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Food & Drink - 2011
Muller Dairy has won permission from Shropshire Council to expand its dairy production facility in Market Drayton onto an adjacent site, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Crediton Confectionery has reopened the former Bristow's sweet factory in Crediton, and plans to double the 20-strong workforce early next year.
MCM Select Foods, the Bracknell-based canned fish supplier, has been acquired by investment firm Manfield Partners.
Arla Foods has unveiled plans for a new dairy products distribution centre at Hatfield Business Park by 2013, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
Diageo is considering a number of potential locations in Scotland for new warehousing, and plans have been submitted to Fife Council for a site near Kirkcaldy.
Perfection Foods, the cake manufacturer about to open a new bakery in Walsall, is to set up a new distribution centre in Leicester by 2013, with the creation of 100 jobs.
AP Jess is considering plans to set up a new plant in north-east Scotland, following the success of its Rossyew salmon by-products business.
Nisha Enterprises is to set up a new confectionery plant in Livingston with the creation of about 20 jobs, having bought brands and machinery from McCowan's.
Whitby Seafoods has acquired Rockall Seafoods, the County Down-based scampi manufacturer, in order to expand its Middleton Seafoods operation.
ABP UK is seeking permission to expand its beef processing facility in York, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Belton Cheese has submitted plans to Shropshire Council to extend its cheese production plant in Whitchurch.
Premier Foods has sold Brookes Avana, the manufacturer of ready meals, pizzas and cakes with more than 2,000 staff in Newport and Leicester, to 2 Sisters Food Group for £30m.
Compass Group is to acquire DORA Gastro, the Czech foodservice provider with annual sales of £15m.
Bodnant Food Centre is recruiting 50 staff for a new £6.5m local foods supply centre due to open at Eglwysbach in the Conwy Valley next May.
Samways Fish Merchants is to invest £1m in the expansion of its fish processing facility in Bridport, with the creation of at least 25 jobs over the next two years.
Warburtons is planning to invest a further £200m in the expansion of its 13 bakery production sites over the next five years.
Kraft is to invest £50m in the expansion of its confectionery and biscuit manufacturing operations in the UK, but 200 jobs will be lost at Cadbury sites in Bournville, Chirk and Herefordshire.
Cumbrian Seafoods has been bought out of administration by Lion Capital, the owner of Young's Seafood, securing 570 jobs in County Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland.
Innis & Gunn is to create 13 new jobs at its Edinburgh-based brewery over the next six months, including vacancies in sales, marketing and customer management.
R&R Ice Cream has acquired Durigon Gelato, the German ice cream manufacturer with 70 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Everards is planning to relocate its Leicester-based brewery and 104 staff to a new site in Enderby, which will also provide space for other food and drink companies.
Perfection Foods is to open a new bakery factory on the Walsall Enterprise Park early next year, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Campari is planning to build a new whisky bottling plant at the Glen Grant Distillery in Rothes by 2013.
Parkam Foods, the West Yorkshire-based supplier of processed meat products with 750 staff, has been acquired by Tulip.
Countrywise Water Coolers of Hull has merged with Chilburne Spring, the North Yorkshire-based water distributor.
Coca-Cola is to build a new £30m automated warehouse at its bottling plant in Wakefield by 2013.
Nestle is to invest £110m in the expansion of its coffee products factory at Hatton in Derbyshire, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Stafforce Personnel has acquired the Centre for Food Robotics & Automation, in order to expand its Yorkshire-based recruitment business into new areas.
Baxters has acquired Fray Bentos from Princes for about £20m, and pie production will transfer from East Anglia to Fochabers with the creation of up to 125 jobs.
Bakery Products has bought Hobson Foods out of administration, saving 122 jobs at its Tindale & Stanton bakery in County Durham.
Lyme Bay Winery has won permission to build a new production plant at its site in East Devon, with the creation of ten jobs.
SA Brain & Co is planning to set up a new craft brewery at its site in Cardiff over the next few months, in order to offer a wider range of more diverse beers.
