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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.

Monsanto rejects Bayer’s $62M takeover bid

Monsanto, the international agriculture and seeds company, said it was still open to “constructive conversations” after rejecting an offer from German chemicals company Bayer, which would have reportedly created the...

Tesco launches vegetarian bbq range

Tesco is capitalising on the growing vegetarian trend by launching, what it claims are, the UK’s first ever cauliflower and mushroom barbecue (bbq) steaks.

Asda’s sales fall 5.7% after ‘fierce competition’

Asda has blamed a 5.7% fall in like-for-like sales in its first-quarter trading on “fierce competition” in the UK retail sector.

People on the move in food and drink

Marks & Spencer, the Scottish government and British Poultry Council lead our selection of the most recent appointments in the UK food and drink industry.

Food industry trafficking: brothers jailed for six years

Two Slovakian brothers have been sentenced to six years each in prison, after being convicted of trafficking Slovak nationals, some of whom were working in the food industry.

Organic investment can ‘build resilience’

Being part of the organic sector could help build much-needed resilience into food and farming businesses struggling in difficult market conditions, a leading organic certifier has claimed.


Vitafoods Europe 2016 – a snapshot in tweets

Vitafoods Europe 2016 opened its doors to the world’s healthy food and nutrition industry in Geneva this week. Here we capture some of the show’s big themes delivered by the social...


Food and drink manufacturing Oscars now open

The 2016 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) are now open for entries. So, if your company wants to be recognised for its achievements and join the celebrations at this year's...

Calais transport crisis ‘should not be repeated’: FTA

Further disruption at the port of Calais should not be allowed to cost businesses – including food and drink exporters – millions of pounds, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has urged. 

Foodex 2016

Food firms could learn from insurance firms on fraud

Food and drink manufacturers need to learn from other industries, such as the insurance sector, and use a “systems approach” to identifying fraudulent activity in their businesses, a leading academic...

Morrisons’ supply chain is ‘a key strength’: analysts

Morrisons’ role as a food manufacturer – supported by its vertically integrated supply chain – is a unique sales point, which should be communicated more effectively, according to analysts, after...

Lean webinar

How Marks & Spencer does lean and green business

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to set out its view of lean and green food and drink manufacturing and evaluation processes in a free, one-hour webinar at 11am on Tuesday...

QV Foods enters consultation over possible job losses

Vegetable supplier QV Foods is to consult staff over the future of 140 jobs at its potato packing site in March, Cambridgeshire.

Nearly 6,000 to claim damages over Morrisons data leak

Nearly 6,000 current and former staff of supermarket chain Morrisons are to pursue a claim for damages against the company.

Tesco returns to profit, after working closely with suppliers

Tesco is back in the black as pre-tax profits hit £162M, in its full-year results, up from the £6.3M deficit on the previous year, as the nation’s biggest retailer pledged...

M&S boss wins backing despite food sales ‘below expectations’

City analysts have backed the new boss at Marks & Spencer (M&S), Steve Rowe, after the company unveiled food sales below analysts’ expectations.  

Food deflation persists in UK despite rises elsewhere

Food deflation remains a persistent feature of the UK economy, despite the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing headline inflation up 0.5% in March.

Sainsbury slams union claims of 850 job losses

Sainsbury has rejected claims from Unite the union that it plans to axe up to 850 jobs, days after spending £1.4bn to buy Argos owner, the Home Retail Group.

National Living Wage: Today’s the day

Food and drink manufacturers, alongside other businesses nationwide, are steeling themselves for the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) from today.

Business bosses slam government’s ‘skills charge’

Business bosses have slammed government plans to charge an annual fee of £1,000 for every skilled worker hired to work in the UK from non-EU countries.

Labour shortage threatens fruit and veg supply

A lack of seasonal labour is threatening the harvest of UK fruit and vegetables, after one in three growers admitted to struggling to source workers, according to the National Farmers...

Co-op and Unite agree deal to end strike action

Talks between Co-op and Unite with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), have come to an agreement which will suspend industrial action, pending the outcome of a ballot.

‘Smelly’ criminal links cost gangmasters’ licence

A Lincolnshire couple have been stripped of their licence issued by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) by an appeal judge, who ruled their financial dealings with a known criminal gangmaster were “smelly”....

Food manufacturers cause ‘bulk of food waste’

The food manufacturing sector is responsible for the bulk of edible food that is wasted in the UK, according to a leading food charity.

Morrisons’ food manufacturing: asset or liability?

The business benefits of Morrisons’ food manufacturing capacity has divided industry commentators, after ceo David Potts highlighted the firm’s role as “food maker and shopkeeper” in full-year results last week....

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