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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.

Marks & Spencer’s profits dip as food sales fall

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) £312.4M fall in profits in the year ending April 1 2017 exceeded market expectations, according to market analysts, as like-for-like food sales for the retailer fell....

Fresh produce fears ‘growing’ after dry winter

Worries about the impact of dry weather on the nation’s fruit and vegetable crops, and livestock production, have been voiced by farmers, after one of the driest winters in 20 years....

Salad firm fined £120k for worker’s serious injury

An Essex salad growing company has been fined £120,000, after an employee was seriously injured by a chainsaw while felling trees.

Fyffes suspended from Ethical Trading Initiative

Fyffes has been suspended from the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) with immediate effect, after an investigation into union claims of workers’ rights abuses in its supply chain.

New Red Tractor boss is Jim Moseley

Red Tractor Assurance has appointed former Food and Drink Federation president and interim director general and Mizkan Euro md, Jim Moseley as its new chief executive.

Food science gets the big screen film treatment

Food science takes centre stage in a new documentary film, funded by the US-based Institute of Food Technology (IFT), which received its UK premiere in London on Tuesday (May 3).

Mash Direct wins new Asda contract

Mash Direct has won a new contract with Asda to supply the retailer with five new products.

Weighing spotlight

Automation of leek packing reduces manual handling

Pre-packed salad and vegetable packhouses across the UK – including leek suppliers – often use fixed weight weighing systems to minimise giveaway and waste.

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.

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.

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 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.

EU plans total ban on ‘bee-killing’ pesticides

The EU’s pesticide regulation – which could include a blanket ban on the insecticides feared to kill bees – is flawed, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

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.

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