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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.

Food industry people on the move – update

Top appointments at Seabrook Crisps, 2 Sisters Food Group and the Chilled Food Association lead our updated collection of the latest appointments in the food and drink industry.

Morrisons boss ‘takes charge of recovery’

Morrisons boss David Potts has firmly taken charge of the business, introducing key changes to put the retailer firmly back on the road to recovery, according to City analyst Shore...

Calais chaos: ‘Consider bringing in the troops’: FTA

The government should consider enlisting the British Army to end the traffic chaos on this side of the Channel, which is costing the freight industry millions and causing misery for...

Morrisons adds to top team with another Tesco exec

Morrisons boss David Potts has continued to rebuild the retailer’s senior management team, after the exit of more than half the previous board, with the appointment of former Tesco executive...

News in brief

Tesco worker finds cocaine in bananas

Tesco has been forced to launch an investigation after a worker found £1M worth of cocaine in a box of bananas at one of its Berkshire stores.

Morrisons should make more of food manufacturing

Morrisons has been advised to make more of its food manufacturing links by a business recovery specialist, who warned retailers could ditch their suppliers after diversifying into food production.

Travel chaos costs freight industry £0.75M a day

Travel chaos caused on both sides of the channel by striking French ferry workers is costing the UK freight industry £750,000 a day, as another fatal trans-channel accident was reported...

How retailers could ‘cut out’ food manufacturers

Food manufacturers could face “a nightmare scenario” of being ditched by retailers, after supermarkets acquire their own manufacturing facilities.

New hi-tech answer to migrants in trucks

A new portable device designed to detect stowaways in trucks transporting vegetables, fruit and other goods has been launched by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), as the FTA Ireland urges...

Amazon Fresh launch ‘could be trouble for Ocado’

The long-awaited launch of Amazon Fresh in the UK is imminent and could spell trouble for Ocado, a specialist in online retail and logistics has claimed.

Food suppliers warned price slashing ‘here to stay’

Food suppliers have been warned the retail landscape is set grow “even bleaker” and price slashing is “here to stay”, in a new report from a business recovery specialist....

Supermarket pricing tactics ‘misleading’, says CMA

The competition watchdog has ruled that some supermarkets have misled consumers in pricing, just a day after the German discounter Aldi pledged not to force manufacturers to fund its promotions.

Aldi pledges to ‘change face of retailer and supplier relations’

Aldi’s pledges to UK growers “could change the face of retailer and supplier relations in this country”, claims the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Top retailers should exploit food strengths

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrisons must make more of what they do best with food and drink in their fight back against the discounters Aldi and Lidl, a leading analyst...

Calais migrant death highlights need to end transport chaos

The death of migrant while trying to board a freight shuttle to Britain has prompted the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to write to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to...

Supply Chain and Logistics Newsletter launched

A new free monthly Supply Chain and Logistics Newsletter has been launched by the Food Manufacture Group.

Transport chaos in Calais ‘must end now’: FTA

The French government must act urgently to end the transport chaos in the port of Calais caused by striking French ferry workers, warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA), as further...

Drives handle harsh celery processing conditions

East Anglian manufacturer of automation equipment for handling and processing fresh produce, Ambit Projects, has been working with Nord Drivesystems' UK subsidiary on machines specifically designed for hostile and high...

Airport report: ‘get diggers in ground at Heathrow’

Heathrow is the preferred option recommended by the long-awaited final Airports Commission report – leading one business leaders’ organisation to conclude: “get the diggers in the ground at Heathrow swiftly”.

Veg gangmaster pair jailed for illegal £1.6M business

A Lithuanian couple who built an illegal £1.6M gangmaster business “based on fraud, lies and deception” – involving the supply of labour for field scale vegetable crops – has been jailed....

Tesco’s shareholders are ‘on the warpath’

Tesco’s shareholders are “on the war path” and ceo David Lewis’s bonus could be an early scalp, claims a business recovery specialist.

Big four’s market share ‘gone for good’: analyst

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrisons will never recover the market share they have lost to the discounters Aldi and Lidl, because they remain “too big and too slow” to react...

Food supply chain needs protection in Calais crisis

Food manufacturers should protect their supply chains from the “warzone” created by the strike action and illegal migrant crisis unfolding at the port of Calais, warns a leading risk management consultant....

Millions of pounds of food wasted by Calais crisis

Millions of pounds worth of food is being wasted and the whole UK supply chain threatened by the migrant crisis is Calais – which has become like a “warzone” – warns the...

People on the move in the food industry

The creation of a new md role for Burton’s Biscuit Company’s UK & Ireland business leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry....