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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.

Greencore invests in new product development

Greencore is investing in longer shelf-life products to boost efficiency and cut waste and hot snacks to meet continued growth in demand for food-to-go, according to chief financial officer Alan...

Morrisons’ boss David Potts seeks Sir Ken’s advice

Morrisons’ ceo David Potts has enlisted the help of the store’s former boss Sir Ken Morrison in his bid to revive the fortunes of the beleaguered retailer.  

Good Week, Bad Week

Profits, investment and acquisitions lead week’s top news

A boost in profits for Bakkavor, a multi-million pound investment in manufacturing by United Biscuits and two acquisitions lead this week’s Good Week/ Bad Week.

Potato blanching equipment sparked product recall

The failure of a potato blanching machine caused the contamination of one of Swancote Foods’s potato products with small bits of metal, prompting the recall of several retail own-label lines....

Bakkavor’s focus on UK, US and Asia ‘working well’

Bakkavor’s strategy of focusing on the UK, US and Asia is “working well”, according to the firm’s first-quarter results for the 13 weeks to March 28, which revealed revenue up...

Green revolution for veg processing

Better use of precious raw material resources during food processing are the main expected outcome of a euro 6M pan-European research project which comes to an end in October.

Food firm to pay £205k for fatal electrocution

Fresh produce manufacturing company Natures Way Foods has been ordered to pay more than £205,403, after one of its workers suffered a fatal electrocution.

APS Group snaps up Wight Salads

APS Group’s acquisition of Wight Salads Limited (WSL) from Vitacress will enable it to become the UK’s largest grower and seller of British tomatoes, it has claimed.

Morrisons’ boss to exploit ‘unique attributes’ as sales slide

Morrisons’ boss David Potts has pledged to exploit the retailer’s “unique attributes”, as the retailer’s first-quarter trading results revealed like-for-like (LFL) sales down nearly 3%.

Sainsbury’s first loss in 10 years after property write down

Sainsbury has posted a loss of £72M – its first loss in 10 years – after writing down £620M of its property assets in full-year results to March 14.

Sainsbury boss jail appeal hearing date set

Sainsbury boss Mike Coupe’s appeal hearing in an Egyptian court against his two-year jail sentence has been postponed until Thursday May 21, as the retailer revealed its first loss in...

Jail threat now for Sainsbury’s ex boss Justin King

Sainsbury’s former boss Justin King now faces the threat of imprisonment in an Egyptian jail, after it emerged earlier this week that current chief executive Mike Coupe was sentenced to...

News in brief

Waitrose boasts ready meals growth

Ready meals and food-to-go sales soared at Waitrose last week, with Bigham’s and Waitrose own-label Traditional British lines achieving strong sales growth.

Unite: Bakkavor firm’s redundancy pay ‘insulting’

Trades union Unite has attacked Yorkshire Fresh Fruits (YFF) for offering an ‘insulting’ £50 on top of statutory redundancy pay for hourly paid workers when it closes in June.

Tesco posts its worst ever pre-tax loss of £6.4bn

Tesco has posted a pre-tax loss of £6.38bn for its financial year to the end of February – the worst result in its 96-year history.

Food suppliers ‘devastated’ by supermarket price war

Supermarket price war continues to “devastate” small-scale food and drink suppliers, as they fight a David and Goliath style battle with the big retailers, warns business recovery specialist Begbies Traynor....

Rise of natural fruit pieces

Sales of natural fruit pieces for use in confectionery products are on the rise, as some firms report annual purchase increases of almost 8%.

Retailers call for collective action to stamp out migrant worker exploitation

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has called for more concerted action between fresh produce suppliers overseas and governments both at home and abroad to stamp out abuse of migrant workers,...

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Fresh produce plasma bug blaster set for next step

A plasma project to kill germs on fresh vegetables is poised to start trials suitable for commercial applications later this month, according to a leading researcher on the programme.

Too much fat in Danes's diet

The Danish have increased their intake of fish and vegetables and reduced their consumption of sugary soft drinks, but are still eating too much fat, according to findings from the...

Albert Bartlett buys Heinz Norfolk factory

Potato firm Albert Bartlett has bought Heinz UK’s Aunt Bessie’s potato factory at Westwick in Norfolk, which Heinz announced it proposed to close in October last year, threatening 200 jobs....

News in brief

Illegal gangmaster arrested in Northern Ireland

Police have arrested a Romanian gangmaster suspected of supplying fruit pickers without a licence to farms in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

FIR compliance ‘costs more than firms predicted’

Many food manufacturers are spending more than they intended on complying with the new EU labelling rules, set out in the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIR), after details about...

Good Week, Bad Week

Heinz Kraft merger is top headline of the week

The Heinz Kraft $100bn mega merger leads our Good week, bad week selection of top food and drink industry headlines of the past seven days.

Five top Morrisons executives exit in board shakeup

Morrisons boss David Potts has revealed five board members are to leave the retailer in a management shakeup designed to “speed up” the business.