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Food & Drink - 2014
Waterfall, the Warrington-based catering firm trading as Caterplus and Taylor Shaw with 3,000 staff, has undergone a £20m management buy-out backed by LDC.
Yorkshire Provender is to invest £2.4m in the expansion of its soup factory near Ripon, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Chivas Brothers has won permission to expand the Glenlivet distillery in Moray with a new processing plant.
Angel Springs, the Wolverhampton-based water cooler service provider, has been acquired by private equity firm Castik Capital.
The Village Bakery is to create a further 24 jobs when its new £2m production line in Wrexham reaches full capacity.
EWGA has acquired Heritage Wine, the Gloucestershire-based wine supplier.
Direct Wines is to relocate its Reading office and 200 staff to a 27,000 sq ft unit at One Waterside Drive in January.
Devenish Nutrition has acquired A-One Feed Supplements, the Thirsk-based animal nutrition firm with 40 staff.
Tayto Group is considering plans to expand its Golden Wonder crisps factory in Scunthorpe, having just acquired a new site on Kettering Road.
Countrywide Farmers is to sell its livestock feed business to ForFarmers, arable products to Hutchinsons and crop marketing to Openfield for a total £18m.
InBev is seeking permission to expand its Magor brewery in Monmouthshire with space for a new pasteuriser.
Treatt is considering plans to relocate its Suffolk-based flavours and ingredients business to a new site in the Bury St Edmunds area.
Thomas Ridley Foodservice has acquired Elveden Food Hub, the Thetford-based food distribution firm, for undisclosed terms.
Britvic is planning to invest £25m in the expansion of its soft drinks factory in Leeds, with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Rupert's Recipes is relocating its Barnsley-based food manufacturing business to a 20,000 sq ft site at Fields End Business Park this month.
Cambridge Weight Plan, the Corby-based nutrition firm with 190 staff, has been acquired by an Employee Ownership Trust for undisclosed terms.
West Berkshire Brewery of Yattendon is to raise £4m to develop a new brewery and visitors centre.
Aspall Cyder has submitted plans for the £6m expansion of its cider production facility in Suffolk by 2016.
Samworths is planning to expand the workforce at its new £17m sandwich factory at Ashton Green in Leicestershire from 370 to 500 by next summer.
We Hae Meat is seeking permission to expand its meat processing plant at Girvan in Ayrshire, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Kings Biltong, the Malton-based beef snacks manufacturer, has been acquired by New World Foods Europe for undisclosed terms.
Scotbeef is to relocate its Inverurie-based abattoir to a new site in Thainstone.
York Chocolate Works has unveiled plans for a £1.3m chocolate factory and visitor centre at the Terry's site in York, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Winterbotham Darby has acquired the chilled olive business of Oxfordshire-based Alatoni.
Coverpoint Foodservice Consultants has been acquired by JLL, and will relocate from Reading to Heathrow in 2015.
KK Fine Foods is investing £4.2m in the expansion of its frozen ready meals factory at Deeside Enterprise Zone, with the creation of 90 jobs.
Langmead Farms has won permission to set up a 16-hectare horticultural production facility at Chichester Food Park, with the creation of 220 jobs.
Uren Food Group, the Wirral-based ingredients supplier with 250 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
PhD Nutrition, the Hull-based supplements supplier, is to be acquired by B&B Investment Partners in a deal estimated at more than £20m.
Tulip has acquired Castellano's Charcuterie, the Bristol-based processed meat supplier.
Bartlett Mitchell has acquired Inn or Out, the London-based event catering firm, for undisclosed terms, creating an enlarged group with 70 staff.
KTC Edibles is to expand its cooking oils business with the acquisition of an additional 165,000 sq ft site in Aintree.
Mondelez International is to invest £30m in the expansion of its coffee factory in Banbury, with the creation of 80 jobs.
White's Speedicook is to invest £1.5m in the expansion of its oat processing facilities at Tandragee in County Armagh, with the creation of 29 jobs.
