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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.

Oil price falls to cut food production costs

Food manufacturers will benefit from lower production and distribution costs as the tumbling price of oil drives down global food prices, according to a new report from multi-national banking group...

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Business forum gave access to top food execs

Unrivalled access to top food and drink manufacturing executives was the top reason singled out by the sponsors of the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum for backing the event....

Business Leaders’ Forum

Supermarket price wars in focus at business forum

The impact of the supermarket price war on food and drink manufacturers, politics and the prospect of a food tax all featured in Paul Wilkinson’s summary of 2014 at the Business...

Morrisons boss Dalton Philips to quit as sales fall

Morrisons boss Dalton Philips is to quit the business, as the retailer announced falling festive sales and the decision to close 10 unprofitable stores.

Stinging HGV crisis to hit supermarkets

Food firms are set to feel the sting of the worsening road haulage crisis, as industry leaders call for more action to stem the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver shortage.

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UKIP spokesman speaks up for migrant workers

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has acknowledged the contribution of migrant workers to the food industry, while its agriculture spokesman revealed how his poultry business relied on a contractor staffed...

Tesco reveals sales fall and big cost-cutting plan

Tesco has unveiled another fall in like-for-like sales (LFL) and a major cost-cutting programme, including the closure of 43 stores, in financial results covering the 19 weeks to January 3.

News in brief

Late spurt for Christmas supermarket sales

Supermarket grocery sales recovered in the fortnight up to and including Boxing Day after a lacklustre performance before that, according to Information Resources International (IRI).

Asda boss warns of another tough year for supermarkets

British supermarkets face another tough year forcing some to consolidate, the boss of Asda Andy Clarke has predicted in two separate interviews.

Tesco finances face new probe

Troubled supermarket giant Tesco faces a fresh probe into its accounts by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

HGV driver shortage could cripple food industry

Supermarkets have denied claims a shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers could cripple the perishable food and drink industry.

Sainsbury agrees gangmaster partnership with GLA

Sainsbury has joined forces with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) in a bid to prevent labour exploitation, in the same week that two men were convicted of exploiting migrant food...

More Britons eat up their fresh fruit and veg: Mintel

British consumers are eating more fruit and vegetables and becoming increasingly critical of retailers who waste food, reveals new research by Mintel.

Sprouts and mince pies hit in pre-Christmas sales

A slowdown in pre-Christmas food sales in traditional grocery retailers has hit Brussels sprouts and mince pies the hardest, according to data analyst Information Resources (IRI).

Tesco issues yet another profit warning

Troubled supermarket giant Tesco has posted another profit warning, declaring that its full-year results will be significantly below expectations. 

‘Join together’ to solve hunger, food firms told

Food Manufacturers have been urged to join retailers and others in a bid to cut food waste, as part of a plan to create a national network of food banks.

Co-op’s £1.5bn pledge supports British food firms

Further evidence of shoppers’ growing preference for British-produced food came last week in the form of a £1.5bn pledge to UK farmers from the Co-operative.

Produce World cuts 33 Scottish jobs to defend profits

Produce World has announced 33 redundancies amid plans to shift organic root vegetable packing from Forres in Scotland to Yaxley, near Peterborough – closer to the bulk of its organic produce activities.

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FMEAs 2014 video highlights

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing, last month (Thursday November 20).

Egg producer cracks supermarket deal following investment

Egg producer Blackdown Hills Westcountry Eggs has boosted output and production performance following a multi-million pound investment.

Food and drink industry people on the move

The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) appointment of a new president and an acting director general lead this month’s selection of the latest appointments in the food and drink industry....

Greenvale’s Swancote ups output by 60%

A £2M investment is set to boost Greenvale’s Swancote potato processing site’s output further, following an increase by more than 60% in the past five years.

EU Protected food names: interactive map

Dundee Cake looks set to become the next food product to receive Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status after Scotland’s food secretary Richard Lochhead launched a national consultation to consider the...

Aldi to create 35,000 jobs in £600M expansion

Discount store Aldi has pledged to create 35,000 new UK jobs over the next eight years in a £600M expansion that will boost its store numbers to 1,000.

Sainsbury suffers from ‘unstoppable growth’ of discounters

Sainsbury’s falling profits and sales – revealed in first-half results for its 2015 financial year – show the pressure exerted by hard discounters Aldi and Lidl, according to retail and city analysts.

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