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Three charged over illegal people trafficking

Three people have been charged for illegal people trafficking as part of a joint operation between Norfolk Police, Suffolk Police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). 

The GLA is working with UK police forces to stamp out slavery in the food supply chain

Nichols set for boost through focus on value sales

Nichols will keep outperforming, aided by continued focus on value rather than volume growth, according to a leading analyst.

Food firms ‘sow seeds of doubt’ in WHO

World Health Organisation (WHO) sugar guidance is “disappointing” and suggests food firms have persuaded it to take a softer line on consumption, claims pressure group Action on Sugar (AoS).

Morrisons announces a further round of store price cuts

Morrisons’ price cuts, announced last month, are the latest round in its strategy to become more competitive by investing £1bn in price reductions over three years.

Beef code slammed by independent suppliers

Critics have slammed a new beef industry code of conduct, designed to make the supply chain more transparent, describing it as ineffective and nothing more than “gesture politics”.

Conference

Food safety spotlight: from harvest to the home

Food safety and integrity throughout the whole supply chain will be the focus of the Food Manufacture Group’s 2015 one-day ‘Food safety conference – from the harvest to the home’, which takes place at The Lowry in Manchester on Tuesday September 29.

Food and drink leads manufacturing growth: CBI

Food and drink production is leading growth in the UK's manufacturing sector, according to the latest industrial trends survey from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Chaucer Foods to create 25 jobs in Hull

Chaucer Foods aims to create 25 jobs in Hull as the company adds a third production line there and looks to expand into gluten-free bakery items by 2016.

Thorntons restructures to reflect business strategy

Thorntons has restructured its board to boost performance and reflect business strategy.

News in brief

GM maize ‘should be banned’ by EU states

Environmental group Friends of the Earth Europe has called on the UK government and those of all other EU Member States (MSs) to ban cultivation of all genetically modified (GM) maize.

‘Safe havens’ are just not safe enough

Fears that Food Standards Agency (FSA) investigators would use intelligence against companies that disclose it is preventing them from sharing information about potential fraud, despite efforts to create so-called ‘safe havens’, food safety experts have claimed.

Almond presents an unknown allergen risk

Almonds could present a huge allergen threat to people but the full extent of the risk is unknown because of the lack of data on their allergenic properties, according to a leading scientist.

Opinion

Online shopping is the new frontier for food

Could 2015 be the year when online food and drink shopping really takes off? While online sales have been growing rapidly, it’s been from a relatively low base.

Spotlight

Chocolate firm hit as major retailers shrink orders

Thorntons takes £7.7M hit as retailers reduce orders

Thorntons took a £7.7M hit to UK commercial sales in the first half of its financial year...

Rivals should follow Tesco’s lead on staff conduct

Tesco’s lead on staff conduct ‘should catch on’

Tesco’s call to staff to report misconduct in supplier relationships in a newly launched Business Code of...

Jail sentence for ex Morrisons' boss
Insider dealing conviction

Ex Morrisons’ boss jailed for insider trading

Morrisons former group treasurer Paul Coyle has been jailed for 12 months, after being convicted of two...

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