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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.

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....

Conservatives may consider privatising the AHDB

The future of the agriculture levy boards, which form part of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB,) in public hands could be in doubt following the suggestion by a...

Aldi and Lidl on a path to destruction?

Discounters Aldi and Lidl could be on a path to destruction, potentially becoming “the person they tried to beat”, if their growth is mismanaged, leading city analysts have warned.

People on the move in the food industry

Former Dairy Crest md Martyn Wilks’s appointment at Hovis leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Greencore invests in new product development

Greencore is investing in longer shelf-life products to boost efficiency and cut waste and hot snacks to meet continued growth in demand for food-to-go, according to chief financial officer Alan...

Morrisons’ boss David Potts seeks Sir Ken’s advice

Morrisons’ ceo David Potts has enlisted the help of the store’s former boss Sir Ken Morrison in his bid to revive the fortunes of the beleaguered retailer.  

Good Week, Bad Week

Profits, investment and acquisitions lead week’s top news

A boost in profits for Bakkavor, a multi-million pound investment in manufacturing by United Biscuits and two acquisitions lead this week’s Good Week/ Bad Week.

Potato blanching equipment sparked product recall

The failure of a potato blanching machine caused the contamination of one of Swancote Foods’s potato products with small bits of metal, prompting the recall of several retail own-label lines....

Bakkavor’s focus on UK, US and Asia ‘working well’

Bakkavor’s strategy of focusing on the UK, US and Asia is “working well”, according to the firm’s first-quarter results for the 13 weeks to March 28, which revealed revenue up...

Green revolution for veg processing

Better use of precious raw material resources during food processing are the main expected outcome of a euro 6M pan-European research project which comes to an end in October.

Food firm to pay £205k for fatal electrocution

Fresh produce manufacturing company Natures Way Foods has been ordered to pay more than £205,403, after one of its workers suffered a fatal electrocution.

APS Group snaps up Wight Salads

APS Group’s acquisition of Wight Salads Limited (WSL) from Vitacress will enable it to become the UK’s largest grower and seller of British tomatoes, it has claimed.

Morrisons’ boss to exploit ‘unique attributes’ as sales slide

Morrisons’ boss David Potts has pledged to exploit the retailer’s “unique attributes”, as the retailer’s first-quarter trading results revealed like-for-like (LFL) sales down nearly 3%.

Sainsbury’s first loss in 10 years after property write down

Sainsbury has posted a loss of £72M – its first loss in 10 years – after writing down £620M of its property assets in full-year results to March 14.

Sainsbury boss jail appeal hearing date set

Sainsbury boss Mike Coupe’s appeal hearing in an Egyptian court against his two-year jail sentence has been postponed until Thursday May 21, as the retailer revealed its first loss in...

Jail threat now for Sainsbury’s ex boss Justin King

Sainsbury’s former boss Justin King now faces the threat of imprisonment in an Egyptian jail, after it emerged earlier this week that current chief executive Mike Coupe was sentenced to...

News in brief

Waitrose boasts ready meals growth

Ready meals and food-to-go sales soared at Waitrose last week, with Bigham’s and Waitrose own-label Traditional British lines achieving strong sales growth.

Unite: Bakkavor firm’s redundancy pay ‘insulting’

Trades union Unite has attacked Yorkshire Fresh Fruits (YFF) for offering an ‘insulting’ £50 on top of statutory redundancy pay for hourly paid workers when it closes in June.

Tesco posts its worst ever pre-tax loss of £6.4bn

Tesco has posted a pre-tax loss of £6.38bn for its financial year to the end of February – the worst result in its 96-year history.