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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.

‘Secret’ vegetarian sausages fail to impress Dragons

A mum turned food entrepreneur failed to impress investors with her range of vegetarian sausages on hit TV show Dragons’ Den last night.

Morrisons could face huge bill if c-stores sold

Morrisons could face a multi-million pound bill if the retailer tries to offload its M local convenience stores (c-stores), according to recent media reports.

GM crops ban would undermine Scotland’s food industry, groups warn

A ban on genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland would seriously undermine the nation’s food and drink industry, warn nearly 30 leading organisations.

Asda sales slump despite ‘not doing much wrong’

Asda has not “done much wrong”, despite posting its worst sales performance in its 50-year history, according to leading City analyst Shore Capital.

Bakkavor backs innovation and … unusual veg

Bakkavor has unveiled a showcase of unusual vegetable varieties to be included in its products, a week after a University scientist stressed the company’s commitment to vegetable innovation.

Morrisons said to be close to convenience store sale

Morrisons is close to agreeing the sale of its M-Local convenience stores to investment group Greybull Capital, according to press reports, as Shore Capital warned the supermarkets’ convenience business had “reached...

Amazon Fresh UK launch: the flaws

Amazon’s plan to dominate fresh food delivery in the UK could be flawed if it follows its US model too closely, a leading food chain consultant has warned.

Amazon’s fresh food launch powers ahead

Amazon is fitting out a former Tesco warehouse in Weybridge, Surrey, amid speculation that it could launch its UK fresh food delivery service as early as next month.

Aldi makes Olympic effort to support British food

British produce is set to get a sharp boost after Aldi announced its partnership with the Olympics team GB, weeks after the German discounter pledged to ‘change the face of...

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Suspected arson attack ravages wholesale market

An enormous fire at the country’s largest wholesale food market is being investigated as arson, it has emerged.

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...

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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...