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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.

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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.

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Aldi's and Lidl’s combined sales may top Morrisons next year

The combined UK sales of discount stores Lidl and Aldi are on course to rival Morrisons’s total sales this year and could top them next year.

Still cutting the mustard: Colman’s turns 200

Unilever’s iconic Colman’s mustard is celebrating 200 years of manufacturing, after Jeremiah Colman founded the brand in 1814.

Asda announces 1,360 redundancies

Asda’s 1,360 redundancies will help it adapt to the intense changes faced by UK retailers, ceo Andy Clarke claims, and follows a similar announcement made by Morrisons last month to cut 2,600 jobs....

Electric tray sealers cut pneumatic costs by 98%

When its retail customer Tesco requested a pack format change from flow wrapping to heat-sealed punnets, APS Salads took the opportunity to install electric tray sealers at its production sites...

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards

FMEA Personality of the Year - the nominees

The six candidates below have been shortlisted by the Food Manufacture Group editorial team for the Personality of the Year Award. Now it’s up to you. Who do you think...

Lidl creates 2,500 jobs, as Morrisons admits discount challenge

Discount chain Lidl has revealed plans to create 2,500 jobs in a £220M expansion, the day after Morrisons’ boss Dalton Philips admitted you can’t “out-discount a discounter”.

‘Display until labels’ face increased criticism

The food industry must continue to remove ‘display until’ food and drink labels, as they are confusing shoppers and fuelling needless waste, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) claims.

Sainsbury and Netto join forces to take on discounters

Early discounter Netto will be returning to Britain next year in a £25M joint venture with Sainsbury, to take on Aldi and Lidl, whose cut price offers have revolutionised the...

Scotland plans Scottish Food Commission

The creation of a Scottish Food Commission is the centre piece of Scotland’s latest discussion document – Becoming a Good Food Nation – unveiled this week, as part of the...

Sustain names and shames London council ‘bad eggs’

Animal welfare campaigners have named and shamed the 18 London councils that don’t source eggs from cage-free hens, increasing pressure on them to do so.

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Hackers holding Domino’s Pizza customer data to ransom

Hackers are holding the personal data of more than 600,000 Domino’s Pizza France and Belgium customers ransom for €30,000.

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Quail hatches from Waitrose egg

One Waitrose shopper got an unexpected surprise when a live quail reportedly hatched from a box of eggs she bought from the retailer.

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Sir Ken Morrison in ‘bullshit’ attack on supermarket boss

Sir Ken Morrison, the outspoken former chairman of Morrisons, has launched a stinging attack on the retailer’s boss Dalton Philips, describing his strategy for the recovery of the troubled business...

Morrisons quiet on reports of up to 2,000 job cuts

Morrisons is refusing to confirm or deny press reports that it plans to axe 2,000 jobs, as part of a new management restructure.

Tesco boss grapples with third quarter of falling sales

Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke is putting a brave face on the troubled retailer’s latest results, which today (June 4) revealed a third consecutive quarter of falling sales.

Morrisons slammed for breaching the groceries code

Morrisons has breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) by overcharging suppliers, according to the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

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Freshtime appoints NPD boss

Snack salad and vegetable manufacturer Freshtime has appointed Amanda Turner as its new product development manager.

Illegal Scottish gangmaster gets community service

A Scottish gangmaster who illegally supplied workers to Scottish vegetable farms, paying below minimum wage, has been ordered to perform 180 hours of unpaid community work.