Food and drink acquisitions in the year so far

Weetabix’s £1.4bn sale to Post Holdings leads our gallery of food and drink industry acquisitions

The food and drink manufacturing sector has seen a series of high profile mergers and acquisitions this year. We capture the top deals in photos.

Kellogg and Nestlé announced plans to cut sugar in their products

Kellogg and Nestlé announce snack reformulation

Walkers' Twitter campaign was hijacked by some people (Flickr/Christopher)

Walkers apologises after Twitter campaign backfires

Two poultry processors were ordered to pay Bakers Basco for misusing its bakery equipment

Chicken firms to pay £19,216 for equipment misuse

Greencore revealed plans to close its Evercreech chilled desserts factory

Greencore plans factory closure: 400 jobs at risk

Drink packaging firm Encirc Ltd was fined £500k for a forklift truck accident

Packaging firm fined £500k for forklift accident

Tate & Lyle reported an 85% rise in profit before tax (Flickr/Mike Mozart)

Tate & Lyle gains from weak pound in 85% profit rise

Marks & Spencer took a hit to its like-for-like food sales and profits last year

Marks & Spencer’s profits dip as food sales fall

Migration rules for chemicals through packaging many need to be reviewed

Food industry should ‘question chemical migration in packaging’

Innovation nation: Israel is known for its entrepreneurial culture

Food and drink firms prosper in the start-up nation

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Business News

Dunbia entered a joint partnership with Dawn Meats

Dunbia and Dawn Meats agree joint venture

Britvic reported an 11.5% rise in sales in its first-half trading update (Flickr/Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Britvic sales up 11.5% after carbonates boost

2 Sisters invested £250,000 in Matthew Walker (Flickr/Simon Pearson)

2 Sisters invests £250k in festive pudding site

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World News

China's grocery market is predicted to become more online

Chinese online grocery market ‘to double’ by 2020

The research into rice processing could help to tackle food waste and nutritional problems

Research aims to improve rice processing and reduce waste

Confectionery giant Ferrero’s new ceo Lapo Civiletti will commence his role in September

Nutella maker Ferrero appoints first non-family boss

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People

Police are investigating claims of slave labour at a food factory in Birmingham

Police investigate food factory ‘slave labour’ claims

The average age of manufacturers has risen after difficulties in recruiting younger workers

Ageing workforce puts skills ‘at risk of disappearing’

Andy Higginson (L) and Charles Wilson (R) have been appointed GroceryAid president and vice-president respectively

GroceryAid appoints new president

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Regulation

Oban Fish Selling Co Ltd was fined £13,500 for the offences

Fish processor to pay £15,000 for hygiene offences

The UK's agri-food sector will not be a top priority in Brexit negotiations unless stakeholders unite to lobby government

Food sector must lobby harder over Brexit

Glass and metal contamination sparked recalls in the past month

Glass and metal contamination spark food recalls

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NPD

Arla opened a new innovation centre in Denmark this week

Arla opens new innovation centre

Nutrition show: this year’s Vitafoods Europe is claimed to be the most international yet

Nutrition show reveals emerging markets potential

The new science labs will boost food industry NPD, claims the university

New £3.5M science labs to boost food and drink NPD

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Ingredients

FoodDrinkEurope pledged to help cut Europe’s calorie intake by 10%

Industry calls for health and nutrition improvements

The webinar, Sustainable snacking trends for 2017, takes place at 3pm on Thursday June 15

European Snacks Association backs free snacking webinar

We capture the top tweets coming from this year's Vitafoods

Vitafoods Europe 2017 – top trends in tweets

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Manufacturing

Proposals for a North Yorkshire sugar beet factory have been welcomed by the NFU (Al Khaleej International)

300-job sugar beet plans welcomed by NFU

Securing a sustainable supply of water 'key' to the future of food and farming

Sustainable water supply ‘vital’ for food’s future

Manufacturing representatives react to Theresa May's manifesto (Conservatives)

Food and drink sector reacts to Conservatives’ manifesto

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Food Safety

Food safety is less of a concern to UK consumers than consumers in Europe

UK consumers worry less about food safety than Europe

The FDF and BSNA said manufacturers were already working toward cutting the amount of arsenic in their products

Food sector bodies hit back over illegal arsenic claims

The Scottish E.coli O157 outbreak was blamed on Errington Cheese by a Health Protection Scotland report

Errington Cheese’s ‘E.coli outbreak’ court case date set

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Packaging

Pringles and Lucozade Sport packaging was criticised by the Recycling Association

Pringles and Lucozade packaging criticised

Robot chefs and Industry 4.0 drew the attention of Twitter users at this year's Interpack

Interpack 2017 trends – in tweets

Ulma Packaging to display it range at Interpack

Interpack to feature a wealth of packaging kit

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Supply Chain

The Co-op pledged to source 100% British own-label frozen meat

The Co-op commits to 100% British frozen meat

The NFU is becoming 'increasingly concerned' about the fruit and vegetable sector

Fresh produce fears ‘growing’ after dry winter

Scrapping the UK and France's border control agreement would have ‘disastrous effects’ on supply chains: FTA

Scrapping French border control treaty would be ‘disastrous’

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Appointments by Symington’s and Nestlé lead our latest gallery

Symington’s and Nestlé lead appointments gallery

Nim's Fruit Crisps: a factory tour in photographs

Nim’s Fruit Crisps’ factory operations – in pictures

2 Sisters has invested £10M in its south Wales ready meals site

2 Sisters invests £10M in ready meals factory

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