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Food & Drink - 2012
Macduff Shellfish has acquired Scott Trawlers, the Dumfries-based scallop fishing firm with 50 staff, for about £10m.
Pets Choice is planning to relocate its Blackburn-based pet food manufacturing business and 140 staff to the Whitebirk Industrial Estate, with the creation of 50 new jobs.
Lossie Seafoods is to invest £1.5m in the expansion of its Buckie-based processing facilities, having secured funding from the European Fisheries Fund.
FishFrom is planning to set up a new fish farm in a large warehouse at Tayinloan in Kintyre.
Marine Harvest is to acquire a £100m stake in Morpol, the salmon supplier with sites in Rosyth, Shetland and Orkney.
Vion UK has sold its pork division to a management team backed by private equity firm Endless, securing 4,000 jobs at sites in Malton, Wiveliscombe, Haverhill, Hull, Scunthorpe, Stoke, Enfield and Cookstown.
Wensleydale Creamery has won planning permission to build a new multi-million pound cheese production plant at its site in Hawes, North Yorkshire.
Pasta King has raised £8.7m to fund the expansion of its Newton Abbot-based ready meals business, which could lead to an increase to the 85-strong workforce.
Cadwaladers is to relocate its ice cream production from Gwynedd to Carmarthenshire, and plans to expand its chain of ten cafes with up to five new sites a year.
South Caernarfon Creameries is to set up a new £10m cheese manufacturing plant at its site in Gwynedd by 2016.
PepsiCo is considering plans to relocate its London headquarters to a 10,000 sq ft office at Chiswick Park.
United Biscuits is to sell KP Snacks to Intersnack of Germany for a sum estimated at more than £500m, including 1,500 staff at sites in Leicestershire, Middlesex, South Yorkshire and Durham.
McCambridge Group has sold its own-label cakes division to private equity firm NBGI Private Equity, including 637 staff in Manchester, Bradford, Blackburn and Salisbury.
Kerfoot Group is to expand its Goole-based vegetable oil processing business with 60,000 sq ft of additional factory space early next year.
Kitwave has bought Teatime Tasties, the cakes and biscuits wholesaler with 61 staff in Huddersfield and Manchester.
Princes is to invest £40m in the expansion of its soft drinks plant in Bradford over the next year, securing the future of more than 300 jobs.
Hancocks Group, the Loughborough-based chain of 18 confectionery wholesale depots, has undergone a management buy-out backed by H2 Equity Partners, and plans to open five new sites by 2016.
Mid Suffolk District Council is to receive plans from Sterling Suffolk to build two large tomato greenhouses at Great Blakenham by 2014, as part of a £30m project that will involve a waste incinerator operated by SITA UK and 180 new jobs.
Reckitt Benckiser is to acquire Schiff Nutrition International, the US supplier of vitamins and nutrition supplements, for £877m.
Chippindale is creating up to 20 jobs at a new £3m egg processing facility near Knaresborough over the next three years.
Southglade Food Park has secured about £6m of council and European funding to double the size of its food business park in Nottingham, with the creation of about 90 jobs.
ANM Group has sold Yorkshire Premier Meats, the Kirkby-based meat processing firm with 100 staff, to a management team.
West Norfolk Council is considering plans from Alfred G Pearce for a new £2m vegetable processing plant in Shouldham Thorpe, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Samworth Brothers is planning to set up a new food factory on a 12-acre site at Beaumont Leys in Leicester, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
VMG Foods is planning to expand the 40-strong workforce at its pizza factory in Glasgow with 25 new jobs.
AG Barr and Essex-based Britvic have agreed to merge to create a new group called Barr Britvic Soft Drinks with annual sales of £1.5bn.
Askham Bryan is to invest £9m in the development of new dairy and other facilities at its agricultural colleges in Penrith and York, with the creation of 75 jobs.
Western Commodities, the Devon-based importer of dried fruit and nuts with 40 staff, is opening a new 16,000 sq ft unit near its main site in Willand.
KP Snacks is to create 17 new jobs at its savoury snacks factory in Ashby.
Isle of Skye Brewing Company is planning to merge with Isle of Arran Brewery, in order to support expansion plans that include a new bottling plant and a chain of pubs.
