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12-Mar-2014 - Morrisons has received a “red alert” from leading City analyst Shore Capital, ahead of its full-year results to the end of January 2014, to be posted tomorrow (March 13).
12-Mar-2014 - Online grocery business Ocado “doesn’t work” when measured by its ability to deliver earnings, City analyst Shore Capital has concluded, after the business delivered its interim business statement for the 12 weeks to February 23.
10-Mar-2014 - Fyffes has hailed its merger with Chiquita Brands as "transformative" in a move that creates a multinational with sales of £2.76bn, boosting scale and efficiency for both firms.
10-Mar-2014 - Food and drink manufacturers sometimes lose out to other industries in the competition to attract new talent and need “a fresh approach”, says food and farming minister George Eustice.
10-Mar-2014 - Shropshire-based food and farming certification firm Organic Farmers & Growers has appointed Roger Kerr as its new ceo, following the death of its previous boss.
07-Mar-2014 - Morrisons’ financial prospects continue to give “cause for concern”, a second city analyst has warned, ahead of the firm’s full-year results due to be revealed next week.
06-Mar-2014 - More needs to be done to improve the understanding of foodborne viral infections such as norovirus, hepatitis A and hepatitis E so that they can be better prevented and controlled, according to scientific experts who advise the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
05-Mar-2014 - Online retail giant Amazon is poised to deliver “a fresh approach” to the UK grocery market, with online sales of fresh, chilled, frozen and ambient food products delivered direct to customers, predicted Charles Wilson, Booker chief executive.
05-Mar-2014 - Almost 90% of UK consumers have pledged to pay more for Fairtrade bananas, if the extra cost benefited farmers and workers’ lives, according to a new survey by the Fairtrade Foundation.
28-Feb-2014 - A giant billboard made from over 5,000 bananas has been unveiled on Clapham Common, London in a bid to end retailer price wars trapping thousands of banana workers in poverty.
27-Feb-2014 - The new president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) is Pembrokeshire mixed farmer Meurig Raymond.
27-Feb-2014 - Leading food manufacturers in Scotland are backing a new qualification aimed at nurturing future industry talent in schools and colleges.
26-Feb-2014 - The troubled Co-op Group is selling off its farms in a bid to reverse mounting losses, predicted to exceed £2bn.
26-Feb-2014 - British frozen food manufacturers must reveal the benefits of frozen food to the consumer to revitalise the sector and increase confidence.
24-Feb-2014 - Tesco’s UK business prospects are making City analysts at Shore Capital nervous, as the retail giant faces “a multi-year job” in reviving its fortunes.
24-Feb-2014 - Justin King’s announcement that he would stand down as the boss of Sainsbury in July this year leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food and drink industry.
20-Feb-2014 - Genetically modified (GM) food laws face scrutiny by MPs in a cross-party enquiry that has just launched.
19-Feb-2014 - The full extent of food price inflation over the past 40 years has been highlighted by design agency Neomammalian Studios.
18-Feb-2014 - Daylesford Organic’s boss Jamie Mitchell has announced his decision to leave the company after four years in charge.
17-Feb-2014 - Morrisons and Tesco were “the clear laggards” among the four big supermarkets, while discounters and premium sellers continued to do well, according to City analyst Shore Capital, commenting on recent Nielsen market share data.
17-Feb-2014 - Snack salad and vegetable manufacturer Freshtime UK has appointed Malcolm Read to the role of head of technical as part of its plans for growth.
14-Feb-2014 - Bakkavor’s 4% growth in revenue led it to outperform the fresh prepared food market, said the firm after releasing full-year results for the 52 weeks to December 28 2013.
14-Feb-2014 - Extreme weather poses the biggest threat to securing UK food supplies, experts at an Environment Food & Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee hearing claimed.
14-Feb-2014 - Morrisons is refusing to comment on reports that the founding family is considering taking the firm private.
13-Feb-2014 - David Cameron’s £10M relief fund for flood-struck farmers will help avert the risk of disruption to food supplies, claimed the government, after widespread criticism it was not doing enough to safeguard food supplies.