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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.

London chefs call for polystyrene packaging ban

London’s top chefs have called for a ban on polystyrene packaging in an open letter to mayor Sadiq Khan, citing environmental and health concerns.

Waitrose and Fairtrade Foundation support The Great Fruit Adventure

Two leading charitable food foundations have given their backing to a new initiative designed to raise awareness in the UK of the importance of fruit and vegetables and where it...

Government action needed to protect food trucks through Calais

A “united, cohesive plan” is needed to protect drivers, vehicles and food products at the Port of Calais, according to a leading trade body.

UK farming report slammed by National Farmers Union

Policy pressure group Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) was criticised for not considering food security in its paper, ‘New model farming: resilience through diversity’, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU)....

Potato recall costs manufacturer nearly £600k

Ready meal and potato salad recalls cost manufacturer Swancote Foods nearly £600,000, according to owner Produce Investments.

E.coli food chain probe continues as outbreak is declared over

Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to investigate the source of the latest E.coli outbreak that killed two and infected 161 people after declaring the outbreak was over. 

Morrisons sells stake in US online food retailer for £45M

Morrisons has sold its 10% stake in US online food retailer Fresh Direct for £45M.

Manufacturing oscars

Personality candidates battle for manufacturing Oscar

Six food and drink industry leaders are battling it out for the coveted title Food Manufacture Personality of the Year. So, who will you vote for?

Corrugated paper fights plastic for fresh produce share

Some large UK retailers are failing to demonstrate the environmental benefits commonly attributed to plastic returnable transit packaging (RTP) when used for fresh produce, instead preferring it for reasons of...

Lorry ‘slashed’, as Calais transport crisis deepens

The migrant threat to freight lorries at Calais is intensifying, with lorry roofs recently being slashed by stowaways trying to escape from queuing vehicles, warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Food firms ‘named and shamed’ for low pay

Food firms appeared on a list of nearly 200 businesses “named and shamed” for failing to pay the minimum wage to their staff.

The Big Interview

The Black Farmer: Brand of Plenty

Having survived cancer, The Black Farmer is on a mission to boost sales, reports Noli Dinkovski.

‘Bright’ outlook for frozen food manufacturers

Frozen food manufacturing products are set to rise in popularity, based on consumers’ preference for less waste and higher nutrient value, according to a report from the British Frozen Food...

Lorry driver threatened with chainsaw in Calais

A truck driver was threatened with a chainsaw and a lorry carrying fruit and vegetables set on fire during a night of violence in Calais on July 29, highlighting the...

Gangmaster loses licence for ‘skimming’ pay

A Shropshire-based fresh produce recruitment agency has been stripped of its licence for systematically ‘skimming’ workers’ pay, resulting in employees receiving less than the national minimum wage.

Runny eggs safer than thought: new research

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) could change its advice on eating raw and runny eggs, after a report identified a big reduction in the risk of salmonella from UK hens’...

Waste recycling warning for celebrity TV campaigner

A leading trade association has warned about the environmental burden of recycling, as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s hit TV show – Hugh’s War on Waste – is set to reignite demands for more package recycling....

Fatal E.coli outbreak probe focuses on wholesale

The investigation into the fatal E.coli outbreak linked to mixed salad leaves is focusing on wholesale and not retail, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed. 

Fruit and veg to rot without migrant labour warning

Fruit and vegetable crops could be left to rot in the field and production in food processing sites, poultry sheds and veg packhouses threatened if restrictive migration controls deny farmers...

Food supply chain probe to track fatal E.coli

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is investigating the food supply chain – including food manufacturers – to track down the source of the latest fatal E.coli outbreak. 

Government ‘fails to back UK food’: Greencore boss

Government is failing to recognise the importance of food and drink manufacturing to the UK economy and is not providing the support it needs to grow both domestically and in...

Top six fastest growing food manufacturers

2 Sisters Food Group is Britain’s fastest growing private food and drink business, according to The Top Track 100 compiled by The Sunday Times.

Brexit impact

Brexit to change food buying habits: Nielsen

Consumers fear food prices will rise after Brexit and plan to change their buying habits accordingly, reveals new research from Nielsen. 

Dry tomato pulp to debut at world's top ingredients show

A dry tomato pulp (DTP) that retains its colour when used in prepared foods is one of the new ingredients on show at this year’s IFT Annual Meeting & Food...

News in brief

Grocery think-tank IGD appoints vice-president

Coca-Cola European Partners Great Britain’s vice-president Leendert den Hollander has been appointed vice-president of grocery think-tank IGD with immediate effect.