Triple Eight Proteins is to expand its Tyrone-based pork exporting business with the creation of 18 jobs over the next three years.
Boparan Holdings is to sell the Christmas pudding operations of Newport-based Brookes Avana to Doncaster-based Sargents Bakeries.
Meadow Foods is planning to expand its milk processing plant near Chester, with the creation of at least 50 jobs.
Inverarity Morton has acquired LA Wholesale, the Glasgow-based drinks distributor, for undisclosed terms.
Premier Foods has sold its sweet pickles and table sauce business to Mizkan of Japan for £92m, with the transfer of 356 staff at its factory in Bury St Edmunds.
Cambrian Pet Foods is investing £1.4m in the expansion of its Carmarthenshire-based pet food manufacturing business, with the creation of 22 jobs.
Eurofoods Group is to invest £5m in the expansion of its food distribution centre in Darlaston, with the creation of 100 jobs over the next 18 months.
Chivas Brothers is planning to build a new malt whisky distillery at the Imperial site near Carron, Speyside.
Diageo is to submit plans to Highland Council to expand its Glen Ord distillery, including six new stills and ten fermentation vessels.
Billington Group has acquired BAR Foods, the Newport-based manufacturer of sauces and soups with turnover of £23m, for undisclosed terms.
Greggs is planning to build a new £35m savoury snacks factory in the East Midlands by 2014, with the creation of 400 jobs.
Abel & Cole, the online grocery supplier with 450 staff, has been acquired by William Jackson Food Group for undisclosed terms.
Cranswick is to open a new £10m pastry products plant in Malton, North Yorkshire, in April 2013, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Zetar, the London-based confectionery manufacturer with 1,400 staff at sites in Hull, Leeds, Sleaford and Fakenham, is to be acquired by Zertus of Germany for £43m.
Angel Springs is planning to expand the nationwide workforce at its Wolverhampton-based water coolers business with up to 40 new jobs.
Suttons Seeds is planning to relocate its Paignton-based commercial seed trials facility to a new site near Occombe Farm, with the creation of ten jobs.
Coca Cola is said to be planning to relocate its London office from Hammersmith to a 65,000 sq ft building on Wimpole Street by 2014.
Produce Investments has acquired Rowe Farming, the Cornwall-based potato supplier, for more than £12m.
Harper Adams University College is to set up a £3m agricultural engineering and research centre at its Edgmond site in Shropshire, with the creation of 160 jobs.
Adams Foods is seeking permission to expand its cheese production plant in Leek with a £1.5m development centre, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Holdsworth is to relocate its Northampton-based foodservice distribution depot to a larger 26,300 sq ft site in Bedford in October.
Scotch Premier, Mathers and Scotbeef are to combine their Scottish meat processing operations and build a new multi-million pound processing plant in Inverurie.
Jerky Group is planning to set up a meat processing facility at the former Highland Country Food site in Forres.
Malcolm Allan is to relocate its meat processing business and up to 100 staff from Tamfourhill to the Central Business Park in Larbert.
Moir Seafoods is to acquire the former Border Laird factory at Amble in Northumberland out of administration.
Norish is to acquire Townview Foods, the Northern Ireland-based meat trading firm, for up to £8.3m.
Wholebake is to invest £1m in the expansion of its Denbighshire-based snacks manufacturing business, including new production facilities and 16 new jobs over the next year.
London Distillery Company is to produce a range of gins and whisky at a new distillery due to open in Battersea in November.
Clipper Teas is to invest £1m in the expansion of its tea factory in Beaminster, Dorset, securing the future of more than 90 jobs.
Host Contract Management has acquired Juice for Life, the operator of retail catering contracts, for undisclosed terms.
Bluemantle has let a 90,000 sq ft warehouse on the Greenbank business park in Wigan to Kartell UK, while Bakkavor Foods is taking a 40,000 sq ft unit.
Pieminister is to expand its Bristol-based pie manufacturing business onto a new four-acre site in Westbury on Trym, securing the future of 70 jobs.
Wadworth Brewery is to transfer its distribution and warehousing operation and up to 31 jobs from Devizes to Thatcham by November.
AG Barr of Cumbernauld and Essex-based Britvic are in merger negotiations that would create one of the leading soft drinks companies in Europe.