Morpol has confirmed plans to set up a salmon processing facility for its Meridian Salmon business at the former Lexmark factory in Rosyth next year, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Broadland Hams is relocating its Norwich-based ham processing plant and 25 staff to a new site nearby, following a fire.
Gleadell Agriculture is to acquire Dunns (Long Sutton), the pea and bean seed supplier.
Bernard Matthews is planning to build a £4m anaerobic digestion plant at its Holton factory in Suffolk by 2013.
Picard Vins & Spiritueux of France has bought the Tullibardine Distillery in Perthshire.
Donegal Creameries has acquired AJ Allan Seed Potatoes, the Brechin-based seed potato supplier.
Just Love Food Company is planning to double the 30-strong workforce at its nut-free cakes factory in Blackwood, Caerphilly.
Fields Morris & Verdin is to relocate the London headquarters of its wine importing business to a 20,000 sq ft unit at Ingate Place in Battersea next year.
Forthglade, the Devon-based pet food manufacturer with 55 staff, has been bought out of administration by a new company called Forthglade Foods.
Powys County Council has approved plans from Frazer Jones for a new super dairy with 1,000 cattle at Leighton near Welshpool.
Daniels Group, the Leeds-based owner of New Covent Garden Soup and other food brands, is to be acquired by Hain Celestial of the US for £145m.
Dunbia has acquired Heathfield Foods, the Crewe-based meat supplier, for undisclosed terms, taking its network of processing plants to ten.
Proper Pies of Redditch has acquired Barton & White, the Leicestershire-based desserts and savouries manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
Moet Hennessy is planning to relocate the London headquarters of its drinks business to a 24,000 sq ft office at Grosvenor Gardens.
BrewDog has submitted plans for a £7m brewery at Balmacassie in Aberdeenshire, with the creation of an initial 25 jobs, and is also planning to open five more pubs.
Tangerine Confectionery has bought the Wham and Highland Toffee brands of McCowans out of administration, and will transfer production from Scotland to Blackpool and York.
Bakkavor is to create 60 jobs at a new Caledonian Produce factory due to open in Bo'ness in December.
Nom Dairy UK is planning to invest £100m in the expansion of its dairy at Donnington Wood in Shropshire, with the creation of 200 jobs.
East Cambridgeshire District Council has approved plans from Barway Farms to set up a mushroom farm and anaerobic digestion plant in Littleport, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Infinity Foods is seeking a larger site for the relocation of its Brighton-based food manufacturing and distribution business, which has 50 staff.
Kitwave has acquired Automatic Retailing, the Northumberland-based supplier of confectionery and soft drinks for vending machines, for undisclosed terms.
Just-Eat has acquired Urbanbite, a London-based online food delivery provider, for undisclosed terms.
Wells & Young's has bought the McEwan's and Younger's beer brands from Heineken UK for about £20m.
James Hall & Co is looking to further expand its new headquarters in Preston with two fresh food production units, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Birchall Foodservice has acquired Willow Foods, the Wrexham-based distributor of chilled and fresh foods, for undisclosed terms.
Milk Link is to invest £20m in the expansion of its cheese factory in Lockerbie over the next year.
Genius is looking to double the 12-strong workforce at its Edinburgh-based gluten-free foods business over the next year.
Bruichladdich has secured a £9.5m funding package from HSBC to expand its Islay-based distillery.
Riverford Organic Vegetables has acquired BoxFresh Organics, the Ledbury-based boxed vegetable supplier.
Yes Dining, the contract catering firm, has sold a majority stake to Luke Johnson and will be renamed as the Genuine Dining Co.
Dawn Meats has acquired the Duerden Lindal Moor beef abattoir in Ulverston, Cumbria.
AG Barr is seeking a suitable location in southern England or the Midlands for a major investment in a new soft drinks plant next year.
Arla Foods has won approval to build a £150m dairy near Aylesbury, with the creation of about 700 jobs.
Vion is to set up a centre of excellence at its Halls meat processing plant in Broxburn, West Lothian, with the creation of 250 jobs next year.
Kerry Group is to acquire Cargill's global flavours division for £105m, including 40 staff at Trafford Park.
