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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.

Mash Direct secures £1M Morrisons distribution deal

Mash direct has secured a £1M distribution deal with Morrisons, which will see five gluten-free products introduced to more than 380 stores nationwide.

Tesco’s organic sales climb 15%

Tesco’s total organic food sales increased 15% over the past year, the supermarket revealed, as organic fish and dairy products proved more popular with shoppers.

Cucumber named 2017 ‘flavour of the year’

Cucumber is expected to be ‘flavour of the year’ in 2017, based on growing demand for refreshing, clean and healthy food and beverages, a Swiss fragrance and flavour company has claimed.

Morrisons seeks at least 200 new British suppliers

Morrisons is seeking at least 200 new British food and drink suppliers, it revealed today (February 17), after a report claimed only 52% of food eaten in the UK came from British farmers.

Tesco could be prosecuted for out-of-date labels

Tesco’s failure to remove out-of-date promotional labels from its shelves is a criminal regulatory offence, which could lead to fines – and even imprisonment of individuals found guilty, a law...

Business Leaders’ Forum

NFU seeks level playing field for post-Brexit

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is actively lobbying government to ensure British farmers are not disadvantaged compared with their main competitors in Europe following Brexit, its president Meurig Raymond told...

Business Leaders' Forum

GM-free food is big US export opportunity for manufacturers

Exporting food free from genetic-modification (GM) to the US is a big opportunity for UK food manufacturers, according to Northern Ireland-based prepared vegetable supplier Mash Direct.

Business Leaders’ Forum

Asia offers strong food and drink export opportunities

The prospects for driving up UK exports of food and drink to countries around the world are good, provided there is sufficient ambition among UK manufacturers themselves and the government...

Salmonella sparks Sainsbury stir-fry recall

Sainsbury recalled a number of its stir-fry products last week, after testing found the possible presence of salmonella in them.

Potential £750M boost to Scottish food industry

Scotland’s food and drink industry could get a £750M boost, as the government plans to make public-sector catering contracts more accessible to Scottish businesses. 

GroceryAid appoints Tesco pensions boss as chair

Charity GroceryAid has appointed Tesco’s pensions boss Ruston Smith as chair of its board of trustees, effective immediately.

Resistant starch shown to offer gut health boost

The potential health benefits of resistant starch (RS) could lead it to being classified as a prebiotic under the EU’s health claim process, according to a review.

Courgette shortage costs retailers £2M in January

UK retailers lost £2M in courgette sales last month, after unfavourable growing conditions in Spain meant supermarkets had to restrict UK supplies.

Co-op Food boss to take over as group ceo

The Co-op’s Food business boss is to become the new group ceo, following the departure of Richard Pennycook.

‘Safe haven’ for sharing food fraud intelligence

A food industry network set up to combat the threat of fraud in the supply chain is inviting food and drink manufacturers to join its membership base.

Fruit and vegetables shortage hits supermarkets

Retailers are rationing fruit and vegetables sold to consumers, after poor weather in Spain over Christmas continued to restrict UK supplies.

Ocado tests robotic hand to handle fruit and veg

Online retailer Ocado is trialling a soft robotic hand, which can handle fruit and vegetables without damaging them.

The Big Interview

Food industry urged to find one voice on Brexit: NFU

National Farmers Union director general Terry Jones tells Mike Stones the food industry needs to speak with unity to make the best of Brexit.

Sharing positive manufacturing experiences will lift recruitment

Showcasing the positive experiences of those working in farming and the food and drink manufacturing sector is the best way of attracting new talent, says National Farmers Union director general...

Lidl to donate 2M meals a year

Discount retailer Lidl is to donate up to 2M meals a year to people facing food poverty in the UK, as part of its plans to donate food surplus to...

Plastic contamination sparks Waitrose soup recall

Waitrose has been forced to recall batches of its own-label Hearty Minestrone Soup, after small pieces of plastic were discovered in them.

Morrisons acquires potato packaging plant

Morrisons has acquired a potato packaging business in Angus, Scotland, from producer Farmcare, as part of a supply agreement.

Business Leaders’ Forum

FDF boss urges PM to offer labour supply assurances

The UK food industry urgently needs assurances from the prime minister about the security of EU nationals working in the UK after Brexit, says Food and Drink Federation (FDF) director...

Food boss appointed at NFU

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has appointed Philip Hambling as its new head of food and farming, to lead its food chain and commodity areas.

Courgette shortage sparks social media storm

Reports of a shortage of courgettes in the UK have sparked a social media storm, as hundreds of people took to Twitter to express their views on the “famine”.