Diageo has unveiled three potential sites in Ross-shire and Speyside to build a new malt whisky distillery.
The Pizza Factory is to create 100 new jobs at its expanding pizza production plant in Nottingham in September.
Fayrefield Foods has acquired a 72,000 sq ft warehouse and office at the Marshfield Bank Industrial Estate in Crewe.
The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (DARD) is to relocate 800 staff from Belfast to Ballykelly by 2015.
Maclean's Highland Bakers is to expand its Moray-based bakery with the creation of 15 new jobs.
SPL International is to consolidate its Wirral-based home brewing operations at a new 50,000 sq ft factory on the Poole Hall Industrial Estate.
Chobani of the US is planning to launch its Greek-style yoghurt brand in the UK, which could lead to a new manufacturing facility and up to 300 jobs.
Brakes has sold Browns Foodservice, the Warwickshire-based meat wholesaler with annual sales of about £15m, to Ensors of Gloucestershire.
Greencore has acquired International Cuisine, the County Durham-based chilled ready meals supplier with gross assets of £17m, from Hain Daniels Group.
Premier Foods is to sell its sweet spreads and jellies business to The Hain Celestial Group for £200m, including a factory at Histon near Cambridge.
Chocolate Cafe is seeking a suitable site in Lancashire to open a new 4,000 sq ft chocolate factory, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
ROHA & Simpsons UK is to create 25 additional jobs at its new 25,000 sq ft food colourings factory at Portskewett in Monmouthshire over the next year.
R&R Ice Cream has acquired Eskigel, the Italian ice cream manufacturer, for about £60m.
Gafoor Poultry Products has been sold out of administration to a new company called Gafoor Pure Halal, saving 150 jobs at its Preston-based halal meat business.
Saxon Quality Foods is to create 25 new production and management jobs at its potato products factory in Scunthorpe.
Hain Daniels has submitted plans for the multi-million-pound expansion of its frozen foods factory in Fakenham, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Entier is planning to expand the 443-strong workforce at its Aberdeen-based catering and offshore services business with 450 jobs in the UK and abroad over the next five years.
Speciality Powders has acquired Phoenix Foods, the Corby-based manufacturer of powdered drinks and foods with 100 staff.
Otley Brewing Company is expanding its Cilfynydd-based brewery into a new 5,500 sq ft unit on the Albion Industrial Estate, and will also launch tours for visitors.
Peters Bakery has been sold out of administration to Scarborough-based Cooplands, securing the future of 208 jobs at its Durham bakery and 22 stores.
Host Contract Management has acquired Couture, the operator of eight catering concessions, for undisclosed terms.
Bruichladdich Distillery Company, the Islay-based whisky distillery with 50 staff, is to be acquired by Remy Cointreau for £58m.
KK Fine Foods is to install a new production line at its ready meals factory on Deeside by October, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Carr's Milling Industries is to build a new £17m flour mill at its site in Kirkcaldy by September 2013.
Ellsey's Vinegar is seeking funding of £0.8m to expand its Wigan factory with new production facilities for a new range of vinegars.
Irish Dairy Board has acquired The Cheese Warehouse, the Shropshire-based cheese ingredients supplier.
Pasco Spices & Herbs is planning to expand the workforce at its Wigan-based cooking sauces factory from 15 to 50 over the next five years.
All About Food is setting up a new 6,000 sq ft office for its food branding business at Maple Court in Skelmersdale.
Associated British Foods has acquired the Elephant Atta ethnic flour brand from Premier Foods for £34m, in order to expand its Westmill Foods business.
Keith Spicer is to restart production at the former Twinings tea factory in North Shields later this year, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Fresh Direct has bought Country Fresh Produce, the Norfolk-based fruit and salad supply firm with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Edrington Group is planning a multi-million pound investment at its Scottish spirits business over the next five years, including new stills and a warehouse on Speyside.
Infinity Foods is planning to set up a distribution centre at a former BOC Edwards site in Shoreham, with the creation of an initial 50 jobs.
Dairy Crest is to sell its St Hubert spreads business in France to Montagu Capital for £344m.
Cranswick has acquired Kingston Foods, the Milton Keynes-based supplier of traditional meat products with gross assets of £3.7m.
