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Fresh produce

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.

Bakkavor to hire 86 staff in recruitment drive

Prepared foods producer Bakkavor is to hire 86 new staff at its Cucina Sano site in Lincolnshire, as it continues its nationwide recruitment drive that saw 250 vacancies posted last week.

Morrisons probes metal ‘pins’ found in green beans

Morrisons has launched an investigation after two people found metal “pins” in green beans bought from its stores.

Bakkavor to recruit 150 staff at salad facility

Bakkavor is to recruit more than 150 new employees at its salad production business in Dover, as it continues a nationwide recruitment drive.

Election 2017

National debate needed on food and farming policy

Politicians should set out their plans to develop the UK’s £108bn food and drink manufacturing sector ahead of the general election on Thursday June 8, insist industry leaders.

Bakkavor opens multi-million pound water plant

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has opened a multi-million pound water treatment facility at its Cucina Sano site in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Bakkavor to recruit 100 staff at Bourne factory

Bakkavor is to hire 100 new staff at its factory in Bourne, Lincolnshire, as part of its nationwide recruitment programme.

2 Sisters tackles food waste in West Midlands

2 Sisters Food Group has teamed up with food poverty action group FareShare to deliver surplus food to charities in the West Midlands.

Food start-up competition attracts 120 firms

More than 120 global food and agriculture start-up firms are competing for a place at the agribusiness bank Rabobank’s business mentorship scheme competition, Foodbytes. 

Tesco supplier relations ‘better than ever’ as sales rise

Tesco said its supplier partnerships were “as strong as they have ever been”, as it reported a 1.3% rise in UK like-for-like food sales in its full-year results.

Groceries code boss ‘has failed to deliver’

The future of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon and the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) has been put in doubt because so few investigations had been undertaken...

UK imports of easy-to-peel mandarin set to rise

An easy to peel mandarin orange is expected to be more widely available in the UK, after plans were announced to double exports from Israel by 2020.

Prioritise food, urges industry as Brexit triggered

The food and drink sector should receive priority in the forthcoming Brexit talks – which will begin after Article 50 is triggered today – urges a range of industry organisations.

Tesco fined £129M for market abuse

Supermarket giant Tesco’s subsidiary, Tesco Stores Ltd, has agreed to pay a £129M fine in order to avoid prosecution for market abuse, after overstating its profits in 2014.

FSA accepts criticism over food hygiene variations

Warnings about wide discrepancies in food hygiene standards, from the consumer pressure group Which?, have been accepted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

No EU trade deal is worse than a bad deal, claims EEF

Leaving the EU without a trade deal would be worse than the UK accepting a bad deal, claimed EEF, the manufacturing organisation – and any suggestion otherwise was “simply unacceptable...

Welsh food and drink gets £21M boost

Food and drink in Wales is to get a £21M boost, as the Welsh government launches a programme to fund research into food production and safeguard thousands of jobs.

Potato firm appoints administrators as 90 jobs lost

Potato processing firm M&F Ltd has appointed administrators to sell the company’s assets, with the loss of 90 jobs.

Food and Farming Awards’ top seven trends

The BBC Food and Farming Awards identified seven top trends – including a focus on alcoholic drinks and ethnic flavours – based on the hundreds of entries in this year’s awards.

Food firms should buy more British food: NFU

Food manufacturers should buy more British food, urges the National Farmers Union (NFU), after thanking discount retailer Lidl for backing British food and farming.

Fresh food drives £3.7bn growth in groceries

Fresh food saw the largest category growth in the grocery market last year, as consumers spent an extra £3.7bn on fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), according to new research by Nielsen.

BBC Future Food Award finalists revealed

The BBC Future Food Award finalists include an underground urban salad producer, a seaweed producer and a community seed co-operative.

Labour turnover falls again – as workers sit tight

Labour turnover in the British workforce fell to 14% last year – down from 16% in the previous year, according to the latest Annual Labour Turnover data from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Almond milk and avocados top fastest-growing food

Almond milk, avocados and new flavours of water were the three fastest-growing food product categories in 2016, as consumers began to embrace the ‘clean-eating’ trend.

Local authentic British food gets a boost

Local British food and drink has seen a boost in the past year, according to supply chain standards organisation GS1.

Egg firm expansion boosted by £800k investment

An egg producer in North Yorkshire is set for expansion, after receiving an £800,000 investment to grow the business.