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Greene King committed to brewing innovation

Greene-King-Dragons DenSuffolk brewer and pub chain powerhouse Greene King has a given a new twist to the art of pump-priming new business. It is now brewing innovation.

Barista for beer puts the inn into innovation

Cam-Consultants-beerCambridge Consultants has brewed a ‘barrista for beer’ technology that puts the inn into innovation by introducing personalised pints.

Bactest scoops innovation award

Bactest-beer-testCambridge-based Bactest, a biotechnology start-up, scooped the UK’s  Innovation Award at last night’s prestigious Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards for its ‘Speedy Breedy’ rapid, portable contamination test.

Greene King suffers brewer’s droop in share fall

Greene King Chief Executive Rooney AnandSuffolk brewer and retailer Greene King saw its UK share price fall 30p on early morning trading after warning that customers were tightening their belts despite the recovery in the UK economy.

Qatar chips into Harry Ramsden’s franchise

Fish-and-chipsThey’re used to producing a tasty end product from oil in the Middle East but Qatar has taken it to a new dimension – buying into Harry Ramsden’s fish and chip franchise.

Gotcha! as Hotcha moves into East Anglia

James-Liang-HotchaThe UK’s fastest growing Chinese takeaway chain, Hotcha, has announced plans to open two new stores in East Anglia – Ipswich and Norwich – as part of a national expansion programme.

Record breaking Greene King feasts on greater consumer appetite

Greene King CEO Rooney Anand  - profits boostedA marked upswing in consumer confidence has helped Suffolk UK food and pub business Greene King post record results for the 53 weeks to May 4.

Beer commemorates Antarctic explorer – ice optional

Shackleton-beerA Norfolk company has launched a new range of bottle-conditioned beers to celebrate the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s great Antarctic adventure of 1914-16.

Pasta Foods’ snack to take United States by storm

Karl-JermynA new potato spiral snack created by Pasta Foods for the American market has gone on sale at more than 3,000 major stores across the United States.

Onion supplier eyes growth using Cambridge software

Moulton-BulbCambridge software is helping one of the UK’s largest suppliers of onions, garlic and shallots to grow its business and simplify its production process.

Fairtrade pioneer buys Cambridge online coffee club

John-SteelCafédirect, one of the UK’s biggest coffee brands and Fairtrade coffee pioneer, has acquired Cambridge-based online coffee club for an undisclosed sum.

Greene King sells pubs for £75.6m

Rooney-AnandGreene King, the Suffolk UK brewer and food & drink chain specialist, has agreed to sell 275 non-core tenanted and leased pubs to Hawthorn Leisure Limited – backed by Avenue Capital Group and May Capital LLP – for £75.6 million.

Cambridge seafood company sold to Golden Acre Foods

Elsinore John WilsonElsinore Foods, a market leading business specialising in niche seafood and delicatessen products, has been sold to UK supplier Golden Acre Foods for an undisclosed sum in a deal steered by Cambridge professionals.

Food innovator moves onto technology park

Medway Court, Cranfield Technology ParkThe future of global food could be mapped out at Cranfield following the relocation of fast growing food freshness technology innovator It’sFresh! to Cranfield University Technology Park.

Bean business acquisition quickens the pulse

Phaseolus Ltd owners Alan Cooper and Sandra GawthroupPhaseolus Ltd, a Cambridge-based supplier of quick frozen beans and pulses has been sold to one of the UK’s premier fruit suppliers for an undisclosed sum.

Cambridge vineyard showcases ‘Grape Britain’

Chilford Hall VineyardA bumper harvest has put a Cambridge vineyard in vintage shape for a 40th anniversary.

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