Food and drink manufacturers and retailers who pay the apprenticeship levy can use their payments to cover relevant degree apprenticeship course fees and assessment to help develop and grow their workforce. If your organisation doesn’t pay the levy you can still access government funding to help cover costs.
Avara Foods, a poultry processor based in Hereford, has just announced a £6.5 million investment in its manufacturing site. The funding has been spent throughout the course of 2019 on both its manufacturing facilities and the employees who make the place tick.
A Welsh distillery has announced a £5 million investment which will create jobs at a new site in Llandudno. Acting with the support of the Welsh government, the Welsh Whisky Company will be embarking on the first expansion from their home site in Penderyn, Aberdare.
London Food Corporation have recently announced their acquisition of the free-from food company Big Oz Industries. Although the sum that changed hands has not been disclosed, this deal will allow LFC to grow its presence both in the UK and in overseas markets.
Pudology, the free-from pudding maker which is available in major UK supermarkets, announced a deal last year with Brakes which would allow them to enter the foodservice sector. Twelve months on, the founder Lucy Wager has said that the company is now aiming to make foodservice account for half of their business.
Coca-Cola European Partners, known as CCEP, have invested £23 million into their operation in East Kilbride. This includes a total of £21 million spent on the installation of two new production lines for Capri-Sun drinks.
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Princes has opened a new plant in Lincolnshire which will be dedicated to the production of their pea lines. This I s the first stage of an investment programme at their Long Sutton site which will eventually total £80 million.
After acquiring Eat, the high street food and drink chain, Pret A Manger have said that they are looking to find additional suppliers. Now that the agreement to make the purchase has been made, they will be looking to bring more firepower to their national network.
Cold storage company NewCold has announced that it is looking for a second deep-freeze facility to purchase in the UK. The news comes only a year after they extended their existing facility, which is the largest of its kind in the country – and it is already nearly full.
Le Cordon Bleu London has announced their new annual Julia Child Scholarship, which will be worth £40,000 to one rising star of the culinary scene. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone who is passionate about the food and hospitality industry and hopes to start a career with a big boost.
Carnbrooke Meats, a meat processor based in Northern Ireland, has been given approval for expansion plans from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. The approval means that the company can now convert a former car showroom into a new processing facility, along with a butchers shop and café to directly serve consumers.