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Food & Drink - 1998
Markbeech Products has bought Cadec, the supplier of edible nuts and ingredients to the bakery and confectionery industries, from the Harrington Food Group.
Golden Wonder is to create up to 200 jobs in Scunthorpe, following a £14m investment in a snacks factory and distribution centre.
Ben Shaws, the Huddersfield-based soft drinks company, has been acquired by Chaudfontaine Distribution of Belgium in a £22m deal, and has also announced plans for a new £2m bottling plant.
WT Foods has announced a reverse takeover of Noon, the supplier of Indian foods, in a £50m deal.
Cadbury Schweppes has agreed to sell its non-US soft drinks businesses to Coca-Cola for £1.12bn, and the proceeds will be used to expand its confectionery operations around the world.
Kerry has opened a new £2m ready meals facility at its Durham factory to supply Somerfield, and an additional 130 jobs could be created over the next two years as further convenience foods are introduced.
Peter's Food Services, the South Wales company recently bought out from Grand Metropolitan, has bought the food distribution company Early Bird and ham-maker JV Rowe of Tenby.
Hillsdown is selling its Ross Breeders poultry business to the venture capitalist BC Partners for £100m, but is no longer actively looking to sell its potato packing business.
Dairy Crest is to set up a £33m national cheese maturation and distribution centre in Nuneaton by April 2000.
Geest is selling its two Dutch produce trading operations to De Weide Blik of Belgium for £10m.
Elementis is selling BOCM Pauls, the animal feed and pig business, to Accruechart, which is jointly owned by BOCM management and Electra Fleming, for about £60m.
Fenmarc, the Cambridgeshire-based vegetable-processing company, has undergone a £11m management buyout.
Cranswick has acquired Mr Lazenby's, the Teesside-based sausage maker, for £3.5m.
Hot Bread Kitchens is creating 60 new jobs in Ellesmere Port having won a DTI Regional Selective Assistance to help finance its £1.2m expansion plans.
HT Webb, the chilled food importer with annual sales of £52m, is undergoing a management buyout.
Oriental Eastern Foods has won a contract to produce chilled ready meals for Loughborough-based French food firm Le Sezannais, which could create an extra 50 jobs at its Nottingham factory.
BG Foods, the chilled and frozen desserts company, has been acquired by management for £36m, and the new owners are planning to build a £6m dairy desserts factory in Newton Abbot.
Roberts Yorkshire Kitchens has merged with Nordale Foods to create a new £23m company called Roberts Group that will be the country's second largest manufacturer of Yorkshire puddings.
Iceland's Woodford Foodservice subsidiary has acquired Caterfish, the Midlands-based supplier of frozen foods and fresh fish.
IAWS has bought a 34% stake in Welcon Pelagic, the Norwegian fishmeal and seafood processing company, for £5m, as well as Viper Seafoods of Scotland for £1.1m.
Britannia Biscuits is planning to build a £4m biscuit factory at South Tees Food Park on Teesside, creating about 180 jobs.
Laurens Patisseries is planning to double the production capacity at its chilled and frozen desserts factory in Newark, creating 50 jobs.
Matthew Clark, the cider maker, has been acquired by Canandaigua Brands of the US for £215m, and the two businesses will be able to sell their products through each other's distribution channels.
Prepco Foods, the Skelmersdale-based vegetables supplier, has undergone a £2.5m management buy-out.
Booker has sold its fish processing business to a vehicle set up by Legal & General Ventures for £44m, and it will be renamed Bluecrest Seafood.
Associated British Foods is acquiring SPI Holding Company, the US supplier of sweetening agents.
Donside Game and Meat of Inverurie is to set up a new venison processing operation in Grantown, creating 35 jobs.
The Dartington Food Company is looking to double the workforce at its Ivybridge luxury foods plant to over 60 employees.
Wilson's Country is investing £1.5m in new storage, grading and packing facilities at its potato packing plant in Portadown, with the creation of 35 jobs.
Booker has sold Daehnfeldt, the Danish seeds business, to Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst, for £29m, and it is now looking to sell its fish processing subsidiary and its US turkey breeding operation.
Quickfruit is planning to set up a £1m organic farm in Chester to produce and pack organic foods, creating 75 jobs.
Brake Bros has acquired Watson & Philip Foodservice from Watson & Philip for £43.6m, and W&P will change its name to Alldays.
Milk Marque has acquired North Bradon Farm, the Somerset-based cheddar cheese producer, for undisclosed terms.
Ushers of Trowbridge, the brewer and pub chain, has announced plans for a £116m management buy-out, with the backing of Alchemy Partners.
Kanes Food has won approval from Wychavon District Council to build a vegetable and salad factory at its site in Middle Littleton, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Voyager Foods is to expand its sauces factory at the Sunderland Enterprise Park in Castletown, creating 48 new jobs.
Faccenda Chickens is investing £1m to expand production at its Brierley Hill poultry plant, and 100 jobs will be created.
Unigate has bought the Roata group of companies, which run the Unipork pigmeat business in Northern Ireland, for £27m.
Cymru Country Chickens has begun work on a £7m chicken-processing factory in Anglesey, which will create up to 255 jobs.
Grampian Country Foods has acquired Marshall Food Group, which could put an end to speculation that more jobs were to go at Marshall's chicken processing plant at Coupar Angus.
Cadbury Schweppes is acquiring Wedel, the leading Polish confectionery brand, from PepsiCo for £46m, while United Biscuits is in negotiations to buy the Wedel biscuit business.
The Stirling Mushrooms farm near Callender in Scotland is planning a £3.2m expansion programme that will create 140 jobs, and it could lead to a further 500 jobs in other agricultural businesses throughout Scotland.
