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Kitwave Wholesale Group has acquired Eden Farm, the Durham-based network of five frozen food depots, for undisclosed terms.

Benson Park is seeking permission to expand its chilled and frozen meats plant in Hull by 25,000 sq ft.

R&R Ice Cream has bought Yoomoo, the frozen yogurt brand, for undisclosed terms.

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.

Anglian Meat Products, the Norfolk-based manufacturer of frozen pet food, has undergone a management buy-out.

Speciality Desserts, the Northamptonshire-based supplier of frozen desserts to caterers, has been acquired by Europeenne des Desserts of France.

Langdons is to open a new £8m 50,000 sq ft frozen and chilled foods storage depot in Redditch this summer.

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.

Yearsley Group has acquired Ice Pak Seafood Specialists, the frozen food supplier with sites in Greater Manchester and Leeds and annual turnover of £32m.

Langdons Group has won planning permission to build a new frozen and chilled distribution depot on a seven-acre site in Redditch by next August.

One North East has announced a further £1.4m grant for the former Longbenton frozen foods plant on North Tyneside, in order to manufacture crispy pancakes and create up to 150 jobs.

Armstrong Logistics is to create 20 jobs at its new 100,000 sq ft distribution centre at the RD Business Park in Hinckley, and is planning to build a £2.5m chilled and frozen food warehouse.

Northumberland Foods is looking to create at least 20 new jobs at its Amble-based frozen foods manufacturing business this year.

Bernard Matthews is to relocate production of frozen turkeys from Great Witchingham in Norfolk to its site at Holton in Suffolk, with the loss of 160 jobs.

Langdons is to open a new frozen and chilled foods depot at Dodworth, near Barnsley, in January.

Heinz is to sell its frozen and chilled foods factory in Okehampton to a new company called Polestar Foods, with the transfer of 315 staff.

Babylicious, the Amersham-based supplier of frozen baby food, has been sold out of administration by Tenon Recovery to a management team.

Uniq has agreed to sell its Marie chilled and frozen foods business in France to Groupe LDC for £51m.

David Price Food Services is to expand its frozen food delivery business into Scotland with the acquisition of a 40,000 sq ft cold store depot in Glasgow.

Cheviot Foods has undergone a management buy-out, securing 190 jobs at its Northumberland-based frozen foods business, after a deal with Country Chef fell through.

Premier Foods has agreed to sell Martine Specialites, its French frozen patisserie business with 385 staff, to Cerea Capital and Banexi Capital Partenaires for £45m.

Schwan's Consumer Brands, the Leyland-based manufacturer of frozen pizzas with 300 staff, has been acquired by Dr Oetker UK.

RF Brookes is creating 100 new jobs at its frozen ready meals factory in Newport, South Wales.

Lion Capital has acquired FoodVest, the owner of Findus frozen foods and Young's seafood products with more than 6,000 staff at 20 factories, from CapVest for £1.1bn.

Scheff Foods is to build a £1.5m frozen foods factory at the Hawthorns Business Park in West Bromwich this year, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.

Medway Foods has sold its Bridgend-based frozen foods factory out of administration to a new company called Pin-it Pastry for £1m, securing the future of 40 jobs.

Central Foods, the Northampton-based frozen food supplier, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.

Greencore has acquired The Ministry of Cake, the Taunton-based frozen cakes manufacturer, as well as Danone's mineral water facility in Blaen Twyni, for a total £15m.

Hain Celestial is to create 65 new jobs at its frozen foods factory in Fakenham, following the relaunch of the Linda McCartney range.

Country Style Foods has acquired the former RHM frozen desserts business from Premier Foods, including a 50,000 sq ft factory at Flint in North Wales.

Glendale Frozen Foods has merged with Supreme Foods to create a combined Salford-based frozen foods manufacturing group with 130 staff.

Pinguin Foods has acquired the frozen vegetable processing business of Christian Salvesen for £17m, including three sites in Lincolnshire.

