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PepsiCo launches bid for Pipers Crisps

BBC News

PepsiCo is taking another step into the UK snack market by launching a bid to acquire Lincolnshire crisp company Pipers Crisps. PepsiCo already owns Leicester-based Walkers Crisps and American firm Doritos and wants to grow Pipers in the UK and develop its exports. The international food and drink company's bid is subject to approval by the Competition and Markets Authority. Farmers Alex Albone, Simon Herring and James Sweeting founded Pipers in 2004. Based in rural Lincolnshire, it employs more than 75 local people.

Essex could one day grow grapes to rival Champagne's, say experts

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Essex could soon be home to bottles of British fizz to best their rivals from Champagne, experts say. East Anglia - particularly Essex and Suffolk- has the ideal conditions to produce consistent quality wines to beat the French at their own game, it's claimed. Yet few vineyards are currently established in the counties and those that exist in Kent and Sussex and often in the wrong place, according to new research. Other potential wine growing hotspots include The Vale of Glamorgan, Dorset and Hampshire, the Isle of Wright, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Devon and Cornwall. Climate change is likely to improve the situation, driving warmer growing season temperatures in England and Wales, the study suggests.

Hurricane-force winds pound UK and Europe, upend travel as Storm Ciara strikes

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on LONDON – Storm Ciara battered the U.K. and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains Sunday, halting flights and trains and producing heaving seas that closed down ports. Soccer games, farmers' markets and cultural events were canceled as authorities urged millions of people to stay indoors, away from falling tree branches. Named by the U.K. Met Office weather agency, the storm brought massive gusts that hit 150 mph at the northern Welsh village of Aberdaron and 86 mph at the Welsh town of Capel Curig.

Want to visit Britain? 'Brexit' sends airfares to U.K. plunging by about 15%, study finds

Los Angeles Times

Airfares from the U.S. to Britain have dropped about 15% since the U.K. voted to pull out of the European Union last month. But a study by Boston flight research site said fares to other destinations in Europe also have dropped, suggesting that other factors are at play besides the so-called Brexit vote and the resulting drop in the value of the British pound. The study found that flights from the U.S. to Edinburgh, Scotland; London; and Manchester, England, dropped 7% to 18% in price since the Brexit vote. But flights to Paris, Madrid, Rome and Frankfurt, Germany, comparably dropped 14% to 17%. One possible explanation is that airlines cut prices after noticing that demand softened for many European destinations following the terror attacks, the Greek debt crisis and the refugee emergency, among other events, said Patrick Surry, chief data scientist for Hopper.

Fire rips through supermarket

BBC News

Two people were treated in hospital for breathing difficulties after fire ripped through an Asda store in Luton. The blaze broke out at the supermarket on Wigmore Lane on Monday morning. At its height the fire was tackled by almost 100 firefighters, working with 16 engines and three aerial platforms. Crews from Bedfordshire were joined by colleagues from Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. The blaze was out by 15:30 BST, but crews are expected to remain at the scene overnight, dampening down and checking for hotspots.