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Added value, seasonal and local sourcing are the hot topics in fruit and vegetable processing these days. But the genie is out of the bottle and consumers want their strawberries nicely tasty, packed and available 365 days of the year. Discover the latest pre-preparation techniques to increase your margins and how to square the circle of availability versus low carbon footprint.

Gangmaster loses licence for ‘skimming’ pay

A Shropshire-based fresh produce recruitment agency has been stripped of its licence for systematically ‘skimming’ workers’ pay, resulting in employees receiving less than the national minimum wage.

Runny eggs safer than thought: new research

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) could change its advice on eating raw and runny eggs, after a report identified a big reduction in the risk of salmonella from UK hens’...

Waste recycling warning for celebrity TV campaigner

A leading trade association has warned about the environmental burden of recycling, as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s hit TV show – Hugh’s War on Waste – is set to reignite demands for more package recycling....

Fatal E.coli outbreak probe focuses on wholesale

The investigation into the fatal E.coli outbreak linked to mixed salad leaves is focusing on wholesale and not retail, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed. 

Fruit and veg to rot without migrant labour warning

Fruit and vegetable crops could be left to rot in the field and production in food processing sites, poultry sheds and veg packhouses threatened if restrictive migration controls deny farmers...

Food supply chain probe to track fatal E.coli

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is investigating the food supply chain – including food manufacturers – to track down the source of the latest fatal E.coli outbreak. 

Government ‘fails to back UK food’: Greencore boss

Government is failing to recognise the importance of food and drink manufacturing to the UK economy and is not providing the support it needs to grow both domestically and in...

Top six fastest growing food manufacturers

2 Sisters Food Group is Britain’s fastest growing private food and drink business, according to The Top Track 100 compiled by The Sunday Times.

Brexit impact

Brexit to change food buying habits: Nielsen

Consumers fear food prices will rise after Brexit and plan to change their buying habits accordingly, reveals new research from Nielsen. 

Dry tomato pulp to debut at world's top ingredients show

A dry tomato pulp (DTP) that retains its colour when used in prepared foods is one of the new ingredients on show at this year’s IFT Annual Meeting & Food...

News in brief

Grocery think-tank IGD appoints vice-president

Coca-Cola European Partners Great Britain’s vice-president Leendert den Hollander has been appointed vice-president of grocery think-tank IGD with immediate effect.

Brexit impact

Food firms to pay ‘£2,675 for every foreign worker’

Food businesses face a bill of at least £2,675 to recruit every foreign worker, after the UK leaves the EU, warns law firm Simpson Millar LLP.

Cherries packed on 'most sophisticated' line

Ackio, a specialist fruit packer of blueberries, cherries, cranberries and cherry tomatoes, now operates what it claims is the most sophisticated cherry packing line in Europe.

Branston invests £1.7M in potato manufacturing line

Branston, one of the UK’s largest potato suppliers, has invested £1.7M in a new manufacturing line, designed to speed up its production.

Safety failings cost horticultural firm £30k

A horticultural firm was ordered to pay more than £30,000 by Bolton Magistrates court last week (June 27) for safety failings at two of its sites, after investigations by the Health...

Brexit impact

Brexit could result in ‘stable food prices’ but views differ

Food prices could remain low fuelled by intense competition by retailers despite Brexit, a leading economist has claimed.

New £2M food distribution centre will create 20 jobs

Troy Foods’s new £2M distribution hub in West Yorkshire will create 20 new jobs.

Groceries code boss claims progress but needs tip offs

Groceries Code boss Christine Tacon claims significant progress had been made in enforcing the Groceries Supply Code of Practice but urged suppliers to share information more freely.

Lidl backs British farmers with fruit and veg pledge

Lidl UK, the discount supermarket chain, has boosted its commitment to backing British fruit and vegetable growers by agreeing an 11-step plan.

Morrisons says ‘sorry’ for breaching groceries code

Supermarket chain Morrisons has said “sorry” after it was found guilty of breaching the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) in 2015.

New fresh food ranges boost Tesco sales

The launch of new fresh food ranges helped drive positive like-for-like sales in first-quarter results posted today (June 23), according to Britain’s biggest supermarket chain Tesco.

My Local may enter administration: 1,650 jobs at risk

Convenience store chain My Local may enter into administration, putting 1,650 jobs at risk.

Tesco boss calls for food waste action

Food manufacturers need to do more to reduce food waste across the supply chain, according to Tesco ceo Dave Lewis.

Potato supplier Branston creates 20 new jobs

Potato supplier Branston is to create 20 new jobs after it completes a £5M factory expansion at its site in Lincolnshire.

Asda boss Andy Clarke to step down

Asda boss Andy Clarke is to step down from his role as ceo and president of Asda next month, after more than 20 years with the supermarket and six years...