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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.

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How Marks & Spencer does lean and green business

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to set out its view of lean and green food and drink manufacturing and evaluation processes in a free, one-hour webinar at 11am on Tuesday...

QV Foods enters consultation over possible job losses

Vegetable supplier QV Foods is to consult staff over the future of 140 jobs at its potato packing site in March, Cambridgeshire.

Nearly 6,000 to claim damages over Morrisons data leak

Nearly 6,000 current and former staff of supermarket chain Morrisons are to pursue a claim for damages against the company.

Tesco returns to profit, after working closely with suppliers

Tesco is back in the black as pre-tax profits hit £162M, in its full-year results, up from the £6.3M deficit on the previous year, as the nation’s biggest retailer pledged...

M&S boss wins backing despite food sales ‘below expectations’

City analysts have backed the new boss at Marks & Spencer (M&S), Steve Rowe, after the company unveiled food sales below analysts’ expectations.  

Food deflation persists in UK despite rises elsewhere

Food deflation remains a persistent feature of the UK economy, despite the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing headline inflation up 0.5% in March.

Sainsbury slams union claims of 850 job losses

Sainsbury has rejected claims from Unite the union that it plans to axe up to 850 jobs, days after spending £1.4bn to buy Argos owner, the Home Retail Group.

National Living Wage: Today’s the day

Food and drink manufacturers, alongside other businesses nationwide, are steeling themselves for the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) from today.

Business bosses slam government’s ‘skills charge’

Business bosses have slammed government plans to charge an annual fee of £1,000 for every skilled worker hired to work in the UK from non-EU countries.

Labour shortage threatens fruit and veg supply

A lack of seasonal labour is threatening the harvest of UK fruit and vegetables, after one in three growers admitted to struggling to source workers, according to the National Farmers...

Co-op and Unite agree deal to end strike action

Talks between Co-op and Unite with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), have come to an agreement which will suspend industrial action, pending the outcome of a ballot.

‘Smelly’ criminal links cost gangmasters’ licence

A Lincolnshire couple have been stripped of their licence issued by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) by an appeal judge, who ruled their financial dealings with a known criminal gangmaster were “smelly”....

Food manufacturers cause ‘bulk of food waste’

The food manufacturing sector is responsible for the bulk of edible food that is wasted in the UK, according to a leading food charity.

Morrisons’ food manufacturing: asset or liability?

The business benefits of Morrisons’ food manufacturing capacity has divided industry commentators, after ceo David Potts highlighted the firm’s role as “food maker and shopkeeper” in full-year results last week....


Brexit could spark a ‘food factory crisis’

Leaving the EU could spark a “food factory crisis”, according to new research on the consequences of a British exit, or Brexit, from the EU, from the Food Research Collaboration (FRC)....

Morrisons’ sales fall, as boss highlights ‘food maker’ role

Morrisons has revealed falling like-for-like sales and profit, in full-year results to the end of January, as ceo David Potts highlighted the retailer’s role as “a food maker”.

Morrisons faces legal action from 5k staff

Morrisons staff wishing to join more than 5,000 of their colleagues in a claim for damages against the company must act now a lawyer has warned.

Morrisons regains listing on exclusive FTSE 100

Morrisons has regained its listing on the exclusive FTSE 100 group of companies, after a boost to its share price arising from improved trading and the announcement of its partnership...

News in brief

Sealer launched for very large trays

Heat sealing specialist Proseal has introduced a new tray sealer specifically designed to handle very large food trays. The GT5exSD can seal trays up to 400mm wide, making it ideal...

Morrisons’ boss ‘has moved mountains’ in a year

Morrisons’ boss David Potts “has moved mountains” in the year he has served as ceo of the Bradford based retailer, says City analyst Shore Capital.

Soil nutrition crop trial boosts carrot yields by 20%

Carrot growers could boost their marketable yields by almost 20% if they adopted a more comprehensive understanding of soil nutrition, a crop trial specialist has found.

Bagging machine accident costs salad firm £61k

A salad manufacturing firm has been ordered to pay more than £61,000, after one of its workers lost the tips of two fingers in a bagging machine accident.

Brits have broader food tastes than ever, study finds

A significant majority of UK consumers believe they have more cosmopolitan food tastes than ever, according to research by Foods from Spain.

Morrisons uses food manufacturing to cut prices

Morrisons is to harness the power of its food manufacturing capability to cut prices even further, as it battles the limited range discounters Aldi and Lidl and the other big...

Tesco apologises for grocery code abuses – again

Tesco boss Dave Lewis has apologised for a second time to suppliers, after the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) ruled Britain’s biggest retailer had breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice...

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