Gruma is to invest £42m in the expansion of its Coventry-based tortilla manufacturing business, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Tindale & Stanton has sold its County Durham-based bakery out of administration to a new company called Star Cottage Bakery, saving 85 jobs.
Princes is planning to redevelop its fruit juice factory in east Manchester, including a new 80,000 sq ft production plant, 8,600 sq ft office and 25,000 sq ft warehouse.
Symington's has acquired Victoria Foods, the Lancashire-based bakery products manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
Gist is creating 80 jobs at two new chilled and ambient food logistics sites in Stone and Sheffield.
Anglian Meat Products, the Norfolk-based manufacturer of frozen pet food, has undergone a management buy-out.
Dr Oetker is seeking permission to expand its pizza factory in Leyland, with the creation of up to 120 jobs over the next three years.
Greencore has sold its dessert manufacturing business at Minsterley in Shropshire to Muller Dairy of Germany for an initial £4.3m, with the transfer of 80 staff.
Phytone, the Burton-based food colouring manufacturer with 40 staff, has been acquired by US-based FMC Corporation for undisclosed terms.
Ryedale District Council is to consider revised plans from Yorkshire Baker to build a 64,000 sq ft meat-based pastry products factory in Norton, with the creation of about 300 jobs.
Premier Foods is to sell the Sarson's vinegar and Haywards pickle brands to Mizkan of Japan for £41m, including a factory in Manchester.
Crossgar Foodservice, the County Down-based food supplier with 238 staff, has been acquired by US-based Sysco for undisclosed terms.
Arran Brewery is looking to raise £10m to fund the development of a new brewery on Arran, a chain of pubs and a bottling hall on the mainland.
Diageo is to invest £1bn in the expansion of its Scotch whisky business over the next five years, including a new distillery in northern Scotland, warehouses and 100 jobs.
Niche Drinks is seeking approval to build a new £10m distillery in Londonderry.
James & Son, the Northamptonshire-based animal feeds supplier with 43 staff, has been acquired by Agrifirm of the Netherlands.
Symington's, the Leeds-based food manufacturer with about 600 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Intermediate Capital Group for about £125m.
Rock Farm Dairy has been bought out of administration by UK Dairy Sales, securing 55 jobs at its County Durham-based dairy.
Wynnstay has acquired PSB Country Supplies, the Gloucestershire-based agricultural merchant, for about £0.5m.
The Cattle Information Service is to create 30 jobs at a new £2m laboratory due to open in Telford this summer.
Chivas Brothers is to invest £40m in its drinks production business this year, including the reopening of a distillery in Banffshire, the expansion of four other distilleries and a new bottling hall in Paisley.
Angel Springs has acquired Isis Office Hydration, the supplier of water coolers with sites in London and Dorset, with backing from private equity firm LDC.
Young's Seafood is to expand the 776-strong workforce at its two fish processing plants in Grimsby with 321 new jobs.
Scottish Sea Farms is to invest £1.3m in the expansion of its salmon hatchery at Holywood near Dumfries this year.
Herefordshire Cider Company has raised £2m to build a new drinks canning plant in Harrogate.
Fivemiletown Creamery has acquired Causeway Cheese Company, the County Antrim-based manufacturer of handmade Cheddar, for undisclosed terms.
ABP is looking to relocate its Newry abattoir, clearing the way for Parma Investments to build a new enterprise centre, social housing and supermarket on its existing site.
Arla Foods and Milk Link are to merge to create a combined dairy group with turnover of more than £2bn.
Speciality Desserts, the Northamptonshire-based supplier of frozen desserts to caterers, has been acquired by Europeenne des Desserts of France.
Morrisons is to invest £6.4m in the expansion of its Farmers Boy meat processing plant on Deeside, with the creation of up to 90 jobs.
House of Townend of East Yorkshire has acquired Lakeland Vintners, the Cumbria-based wholesale wine distributor.
Kraft is planning to recruit 54 apprentices at its food manufacturing facilities across the country this year.
Mad About Pies is looking to set up a second pie manufacturing facility in the Forest of Dean this year, with the creation of about 20 jobs.
Sealincs is to set up a new 56,000 sq ft fish processing plant at the Great Grimsby Business Park, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Morrisons is planning to expand its bakery in Wakefield by 41,000 sq ft, but its Wigan site will close with the loss of up to 160 jobs.
