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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.

2 Sisters joins Tesco pledge to cut food waste

2 Sisters Food Group, Bakkavor and Moy Park have pledged to halve their food waste by 2030, in partnership with Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket.

Morrisons reveals rise in sales and profits

Morrisons has revealed a rise in sales and profits for the first half of this year in its interim results, released yesterday (September 14), as it sees results from its...

Listeriosis in elderly linked to lifestyle

Concern about rising levels of listeriosis food poisoning across Europe caused by contamination with Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), despite relatively low levels of the bacterium being picked up in retail surveys...

Food industry slams leaked ‘plans’ to curb migrants

A leaked government document, said to reveal plans to cut the number of low-skilled EU migrant workers in the UK after Brexit, has been slammed by food and drink manufacturers.

Greencore fined £1M for worker’s death

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore has been fined £1M for safety failings, after a contractor died after falling from a stepladder. 

Leave voters: EU fruit-picker numbers shouldn’t fall

The number of migrant fruit pickers working in the UK should either stay the same or increase after Brexit, according to a new survey of voters who backed Britain’s exit...

Hilton to build Polish factory after Tesco deal

Meat processor Hilton Food Group has revealed plans to build a £5.5M (€6M) factory in Poland, after signing a five-year supply deal with Tesco to provide the supermarket with fresh...

Amazon’s takeover of Whole Foods approved

Amazon’s £10.8bn ($13.7bn) takeover of US organic retailer Whole Foods Market has been approved by the country’s competition regulator.   

Veg firm to pay £36.8k for worker’s injury

A vegetable firm has been ordered to pay £36,800 for safety failings, after a worker suffered a head injury when he became entangled in netting on a field near Boston, Lincolnshire.

Salad firm buys processing site from MyFresh

Salad supplier Florette UK & Ireland has bought MyFresh Prepared Produce’s Wigan site, for an undisclosed sum.

Organics opportunity to benefit manufacturers

Rising sales of organic products are creating new opportunities for food and drink manufacturers, claims the Soil Association.

Brexit vote forces salad firm to close: 250+ job losses

Salad supplier Southern Salads has entered administration and “all but a handful” of its 260 workers have lost their jobs, after the value of sterling plummeted following the Brexit vote....

‘Protect labour market’, as jobless rate falls: CBI

The UK’s flexible labour market must be protected by the government, urges the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), after the latest labour market statistics revealed a 125,000 rise in employment...

Mushroom producer’s new site to create 100 jobs

Mushroom producer Hughes Mushrooms will create up to 100 jobs after opening a new production facility in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Contaminated egg scandal ‘likely to intensify’

The contaminated egg scandal, which resulted in at least 700,000 eggs tainted with the insecticide fipronil being imported into the UK, is likely to intensify, claims Professor Chris Elliott.

Charlie Bigham’s continues recruitment drive

Premium ready meals manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s is set to open its new flagship factory in Somerset next month, with plans underway to recruit 300 staff. 

Food firm fined for forklift accident

A manufacturer of prepared meals has been ordered to pay more than £100,000 for safety failings, after a worker fell 6m off the back of a forklift truck.

refrigeration spotlight

Fresh fruit and veg firm Reynolds gets extra cooling

Reynolds, a supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables, has partnered with temperature control and mobile power specialist Aggreko to provide additional cooling capacity for its packing lines during the warmer...

Refrigeration spotlight

Get ready for cooling directive change

Food and drink manufacturers have been urged by temperature control systems specialist ICS Cool Energy to upgrade their process cooling systems in the run-up to planned changes to the Ecodesign...

Lobbying is needed to avert Brexit labour crisis

All sectors of the food industry should be more vocal in lobbying government to address the “urgent” shortage of non-UK EU nationals arising from Brexit, the deputy president of the...

Industry survey

Food Manufacture survey reveals Brexit fears

Food and drink manufacturers are even more concerned than last year about the impact that Brexit will have on their businesses.

UK is ‘unprepared for Food Brexit and risks chaos’

UK food policy risks descending into chaos because the government has failed to prepare for Brexit, a report warns.

Amazon expands into grocery stores

Amazon’s plans to acquire US organic retailer Whole Foods Market in a £10.8bn ($13.7bn) deal announced last month, has sent shockwaves through the grocery sector as it foreshadows further expansion...

Reports from IFT17

IFT show highlights food science communication

The passion to communicate food science more effectively characterised the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT’s) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Las Vegas last month, according to the organisation’s immediate...

McCain wins approval for £100M factory expansion

Potato processor McCain Foods has won approval to expand its Scarborough factory, as part of a £100M investment into its operations.