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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.

Sainsbury agrees gangmaster partnership with GLA

Sainsbury’s has joined forces with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) in a bid to prevent labour exploitation, in the same week that two men were convicted of exploiting migrant food...

More Britons eat up their fresh fruit and veg: Mintel

British consumers are eating more fruit and vegetables and becoming increasingly critical of retailers who waste food, reveals new research by Mintel.

Sprouts and mince pies hit in pre-Christmas sales

A slowdown in pre-Christmas food sales in traditional grocery retailers has hit Brussels sprouts and mince pies the hardest, according to data analyst Information Resources (IRI).

Tesco issues yet another profit warning

Troubled supermarket giant Tesco has posted another profit warning, declaring that its full-year results will be significantly below expectations. 

‘Join together’ to solve hunger, food firms told

Food Manufacturers have been urged to join retailers and others in a bid to cut food waste, as part of a plan to create a national network of food banks.

Co-op’s £1.5bn pledge supports British food firms

Further evidence of shoppers’ growing preference for British-produced food came last week in the form of a £1.5bn pledge to UK farmers from the Co-operative.

Produce World cuts 33 Scottish jobs to defend profits

Produce World has announced 33 redundancies amid plans to shift organic root vegetable packing from Forres in Scotland to Yaxley, near Peterborough – closer to the bulk of its organic produce activities.

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FMEAs 2014 video highlights

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing, last month (Thursday November 20).

Egg producer cracks supermarket deal following investment

Egg producer Blackdown Hills Westcountry Eggs has boosted output and production performance following a multi-million pound investment.

Food and drink industry people on the move

The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) appointment of a new president and an acting director general lead this month’s selection of the latest appointments in the food and drink industry....

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...

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