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Campaign to save food A-level hots up

A campaign launched to save the Food A-level, which is to be scrapped next year in favour of more vocational “technical” qualifications, is gaining momentum.

A new GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition, but no A-level

Dailycer to double turnover to £54M

Breakfast cereal manufacturer Dailycer is aiming to double its turnover to more than £54M in the next three years following a £4.2M investment in a high-tech production line.

Conservative conference: FDF urges A-level rethink

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has urged environment secretary Liz Truss to rethink government plans to ditch the food technology A-level.

Machinery fire breaks out at Rank Hovis flour mill

Machinery caught fire at a Rank Hovis flour mill in Manchester, prompting an evacuation yesterday morning (October 7).

Amazon Fresh a precursor to ‘more significant’ blow for retailers

Amazon Fresh will pave the way for its Dash service, which automatically orders used items in household fridges and freezers, delivering a further blow to British supermarkets.

Scottish venison products linked to E. coli outbreak

An E. coli outbreak has been linked to venison sausages, steaks and meatballs produced by Scottish firm Highland Game.

Tougher rules on food sustainability needed

More legislation is needed to compel companies to develop sustainable food security, according to food business executives. 

Tesco boss apologises to suppliers for past mistakes

Tesco boss Dave Lewis has said sorry to the retail giant’s suppliers, together with its customers and other stakeholders for “the bad choices of the past”, made in the relentless pursuit of unsustainable profit.

Tesco pledges to simplify supplier payment terms

Tesco has announced plans to standardise payment terms in a bid to simplify its relationship with suppliers in the UK.

Tesco recalls garlic bread produced by Bakkavor

Tesco has withdrawn 66,000 packs of garlic bread produced by Bakkavor after a number of packets were found to be underweight.

Tesco posts 55% slump in first-half profit

Tesco has posted a 55% slump in first-half underlying profit to £354M from £779M last year, the day after its boss Dave Lewis pledged to standardise payments to its suppliers.

AB InBev makes higher bid for rival SABMiller

The world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev has made a higher bid for rival SABMiller in an attempt to create a mega-brewing giant.

R&R and Nestlé in talks over ice cream joint venture

Europe’s biggest own-label ice cream manufacturer R&R has revealed partnership talks with food giant Nestlé.

Potato gangmaster loses licence over dangerous van

A gangmaster has lost her licence after underpaid workers were taken in a “dangerous” van to farms where they graded potatoes and picked daffodils.

‘Good times roll’: Greggs's sales growth continues

High street baker Greggs posted own-shop like-for-like sales up 4.9% in “another strong” trading quarter, according to analyst N+1 Singer.

IGD launches healthy eating programme

Grocery think tank the IGD has launched a new healthy eating programme to begin next year, designed to improve the nation’s diet.