Freshpeel Produce is to expand its onion processing business with the acquisition of a 30,750 sq ft factory in Wisbech from Greenvale Foods.
Berwyn Bakery has been sold out of administration by Baker Tilly to a management team, securing 70 jobs in North Wales.
Premier Foods is to invest £25m in the development of a new production line at its Ambrosia creamery in Lifton, Devon.
Scottish Salmon Company is looking to invest £50m in the development of up to ten new salmon farms across the west of Scotland over the next five years.
First Milk is to invest £10m in the development of new whey processing facilities at its Lake District cheese factory in Aspatria by 2013.
Jaines & Son has won permission to build a new seafood processing factory at Europarc in Grimsby, with the creation of at least 12 jobs.
Nestle is seeking permission to extend its product technology centre in York, adding 35 new jobs to the 190-strong workforce over the next two years.
Compass has acquired Cygnet Foods, the Warrington-based supplier of school meals with annual turnover of £9.3m, for undisclosed terms.
John Bull Confectioners is planning to extend its confectionery factory in Bridlington with the creation of ten jobs, and its nationwide chain of 19 shops will also expand.
Brakes Group is to set up a 207,000 sq ft chilled foods distribution centre at Suttons Business Park in Reading, with the creation of 500 jobs.
Kraft is to create 100 new jobs at its research and development operations in Bournville, Banbury and Reading by the end of the year.
New Britain Palm Oil is to build a £10m bakery products plant at its site in Bootle by early 2012, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Becketts Foods, the Coventry-based supplier of bacon products, has been acquired by CPC Foods for undisclosed terms.
Aromco, the Hertfordshire-based flavours company with 40 staff, has been acquired by Israel-based Frutarom for £15m.
Wholebake, the Denbighshire-based manufacturer of seed and fruit bars, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Finance Wales.
Liberation Group is to acquire JJ Le Sueur, the Jersey-based wines and spirits distributor, for undisclosed terms.
Wilkin & Sons has acquired Jules & Sharpie, the Suffolk-based preserves manufacturer, in order to expand its Thursday Cottage division.
Summit Foods is to increase the 170-strong workforce at its Preston-based factory to 200 and the premises will expand from 26,000 sq ft to 38,000 sq ft.
Young & Co is to sell its 40% stake in the Wells & Young brewing business in Bedford to Charles Wells for £15m, in order to focus on its 250 pubs.
Symington's of Leeds has bought the Chicken Tonight and Ragu sauce brands from Unilever for undisclosed terms.
G&J Greenall, the Warrington-based gin manufacturer with 120 staff, has undergone a £7.5m management buy-out from De Vere Group.
Petty Wood has acquired Tree of Life, the Staffordshire-based organic products supplier, from Wessanen for undisclosed terms.
Fenmarc Produce is to create 40 jobs at its vegetable processing plant in Wisbech by October, with the introduction of a permanent night shift.
Samworth Brothers is to create a further 140 jobs at its ready meals factories in Leicester Forest East and Melton.
Quantil has won planning permission to build a 200,000 sq ft greenhouse at Mere House Nurseries in Scarisbrick, Lancashire.
Heart of England Grain, the Northamptonshire-based grain trader with 15 staff, has been acquired by Countrywide for undisclosed terms.
Intertek has acquired Food Analytical Laboratory, the Stoke-based laboratory with 73 staff, for £6m, as well as Farnborough-based fuel analysis firm OALTB for £0.5m and Recherche Developpement & Consulting of Belgium for £5m.
Express Microbiology of Linlithgow is planning to expand its food testing services across the country over the next few years, increasing the workforce from 26 to 60.
Volvere has acquired a 54% stake in Shire Foods, the Leamington Spa-based pie manufacturer with about 100 staff.
Giorgio's Continental is to open a £1.2m 26,000 sq ft extension at its pasta products factory in Nottingham later this summer, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Thwaites is looking to relocate its Blackburn-based brewery and up to 300 staff over the next four years, and Sainsbury's will take its existing site in the town centre.
