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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.

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Three charged over illegal people trafficking

Three people have been charged for illegal people trafficking as part of a joint operation between Norfolk Police, Suffolk Police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). 

Boost product life to cut 250,000t of food waste

Boosting product life by just one day could slash food waste in the grocery supply chain by as much as 250,000t, claims a report from the Waste & Resources Action...

What Morrisons’ new boss should do next

In case Morrisons’ new ceo David Potts was looking for inspiration to revive the flagging fortunes of the Bradford-based retailer, an article in The Telegraph has helpfully suggested a to-do...

Organic food rides retail storm to drive growth

Organic food firms are seizing the opportunities offered by online retailers and caterers to drive growth, suppliers attending the launch of the Soil Association’s (SA’s) 2015 Organic Market Report heard....

Meet Morrisons’ new ceo: David Potts

Morrisons has shopped at Tesco to acquire its new ceo David Potts on a salary of £850,000/year plus incentives.

340 jobs at risk in Produce World shake-up

Produce World Group plans to close two factories, threatening up to 340 jobs, although consolidation elsewhere looks set to create other posts.

Discounters dent Fairtrade sales

Rapid growth of the discounters has dented Fairtrade sales, new figures from the foundation have shown.

Up to 445 Bakkavor jobs face axe

Bakkavor’s Yorkshire Fresh Fruit business faces closure after losing a major contract with supermarket chain Asda. 

Dried exotic fruit uptick

Drying exotic fruits such as papayas, lychees, mangos and dragon fruit increases ease of access, as well as allowing them to be produced in a greener and more economic way,...

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Pancake Day can help stamp out food waste

Pancakes should be celebrated for the role they could play in reducing food waste, according to food waste charity Hubbub.

Tesco tight lipped on ‘10,000 job cuts plan’

Tesco is remaining tight lipped about widespread media reports that Britain’s biggest retailer is planning to cut up to 10,000 jobs in a bid to revive its flagging fortunes.

Scotland’s Stirfresh nails £250,000 Aldi deal

Fruit and veg company Stirfresh has signed a contract worth £250,000 annually to supply 58 Aldi stores in Scotland, claiming that clinching the deal was refreshingly easy.

GLA revokes Dudley gangmaster’s licence

A gangmaster has lost her licence after what a judge described as “a serious dereliction of duty” in her treatment of workers picking peas and Brussels sprouts.

Supermarket price war ‘saves shoppers £5/week’

The supermarket price war has saved shoppers up to £5 a week over the past year, according to an independent shopping and comparison website.

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...

Business leaders’ forum

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.

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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.