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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.

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”.

Groceries adjudicator needs more powers: NFU

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) needs greater powers to crack down on unfair trading practices following “the increasing consolidation of suppliers and processors”, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Tesco fresh food sales drive festive growth

Tesco reported a 1.1% rise in total sales in the 19 weeks to January 7, including a 1.3% rise in like-for-like food sales over the Christmas period.

Morrisons’ food makers praised as festive sales rise

Morrisons’ chief executive David Potts praised the retailer’s “food makers and shopkeepers”, after it reported its strongest sales performance for seven years in a Christmas trading update.

Sainsbury posts record festive sales of more than £1bn

Sainsbury has reported record Christmas sales of more than £1bn today (January 11), boosted by its online sales.

Oxford Farming Conference

Migrant labour fears dominate conference tweets

Tweets criticising the government’s apparent lack of detailed planning for the food industry after Brexit dominated social media coverage of the Oxford Farming Conference. The continued availability of migrant labour...

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Food industry red tape to end after Brexit: DEFRA

Brexit will bring an end to food industry red tape, promises George Eustice, minister of state at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Troy Foods launches own-label mayonnaise

Vegetable and salad producer Troy Foods is to launch its own range of mayonnaise, following a £200,000 investment into production capacity.

Scottish organic farmers urge same standards after Brexit

Organic farmers in Scotland have called for standards to remain the same after Britain quits the EU.

Harmful chemicals force Lidl gravy recall

Discount retailer Lidl has recalled two batches of gravy granules, after harmful levels of a chemical found in paint stripper were discovered in them.

Food prices ‘must rise for our security’

Consumers will have to pay more for their food to enable British farmers to invest and ensure the future food security of the nation following the Brexit vote, leading food...

Brexit is ‘biggest problem in peacetime’: FDF boss

Brexit has left government and industry faced with the “most important, complex and troubling issue in peacetime history”, the boss of the food and drink sector’s biggest trade body has claimed....

FoodDrinkEurope welcomes new EU nutrition labelling rule

New mandatory nutrition labelling rules of prepacked food have been welcomed by FoodDrinkEurope, after they came into effect this week (December 13), under the EU’s Food Information to Consumers Regulation...

Cargill opens China innovation centre

Global ingredients supplier Cargill has opened an innovation centre, designed to create new food products and flavours for its customers, in China.

Banana supplier in £632M takeover deal

Banana supplier Fyffes is to be acquired by Japanese giant Sumitomo Corporation in a takeover worth £632.7M (€751M).

Bakkavor appoints two non-executive directors

Own-label food manufacturer Bakkavor has appointed two non-executive directors, as part of the company’s plans for growth in the UK and internationally.

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Autocoding system ensures correct labelling and coding

Sushi manufacturer Ichiban UK has invested in a labelling and coding automation system to ensure compliance with retailers’ codes of practice.

Veg sector ‘most at risk’ from Brexit labour shortages

Brexit is the greatest policy challenge facing UK farmers at present, with continued uncertainty about access to the single market and huge concerns about access to workers from EU Member...

‘Bio-fortification’ of crops can meet global nutrition demand

The food supply chain will need to adopt advanced technologies – such as “bio-fortification of crops” – if the world is to meet the huge nutritional challenges it faces in...

Food Crime Unit launches confidential hotline

A confidential food crime hotline has been launched by the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), which it hoped would encourage industry insiders to report offences.

Food park could create 1k jobs

Up to 1,000 food and drink jobs could be created in Pembrokeshire, after plans were unveiled for a new food park.

Food Matters Live – in tweets

New product development, obesity and the future of nutrition dominated discussions at this year’s Food Matters Live event at the ExCel, London. 

Innova’s Top 10 food and drink trends for 2017

Clean and clear labelling and the benefits of plants in new product development lead analyst Innova Market Insights’ top 10 food and drink trends for 2017.

Arson attack causes food factory blaze

A blaze at a food processing plant has been confirmed as an arson attack by West Yorkshire Police.

Potato firm fined £3,000 for pest control failures

Potato processing firm Glenview Foods was fined £3,000 on November 9, after pleading guilty to six food safety offences last week, including failing to properly clean its facility and conduct pest control.