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A Guide to the British Food Manufacturing Industry.

Most readers will appreciate that the UK food industry is not only large but also complex, and a relatively small number of large companies dominates many of the food sectors. What this text does is to analyze the largest manufacturers and many of the smaller and private ones.

Companies are listed alphabetically according to their size, and within each category their profiles include a brief history, recent developments, a list of their main subsidiaries, their principal activities, major brands, number of employees and appropriate economic information. This third edition also details the mergers and acquisitions that have taken place in the last couple of years. There is also a marketing section that covers the major sectors and includes market size, information on brand leaders and the major companies involved.

Section 1 is devoted to industry statistics and includes sections on marketing data, the top 100 food companies, acquisitions and mergers, and companies taken into receivership. This is followed by a Section on company information, covering large companies, medium sized and small ones. The final section deals with company addresses and details manufacturers and ingredient suppliers, trade and research associations, consultants, places of education, etc.

A rough count suggests almost exactly 300 companies are detailed in this text and with the speed of movement nowadays this is probably as good an update as any. The author promises to bring out the next edition early in 1993, taking in all that happens in 1991 and 1992. Obviously, the bigger the company the more information is generally available, nevertheless here is a thumbnail sketch of many of the food businesses in the UK and it demonstrates what they have been doing in the last two years.
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Publication:Food Trade Review
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Date:Aug 1, 1991
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