Real Good Food Company has sold Five Star Fish, its Grimsby-based frozen fish products business, to British Seafood for £35m, in order to focus on sugar and ingredients.

Whitby Seafoods has acquired Middleton Seafoods, the Northern Ireland-based supplier of frozen seafood to both the retail and catering sectors, for undisclosed terms.

Unilever is to sell its Birds Eye and Iglo frozen food brands to private equity firm Permira for £1.16bn, including operations in the UK, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands.

Garden Isle, the Wisbech-based frozen foods manufacturer with 130 staff, has been acquired by LambWeston Meijer for undisclosed terms.

Celsius First has been bought out of administration by Yearsley Group, securing the future of 170 jobs at its frozen food distribution sites in Grimsby, Glasgow and Wisbech.

Aulds is to invest a further £6m at a frozen and chilled desserts factory in Renfrewshire, having just opened a £2m temporary replacement for the factory that burnt down in September.

Unilever has agreed to sell its frozen pizza and baguette business to Dr Oetker of Germany for undisclosed terms.

Northern Foods is to sell the Cavaghan & Gray Seafood chilled and frozen fish business to IFP Holdings, a subsidiary of Icelandic Group, for £13m, which will involve the transfer of 240 staff based in Grimsby and 150 in Aberdeen.

Icefresh has acquired Prospero, the Norfolk-based frozen and chilled desserts manufacturer with 55 staff.

Country Style Foods is creating 25 new jobs at its frozen desserts factory in Stockton, taking the workforce to 250.

Kerry Foods Direct To Store is to set up a 60,000 sq ft frozen foods distribution centre on the Dorcan estate in Swindon, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.

Apetito is to set up a £0.5m frozen foods product development centre at its site in Trowbridge.

Peter Hunt's Bakery Foods has acquired the frozen savoury foods business of Preston-based Ashworth's Foods, and production will transfer to its site in Bolton.

Northern Foods' Cavaghan & Gray subsidiary has sold Emile Tissot, the Telford-based frozen ready meals supplier with about 100 staff, to Dawn Fresh Foods for £3.5m.

Glenfarm Holdings has agreed to sell the Ballymoney Foods frozen chip processing facility to a consortium of local potato growers for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 50 jobs.

Kerry Group is to create up to 40 new jobs at its Rye Valley frozen meals factory in Fermanagh.

Seagull Foods is to create up to 20 new jobs at its frozen food distribution centre in Warminster, including vacancies in sales, transport, warehousing and administration.

Hibernia Foods is investing £3m at its frozen ready meals factory in Hartlepool, with the creation of 100 jobs over the next 12 months.

Nestle has sold its Eismann frozen food home delivery service in the UK to a management buy-out, and additional franchisees will now be sought to expand the business into Scotland, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Apetito is creating 40 new jobs at its frozen meals business in Trowbridge, having won a contract to supply the West Berkshire meals on wheels service.

Invest NI is supporting plans by McColgan's Quality Foods to invest £6m in the expansion of its frozen and chilled foods factory in Strabane, with the creation of 30 jobs by the end of 2004.

Co-operative Group is planning to acquire the Norpak chilled and frozen foods distribution business in Staffordshire from United Co-operatives for undisclosed terms.

Unilever is planning to sell its Frigedoc frozen foods business in France to Toupargel for £52m.

Eismann is planning to double its 100-strong fleet of frozen food home delivery trucks and expand into the Midlands and northern England over the next three years, using funding from parent company Nestle.

McCain is planning to build a £70m frozen chips factory at Rugeley in Staffordshire by 2004, with the creation of 150 jobs.

Hibernia Foods has acquired the chilled and frozen desserts business of La Boheme.

Northern Foods is to acquire Lacemont, the Irish company that is building a frozen pizza factory, for £7.4m.

Brake Bros has acquired three frozen and chilled food companies in south-east France for a total £16m.

Punjab Kitchen is moving its frozen meals business to a £1m site in South Shields, where it will create 22 jobs.