Stag Bakeries is to expand its 41-strong workforce in Stornoway with 12 new jobs over the next three years, having secured funding from Highlands & Islands Enterprise.
Dairy Crest is to sell its dairy operations to Muller for £80m, including plants in Foston, Chadwell Heath and Severnside, in order to focus on branded cheese and spreads.
Faccenda Foods is to acquire the duck processing business of Lincolnshire-based Cherry Valley Farms, including sites in Caistor and Usselby.
TS Foods is creating 20 new jobs at its Co Down-based chilled foods manufacturing business, having won new orders from Tesco and Asda.
United Biscuits has been acquired by Yildiz Holdings of Turkey for an estimated £2bn, including 7,100 staff and sites in Carlisle, Glasgow, Halifax, Liverpool, London and Manchester.
Diageo is to sell the Bushmills whiskey distillery in County Antrim to Jose Cuervo of Mexico, in return for full ownership of Tequila Don Julio.
Produce World Group has acquired the Lincolnshire-based root vegetables division of Fenmarc Produce for undisclosed terms.
Ferrero is to relocate the headquarters of its confectionery business and 150 staff from Watford to a 55,000 sq ft office in Greenford early next year.
Calbee of Japan is to set up a savoury snacks factory at the Deeside Industrial Park in 2015, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
BrewDog is to expand its Aberdeenshire-based beer and pubs business with a new 48,000 sq ft brewery building and about 300 jobs over the next three years.
Brandsby Agricultural Trading Association has acquired William Thompson, the York-based animal feeds supplier with 37 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Wadworth Brewery is seeking permission to relocate its wine warehouse and shire horse stable to its main site in Devizes.
Salisbury Poultry is planning to set up a chicken processing plant at the former First Milk site in Wrexham next year, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Cranswick has acquired Benson Park, the Hull-based poultry processing firm with 90 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Olivia's Artisan is to relocate its bakery to a larger production site in Darlington and the 60-strong workforce will rise to more than 100.
South Caernarfon Creameries has secured funding for a £8.5m investment in a new cheese production plant near Pwllheli, with the creation of ten jobs.
Jupiter Marketing has expanded its Shropshire-based fruit distribution facility from 48,000 sq ft to 63,000 sq ft.
Symington's has acquired Tanfield Foods, the Consett-based ambient foods manufacturer, and plans to increase the 90-strong workforce.
Dairy Crest is to set up a £4m food research centre at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, with the relocation of 40 staff from Crudgington.
Mash Purveyors has acquired a 53,000 sq ft fruit and vegetable distribution centre at Park Royal in West London.
Tulip is to invest £8m at its meat processing plant at Ruskington in Lincolnshire, with the creation of up to 45 jobs.
Synergy Flavours is to relocate its flavours production plant from Corby to an enlarged facility in High Wycombe by autumn 2015.
Denis Brinicombe Group is to relocate its Zintec Agri animal nutrition business from Shobdon to its main site in Devon by the end of the year.
Finsbury Food Group has acquired Fletchers Group from Vision Capital for £56m, including 600 staff at bakeries in Sheffield, Manchester and London.
Lanchester Group has won approval for a new £2.2m 200,000 sq ft wine storage warehouse near Annfield Plain in Durham, with the creation of up to 70 jobs.
Geary's Bakeries is to expand the 120-strong workforce at its Leicestershire bakery with 15 new jobs over the next 18 months.
Scottish Borders Council has approved plans for a new tomato production facility at the Shanks farm near Hawick, including a 200m glasshouse and 19 jobs.
Gafoor Pure Halal has submitted plans to Preston Council for a three-storey extension to its poultry processing plant.
Dawn Meats is to reopen the 99,000 sq ft former Co-op frozen foods distribution centre in Halesowen, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Cook is creating more than 100 jobs following a £2m investment at its ready meals and desserts factories in Kent and Somerset.
Noah Beers is to invest £4m in a new 15,000 sq ft brewery at its site in Glasgow by next May.
