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M&S
M&S: good growth in food
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M&S food shows strong sales growth

Marks and Spencer (M&S) food business has reported like-for-like sales are up 1%. 

AB Mauri:
"strong turnaround" for the ingredients firm
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ABF reports turnaround for ingredients division

Associated British Foods (ABF) has described its bakery ingredients business AB Mauri as making a “strong turnaround” in its year-end results.

United Biscuits
United Biscuits: sold to Yildiz
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United Biscuits sold to Yildiz

The sale of United Biscuits (UB) to international biscuit manufacturer Yildiz Holding has been confirmed. 

Macphie
Creations to be made with Macphie ingredients
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Scottish ingredients firm enjoys rise in turnover

Independent bakery ingredients manufacturer Macphie has reported a 3.5% growth in turnover to £44.4m. 

UK living wage increases
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‘Living wage’ rate raised by 20p

The UK “living wage” has been raised by 20p to £7.85 an hour.

Starbucks
Starbucks: 19th consecutive quarter rise of 5% or more
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Starbucks sees 5% LFL sales growth in Q4 with UK at forefront

Coffee giant Starbucks has reported a 5% rise in global like-for-like sales with a “particularly strong performance in the UK” in Q4. 

NBPO:
the company have a Liverpool plant
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Independent panel gives thumbs-up to NBPO offer

A panel of independent advisors has described the potential £1.1bn takeover offer for New Britain Palm Oil (NBPO) as “fair and reasonable”.

Costa Coffee growth continued in H1
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Costa underlying profit up 20.5%

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned chain, saw its first-half underlying profit increase by 20.5% to £52.4m, it revealed today.

Finsbury Food Group: we could buy again

Finsbury Food Group could acquire further businesses in its bid to grow and has predicted there will be further consolidation in the bakery sector in the next five to six years.

Finsbury and Fletchers: the build-up to the buy-out

Finsbury Food Group's acquisition of Fletchers Bakeries has shocked the industry today, creating a new £300m business. We look back at some of the key moves from the firms, that led up to today's buy-out. Below is an interactive timeline, click on the links to reveal the full stories. 

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