Candover, the private equity investor, is in negotiations to acquire the Picard Surgeles frozen food business from Carrefour of France for £475m.

Perkins Foods, the manufacturer of chilled and frozen convenience foods, is to undergo a £230m management buy-out with the backing of ABN Amro.

Freshpack is looking to recruit up to 30 staff for its new frozen food packing unit in Alsager.

Golden Vale is planning to create a further 40 jobs over the next two years at its recently-opened Rye Valley frozen ready meals factory in Enniskillen.

Greencore is acquiring Robert's Group, the manufacturer of frozen savoury and dessert products at factories in Leeds and Huddersfield, for £29m.

Cavaghan & Gray has won approval to start building a £5.5m frozen food factory in Carlisle in January, as part of a reorganisation of its facilities.

Golden Vale is to expand production at its Rye Valley frozen ready meals plant in Co Fermanagh over the next two years, with the creation of 80 jobs.

Albert Fisher has sold Van Soest, its Dutch cold storage and frozen vegetables subsidiary, to management for £6.1m.

Northern Foods has sold its Irish food service and frozen food distribution business to IAWS for £16m, in order to allow its Green Isle Foods division to focus on the development of frozen food retail brands.

The Real Soup Company of Hexham and frozen ready meals company Danby's Foods have been acquired by Authentic Speciality Foods for undisclosed terms.

Perkins Foods is investing up to £23m to acquire a Dutch chilled and frozen poultry company and a French chilled salads company, and is now seeking manufacturing bases in Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Northern Foods is to build a £5.5m frozen foods factory in Carlisle, but will close a nearby Cavaghan & Gray meat products factory as well as Rawmarsh Foods in Yorkshire.

United Biscuits is selling its frozen and chilled foods business to Heinz of the US for £190m, and the proceeds will be invested in its snacks operation.

Hibernia Foods is seeking an additional 40 workers for its frozen meals factory in Hartlepool.

Unilever is selling Van Den Bergh Continental Bakeries, the Australian frozen pastries business, to Diageo's Pillsbury division for undisclosed terms.

Golden Vale is to invest £14m in a Rye Valley Foods plant in Enniskillen with the creation of 130 jobs, in order to manufacture a new range of frozen prepared foods.

Hibernia Foods has won approval to expand its frozen ready meals factory in Hartlepool at a cost of £2.4m, and expects to create 126 jobs.

Sims Food is to be acquired by Global Group for £22m, which will create one of the leading frozen food suppliers to the catering industry.

Global Group is to acquire Plumtree Farms, the frozen meat supplier, for £5m.

Brake Bros is planning to expand the storage and distribution facilities at its frozen food factory in Long Eaton with the creation of 33 jobs.

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.

Iceland's Woodford Foodservice subsidiary has acquired Caterfish, the Midlands-based supplier of frozen foods and fresh fish.

Laurens Patisseries is planning to double the production capacity at its chilled and frozen desserts factory in Newark, creating 50 jobs.

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.

Tomkins has acquired Le Pain Croustillant, the part-baked frozen bread company, for £44m.

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 is acquiring Cavaghan & Gray, the chilled and frozen food company, for £79m.

Hibernia Foods of Dublin has acquired Majestic Food Group, the UK frozen desserts company that trades as Sweet 'n Savoury Frozen Foods.

Ross Vegetable Products, the United Biscuits frozen vegetable products business, has undergone a £44m management buy-out.

Brake Bros is to acquire DRV, the French supplier of chilled and frozen foods, for undisclosed terms.

Global Group is buying Mawbeef Manufacturing, the Birmingham meat products company, and Ravencrown, the frozen food distributor.

Perkins Foods is selling Champifri Holland, the frozen mushroom producer, and its 49% stake in Prochamp, the canned mushroom concern, for a total £4m.

United Biscuits is selling the frozen food activities of Keebler to Windsor Food for $86m.

Unilever is buying the Goodmark frozen food brand in Argentina from Frigorifico Rioplatense SAICIF.