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Fresh produce

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.

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Finally revealed: Just how slippery are banana skins

Research into why banana skin is slippery when stepped on has won year’s Ig Nobel physics prize, the spoof awards for research that makes people laugh or think.

Police charge eight in gangmaster crackdown

Eight people have been charged from Plymouth and Cornwall as part of a major investigation into forced labour, human trafficking and illegal gangmaster activity in the UK food chain....

Supermarkets target fresh food to fight discounters

Fresh food is the first battleground as traditional supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury fight against stiff competition from discounters Aldi and Lidl, according to a leading food analyst.

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Omega Ingredients’ investment creates 16 new jobs

Omega Ingredients (OI) has doubled the size of its manufacturing facility and secured 16 new jobs by pumping £300,000 into its UK operations, ceo and founder Steve Pearce has said.

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Bakkavor trains up food industry personnel

Bakkavor has waved 220 young people through its Accelerated Management Scheme (AMS) since 1999 and is offering 135 training opportunities in September through IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future’s Skills for Work...

Supermarkets: prices will rise if Scotland votes yes

A yes vote in next week’s independence referendum will result in higher food prices in Scotland, two leading retail bosses warned yesterday (September 11).

Morrisons' interim results

Morrisons results reveal supermarket price war wounds

Morrisons has revealed half-year profits down by more than 30%, as the retailer battled sharper competition from discount stores.

Baxters invests in training for its future supervisory stars

Aberdeen-based soups and condiments manufacturer Baxters has bolstered its commitment to developing skills in Scotland’s food and drink industry through its Supervisors for the Future programme.

Tesco boss pledges to be ‘customers’ champion’

The new Tesco boss’s pledge to be “the customers’ champion” has won praise from City analyst Shore Capital.

Experts call for global collaboration on food fraud

Global food businesses must work to one security standard for all food types if the threat of fraud and foodborne diseases is to be reduced, according to a major new...

Morrisons pumps £19M into fresh produce supply

Morrisons is investing £19M to speed up the supply of fresh produce and keep it cooler for longer in a bid to keep ahead of competition from discounters Aldi and...

Consumers worried about food quality and safety

More than 40% of consumers are worried about the quality and safety of ingredients in prepared food from supermarkets, according to independent research firm RPA.

Organic health claims 'worryingly overstated'

A report claiming that organic crops are more nutritious than non-organic crops is not supported by the evidence, according to leading experts in the field.

GM isn’t scary, says SOFHT chairman

Genetically modified (GM) foods should not be scary and a balanced debate about the science must take place for the food industry to provide consumers with more choice.

Poor resources to check food industry worker abuse

Resources are scarce to police employee abuse in the food industry and the rise of zero-hour contracts has made workers more vulnerable, according to a senior employment lawyer.

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Morrisons ad banned for promoting poor diet

A Morrisons ad has been banned for encouraging children to eat less healthily.

Channel 4 turns spotlight on food production

Channel 4 highlighted a food industry under pressure in its Dispatches documentary, broadcast on August 4, claiming suppliers were forced to cut corners as supermarkets refused to pass on more of their profits....

Salty food accusations: food industry responds

Restaurants and retailers have hit back at Consensus Action on Salt & Health’s (CASH’s) name and shame campaign attacking the salt content of salads, targeting firms including Morrisons and Nando’s....

Food manufacturing excellence awards

Don’t miss out on voting for your personality of the year

Voting for the Food Manufacture Group’s Personality of the year will close shortly, so make sure you register your vote for the individual who you believe has done most over...

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Tesco boss Philip Clarke’s decision to quit the retailer on October 1 2014 leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food industry.

Mushroom firm fined £14k after worker is crushed

Littleport Mushroom Farm has been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £2,700 in costs for safety failings after a worker suffered crush injuries when his arm was caught in unguarded...

New £400M opportunity for British producers

British food and drink manufacturers would be up to £400M better off, after the government renewed its pledges to buy more home produced products.

Morrisons announces 50 jobs at new facility

Morrisons has announced it will invest a “sizeable” amount of money to open a new 8,825m² distribution centre alongside its existing Bridgwater manufacturing site.

Tesco boss Philip Clarke to quit after profit warning

Tesco boss Philip Clarke is to quit the embattled retailer in October, despite pledging in April to “see this job though”.

Salad firm to pay £30k for runaway platform fall

An accident involving a runaway mobile working platform has resulted in a worker fracturing her skull and a £30,000 bill for her employer.

03:43 pm 16 September 2014