Brewers Carlsberg UK and Marston’s announce merger

Danish brewer Carlsberg and British pubs and cask ale firm Marston’s have announced a joint venture, prompting concern among small brewers who fear being squeezed out of the market. Shares in Marston’s surged by 36%, recovering some of the value lost since the Covid-19 lockdown shut pubs across the country, […]

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Quarantine measures may lead to shortage of fruit pickers in Britain

Quarantine restrictions aimed at preventing overseas visitors bringing in new cases of Covid-19 and the government’s controversial immigration bill could lead to shortages of workers to harvest fields and pick fruit, representatives of the UK’s food producers have warned. Industry leaders called for ministers to think carefully before bringing in […]

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Boparan group set to buy Carluccio’s restaurants

Ranjit Singh Boparan, the owner of the Giraffe restaurant business and the founder of 2 Sisters Food Group, is poised to buy nearly half of the Carluccio’s Italian dining chain out of administration, in a deal that will save about 900 jobs. Boparan Restaurants, which owns the Giraffe, Fishworks and […]

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Burger King, KFC and Pret announce limited UK reopenings

Three UK takeaway chains have launched limited reopenings, with staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and practising physical distancing. Burger King and KFC have reopened some sites for delivery only, while Pret a Manger is doing deliveries and takeaways. The three firms argued that reopening would help NHS staff and […]

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