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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.

Lobbying is needed to avert Brexit labour crisis

All sectors of the food industry should be more vocal in lobbying government to address the “urgent” shortage of non-UK EU nationals arising from Brexit, the deputy president of the...

Industry survey

Food Manufacture survey reveals Brexit fears

Food and drink manufacturers are even more concerned than last year about the impact that Brexit will have on their businesses.

UK is ‘unprepared for Food Brexit and risks chaos’

UK food policy risks descending into chaos because the government has failed to prepare for Brexit, a report warns.

Amazon expands into grocery stores

Amazon’s plans to acquire US organic retailer Whole Foods Market in a £10.8bn ($13.7bn) deal announced last month, has sent shockwaves through the grocery sector as it foreshadows further expansion...

Reports from IFT17

IFT show highlights food science communication

The passion to communicate food science more effectively characterised the Institute of Food Technology’s (IFT’s) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Las Vegas last month, according to the organisation’s immediate...

McCain wins approval for £100M factory expansion

Potato processor McCain Foods has won approval to expand its Scarborough factory, as part of a £100M investment into its operations.

Sainsbury cuts prices after supplier talks

Sainsbury has “worked with suppliers” to cut its prices lower than the other big four supermarkets, claimed the retailer in its first-quarter trading report.

FoodDrinkEurope elects new president

FoodDrinkEurope, Europe’s food and drink manufacturers’ organisation, has elected Mondelēz vice president Hubert Weber as its new president.

2 Sisters is top-ranked privately owned food firm

2 Sisters Food Group is the top-ranked food or drink firm in this year’s The Sunday Times list of the 100 private companies in the UK with the biggest sales....

Gangmasters’ body gets policing powers

New police-style powers have been given to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to tackle modern slavery and labour exploitation in the agri-food supply chain.

IFT17 exclusive

‘Food science’s top challenge: confirmation bias’

Food science’s top challenge is combating confirmation bias – people’s preference to accept information that confirms their pre-existing views – warns Oscar-nominated film director Scott Hamilton Kennedy.

One-third of foreign workers plan to leave UK

One-third of foreign workers are considering leaving the UK, with highly-skilled EU workers the most likely to leave, revealed a survey from financial consultancy Deloitte.

Local producers gain almost £1M from Co-op scheme

Local businesses in the east of England saw sales rise to £972,050 during the Co-op’s Sourced Locally Fortnight.

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).

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