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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.

Seasonal workers at critically low level, warns NFU

Harvests could fail and food prices would increase if the industry loses access to EU seasonal workers, warned the National Farmers Union (NFU) and trade body British Summer Fruits, after...

Pesticide regulation talks threaten UK food supply chain

Poor EU decision making about the future of crop protection products could jeopardise the UK’s supply of cost-effectively produced food and cost farmers more than £1bn, warned the National Farmers...

Nim’s Fruit Crisps signs new supply deal

Nim’s Fruit Crisps has signed a deal with snacks distributor Handmade Speciality Products to distribute its apple, pear, pineapple, and beetroot and parsnip crisps to the education and healthcare sectors,...

Vegetable sushi wins student innovation prize

Students from the University of Reading have won the UK leg of this year’s Ecotrophelia Awards – the pan-European competition for ecologically inspired innovative new product development (NPD) – in...

New £25M rapeseed plant to create 30 jobs

More than 30 jobs are to be created at a new £25M rapeseed processing plant near Stratford-upon-Avon.

Green diet demand met by bespoke vegetable batters

A UK-based ingredients firm has tapped into the trend for ‘greener’ diets by developing a bespoke range of batters for deep-fried vegetable snacks.

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...

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