Premier Foods has sold its canning plants in Wisbech and Long Sutton to Liverpool-based Princes for £182m, with the transfer of more than 1,000 staff.
APS Salads has secured funding of £6m to expand its tomato production operations in Cheshire and Kent.
Moray Seafoods, the prawn processing firm with 50 staff, has been acquired by Associated Seafoods for undisclosed terms.
Camgrain has won permission from South Cambridgeshire District Council to expand the capacity at its grain storage facility near Great Wilbraham by 210,000 tonnes.
Harbro, the Turriff-based animal feed supplier, has acquired the 6.3-acre former headquarters of the Les Taylor Group in Mintlaw.
Dairy Crest has acquired MH Foods, the Kent-based manufacturer of cooking oil and salad dressings, for £13m.
Lossie Seafoods, the Buckie-based salmon processing firm, has been acquired by Glasgow-based Associated Seafoods for undisclosed terms.
Britvic is looking to relocate the headquarters of its soft drinks business and up to 280 staff away from Chelmsford, and is considering sites just north of London.
Uniq, the sandwich and desserts manufacturer with 1,900 staff at sites in Northampton, Spalding, Shropshire and Somerset, has been acquired by Greencore of Ireland for £113m.
Baker Boys has bought The Cake Bake Company, the Kent-based cake supplier, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Drinks Inc is to relocate its Belfast-based drinks wholesaling business to a 75,000 sq ft warehouse and 8,000 sq ft office on Boucher Road later this year.
Compass Group is to increase the number of apprenticeship positions offered to staff each year from 950 to 1,600, including opportunities in cookery, cleaning and facilities management.
Proper Welsh Milk is planning to set up a £1.4m milk bottling plant in Whitland, Carmarthenshire, by September, with the creation of an initial ten jobs.
Environmental Scientifics Group has acquired PMS Micro, the Leeds-based microbiological laboratory, in order to expand its Eclipse Scientific food division.
Inverarity Vaults has merged with WM Morton for undisclosed terms, in order to create one of Scotland's leading wine and spirit merchants.
Unilever is planning to increase its annual recruitment of MBA graduates from 25 to 100 by 2014.
Border Biscuits is to invest a further £2.5m in the expansion of its biscuit manufacturing facilities in Lanarkshire by the end of next year.
Ian Macleod Distillers has acquired the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside from the Edrington Group for undisclosed terms.
Wilkin & Sons is looking to build a new £15m jam factory for its 300 staff at Tiptree in Essex, provided that permission is secured for new housing on another site.
Diageo has submitted plans to Moray Council for the £9.5m expansion of its Dailuaine distillery in Speyside.
Unilever is planning to open 11 factories across the world this year, as part of a £4.5bn investment programme.
Andrew Ingredients is investing £1m in the development of a new 24,000 sq ft bakery production facility in Antrim.
GlycoMar of Oban has sold VeroMara, its seafood testing business with ten staff, to US-based Neogen for undisclosed terms.
Amadeus is to create up to 1,000 temporary and permanent jobs over the next year, having won a number of new event catering contracts.
Provexis has acquired Science in Sport, the Lancashire-based sports nutrition firm with 50 staff, for £8m.
The National Farmers Union is to build a new £1.8m conference suite at its headquarters in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, by the end of the year.
Jackson's Bakery is to invest £5.5m in the expansion of its bakery in Hull, with up to 40 new jobs being added to the 330-strong workforce.
Landcatch, the Alloa-based salmon breeding company, has been acquired by Hendrix Genetics of the Netherlands for undisclosed terms.
Morpol is said to be planning to set up a new Lakeland Smolt fish processing plant at the former Lexmark site in Rosyth, with the creation of hundreds of jobs.
Brecks is investing £3m in the expansion of its cereals and meat-free products factory near Selby, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Trinity International Services is looking to recruit a further 40 staff at its Aberdeen-based offshore catering business.
First Milk has acquired Kingdom Cheese and Kingdom Dairies of Fife for undisclosed terms.
Burts Potato Chips is planning to expand the workforce at its Plymouth-based snacks factory from 80 to 100 this year.