Heinz is to expand production at its Lea & Perrins sauce factory in Worcester by about 30% over the next year, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Marine Harvest of Norway has announced plans to invest £80m in the expansion of its Scottish fish farming operations over the next five years, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Direct Fruit Supplies has been sold to management in a pre-pack administration through the P&A Partnership, securing the future of 17 jobs at its Leeds-based catering supplies business.
Zed Candy is to transfer production of Oatfield sweets from Ireland to its site in Kettering over the next few weeks, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Isle of Harris Distillers is looking to raise £10m to build a whisky distillery at Tarbert by 2014.
Weetabix has sold a 60% stake in its Northamptonshire-based breakfast cereals business to Bright Food of China, in a deal that values the company at £1.2bn.
Pensworth, the Southampton-based milk supplier with more than 250 staff, has secured an investment from Cambridge-based Plumbs' Dairy and expects to create up to 25 new jobs.
Chiltern Seeds is planning to relocate its seed supplies business, which has 16 staff, from Ulverston to Oxfordshire.
Purity Soft Drinks of Wednesbury has been acquired by private equity firm Langholm Capital, which will lead to a £2.2m investment in new production facilities and the creation of dozens of jobs.
Whitelink Seafoods is investing £1m in the expansion of its fish processing operations in Fraserburgh this summer, with the creation of 30 jobs.
First Milk has acquired CNP Professional, the Hyde-based supplier of sports nutrition products with 30 staff.
Faccenda has acquired Cranberry Foods, the turkey producer with 750 staff and factory sites in Derbyshire and South Wales, for undisclosed terms.
Nature Delivered is to acquire an 81,000 sq ft site for its Graze.com natural foods business at Connect West in Hayes.
Davenports is seeking a suitable location in Birmingham city centre for a new brewery, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Napier Brown is planning to create 20 new jobs at its sugar packing plant in Normanton over the next year, and will also open a new distribution centre in Hull.
PepsiCo is to invest £15m in the expansion of its Walkers Crisps factory in Leicester, with the creation of 110 jobs.
Associated British Foods is investing £30m in new equipment at its Allied Bakeries site in Stockport, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Pakeezah Meats and Pakeezah Superstores have been sold out of administration by the P&A Partnership to a new company, saving 98 jobs in Bradford.
Thanet Earth has submitted plans to build a new £17m greenhouse at its site in Kent by 2013.
Palmer & Harvey is expected to acquire the Walkers Snack Services van sales business from PepsiCo UK for undisclosed terms.
Westland Horticulture has acquired Cranswick Pet Products, the Driffield-based manufacturer of animal foods with 112 staff, for £18m.
Lees Foods, the bakery products manufacturer with 280 staff at sites in Glasgow and Coatbridge, is considering plans for a £5.6m management buy-out.
Edinburgh Salmon Company, the Dingwall-based fish supplier with 250 staff, has been acquired by Merinvest for undisclosed terms.
Dawn Meats of Ireland has acquired West Devon Meats, the Okehampton-based beef and lamb abattoir.
BOCM Pauls, the Ipswich-based animal feeds manufacturer with 1,000 staff at 11 mills and seven blending plants, is to be acquired by ForFarmers of the Netherlands for £70m.
Pooles, the Wigan-based pie manufacturer with 80 staff, has been acquired by a former executive of Holland's Pies for £5m.
Garrets International, the Romford-based supplier of catering services to the shipping sector, has been acquired by GCP Capital Partners for undisclosed terms.
Anpario has acquired Meriden Animal Health, the Bedfordshire-based animal feed supplier with ten staff, for up to £4.1m.
Morrisons has acquired full ownership of the 175,000 sq ft Farmers Boy Deeside meat processing plant in North Wales, which has 600 staff.
DBC Foodservice's administrators have sold its Ministry of Defence contract to Vestey Foods Group, saving 182 jobs at its meat processing plant in Hampshire and 82 in Ayrshire.
Vion Foods is to invest £11m in the expansion of its pork processing plant at Cookstown in Tyrone, with the creation of 164 jobs.
Albert Darnell is to relocate its Grimsby-based fish merchants business to the former Soya Magic factory over the next few months.