Everards is planning to relocate its Leicester-based brewery and 100 staff to a smaller site nearby, to make way for up to 30 new stores and 700 jobs at Fosse Park.
Elior Group is to acquire Lexington, the London-based contract catering firm with 650 staff, for undisclosed terms.
National Milk Records has acquired Inimex Genetics, the Cardiff-based cattle breeding firm, for £2.2m.
The Cake Crew has announced the creation of 30 new jobs at its Gwynedd-based bakery, following an increase in production capacity.
EHD London No 1 has acquired a 30,000 sq ft wine distribution warehouse at the Dolphin Estate in Sunbury-on-Thames.
Camerons is creating 12 new jobs at its brewery in Hartlepool, following an investment in its bottling plant.
Duncan's of Deeside is seeking permission to expand its shortbread factory in Aberdeenshire, with the creation of ten jobs.
Menai Meats Wales is to reopen the former Sher Halal Foods abattoir in Caernarfon, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Walsh Mushrooms has won permission to expand its Evesham-based mushroom growing business with a new packing and distribution warehouse.
European Oat Millers, the Bedford-based cereals supplier, has been acquired by the founders of Jordans Cereals for undisclosed terms.
William Grant & Sons has acquired Drambuie Liqueur Company, the owner of the Drambuie whisky liqueur brand, for undisclosed terms.
Birchall Foodservice is to relocate its Burnley-based catering wholesale business to a 64,000 sq ft unit at the Burnley Bridge Business Park.
TSC Foods is to invest £2.5m in the expansion of its sauces and soups factory in Scunthorpe over the next year, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Chaucer Foods is investing £1.5m in new machinery for its factory in Hull, as part of a Humber LEP programme that will create up to 50 jobs.
Dailycer has announced a £4m investment in the manufacture of cereal bars, securing 130 jobs at its site on the Deeside Industrial Estate.
Brighter Foods is to set up a gluten-free foods factory at Tywyn in Gwynedd, with the creation of an initial 35 jobs.
Enterprise Foods, the East Kilbride-based bakery products supplier with 40 staff, has undergone a £30m management buy-out backed by Hattington Capital.
Noble Foods is to invest £3m in the expansion of its recently-acquired Manton's egg processing facility in Harrogate.
Brakes Brothers is planning to set up a 270,000 sq ft food distribution centre at the Ash Industrial Estate in Harlow.
Pork Farms has bought the chilled savoury pastry operations of Kerry Foods for undisclosed terms, including assets in Dorset and Lincolnshire.
Pembrokeshire County Council is to consider plans from Pembrokeshire Abattoir to develop a new abattoir in Haverfordwest.
Niri of Norway is planning to set up a salmon farm at the Machrihanish Airbase in Kintyre later this year, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Tulip is to invest £16m in the expansion of its meat processing operations in Cornwall, with the creation of up to 250 jobs.
Pact Coffee is planning to expand the workforce at its London-based coffee delivery business from 30 to 50, having secured a £2m investment from MMC Ventures.
P&B Foods is planning to relocate its Bradford-based food distribution business to a new £5m site at the Prologis business park, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Kent Crisps and Kentish Oils have undergone a management buy-out from Quex Park Estates.
Barton & White is to relocate its Coalville-based desserts manufacturing business to a site nearby in December, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Sutton Harbour Holdings is to build a £1.2m ice production plant for Plymouth Fisheries by 2015.
Faccenda Foods is to invest £5m in a new 30,000 sq ft storage and distribution centre near its poultry processing plant in Brackley.
Co-operative Group is to sell its farming business to the Wellcome Trust for £249m, including 16,000 hectares and 15 farms.
Harrogate Water Brands is creating up to 28 new jobs at its water bottling plant in Harrogate.
One Stop Halal is to create 100 jobs at its new 200,000 sq ft meat processing facility in Stowmarket over the next month.
Searcys, the London-based catering company, is to be acquired by Westbury Street Holdings for undisclosed terms.
