincs Turkeys, the Lincolnshire-based supplier of turkey products with annual sales of about £23m.
Compass Group has acquired Caterine Restauration, the French catering company, from Industries & Finances Partenaires.
Bart Spices, the Bristol-based supplier of herbs and spices, is to undergo a management buy-out backed by Langholm Capital for undisclosed terms.
TSC Foods is to create 15 new jobs at its factory in Scunthorpe, having won a contract to supply porridge to JD Wetherspoon pubs.
William Grant has bought the spirits division of C&C Group of Ireland for £260m, with the transfer of 57 staff.
Dairy Crest is planning to set up a new milk delivery depot with 70 staff in Keynsham, in order to relocate its existing operation from Bath.
Openfield is linking up with Angus Cereals to build a 45,000-tonne grain storage facility at Montrose docks.
Smokehouse Holdings is to invest a further £4m in the expansion of its salmon processing plant in Maryport, Cumbria, by June 2011.
Global Brands of Chesterfield has acquired Inspirit Brands, the London-based drinks marketing firm.
Cranswick has acquired the 30,000 sq ft former Compass Seafood processing plant on the Sutton Fields Industrial Estate in Hull, in order to allow for future growth.
Boparan Holdings is to acquire Storteboom Group, the Dutch poultry processing firm with 5,500 staff, in order to expand its 2 Sisters food group.
Grieg Seafood Hjaltland is to acquire Northern Aquaculture, the Shetland-based salmon processing firm with four production sites, for £1.8m.
Nestle is to set up a new Nespresso coffee customer service centre in York, with the creation of 73 jobs.
Rhymney Brewery has won approval to build a new brewery and visitor centre in Blaenavon, with the creation of up to 19 jobs.
Glanbia is to sell its Irish dairy and agri-business operations to Glanbia Co-operative Society for £263m.
Dart Group is to invest £20m in the expansion of its Fowler Welch Coolchain food distribution centre at Heywood near Manchester, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Adnams is to set up a small-scale distillery at its brewery in Southwold, in order to produce gin, vodka and whisky.
Wight Salads Group is to relocate its tomato production operation and about 50 staff from Havant to a new 30,000 sq ft site in Chichester over the next few months.
Norton & Brooksbank is to merge with Livestock International to create a combined Gloucestershire-based livestock auctions business called Norton & Brooksbank International.
JF Longman has merged with Staffordshire Meat Packers to create a combined Stoke-based meat wholesaling business with annual turnover of more than £15m.
Tenderlean Meats has been bought out of administration by a new company called Tenderlean, securing more than 100 jobs at its meat processing business in Fermanagh.
Five Star Fish, the Grimsby-based fish processing firm, has been bought out of administration by Boparan Group, securing more than 300 jobs.
Provexis has agreed a £25m financing deal with Evolution Securities to fund the commercial development of its health drinks and functional foods business, which includes sites in Liverpool and Windsor.
Beverage Brands is setting up a new 15,000 sq ft office for its alcoholic drinks business at Gloucester Business Park.
Cherry Valley, the Lincolnshire-based duck processing firm with 600 staff, has been acquired by Bangkok Branch Group of Thailand for undisclosed terms.
Warburtons has bought the former North East Bakery site in Newcastle out of administration.
Caterfood Holdings has bought Quality Cuisine South West out of administration, securing the future of 13 jobs at its handmade savouries production facility in South Devon.
Goedhuis has acquired David Roberts Domaines, the Suffolk-based fine wine merchant, for undisclosed terms.
Churchill Catering is creating up to 70 jobs, having won new catering contracts worth £3m in Norfolk and Essex.
Wyre Council is looking to build a £16m fish park on a 14-acre site in Fleetwood, which would create about 150 jobs and provide a new 50,000 sq ft unit for A&M Seafood.
Mars has started work on the development of a new £5.2m confectionery research centre in Slough.
Lighthouse Caledonia is to restart production at its fish processing plant in Stornaway, with the creation of 90 jobs.
Dale Farm is investing £39m in the expansion of its three dairy production plants in Northern Ireland, with the creation of 60 jobs, including a partnership with Nampak to build a milk bottle plant in Ballymena.
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.
Brakes is to acquire a majority stake in Menigo, the Swedish wholesaler with annual turnover of about £450m.
Hall's Bakery is looking to set up three more bakery production centres in Preston, Fylde and Wigan over the next five years, with up to 12 staff at each site.
Bon Bon Buddies has bought the Kshocolat confectionery brand out of administration from RSM Tenon for undisclosed terms.
Glenmorangie has confirmed plans to relocate the headquarters of its whisky business from Broxburn to The Cube building in Edinburgh by September.
Kettle Foods, the crisps manufacturer with more than 700 staff at factories in Norwich and the US, has been sold by Lion Capital to Diamond Foods of the US for £400m.
Halal Industries is considering plans to set up a £150m business park specialising in halal produce on a 100-acre site near Swansea.
