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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.

No EU trade deal is worse than a bad deal, claims EEF

Leaving the EU without a trade deal would be worse than the UK accepting a bad deal, claimed EEF, the manufacturing organisation – and any suggestion otherwise was “simply unacceptable...

FSA accepts criticism over food hygiene variations

Warnings about wide discrepancies in food hygiene standards, from the consumer pressure group Which?, have been accepted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Welsh food and drink gets £21M boost

Food and drink in Wales is to get a £21M boost, as the Welsh government launches a programme to fund research into food production and safeguard thousands of jobs.

Potato firm appoints administrators as 90 jobs lost

Potato processing firm M&F Ltd has appointed administrators to sell the company’s assets, with the loss of 90 jobs.

Food and Farming Awards’ top seven trends

The BBC Food and Farming Awards identified seven top trends – including a focus on alcoholic drinks and ethnic flavours – based on the hundreds of entries in this year’s awards.

Food firms should buy more British food: NFU

Food manufacturers should buy more British food, urges the National Farmers Union (NFU), after thanking discount retailer Lidl for backing British food and farming.

Fresh food drives £3.7bn growth in groceries

Fresh food saw the largest category growth in the grocery market last year, as consumers spent an extra £3.7bn on fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), according to new research by Nielsen.

BBC Future Food Award finalists revealed

The BBC Future Food Award finalists include an underground urban salad producer, a seaweed producer and a community seed co-operative.

Labour turnover falls again – as workers sit tight

Labour turnover in the British workforce fell to 14% last year – down from 16% in the previous year, according to the latest Annual Labour Turnover data from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Almond milk and avocados top fastest-growing food

Almond milk, avocados and new flavours of water were the three fastest-growing food product categories in 2016, as consumers began to embrace the ‘clean-eating’ trend.

Local authentic British food gets a boost

Local British food and drink has seen a boost in the past year, according to supply chain standards organisation GS1.

Egg firm expansion boosted by £800k investment

An egg producer in North Yorkshire is set for expansion, after receiving an £800,000 investment to grow the business.

Grain silo death results in £50k fine

A fatal accident in a grain storage facility resulted in a £50,000 fine for farming firm Maurice Mason Ltd last week (Friday March 10).

Pea plant to be one of UK’s greenest food factories

Frozen food producer d’Arta UK is to join forces with a farmer co-operative and a bio-energy firm to build what it claims will be one of the UK’s greenest food...

Eating more fruit could prevent 7.8M deaths

Eating 10 portions of fruit or vegetables a day could prevent 7.8M premature deaths a year, according to research by the Imperial College London.

Organic food sales worth more than £2bn

Organic food sales grew 7.1% to £2.09bn last year, revealed The Soil Association, as consumer interest in organic grew. 

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...

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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...

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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.

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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.