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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.

Groceries code boss claims progress but needs tip offs

Groceries Code boss Christine Tacon claims significant progress had been made in enforcing the Groceries Supply Code of Practice but urged suppliers to share information more freely.

Lidl backs British farmers with fruit and veg pledge

Lidl UK, the discount supermarket chain, has boosted its commitment to backing British fruit and vegetable growers by agreeing an 11-step plan.

Morrisons says ‘sorry’ for breaching groceries code

Supermarket chain Morrisons has said “sorry” after it was found guilty of breaching the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) in 2015.

New fresh food ranges boost Tesco sales

The launch of new fresh food ranges helped drive positive like-for-like sales in first-quarter results posted today (June 23), according to Britain’s biggest supermarket chain Tesco.

My Local may enter administration: 1,650 jobs at risk

Convenience store chain My Local may enter into administration, putting 1,650 jobs at risk.

Tesco boss calls for food waste action

Food manufacturers need to do more to reduce food waste across the supply chain, according to Tesco ceo Dave Lewis.

Potato supplier Branston creates 20 new jobs

Potato supplier Branston is to create 20 new jobs after it completes a £5M factory expansion at its site in Lincolnshire.

Asda boss Andy Clarke to step down

Asda boss Andy Clarke is to step down from his role as ceo and president of Asda next month, after more than 20 years with the supermarket and six years...

Amazon Fresh launches in the UK market

Amazon has launched its long-awaited Amazon Fresh grocery offer in the UK yesterday (Thursday June 9).

Amazon Fresh faces huge ‘quality’ challenge

Amazon faces a number of challenges if its new food delivery service Fresh is going to succeed – but its price leadership position could make it a big threat to...

Brexit Debate

Brexit fears driving up food and drink prices

Market fears over the UK’s potential exit from Europe are driving up food and drink costs, warns buying specialist Lynx Purchasing.

Monsanto rejects Bayer’s $62bn 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.

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