Dunns Food & Drinks has acquired Dameck Drinks Scotland, the Bathgate-based craft and world beer firm, for undisclosed terms.
Hearst Magazines UK is to relocate the Good Housekeeping Institute to a new site in London's Soho, including cookery school and testing facility.
Buttermilk Confectionery is to open a second £0.5m fudge factory in Bodmin in January 2015.
Doves Farm Foods is planning a multi-million pound investment in the expansion of its Berkshire-based cereal processing business, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Faccenda is to create hundreds of new jobs at its chicken processing plant in Telford by next January.
Anglia Maltings has acquired Micronized Food Products, the North Yorkshire-based ingredients manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
Solway Foods is to sell its food processing plant in Corby to a new company called Food Utopia, securing the future of up to 341 jobs.
Kernow Sausage Company has acquired Vealls, the Newquay-based food wholesaler with 13 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Cawingredients has won permission to expand its soft drinks plant in North Yorkshire by 170,000 sq ft, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Kilkeel Seafoods is investing £1m in the expansion of its scampi processing operations in County Down, with the creation of 33 jobs over the next two years.
United Dairy Farmers is to create at least 30 new jobs at its Belfast-based farmers' co-operative over the next year.
Unilever has sold the Slim-Fast portfolio of diet milkshakes and snack bars to private equity firm Kainos Capital for undisclosed terms.
Premier Nutrition has acquired Roses Nutrition, the Staffordshire-based animal feeds supplier.
Avana Bakeries has sold its food processing plant in Newport to a new company called Food Utopia, securing the future of up to 552 jobs.
Ministry of Cake is to create 30 jobs at a new desserts factory being set up at the former Creative Foods site in Torbay.
Quintessential Brands has acquired Marblehead, the Glasgow-based drinks branding and distribution firm.
Scottish Borders Council has approved plans to develop a 2.8-acre seafood technology park in Eyemouth by June 2015, in order to relocate processing firms from the harbour area.
Moy Park is creating 628 jobs at food processing plants in Dungannon, Craigavon and Ballymena over the next four years, as part of a £170m investment.
Andigestion and Matthews Flower Growers are planning to develop a 200,000 sq ft greenhouse at the Holsworthy Biogas Plant in Devon, with the creation of up to 54 jobs.
Glasgow City Council has approved plans from AD Rattray to build a £10m whisky distillery and visitor centre next to the River Clyde by autumn 2015, with the creation of 25 jobs.
The Village Bakery Group has acquired an additional 16-acre development site at Wrexham Industrial Estate, providing space for a new building of up to 200,000 sq ft.
Fruitapeel is to expand the 37-strong workforce at its Skelmersdale-based fruit juice and sauce manufacturing business with 13 new jobs.
Hook 2 Sisters is planning to acquire the farming and bird haulage operations of broiler supplier 2 Agriculture.
The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (DARD) is to relocate its headquarters and up to 800 staff from Belfast to Ballykelly by 2020.
Aston Manor Cider is to set up an 84,000 sq ft distribution centre at Witton in Birmingham by August.
Underwood Meat Company has acquired Butlers, the St Albans-based wholesale butcher, for undisclosed terms.
Frank Dale Foods, the Norfolk-based snack foods manufacturer, has secured funding to create 15 jobs and double turnover to £7m over the next five years.
Langmead Group has acquired Scotherbs, the Perth & Kinross-based supplier of herbs with 105 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Daniel Thwaites has confirmed plans to build a new brewery, head office and visitor centre for 200 staff at Sykes Holt near Blackburn.
Marine Biopolymers is planning to set up a £20m seaweed processing plant at Barcaldine near Oban.
Premier Foods is forming a £16m joint venture with Specialty Powders, in order to manufacture powdered beverages and desserts at Knighton in Staffordshire.
Tante Marie Culinary Academy is to relocate to a larger 8,000 sq ft site in central Woking in early 2015.
Panesar Foods is investing £7m in new production equipment for its Tipton-based sauce manufacturing business.