Bernard Matthews is to invest a further £10m in its turkey processing operations this year, including £3m at Great Witchingham and £4m at Holton near Halesworth.
AG Barr is planning to build a new £20m soft drinks production and distribution facility at Magna Park in Milton Keynes by 2013.
Diageo is creating 39 new jobs at its drinks sales and marketing operation in Boucher Road, Belfast.
Oaklands Farm Eggs has agreed a £28m refinancing deal that will support the planned expansion of its Shropshire-based egg production business.
Staffordshire County Council is helping Roxane of France to set up a £20m mineral water bottling plant at Fradley Business Park near Lichfield, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Perfection Foods has acquired the 110,000 sq ft Kapital Buildings site in Leicester, in order to set up a new cake factory by 2014 with the creation of hundreds of jobs.
PepsiCo is to invest £9.3m in the expansion of its distribution centre at Peterlee in County Durham, securing the future of 400 jobs.
Morrisons is to invest £21m in the expansion of its Colne abattoir in Lancashire, as part of a £200m investment in food manufacturing by 2013.
Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group is to relocate its Motherwell-based processing operation to a larger 32,000 sq ft facility nearby this summer.
DCS Multiserve is planning to expand its Tyneside-based catering and cleaning services business with new offices across the country and up to 60 new jobs over the next year.
First Milk and Grocontinental have won permission from Wrexham Council for the £17m expansion of their cheese packing and cold store site in Maelor by autumn 2013.
OSI Food Solutions is to invest £6m in the expansion of its beefburger production plant in Scunthorpe over the next year.
Sangs, the Aberdeenshire-based soft drinks manufacturer with 60 staff, has been bought out of administration by Cott Beverages of Canada.
Meantime Brewing Company is to open a visitor centre and quadruple the production capacity at its Greenwich brewery in London over the next few months.
Britvic is to create 30 jobs at its new headquarters in Hemel Hempstead, with vacancies in marketing, finance, procurement and administration.
Summer Isles Foods is to relocate its smoked fish and meat factory, along with up to 12 jobs, from Achiltibuie to Alness in the Cromarty Firth.
Glanbia Cheese is to invest £3.5m in the expansion of its mozzarella cheese factory on Anglesey this year.
Compass Group has acquired NKS Kabushiki Kaisha, the Japanese food service operator with 1,200 staff.
Morrisons is planning to set up a fish processing plant at the former Kwoks site in Grimsby later this year, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Diageo is to submit plans to invest £150m in the development of 46 whisky warehouses at Begg Farm near Kirkcaldy, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Kraft has announced a £17m investment in a new research and development centre in Bournville, the refurbishment of a laboratory in Reading and the creation of 98 jobs.
Clipper Teas, the Dorset-based tea and coffee supplier with about 90 staff, has been acquired by Royal Wessanen of the Netherlands.
BenRiach Distillery Company of Edinburgh has secured a £27m funding package to invest in new facilities, stock and acquisitions.
Walkers Shortbread has submitted plans to Moray Council to build an additional 37,000 sq ft factory in Aberlour, with the creation of 60 jobs.
GlaxoSmithKline is to invest a further £18m in a new bottling plant at its drinks plant in Coleford, Gloucestershire, this year.
New Britain Palm Oil is to invest a further £10m in the expansion of its palm oil processing plant in Liverpool.
Symington's has acquired the Quosh powdered drinks brand from Britvic, as part of an expansion programme that will include a larger headquarters in Leeds and hundreds of new jobs.
Loch Fyne Oysters, the Argyll-based seafood firm with 105 staff, has been acquired by Scottish Seafood Investments for undisclosed terms.
Nestle is planning to invest £500m at its 23 UK sites over the next three years, including previously-announced projects in Derbyshire and York.
PepsiCo is investing a further £14m in the expansion of its porridge factory in Cupar, Fife, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Vion is expected to create up to 50 jobs at its Welsh Country Foods abattoir on Anglesey, in order to transfer meat packing from its site in Cheshire.
Churchill Catering is planning to create 150 jobs at its Suffolk-based catering business this year, in order to expand its staff catering and restaurant operations across the country.
Highland Spring has acquired the Braes of Glenlivet mineral water plant from Moray Council for £0.4m, securing the future of about 12 staff.
