UK wheat harvest beats forecasts, easing ideas of supply squeeze

UK - The UK wheat harvest rebounded more than had been expected this year, official data showed, easing ideas of a squeeze on supplies which spurred calculations of the UK remaining a net importer of the grain. The UK, the European Union's third-ranked wheat grower, raised wheat production by 5.4% this year to 15.16m tonnes,…

Nestle Breakfast Cereals adopt colour-coded labelling in UK

UK – Nestle Breakfast Cereals have adopted the UK Government’s colour-coded labelling system, beginning October 2017. The labelling system, which features red, amber and green boxes, shows the amount of sugar, salt, energy and fat in each product, and is already underway. Nestle Breakfast Cereals had already reduced the amount of sugar content of its…

Chicken supplier suspends operations after health and safety breaches

UK - One of the largest suppliers of chicken to UK supermarkets has suspended operations after an investigation allegedly revealed a string of health and safety breaches. 2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) said supply will only restart once it is satisfied that workers have been "appropriately retrained". Ranjit Singh Boparan, owner of 2 Sisters Food…

Kettle Foods acquires UK popcorn maker

UK - Kettle Foods, an international manufacturer of potato chips, tortilla and nut butters has acquired the British popcorn producer Cornpoppers for an undisclosed amount. Cornpoppers was established in 1979, as a privately-owned business to supply branded and private-label popcorn products to retailers and wholesalers with branded range of three cinema-style popcorns with speciality flavours…

US chicken producer buys N. Ireland’s Moy Park

UK - One of Northern Ireland's biggest employers, the poultry producer Moy Park, has been sold for £1billion (US$1.34 billion). About 6,300 people work for the company in Craigavon, Ballymena and Dungannon. The new owner is another major chicken producer, Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, which is headquartered in Colorado in the United States. In a statement…