Alpro is investing £18m in the expansion of its dairy alternatives factory in Kettering, with the creation of 30 jobs.
HBS Foods is to relocate its Dudley-based nut-based foods factory to a new site in Netherton, with the creation of ten jobs.
Heineken is to invest £58m in the expansion of its cider plant in Hereford by 2016, while £50m will be invested at its Manchester brewery and £18m in its Star Pubs & Bars estate.
Churchill Catering is recruiting up to 80 additional staff at its Suffolk-based food services management business.
Brakes is planning to open a 173,000 sq ft foodservice distribution depot in Glasgow later this year.
Associated British Foods is to acquire Dorset Cereals, the Dorchester-based cereal manufacturer, for £50m.
Pickstock is planning to expand the 100-strong workforce at its new 85,000 sq ft meat plant in Telford to 160 over the next 18 months.
AG Barr is to invest £4m in the expansion of its soft drinks production plant and warehouse in Milton Keynes, with the creation of 27 jobs, but 67 jobs will be lost in Tredegar.
AB Agri is in negotiations to acquire four feed mills in Midlothian, Wrexham, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire from 2 Agriculture.
Aimia Foods, the Merseyside-based food supplier with 240 staff, has been acquired by Cott Corporation of Canada for about £77m.
Molson Coors has unveiled a further £28m investment in the expansion of its brewery in Burton upon Trent.
Theo Foods is expanding its Aldridge-based catering services business with the acquisition of a 25,000 sq ft distribution depot in Brownhills.
Epping Forest District Council has approved plans from Lea Valley Growers for a 21-acre glasshouse site to grow tomatoes and peppers at Nazeing, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Brakes is to sell the Creative Foods ready meals factory in Flintshire to David Wood Baking, securing the future of up to 142 jobs.
Ministry of Cake is planning to reopen the former Creative Foods dessert factory in Torquay later this year, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Greencore is to invest £30m in the expansion of its sandwich production plant in Northampton, and has also announced the sale of Ministry of Cake desserts to management for £8m.
Dale Farm has acquired the speciality cheese brands of Fivemiletown Creamery, securing the future of 20 jobs in County Tyrone.
Tayto Group is creating about 60 jobs at its snacks factory in Corby, following a multi-million pound investment in new equipment.
Sandwell Council is to consider proposals from DNA Group to develop an abattoir at the former Firkins site in West Bromwich, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Harry Hotspur Holdings has acquired a majority stake in Lindisfarne Winery, creating a combined group of Northumberland-based drinks companies that includes Alnwick Rum and Alnwick Brewery.
Cooke Aquaculture of Canada has acquired Meridian Salmon Farms, the Scottish salmon farming company.
Produce Investments has acquired The Jersey Royal Company, the potato grower with sites in Jersey and Kent, for £15m.
Graham's is to invest up to £20m in the expansion of its Bridge of Allan-based dairy, including product development and marketing.
Laila's Fine Foods is to invest £1m in the expansion of its Blackpool-based ready meals manufacturing plant over the next two years.
Karl Strauss Brewing of the US is considering plans to open a craft beer site in Belfast, which could create dozens of jobs.
National Institute for Agricultural Botany is to invest £1.8m in the expansion of the Agri Gate Research Hub in Soham, with the creation of 77 jobs.
Whyte & Mackay, the Glasgow-based whisky distiller, has been sold by United Spirits to Philippines-based Emperador for £430m.
Food & Environment Research Agency near York is seeking government funding of up to £8.3m to improve its campus and attract up to 800 food science jobs to the area.
Adnams is considering plans for a significant expansion of capacity at its Southwold-based brewery.
IPS Contracting, the food packing firm with 500 staff in Featherstone and York, has been acquired by Culina Group for undisclosed terms.
Aviagen is to invest £7m in the expansion of its poultry hatchery in Warwickshire over the next year.
Forfars is to relocate its Sussex-based bakery to Newhaven this year, with the creation of 12 new jobs.