SHS Group has bought a majority stake in Bottlegreen Drinks, the Gloucestershire-based soft drinks manufacturer, from private equity firm Piper for £25m.
Stonegate has acquired Farmhouse Freedom Eggs, the Monmouthshire-based egg supplier, for undisclosed terms.
Andrew Jones Pies has undergone a pre-pack administration, securing 17 jobs at its Huddersfield-based pie manufacturing business.
Britvic has bought Quinn's of Cookstown, the Tyrone-based drinks wholesaler with 30 staff, from C&C Northern Ireland.
Seabrook Crisps of Bradford is looking to expand into southern England with a £2.5m investment in its infrastructure and distribution facilities.
Beverage Brands is to relocate production of alcopops to sites in Belfast and Gloucester, with the loss of 30 jobs in Torquay.
Nestle is to invest £1m in the expansion of its confectionery research and development centre in York by 2012.
International Cuisine is planning to expand the 579 staff at its ready meals factory in Consett with 150 new jobs, in order to increase the number of shifts.
Farmhouse Biscuits is planning to expand its biscuit factory in Nelson by building new production, office and warehouse facilities on an adjacent site, with the creation of 16 jobs.
Tangerine Confectionery, the confectionery manufacturer with 1,340 staff in Blackpool, Liverpool, Cleckheaton, York, Pontefract and Poole, is in negotiations to be acquired by private equity firm Blackstone for about £100m.
Central Catering Services has acquired Express Cafes, the mobile catering firm, from Compass for undisclosed terms.
Wynnstay has acquired Wrekin Grain, the Telford-based grain marketing and agricultural supplier, for £4m.
GT Produce of Leeds has acquired RS Fruits, the Kent-based fruit marketing firm.
Compass has acquired BGP, the Swedish catering company, for £1.6m.
Anglo Beef Processors has won planning permission from Shropshire Council to double the size of its abattoir in Hordley to 48,000 sq ft.
Highland Farms is seeking permission for the £1m expansion of its salmon processing factory in Maryport, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Lake District National Park Authority is to consider plans from Cumbria Distillers to develop a whisky distillery at Setmurthy, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Associated British Foods is planning a multi-million pound investment in the expansion of its Allied Bakeries factories in Glasgow, West Bromwich and Stevenage.
Molson Coors is to invest £4.5m in the expansion of its recently-acquired Sharp's brewery in Cornwall over the next three years.
British Bakels is planning to invest £1.5m in the expansion of its bakery ingredients factory in Bicester.
PepsiCo is to invest £8.5m in a porridge production plant at its site in Cupar, Fife, by the end of summer.
Pieminister is to relocate its pie factory and 35 jobs from Bristol to Llantrisant by the end of the year.
Bakkavor is seeking permission from Sedgemoor District Council to extend its Isleport desserts factory, with the creation of up to 92 jobs.
Browne's Chocolates has been bought out of liquidation by two local businessmen for undisclosed terms, and production at its Okehampton factory will restart with about ten staff.
Tate & Lyle is to sell its Vietnamese sugar business to TH Milk Food Joint Stock Company for £33m.
Woodhead has sold its Scarborough bakery and 11 shops out of administration to Haldane Retail, while a further 18 shops have been sold to Coopland & Sons.
Dairy Crest is to create 80 new jobs at its cheese production plant in Frome, Somerset, over the next few months.
Zetar has acquired Derwent Lynton, the Derby-based chocolate confectionery manufacturer, for up to £0.8m.
Samworth Brothers is planning to expand the 625-strong workforce at its Saladworks ready meals business in Leicester with 200 new jobs over the next two years.
Milk Link is investing £4m in the development of a new cheese production facility at Trevarrian in North Cornwall by August.
Cumbrian Seafoods is to invest £7m in the expansion of its seafood products factory in Seaham, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Haribo is to set up a new 500,000 sq ft confectionery production and distribution facility at Normanton near Leeds, with the creation of 286 jobs.
Langdons is to open a new £8m 50,000 sq ft frozen and chilled foods storage depot in Redditch this summer.
Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients, the manufacturer of pastry fillings with seven sites, is to be acquired by Dawn Foods of the US for undisclosed terms.
Northumbrian Fine Foods, the Team Valley-based biscuit manufacturer with 160 staff, has been sold by Duke Street to a management team for a nominal sum.
Unilever is to invest £2.6m in improvements to the Colman's mustard factory in Norwich by the middle of next year.
Diageo is to invest £3.5m in the expansion of the Caol Ila distillery on Islay by the end of the year.
Cambrian Pet Foods is investing £5m in the expansion of its pet food plants in Llangadog and Pencader.
Greggs is to open a new £4.5m bakery in Penrith in September, with the transfer of about 100 staff from two existing sites.
United Auctions has bought the Stirling Agricultural Centre livestock market from Elphinstone for undisclosed terms.
Alpro is considering plans to expand the production facilities at its soya milk factory at Burton Latimer in Northamptonshire, with an increase to the 100-strong workforce.
Compass Group is to acquire Elior Nederland, the Dutch foodservice company with gross assets of £25m.
Scotbake is to relocate its Inverness-based bakery and 70 staff to the Longman Industrial Estate, with the creation of up to 30 new jobs.
Savant Distribution, the Leeds-based supplier of nutritional supplements, has been acquired by Naturalife Health of Ireland.
Pickstock Group is considering a number of potential sites for a new food processing plant, including a former Maxell site in Telford.
PinguinLutosa is to invest £13m in the expansion of its frozen foods factory in King's Lynn this year, including a new production line, cold store and product development centre.
Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises has secured funding for the £1.2m upgrade of facilities at Grimsby fish market by 2012.
Chat Moss Herbs, the Eccles-based supplier of herbs and salad leaves with 20 staff, has been acquired by an investment consortium.
New Britain Oils is to invest £9m in the expansion of its palm oil refinery in Bootle, with the creation of 26 jobs.
Denby Dale Pie Company has been bought out of administration by a new company called Abbeydale Foods, saving 80 jobs in West Yorkshire.
De Bortoli Wines of Australia is to relocate its UK sales office from Blandford Forum to Semley in Wiltshire.
Fruitapeel is looking to create a further 15 jobs at its recently-acquired juice factory in Llantrisant this summer.
Soil Association has unveiled plans to relocate its Bristol-based headquarters and up to 200 staff to a 40-acre gasworks site at the Harbourside.
Llechwedd Meats is seeking permission to build a new meat processing plant at the former Gweithdy Mona site in Llangefni, with the creation of up to 45 jobs.
Ferrero of Italy is said to be looking into the possibility of investing in new confectionery production capacity in the UK.
R&K Drysdale has received a £0.6m Scottish Government grant to help build a new vegetable processing and storage facility at Cockburnspath, securing the future of 140 jobs.
Shropshire Council is seeking funding for the £5m expansion of the Food Enterprise Centre in Shrewsbury, including a new site in Herefordshire.
Hugli is to double the size of its food production facility in Redditch to 100,000 sq ft over the next few months.
Arran Brewery is considering sites in Kilmarnock, Androssan and Renfrewshire for a new bottling plant, as part of a £1.6m expansion programme that will create 22 new jobs over the next three years.
Diageo is to acquire Mey Icki, the Turkish spirits manufacturer, from TPG Capital and Actera for £1.3bn.
Devro is to invest £12m in the expansion of its sausage skins factory in Bellshill this year.
G's Growers has unveiled proposals to set up a mushroom production facility at Littleport in Cambridgeshire, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Molson Coors is to set up a temporary 200,000 sq ft beer storage warehouse at the Marchington Industrial Estate in Staffordshire.
Boparan is investing £30m in a new chicken products factory for its 2 Sisters business in Thetford this spring, with the creation of an initial 100 jobs.
Cadbury is to create 50 new jobs at its research centre in Bournville and a further 50 at its customer service and logistics department.
Gregory Distribution has unveiled plans for a milk distribution depot at Evercreech Junction in Shepton Mallet, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Fruitapeel has bought the assets of All Natural Juice Company out of administration, and will re-employ 25 staff at the site in Llantrisant.
