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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.

Greenvale’s Swancote ups output by 60%

A £2M investment is set to boost Greenvale’s Swancote potato processing site’s output further, following an increase by more than 60% in the past five years.

EU Protected food names: interactive map

Dundee Cake looks set to become the next food product to receive Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status after Scotland’s food secretary Richard Lochhead launched a national consultation to consider the...

Aldi to create 35,000 jobs in £600M expansion

Discount store Aldi has pledged to create 35,000 new UK jobs over the next eight years in a £600M expansion that will boost its store numbers to 1,000.

Sainsbury suffers from ‘unstoppable growth’ of discounters

Sainsbury’s falling profits and sales – revealed in first-half results for its 2015 financial year – show the pressure exerted by hard discounters Aldi and Lidl, according to retail and city analysts.

Morrisons posts ‘dismal’ third quarter results

Morrisons has posted a “dismal” set of third-quarter results, which prove it is losing the battle with hard discounter stores Aldi and Lidl, warn City analysts.

Mushroom firm invests £2M to meet demand

Walsh Mushroom Group has invested £2M in a new packaging and distribution site in Evesham, Worcestershire to help it meet “growing demand” for UK-grown mushrooms.

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Food heroes of WW1 celebrated in film

Britain’s military and food heroes of World War One are commemorated in a new video tribute from the National Farmers Union (NFU).

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Produce World Group acquires Fenmarc’s roots

Peterborough-based vegetable grower Produce World Group has acquired the root vegetables division of Fenmarc Produce for an undisclosed amount.

Morrisons’ trading a worry in ‘un-investable sector’

Morrisons’ trading remains a worry, as the retailer enters a critical quarter in a currently “un-investable” British retail sector, warns City analyst Shore Capital, ahead of the firm’s third-quarter results...

Three in 10 to shop for scary treats in discounters

Supermarkets face a Halloween shock as three in 10 shoppers (29%) said they aimed to buy seasonally-themed products from high street discount retailers, according to the latest IGD research.

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Halloween horror for food waste

Nearly two-thirds of people will throw edible pumpkins away after Halloween, with a quarter planning to bin them instead of taking them to compost or a food waste bank, research...

Tesco results provoke sharp reaction from analysts

Tesco’s bleak third-quarter results – posting a 92% fall in pre-tax profits to £112M and news of the chairman’s decision to quit – have provoked a predictably acerbic reaction from...

Tesco in crisis

Tesco chairman to quit as pre-tax profit falls 90%

Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent is to quit the business, as the troubled retailer admitted overstating first half profits by £263M and posted pre-tax profits more than 90% down.

Venomous spider strikes again, in Waitrose bananas

A Waitrose shopper got the shock of his life when he uncovered the world’s deadliest spider in a bunch of bananas just delivered by the upmarket supermarket chain.

Aldi launches new organic range in upmarket bid

Discount retailer Aldi has launched what it claims is an affordable range of organic products that will help customers save 25% on their normal British organic basket, as the store continued...

Asda wins out as food market enters deflation

Asda headed the supermarket pack as the food market officially entered a period of deflation, although consumers were the real winners, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel figures.

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Top finance guru dumps Tesco shares

The world’s richest investor, Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, has sold more than 245M shares in supermarket giant Tesco, after describing his investment as “a huge mistake” earlier this month....

Software cuts shrinkage and saves Booths cash

Booths Supermarkets slashed shrinkage across its business and saved significant amounts of cash by implementing supply chain management software supplied by Relex, according to Andrew Rafferty, the retailer’s IT and e-commerce director....

Amazon creates 1,000 jobs at UK distribution centres

Online retail giant Amazon is to create 1,000 new jobs at UK fulfilment centres, six months after a leading UK wholesale boss predicted the retailer would deliver “a fresh approach”...

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Tesco shows ‘staggering’ decline over recent years

Tesco’s decline over recent years has been “quite staggering”, according to City analyst Shore Capital, as its analysts predicted further board changes at the troubled retail giant.

Sainsbury results: the reaction

Sainsbury’s third consecutive quarter of falling like-for-like sales represents a watershed, not just for the beleaguered retailer but the whole fast-moving UK grocery sector, agreed most City and retail analysts....

Sainsbury’s ‘very poor results’ dismay City analysts

Sainsbury’s “very poor” second-quarter results will “send shock waves” through the grocery market, warned analysts, as the retailer revealed its third consecutive quarter of falling sales.

Groceries code boss asks Tesco to review supplier policy

Tesco has been asked to examine its behaviour towards suppliers by the Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon.

Former Morrisons’ boss charged with insider dealing

Morrisons’ former treasurer and head of tax, Paul Coyle, has been charged with two offences of insider dealing by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

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Ryder Cup tees up showcase of Scottish food

The Ryder Cup provided a “perfect platform” to showcase Scotland’s food and drink to more than 45,000 visitors from 75 countries on each day of the three-day golf tournament between...

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