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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.

Sainsbury may be starting ‘to lag in supermarket price war’

Sainsbury may be lagging behind in the supermarket price war, according to one analyst, after the retailer posted its second consecutive quarter of falling sales, which the retailer blamed on...

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Plant protein shown to boost life expectancy

Replacing meat with plant-based sources of protein significantly increases life expectancy, according to a decades-long study in the US.

Morrisons’ boss thanks ‘food makers’, as profits rise

Morrisons’ chief executive David Potts has thanked the retailer’s “food makers”, after the business reported rising like-for-like sales and profits in first-half results posted yesterday (September 15).

Fyffes seals mushroom acquisition

Banana producer and distributor Fyffes has expanded its operations in Canada, after acquiring its second mushroom business in British Columbia.

Marks & Spencer to slash over 500 head office jobs

Marks & Spencer (M&S) plans to cut 525 head office jobs, after a review of its management structure and operations.

Neonicotinoids in rape linked to bee decline

Research that links neonicotinoid seed treated oilseed rape crops with the long-term population decline of wild bee species has further raised concerns about insecticide use, scientists have suggested.

Support for farmers post Brexit should be reviewed, says PTF

The new boss of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has questioned the viability of continuing to support farmers with subsidies following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Chairman appointed at Noble Foods Group

Egg processor Noble Foods Group – which also owns the premium dessert brand Gü – has appointed John Gildersleeve as its new chairman.

London chefs call for polystyrene packaging ban

London’s top chefs have called for a ban on polystyrene packaging in an open letter to mayor Sadiq Khan, citing environmental and health concerns.

Waitrose and Fairtrade Foundation support The Great Fruit Adventure

Two leading charitable food foundations have given their backing to a new initiative designed to raise awareness in the UK of the importance of fruit and vegetables and where it...

Government action needed to protect food trucks through Calais

A “united, cohesive plan” is needed to protect drivers, vehicles and food products at the Port of Calais, according to a leading trade body.

UK farming report slammed by National Farmers Union

Policy pressure group Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) was criticised for not considering food security in its paper, ‘New model farming: resilience through diversity’, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU)....

Potato recall costs manufacturer nearly £600k

Ready meal and potato salad recalls cost manufacturer Swancote Foods nearly £600,000, according to owner Produce Investments.

E.coli food chain probe continues as outbreak is declared over

Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to investigate the source of the latest E.coli outbreak that killed two and infected 161 people after declaring the outbreak was over. 

Morrisons sells stake in US online food retailer for £45M

Morrisons has sold its 10% stake in US online food retailer Fresh Direct for £45M.

Manufacturing oscars

Personality candidates battle for manufacturing Oscar

Six food and drink industry leaders are battling it out for the coveted title Food Manufacture Personality of the Year. So, who will you vote for?

Corrugated paper fights plastic for fresh produce share

Some large UK retailers are failing to demonstrate the environmental benefits commonly attributed to plastic returnable transit packaging (RTP) when used for fresh produce, instead preferring it for reasons of...

Lorry ‘slashed’, as Calais transport crisis deepens

The migrant threat to freight lorries at Calais is intensifying, with lorry roofs recently being slashed by stowaways trying to escape from queuing vehicles, warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Food firms ‘named and shamed’ for low pay

Food firms appeared on a list of nearly 200 businesses “named and shamed” for failing to pay the minimum wage to their staff.

The Big Interview

The Black Farmer: Brand of Plenty

Having survived cancer, The Black Farmer is on a mission to boost sales, reports Noli Dinkovski.

‘Bright’ outlook for frozen food manufacturers

Frozen food manufacturing products are set to rise in popularity, based on consumers’ preference for less waste and higher nutrient value, according to a report from the British Frozen Food...

Lorry driver threatened with chainsaw in Calais

A truck driver was threatened with a chainsaw and a lorry carrying fruit and vegetables set on fire during a night of violence in Calais on July 29, highlighting the...

Gangmaster loses licence for ‘skimming’ pay

A Shropshire-based fresh produce recruitment agency has been stripped of its licence for systematically ‘skimming’ workers’ pay, resulting in employees receiving less than the national minimum wage.

Runny eggs safer than thought: new research

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) could change its advice on eating raw and runny eggs, after a report identified a big reduction in the risk of salmonella from UK hens’...

Waste recycling warning for celebrity TV campaigner

A leading trade association has warned about the environmental burden of recycling, as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s hit TV show – Hugh’s War on Waste – is set to reignite demands for more package recycling....