Morrisons is to expand production at its meat processing plant in Winsford, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Bury Black Pudding Company is investing £1.4m in the expansion of its Bury-based factory from 10,000 sq ft to 25,000 sq ft, and 20 jobs will be added to the 60-strong workforce over the next few years.
Orchard Valley Foods has acquired Food Ingredients International of Daventry, taking its annual sales to more than £20m.
C&C Group is to set up a £1.2m business support centre for its drinks business in Belfast, with the creation of 25 jobs over the next two years.
Alliance in Partnership, the Oldbury-based school caterer with more than 800 staff, has undergone a £11m management buy-out backed by Key Capital Partners.
Quorn Foods is investing £30m in the expansion of its Teesside-based meat-free products factory, which could lead to the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Burton's Biscuit Company is to invest £15m in the expansion of factories in Blackpool, Edinburgh, Llantarnam and Moreton.
Hambledon Vineyard has acquired Meonhill's 46-acre wine estate at Winchester Hill in Hampshire for undisclosed terms.
Kerry Group has announced a £2.5m investment at its Golden Cow dairy products plant in Portadown, with the creation of 23 jobs.
AF Blakemore is to create 20 new jobs at its Darlaston-based food delivery business, having won a £150m contract to supply Butlins and Haven.
Euro Foods is planning to expand the 40-strong workforce at its newly-acquired Brown Bear food packing business in Cwmbran with 200 new jobs over the next three years.
Bart Ingredients has expanded its Bristol-based herbs and spices business by acquiring the assets of OTP Foods.
Ichiban UK is to expand the 370-strong workforce at its sushi factory near Stowmarket with up to 90 temporary jobs.
Fabulous Bakin Boys, the Oxfordshire-based cake manufacturer with 100 staff, has been acquired by Daelmans Group of the Netherlands.
Bankwood Meats is planning to expand the 20-strong workforce at its meat processing plant in Doncaster with 15 new jobs.
Valeo Foods of Ireland has acquired Rowse, the Oxfordshire-based honey supplier with 380 staff, from Wellness Foods.
Maclean's Highland Bakery is to expand the 125-strong workforce at its plant in Forres with 12 new jobs, following an investment in packaging equipment.
Kingmoor Technical Services, the Carlisle-based food testing firm with 70 staff, has been acquired by ALS Global for undisclosed terms.
James Mortimer is to relocate its Driffield-based grain supply business and 12 staff to a £1.5m 2.2-acre site on Kellythorpe Industrial Estate in July.
Glanbia Ingredients Ireland is to acquire the milk supply operations of Fivemiletown Creamery in County Tyrone, with the possible loss of 50 jobs.
Scottish Salmon Company is to create 35 new jobs at its fish processing operation in Stornoway.
Argyll & Bute Council has approved plans to build a distillery at Gartbreck Farm on Islay by 2015, with the creation of ten jobs.
Heineken is to invest £58m in the expansion of the HP Bulmer cider plant in Hereford, while its site in Ledbury will focus on fruit milling.
High Peak Borough Council is to consider plans from Express Park Buxton to build a water bottling plant at Cowdale Quarry, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Johnstone's Bakery is creating 20 new jobs at its East Kilbride-based cake factory.
Arran Brewery is planning to set up a sake brewery at Dreghorn near Kilmarnock, including a training school and research centre.
Marine Harvest has sold fish farms in Orkney and Shetland to Cooke Aquaculture for £122m, with the transfer of 194 staff.
Carlsberg is planning to set up a 640,000 sq ft beer distribution centre at Brackmills Point in Northamptonshire by 2015, securing the future of 230 jobs.
Derbyshire County Council is looking to recruit 130 catering assistants, in order to expand its free meals service to infant schools.
Barry Callebaut is to relocate the headquarters of its vending business from St Helens to a larger site in Chester in May.
Cavaghan & Gray is to expand its ready meals factory in Carlisle by 8,000 sq ft this year, with the creation of up to 90 jobs.
Isle of Man Meats is to invest almost £2m in the refurbishment of its meat processing plant on the Isle of Man.
