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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.

Retailers call for collective action to stamp out migrant worker exploitation

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has called for more concerted action between fresh produce suppliers overseas and governments both at home and abroad to stamp out abuse of migrant workers,...

Anuga FoodTec 2015

Fresh produce plasma bug blaster set for next step

A plasma project to kill germs on fresh vegetables is poised to start trials suitable for commercial applications later this month, according to a leading researcher on the programme.

Too much fat in Danes's diet

The Danish have increased their intake of fish and vegetables and reduced their consumption of sugary soft drinks, but are still eating too much fat, according to findings from the...

Albert Bartlett buys Heinz Norfolk factory

Potato firm Albert Bartlett has bought Heinz UK’s Aunt Bessie’s potato factory at Westwick in Norfolk, which Heinz announced it proposed to close in October last year, threatening 200 jobs....

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Illegal gangmaster arrested in Northern Ireland

Police have arrested a Romanian gangmaster suspected of supplying fruit pickers without a licence to farms in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

FIR compliance ‘costs more than firms predicted’

Many food manufacturers are spending more than they intended on complying with the new EU labelling rules, set out in the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIR), after details about...

Good Week, Bad Week

Heinz Kraft merger is top headline of the week

The Heinz Kraft $100bn mega merger leads our Good week, bad week selection of top food and drink industry headlines of the past seven days.

Five top Morrisons executives exit in board shakeup

Morrisons boss David Potts has revealed five board members are to leave the retailer in a management shakeup designed to “speed up” the business.

Morrisons new boss invests £1M in shares

New Morrisons boss David Potts has signalled his faith in the troubled retailer by buying more than £1M of the supermarket’s shares.

Morrisons boss tells HQ team to work on shop floor

Morrisons’ boss David Potts has told his head office staff to work on the shop floor this Easter – in a bid to persuade them to “listen hard” to customers and store...

Aldi's £59.5M distribution centre to create 500 jobs

Aldi’s planned £59.5M regional distribution centre will pave the way for up to 10 new stores in Wales and create more than 500 new jobs.

Sainsbury Q4 analysis

Sainsbury cuts discounters’ price lead

Sainsbury cut the price gap between it and discount retailers such as Aldi and Lidl in its fourth financial quarter (Q4), reflecting the discounters’ flagging momentum, a leading analyst has...

500 new Lidl distribution centre jobs

Lidl’s proposed 41,806m² new distribution centre would create up to 500 jobs and be the discounter’s 11th in the UK if plans were approved.

Morrisons’ fall in shopper numbers concerns analyst

Morrisons has experienced a “worryingly flagging” fall in the number of shoppers visiting its stores in the past year, according to its annual results, a leading analyst has claimed.

‘Life-changing injury’ costs veg firm nearly £19k

An Essex vegetable nursery has been ordered to pay nearly £19,000 after a worker’s arm was severed when it was drawn into unguarded machinery.

Aldi and Waitrose top list of fastest growing retailers

Discounter Aldi and posh supermarket Waitrose have topped a new list of the UK’s top 20 fastest growing retailers, supplying further evidence of the increasing polarisation of the grocery market.

Most inspiring food and drink firms in Britain

More than 70 food and drink businesses have been honoured in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain list.

Morrisons results to show price war damage

Morrisons’ full-year results – to be published on Thursday March 12 – are expected to show another significant fall in profits, reflecting the impact of supermarket price war, as city...

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Three charged over illegal people trafficking

Three people have been charged for illegal people trafficking as part of a joint operation between Norfolk Police, Suffolk Police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). 

Boost product life to cut 250,000t of food waste

Boosting product life by just one day could slash food waste in the grocery supply chain by as much as 250,000t, claims a report from the Waste & Resources Action...

What Morrisons’ new boss should do next

In case Morrisons’ new ceo David Potts was looking for inspiration to revive the flagging fortunes of the Bradford-based retailer, an article in The Telegraph has helpfully suggested a to-do...

Organic food rides retail storm to drive growth

Organic food firms are seizing the opportunities offered by online retailers and caterers to drive growth, suppliers attending the launch of the Soil Association’s (SA’s) 2015 Organic Market Report heard....

Meet Morrisons’ new ceo: David Potts

Morrisons has shopped at Tesco to acquire its new ceo David Potts on a salary of £850,000/year plus incentives.

340 jobs at risk in Produce World shake-up

Produce World Group plans to close two factories, threatening up to 340 jobs, although consolidation elsewhere looks set to create other posts.

Discounters dent Fairtrade sales

Rapid growth of the discounters has dented Fairtrade sales, new figures from the foundation have shown.