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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.

‘Pitiful’ Tesco pay offer may spark Christmas strikes

Tesco has slammed Unite the union’s claims that it has made “a pitiful pay offer”, which could lead 700 drivers and warehouse staff striking ahead of key Christmas trading....

Don’t overlook our industry: Young Talent winner

Young people shouldn’t overlook the food industry as it can offer many job roles and quick progression, according to the winner of the Food Manufacturing Excellence Award (FMEA) for Young...

Sainsbury profit slump ‘shows food industry challenge’

Sainsbury’s 17.9% slump in underlying pre-tax half year profits to £308M reveals the challenges facing the whole food industry, according to a leading retail analyst.

Fresh produce supply chain in ‘battlefield’ warning

The fresh produce supply chain is “a battleground” and growers may be forced to cut the amount they produce, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned.

Morrisons’ sales fall – again

Morrisons sales continue to slide – with like-for-like sales, excluding fuel falling by 2.6%, blamed partly on a reduction in promotional vouchers – in third-quarter results posted this week.

Morrisons donates all unwanted food to charity

Morrisons has promised to give all unwanted edible food to charity, in the first pledge of its kind by a leading British supermarket.

Fresh produce packer Elision opens second site

Fresh produce packer Elision UK has more than doubled its site capacity by opening a second facility.

Migrant workers ‘abused’ at apple packing plant

Migrant workers, mainly from Romania, endure high-pressure work conditions and stay in “appalling” accommodation at an apple packing plant in Kent, Channel 4 News has claimed.

Morrisons enlists for armed forces support

Morrisons has signed a pledge to support Britain’s armed forces community.

‘Damaged supply chain’ biggest loser in price war

The UK’s “damaged food supply chain” has proved the biggest casualty of supermarket price war, warns business recovery specialist Begbies Traynor, as it notes stability returning to the struggling UK grocery sector...

Listeria can infect toffee apples

Toffee apples can become contaminated with the potentially deadly food poisoning bug Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), according to the latest research.

Tesco posts 55% slump in first-half profit

Tesco has posted a 55% slump in first-half underlying profit to £354M from £779M last year, the day after its boss Dave Lewis pledged to standardise payments to its suppliers.

Potato gangmaster loses licence over dangerous van

A gangmaster has lost her licence after underpaid workers were taken in a “dangerous” van to farms where they graded potatoes and picked daffodils.

David Berryman moves into new premises following fire

A food company that was able to supply customers just two days after its factory burned to the ground will be moving into modern new premises this month.

Labour conference: food policy remains unclear

Labour needs more time to develop its food policy, while industry should respect the vegan convictions of the new shadow environment secretary, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Good Week, Bad Week

Salad fire, 2 Sisters and Finsbury top week’s news

A blaze that tore through Selby Salads’ manufacturing site in North Yorkshire and wrecked its warehouse leads this week’s top news headlines.

Improve supply chain transparency urges AHDB boss

Food manufacturers should help to improve transparency in the food supply chain and share more information about changing customer tastes more openly, urges Jane King, new boss of the Agriculture...

Food factory blaze: Police arrest 14-year-old boy

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a huge fire at a salad factory.

Boots recalls sushi over metal shard fears

Boots has been forced to recall sushi that may contain metal shards, shortly after Premier Foods withdrew gravy granule tubs due to fears over similar metal contamination.

Morrisons ceo Potts invests £500,000 in shares

Morrisons ceo David Potts has invested £500,000 in the business, shortly after reaffirming the retailer’s commitment to food and drink manufacturing.

E. coli 'number one' as recorded food safety incidents rise

Food safety incidents caused by microbes continue to rise after E. Coli overtook salmonella as the “number one” problem, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).  

3D food printing among four challenges of tomorrow

3D food printing presents one of the top four food safety challenges of tomorrow, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Freight industry welcomes driver skills probe

The freight industry has welcomed plans to probe the lack of professional drivers in the haulage sector, unveiled by Parliament’s Transport Select Committee.

Food industry people on the move

Carl Ravenhall’s decision to quit his role as boss of Müller Wiseman Dairies leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Morrisons’ profits plummet, as boss underlines faith in manufacturing

Morrisons has revealed a 47% plummet in half-year profits before tax to £126M plus plans to close 11 stores, affecting up to 900 jobs, as boss David Potts reaffirmed his faith in...