Britvic is creating 60 new jobs and expanding production of branded drinks at its factory in Rugby.
Geneius is planning to expand the workforce at its Newcastle-based food testing technology business from 20 to 50 over the next two years.
Premier Foods is to sell its East Anglian canned grocery business, which has 1,600 staff in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, to Princes for £182m.
Big Bear Group, the manufacturer of snacks and breakfast cereals with factories in Leicester and London, has been acquired by Raisio of Finland for £80m.
Payne's Dairies is planning to start producing yoghurt at the recently-closed Rossa Dairy Products ice cream factory in Leicester.
Britannia Food Ingredients, the Goole-based supplier of food products with 50 staff, has been acquired by Olam International of Singapore.
Natures Way Foods has won planning permission to build a new £14m packhouse at its Chichester-based fresh produce business, with the creation of up to 380 jobs.
Sharp's Brewery, the Cornwall-based brewery with 80 staff, has been acquired by Molson Coors for £20m.
Kettle Foods is planning a £6m expansion at its snacks factory in Norwich, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Yearsley Group is planning to set up a new £20m 160,000 sq ft cold food storage facility near its site in Heywood, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Bradford Council is to consider plans from Commercial Development Projects and CK Food Processing for a new cheese production plant in Ripley Street, with the creation of 45 jobs.
Willowbrook Foods is to open a new £5.5m vegetable processing plant at Killinchy in County Down this summer, with the creation of 25 jobs.
United Coffee of Milton Keynes has acquired Coopers, the Huddersfield-based coffee supplier.
Intersnack is looking to create up to 100 jobs at its nuts and snacks manufacturing business in County Durham, as part of an ongoing expansion programme.
Milk Link has acquired Cornish Country Larder, the North Cornwall-based cheese manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
Ensors is planning to set up a new £6.5m meat processing plant and abattoir in Cinderford by the end of the year, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
Northern Foods, the convenience food manufacturer with more than 9,000 staff at 24 sites, is to be acquired by Boparan Holdings for £342m.
Krispy Kreme is to set up a doughnut factory at the Heywood Distribution Park in Greater Manchester by March, with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Premier Foods is to sell its Quorn meat-free foods business to private equity firm Exponent for about £200m.
Frutarom Industries is to acquire East Anglian Food Ingredients, the supplier of flavours and seasoning compounds with 35 staff, for £3m.
Brakes is to create up to 50 new jobs at a new 55,000 sq ft catering supplies depot at its Gonerby Moor site near Grantham this year.
Dhaliwal Dairies has acquired a new 16,800 sq ft production site on the Coedcae Lane Industrial Estate in Pontyclun.
Yearsley Group has acquired Ice Pak Seafood Specialists, the frozen food supplier with sites in Greater Manchester and Leeds and annual turnover of £32m.
Linden Foods is to create 85 jobs over the next three years, following a £10m investment in a new production facility at its site in Dungannon.
The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (DARD) is planning to set up a new headquarters outside the Belfast area.
Wellpak is to extend its fresh produce warehouse in Evesham this year, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Event Management Catering, the Selby-based catering firm with 750 staff, has been acquired by Spotless Group of Australia.
Intertek has acquired American Analytical Chemistry Laboratories, the US provider of laboratory food testing services with 28 staff, for £4.5m.
Compass has acquired Menke Menue, the German catering firm, for £4m, as well as Chiyoda Food of Japan.
Hazeldene is to invest £1.7m in the expansion of its prepared salads factory in Wigan by May, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Amy's Kitchen of the US is planning to create up to 100 jobs at a new natural convenience foods factory in Corby.
Kettle Produce is submitting plans to rebuild its fire-damaged vegetable processing plant at Freuchie in Fife, in order to secure 515 jobs.
Westler Foods, the Malton-based manufacturer of sausages with 162 staff, has been bought out of administration by a newly-formed company backed by RCapital Partners.
Constellation Brands is to sell a majority stake in its UK and Australian wine operations, including the Stowell's brand, to Champ Private Equity for £148m.