Dine Contract Catering has acquired Quartet Catering, the Nottinghamshire-based contract catering firm with 60 staff.
Synergy Health has acquired Genon Laboratories, the West Yorkshire-based food testing firm.
C&C Group has bought the remaining 50% stake in Wallaces Express, the Ayrshire-based wines and spirits wholesaler with 296 staff.
Perfection Foods is to expand the 50-strong workforce at its Walsall-based cake factory with 12 new jobs by April.
Bidvest 3663 is setting up a new 91,000 sq ft food distribution depot in Bicester.
Kinnerton Confectionery is planning to expand its factory in Fakenham by 25,000 sq ft, and 91 staff will relocate from a packaging site in South Creake.
Coca-Cola Enterprises is to invest £52m in the expansion of six soft drinks plants in the UK, including a combined heat and power system for Wakefield.
Barrowcliffes has bought Ready Steady Veg, the Scunthorpe-based vegetable supplier, out of administration.
Bernard Matthews and Lumicity are to invest £24m in the installation of biomass boilers at 21 turkey farms in Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire, with the creation of 51 jobs.
Fyffes is to merge with US-based Chiquita to create a combined banana company with 32,000 staff at sites in Portsmouth, Livingston, Wakefield and across the world.
Isle of Man Seafood Processors is planning to build an 11,000 sq ft factory at the Isle of Man Food Park in Peel.
Kitwave Wholesale Group has acquired Eden Farm, the Durham-based network of five frozen food depots, for undisclosed terms.
Holdsworth is to expand its food distribution operations in Bolsover with a new warehouse, cold store and up to 30 jobs.
Loch Lomond Distillery Company has been acquired by Exponent Private Equity, including sites in Alexandria, Campbeltown and Mauchline.
Heinz is planning to expand the 118-strong workforce at its ketchup factory in Telford with up to 80 new jobs, in order to transfer production from Belgium.
Jagermeister, the spirits company, has acquired a 7,800 sq ft office at Watchmoor Park in Camberley.
Bare Earth has been bought out of administration by Mariani Foods Europe, saving 13 jobs at its York-based dried meat snacks business.
Charlie Bigham's, the London-based ready meals manufacturer, is to invest £2.5m in additional production equipment this year.
Inver House Distillers is to invest £4m in the expansion of Speyburn Distillery near Rothes this year.
Contract Bottling is seeking funding to expand its Sunderland-based soft drinks business, with the creation of up to 17 jobs.
Borders Distilling Company has unveiled plans for a new £5m whisky distillery in Walkerburn, with the creation of up to 14 jobs.
Indulgence Patisserie is planning to expand the 50-strong workforce at its Colchester-based desserts factory with up to 30 new jobs over the next three years.
Mossburn Distillers is planning to set up a new £40m distillery at Jedburgh in the Borders, with the creation of 50 jobs.
British Sugar is planning to invest £100m in the expansion of its processing plants across eastern England over the next three years.
Fyne Ales is investing £2m in the expansion of its Argyllshire-based brewery, with the creation of 12 jobs.
Grenade has sold a majority stake in its Coventry-based sports nutrition business to Grovepoint Capital, valuing it at £35m.
Dunbia has acquired Lynch Quality Meats, the Ayrshire-based meat supplier, for undisclosed terms.
Torabhaig Distillery is to build a £5m malt whisky distillery on Skye by 2015, with the creation of eight jobs.
It's All Good is to invest up to £3.5m in the expansion of its Gateshead-based snacks production plant.
Stateside Foods is to expand its Bolton-based pizza factory into an adjacent distribution centre, with the creation of 50 jobs.
West Sussex County Council and the West Sussex Growers Association have unveiled proposals for a horticultural hub in Arun, with the creation of up to 800 jobs.
AP Jess has secured a £2.7m Scottish Government grant to expand its pork processing plant in Brechin, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Samworth Brothers is to acquire Soreen, the Manchester-based malt loaf supplier with 125 staff, from McCambridge Group for undisclosed terms.