Redbridge Holdings is acquiring AFI Fruit Importers, the Kent-based berry fruit distributor, for undisclosed terms.
NFF has bought Lovells Confectionery, the Newport-based chocolate confectionery company, out of receivership for £1.8m.
SK Chilled Foods of Teesside is planning to create 125 new jobs over the coming year to cope with rising demand for ethnic snacks and meals.
Newboulds, the meat producer, is to create an additional 25 jobs in Middlesbrough to cope with growing demand for its pies and pasties.
Allied Domecq is set to acquire Bismarck, the German schnapps producer, for up to £15m.
Prize Food Group has acquired the Amble-based roast potato operation of Pillsbury, and will change its name to Cheviot Foods.
HP Bulmer is acquiring Green Mountain Cidery, the US cider company, for £8.7m in an effort to build up its international business in response to fierce competition in the UK.
F Duerr & Sons has acquired Samuel Moore Foods, the jams and preserves company, from Hazlewood Foods.
Greencore of Ireland is to acquire Paramount Foods, the pizza base maker, for £28m.
Perkins Foods has acquired Fresh-Pak Chilled Foods for £9.7m, its second acquisition in the chilled foods sector in three months.
Golden Vale has completed the acquisition of Rye Valley Foods, the Irish prepared frozen foods company that has a strong position in the UK market, for £17m.
Unilever has sold Plant Breeding International Cambridge, the leading breeder of wheat, to Monsanto of the US for £320m.
James Finlay has sold its confectionery business to Northern Foods in a £10m deal that will help finance the development of its tea plantations in Sri Lanka.
United Biscuits has acquired Biscuits Delacre, which operates in France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, from Campbell Soup for £78m.
British Pepper & Spice Company, the dried herbs and spices supplier, has undergone a management buy-out from Burns Philp & Co, its Australian parent, with £7.6m of funding coming from Primary Capital.
CWS Agriculture is to acquire Broadoak Farming, the farm management company that has been hit by a sharp fall in income.
Tomkins has acquired Le Pain Croustillant, the part-baked frozen bread company, for £44m.
John Lusty is acquiring Unimerchants, the importer of Mediterranean food products, for up to £6.5m.
Dalgety is selling its agriculture division to a management team for £50m, and is now free to concentrate on its last remaining business - the Pig Improvement Company.
Soda-Club Group of Israel has bought SodaStream, the Peterborough-based soda-making machines supplier, for £15.5m, and the new group will be floated early next year.
Golden Wonder is planning to invest £30m in the expansion of its crisps manufacturing facilities in Scunthorpe and Corby, creating 100 new jobs.
Perkins Foods has acquired Le Magicien Vert, the French chilled convenience foods company, for an initial £4.5m.
James Finlay has acquired Plantation Investment Management, the Sri Lankan investment company with majority stakes in two tea growing companies, for £16m.
Greencore of Ireland has acquired Pauls Malt, the UK's largest malt producer, from Elementis for £61m.
Avonmore Waterford is selling two US food businesses - Waterford Food Products and Avonmore Cheese - to Saputo of Canada for £21m.
Unilever has acquired a controlling stake in Moskovsky Margarinovy Zavod, the Russian margarine and fats company, for undisclosed terms and will invest £12m in the company.
Perkins Foods is selling its fresh produce business to Greenery International of the Netherlands for £124m, in order to focus on chilled and frozen foods.
Northern Foods has acquired Woodgate Dairies, the East Sussex supplier of milk to supermarkets, for £17m.
Unilever is selling its Robert Timms, Pablo and Faggs coffee businesses in Australasia to Freshfood Australia and New Zealand for undisclosed terms.
Northern Foods is acquiring Cavaghan & Gray, the chilled and frozen food company, for £79m.
Roach Foods is expanding its meat production facilities in Cornwall with the creation of 300 jobs.
Dairy Crest, through its joint venture with Sodiaal of France, is acquiring Raines Dairy Foods Operating Companies, the supplier of dairy products to supermarkets, for £66m.
Dalgety has sold its Spillers pet food business to Nestle for £715m and its Martin-Brower US distribution business to Reyes Holdings for £120m.
WT Foods has acquired Eghoyan's Pitta Bakery, the London-based producer of ethnic foods, for £5.1m.
Cavaghan & Gray has acquired John Richards, the Aberdeen fish processing company, for £1.3m.
Northern Foods has confirmed plans to demerge its Express Dairies division in March, and it is then planning to participate in the expected consolidation of the dairy sector.
Dalgety is selling its food ingredients and Spillers flour milling operations to Kerry Group of Ireland for £335m, and its wheat processing research activities to DuPont for £24m.
Hazlewood Foods has acquired Breadwinner, the London sandwich maker, for £14m.
Tate & Lyle has acquired a 61% stake in Industrias de Maiz, the Argentine corn sweetener and starch processing business, for £32m.
Birds Eye Wall's is to set up major new coldstore at Hams Hill near Birmingham next year, creating 80 jobs.
JLI Group, the food processing company, has received a £25m recommended takeover offer from Harrington Food, a new company created by a management team, which will take JLI private.
Unilever is acquiring the Vegetaline solid frying fat business from Eridania Beghin-Say, the Italian-French food company, and selling its Frial liquid seed-oil business in France to Lesieur Alimentaire, a subsidiary of Eridania Beghin-Say.
Paramount Foods is to set up a pizza factory in Deeside, North Wales, creating 85 jobs over the next two years.
Treats Group is acquiring Richmond Ice Cream Company, the independent bulk ice cream manufacturer, in order to broaden their product range and make efficiencies in sales and marketing.