Milk Link is to invest £2.4m in new equipment for its cheese processing operations in Oswestry and Llandyrnog.
Dumfries & Galloway Food Co-operative has secured a £1.3m Scottish Government grant to build a new abattoir and meat processing plant at Craignair, near Dalbeattie.
Alexander Inglis & Son has secured a £2.5m loan to fund the acquisition of two grain stores at St Boswells in the Borders and Swarland in Northumberland, with the transfer of 12 staff.
Kerry Foods has submitted plans to Shropshire Council to expand its food ingredients factory in Burford, with the creation of up to 60 jobs.
Whitworth Bros has bought the business of Smiths Flour Mills out of administration, including sites in Worksop, Langley Mill and Holbeach.
Scottish Salmon Company has confirmed plans to set up ten new fish farms in western Scotland over the next five years, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Morrisons is to create 400 jobs at a new 123,000 sq ft fruit and vegetable processing plant at its site in Bridgwater by 2014.
Tayto UK has acquired Midland Snacks, the Wolverhampton-based pork scratchings manufacturer.
Agrovista UK, the crop management firm, has acquired Amenity-one of Northumberland, in order to expand its Sherriff amenity services division.
Booker Group is creating up to 200 jobs at a new 250,000 sq ft Chef Direct catering distribution centre due to open in Didcot in June.
Morrisons is to acquire a 105,000 sq ft meat processing plant at Winsford in Cheshire from Vion UK, securing 300 jobs.
Weetabix is to invest £16m in improvements to its 11 breakfast cereal manufacturing units in Northamptonshire and Tameside this year.
Mumtaz Food Group is seeking permission to build a new food factory and warehouse at Listerhills in Bradford, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Tyrrells has acquired Glennans, the Uttoxeter-based snacks manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
Marine Harvest has selected Stulaigh and Helisay as the first two sites for a £40m expansion of its Scottish salmon farming operations.
Monument Foods is planning to set up a second factory in Sunderland, in order to expand its range of pastries and cakes.
Adelphi Distillery is seeking permission from Highland Council to build a boutique distillery at Glen More on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, with the creation of ten jobs.
Nestle is to invest £200m in the expansion of its coffee factory at Tutbury in Derbyshire, with the creation of 125 jobs, but its site in Hayes will close in 2014 with the redeployment of 230 staff.
Premier Foods is planning to expand the 130-strong workforce at its food distribution centre on the Swift Valley Industrial Estate in Rugby with 70 new jobs.
Robert Wiseman Dairies, the East Kilbride-based milk supplier, is to be acquired by Muller of Germany for £280m.
Kitchen Guru is to create 20 new jobs at its site in East Yorkshire, having won a contract to supply herbs and spices to McCormick UK.
Carlsberg is planning to invest £20m in the development of a new bottling hall at its Northampton brewery, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Faccenda is seeking permission to extend its chicken processing plant in Telford by 145,000 sq ft, with the creation of 350 jobs.
First Milk is to proceed with revised plans for a new cheese-making facility at Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre, having secured a £2m Scottish Government grant.
Sensient is investing up to £13m in the expansion of its flavour and colour production facilities in the UK, including £4m for its Natural Origins plant in Bletchley.
Turbo Drinks Company has been acquired by Sean Smith & Associates for about £7m, and drinks production will relocate from Cumbria to Bridgend, where it will employ up to 100 staff by 2013.
Tangerine Confectionery has bought the Smith Kendon and York Fruits confectionery brands from Lancaster-based Smith Kendon.
James White Drinks is investing £1.5m in the development of a beetroot processing plant at its site near Ipswich by July.
Thwaites is to acquire the free trade beer supply interests of Manchester-based Hydes Brewery, with the transfer of eight staff.
Hydes is looking to relocate its Manchester-based brewery and most of the 50 staff to a new £2m site by the end of the year.
Selonda UK has been sold out of administration to a new company called Anglesey Aquaculture, saving 32 jobs at its Anglesey-based fish farm.
Nestle is to relocate its UK headquarters and 840 staff from Croydon to 1 City Place in Crawley by the end of the year.
Arla Foods is to open a new dairy products depot in Bellshill in March, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Ryedale District Council is to consider plans from Trundley Design Services to set up a new factory to manufacture meat-based pastry products in Norton.