Banham Poultry is to expand the 700-strong workforce at its Norfolk-based poultry processing plant with 200 new jobs, having won a contract from Morrisons.
Dawn Meats has acquired Jaspers, the Cornwall-based meat supplier with 150 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Pipers Crisps is looking to set up a new distribution depot in Oxford, with the creation of new jobs for drivers and sales staff.
Kolak Snack Foods has acquired Berkshire Foods and NC Snacks for undisclosed terms, including sites in Reading and Gosport.
William Grant & Sons has won permission to build an anaerobic digestion facility at its Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown.
Dale Farm has acquired Ash Manor, the Wrexham-based cheese packing firm, for undisclosed terms.
Arla Foods is to invest £9m in a new cheese packing plant at its site in Oswestry, as part of a £243m international expansion programme.
Whitby Seafoods has acquired Galloway Seafoods, the Wigtownshire-based scampi supplier, from Sco-Fro for undisclosed terms.
Covance is to refurbish a 10,000 sq ft food testing laboratory in Harrogate this year, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Edward Billington & Son has acquired TSC Foods, the Scunthorpe-based manufacturer of sauces and soups with 400 staff, from Kay Capital Partners.
Dairy Crest is to sell its Nine Elms milk depot in London to a property developer for £18m, and 50 staff will transfer to other sites.
United Biscuits is planning to invest £50m in the expansion of its factories this year.
JW Filshill of Glasgow has acquired Lawrence McQueen Wine & Spirits Merchants for undisclosed terms.
Cadbury is to invest £75m in the expansion of its Bournville confectionery plant in Birmingham over the next three years.
London Deli Company is looking to expand its York-based food exporting business with a new warehouse near Pocklington and at least 30 jobs.
Reynolds Catering Supplies is creating 15 jobs at a new 5,000 sq ft fruit and vegetable depot at Sherburn-in-Elmet in North Yorkshire.
Pipers Crisps is creating 23 new jobs at its snacks manufacturing business in Lincolnshire.
Microdat is to relocate its Leeds-based brewery services business to a 48,000 sq ft site at the Millshaw Industrial Park.
Noble Foods is planning to relocate some of its egg packing operations from Lincoln and Fife to a new facility at Standlake in Oxfordshire.
Diageo has submitted plans to Highland Council to invest £30m in the expansion of its Clynelish distillery in Sutherland.
Wellocks is planning to expand its food production plant in Nelson, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Loch Fyne Oysters has acquired Hebridean Mussels, the Isle of Lewis-based mussel farming company.
Quorn Foods is planning to expand production capacity at its North Yorkshire-based meat-alternative foods business by 50%.
Premier Foods is to invest £20m in the expansion of its cakes factory in Barnsley this year.
Hain Celestial has bought the Tilda rice brand for an estimated £250m.
Finnebrogue is to invest £3m in the expansion of its pork production facilities in Downpatrick, with the creation of 65 jobs.
ProLogis is to set up a 400,000 sq ft chilled foods distribution centre at the DP World port development on the Thames Estuary.
Duvel Moortgat of Belgium is setting up a beer sales and marketing office in Shoreditch, London.
Centerplate has acquired Heritage Portfolio, the Edinburgh-based event catering firm, for undisclosed terms.
Boparan Holdings is to create 180 new jobs at its 2 Sisters chicken processing plant in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, following an 11,000 sq ft extension.
Meadow Foods is to invest £3m in the expansion of its dairy ingredients manufacturing operations in Chester, East Yorkshire and Peterborough.
CK Foods is to open a new 30,000 sq ft poultry processing plant in Bradford later this year, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Eden Springs has acquired Kafevend, the West Sussex-based supplier of vending systems with 100 staff.
Warburtons is planning to build a new £20m bakery plant at its site in Burnley, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Cambridge Commodities has submitted plans to East Cambridgeshire District Council for a new sports nutrition ingredients warehouse and packing plant in Witchford.