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Cranswick swoops into UK poultry again - analysis

Cranswick, the UK meat processor, has its origins in pigs but this week the company struck its second deal in the country's poultry sector i...

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Michelle Russell | 20 May 2013

UK pork group Cranswick has said it is open to making more acquisitions and will continue to chase opportunities for growth in a bid to develop the business further.

Michelle Russell | 20 May 2013

UK pork group Cranswick this morning (20 April) booked an increase in adjusted annual earnings and in sales. Profits exceeded analysts' expectations. Overall, analysts offered a positive review of the results.

Dean Best | 20 May 2013

UK meat processor Cranswick, dairy group Dairy Crest and Marks and Spencer, perhaps the most scrutinised name on the country's high street, are all set to announce annual results next week. In the US, Spam owner Hormel Foods will post its half-year results.

Katy Askew | 5 Mar 2013

Boparan Holdings, the parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, has continued its drive to rapidly expand its footprint with the announcement that it has acquired the remaining Vion meat businesses in the UK. Katy Askew takes a look at how ambitious 2 Sisters hopes to succeed in a market where Vion struggled.

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Katy Askew | 21 May 2014

UK pork processor Cranswick processes one-quarter of pigs reared in the country - and the company has ambitions to increase its throughput further still. As we heard in part one of the just-food interview, Cranswick is driving domestic growth through a focus on innovation. It also has an eye on overseas expansion with strong export growth helping to propel sales expansion. Chief executive Adam Couch spoke to just-food about Cranswick's drive to raise production levels and increase exports.

Katy Askew | 20 May 2014

UK pork processor Cranswick has grown sales over the past year through some significant contract wins and adjustments to its product mix. The company has also successfully negotiated higher prices despite weak economic sentiment and fierce competition between the country's largest retailers. One of the keys to Cranswick's success has been innovation to keep its product portfolio relevant, CEO Adam Couch told just-food in part one of the just-food interview.

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Katy Askew | 24 May 2016

Higher volumes have enabled UK meat group Cranswick to book a jump in full-year sales and earnings. 

Hannah Abdulla | 13 May 2016

Bodega, the olive business that is part of Cranswick's continental fine foods division, has announced the launch of a grain salad range and a selection platter in the UK.

Katy Askew | 11 Apr 2016

UK meat group Cranswick has acquired integrated poultry company CCL Holdings and its subsidiary Crown Chicken for GBP40m (US$56.5m). 

Katy Askew | 5 Apr 2016

UK meat firm Cranswick said that it continued to see the "positive trend" in sales as it rounded out 2015, with an increase in fourth-quarter sales by both value and volume. 

Dean Best | 1 Apr 2016

Speculation is mounting over the ownership of Dunbia, the UK meat processor, after fresh reports in the UK and Ireland.

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Jan 2016

UK meat processor Cranswick has reported a rise in revenues for the third quarter.

Dean Best | 18 Jan 2016

Cranswick, the UK food processor, has added to its range of branded meat products on sale in its domestic market with the launch of cooked meats brand Welly.

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Nov 2015

Half-year profits at UK meat processor Cranswick have jumped on the back of underlying sales growth, last year's acquisition of poultry group Benson Park and a tighter focus on costs.

Dean Best | 1 Oct 2015

Cranswick, the UK-based meat processor, today (1 October) reported a 10% rise in first-half revenue, with sales accelerating in the second quarter of its financial year.

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2015

The results announced this week included improving sales and profits at Yakult, better earnings but lower sales at US poultry group Pilgrim's Pride and growth at Mexican dairy processor Grupo Lala.

Dean Best | 26 May 2015

South Africa's Tiger Brands grabbed the headlines this week with news of the over-stating of sales at its Kenyan arm inflating local profits last year. Elsewhere, Ireland's Total Produce lifted its earnings forecast and said it was on the look-out for more M&A. UK meat group Cranswick reported mixed annual results.

Hannah Abdulla | 9 Apr 2015

Pork processor Cranswick has seen a sales increase in the fourth quarter of the year as a result of lower input prices being passed on to customers.

Katy Askew | 29 Jan 2015

Cranswick's third-quarter revenue was "marginally ahead" of last year despite lower pricing in what remained a "competitive" environment.

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Nov 2014

UK pork processor Cranswick reported higher underlying profit but a dip in reported earnings for the first half of the year.

Katy Askew | 23 Oct 2014

UK pork processor Cranswick has expanded its presence in the UK poultry category through the acquisition of premium cooked poultry firm Benson Park.

Katy Askew | 6 Oct 2014

UK pork group Cranswick insisted this morning (6 October) it is well "well-placed to deliver further growth" in what remain "competitive" markets, despite a dip in second-quarter sales.

Dean Best | 15 Sep 2014

UK sausage maker Heck Foods wants to become the leading producer of upmarket bangers in the country, the private-equity firm that has become a minority investor in the company has said.

Dean Best | 28 Jul 2014

UK meat supplier Cranswick today (28 July) reported trading in its first quarter had been in line with the company's expectations.

Dean Best | 27 May 2014

Japan's Mizkan Group got out the chequebook again this week, with the acquisition of Unilever's North American pasta sauces business. The deal followed its 2012 purchases of brands including Branston and Haywards from Premier Foods in the UK. Elsewhere, we ran interviews with the CEOs of UK pork processor and dairy group Adams Foods.

Katy Askew | 23 May 2014

This week saw further evidence of the growing international focus evident from Japanese food powerhouses who are being forced to look overseas for growth to offset weak consumption trends at home when Japan's Mizkan purchased Ragu and Bertolli from Unilever.

Katy Askew | 21 May 2014

Cranswick, the UK pork processor, is looking to grow its export business, with plans to target markets in Asia with more premium products.

Katy Askew | 19 May 2014

UK meat group Cranswick saw off the challenge of rising pork prices to book expectation-beating full-year profits this morning (19 May).

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