The Centre for the Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is to reconsider its options to improve the facilities at its fisheries laboratory in Lowestoft, in order to secure the future of the 530 staff.
Grimsby Seafood Village has secured £1m from the European Fisheries Fund to help fund the proposed development of a fish processing centre in Grimsby, housing up to 40 companies.
Fane Valley is investing £18m in the development of a new animal feeds plant at the Doogary West Industrial Estate in County Tyrone this summer.
FareShare, the food redistribution charity, is planning to expand its nationwide chain of 13 depots to 30 by 2015.
South West Regional Development Agency is to help fund the £6m expansion of the Trewithen Dairy in Lostwithiel, including the creation of 40 new jobs.
Daniels Group is to invest £8.5m in the development of a chilled ready meals and soups factory at the former Mariner Foods site on Grimsby's Europarc, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Northumberland Foods is looking to create at least 20 new jobs at its Amble-based frozen foods manufacturing business this year.
Glisten, the snack foods manufacturer with 650 staff in Leeds, Blackburn, Bolton, Skegness, North Wales, Newport, Liphook, London and Swindon, is to be acquired by Raisio of Finland for £20m.
Ainsleys has sold its Leeds bakery out of administration to Country Style Foods, while 20 Yorkshire outlets have been sold to Cooplands of Doncaster and Cooplands of Scarborough and the sandwich vans business to AW Food Services.
Hall & Woodhouse is to proceed with plans to build a new £5m brewery at its site in Blandford St Mary, Dorset, by autumn 2011.
Kraft Foods is looking to expand its manufacturing base in the UK, but some administration jobs will be lost with the integration of its recently-acquired Cadbury business.
Harlech Food Services is to relocate to a new £2.5m 40,000 sq ft food distribution centre at Llanystumdwy over the next few weeks.
Medina Foodservice has acquired Manor House Produce, the Isle of Wight-based fruit and vegetable wholesaler, taking its total workforce to 40.
Bernard Matthews is to relocate production of frozen turkeys from Great Witchingham in Norfolk to its site at Holton in Suffolk, with the loss of 160 jobs.
Dairy Crest is to invest £75m in the expansion of its liquid milk dairies over the next three years.
Wellocks is planning to build a 31,000 sq ft fruit and vegetable warehouse at Earby in Lancashire by the end of the year.
High Peak Borough Council is to consider plans from Express Park Buxton for the development of a 150,000 sq ft mineral water bottling plant at Cowdale Quarry near Buxton, and the site could also include leisure facilities and a technology park.
Fresh Direct is setting up a new 40,000 sq ft fresh produce distribution centre and office at the South Lancs Central site in Wigan.
Geary's Bakeries is to relocate from Ratby to a new £1m site at Barrow-upon-Soar in Leicestershire by the end of March.
Brakes has acquired Freshfayre, the Leeds-based chilled food wholesaler with seven depots, for undisclosed terms.
Tanfield Food Company has secured a £4m investment to fund the expansion of its Consett-based ready meals business, including additional production capacity and about 50 new jobs over the next two years.
Chappell's Fine Foods, the Leicester-based pork pie manufacturer, has been bought out of liquidation by Lodgegate Developments.
Nichols has acquired the trade and assets of the Ben Shaws soft drinks dispense business, but the Huddersfield operation will close with the loss of about 17 jobs.
Medina Dairies has acquired the former DFB dairy at Blaydon near Newcastle, and will re-commission the site by the end of March.
Noble Foods is to acquire a majority stake in Gu, the London-based supplier of luxury desserts, for up to £35m.
Ready Foods is planning to expand the 58-strong workforce at its ready meals manufacturing business in Gwynedd with 15 new jobs over the next few weeks.
North Kesteven District Council is to consider plans from Nocton Dairies to build Europe's largest dairy at Nocton near Lincoln.
Cadbury, the Birmingham-based confectionery manufacturer with 45,000 staff worldwide, has agreed terms for a £11.6bn takeover by Kraft of the US.
Morris & Son has acquired Sweet Luxuries, the Cleckheaton-based sugar-free sweets manufacturer with 15 staff.
Gilbert Thompson, the Leeds-based fruit and vegetable wholesaler with more than 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by HSBC.
Copper Dragon has been bought out of administration by its founder, securing 55 jobs at its Skipton-based brewery.
Henderson Group is investing £14m in the development of a new catering products warehouse and office facility at its 23-acre Mallusk site in Belfast, in order to relocate up to 150 staff from two existing depots in 2011.
Claymore Dairies is to be sold by Arla Foods and North Milk Coop to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, which is expected to lead to the loss of 65 of the 132 jobs in Nairn.
Campbells Prime Meat has won planning permission from Falkirk Council to invest £1m in the creation of a fish processing plant at its site in Whitecross.
CNP Professional is investing £2m in a new sports nutrition products factory in Hyde, Tameside, by April, with the creation of ten jobs.