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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.

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.

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...

Amazon to hire ‘thousands more’ in Euro expansion

Online retail giant Amazon is set to recruit thousands more staff across Europe, including 2,500 permanent UK roles, as part of its expansion plans, following the UK launch of its...

Morrisons boss’s customer focus ‘begins to pay off’

Morrisons boss David Potts’s customer focus is paying off – with its food manufacturing capability playing a key role – but much more needs to be achieved if the business...

Asda and Scotland Food & Drink launch suppliers’ academy

Asda and Scotland Food & Drink have launched a partnership to boost Scottish food and drink supplers.

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HGV training ‘puts food firms on the road to profit’

From restaurants to supermarkets and fishmongers to greengrocers, almost all types of business rely on road logistics in one way or another, especially the food and drink industry. So, it pays...

Kent fruit firm fined for safety failings

A Kent-based fruit business has been fined for safety failings after it allowed a contractor to access a door for repair by standing on an apple box raised at height...

300 Bakkavor jobs under threat: union

More than 300 Bakkavor jobs are under threat after the chilled food manufacturer lost a significant amount of business from Tesco, according to the GMB union. 

‘Modern day slavery’: traffickers jailed for labour exploitation

Two human traffickers have been jailed for three and a half years each for forcing a pair of food factory workers to endure squalid conditions and hunger with almost no...

Brexit and the food industry

Brexit: four key questions for the UK food industry

Answering four key questions will help the UK food and drink industry decide whether or not to vote in favour of quitting the EU, in a referendum, which chancellor George...

Woman finds dead weasel in Asda salad

Asda has been forced to apologise after a woman found a dead weasel in a salad purchased from the retailer.

Morrisons’ surprise Christmas results show rising sales

Morrisons has posted like-for-like sales, excluding fuel, up by 0.2% for the nine weeks to January 3, in what one city analyst described as “a morale boost to sector sentiment”....

Hain Celestial acquires Orchard House Foods

Hain Celestial UK has acquired fruit, juice and dessert manufacturer Orchard House Foods for an undisclosed amount, in a bid to boost its healthy products range.

Morrisons’ Christmas wonky veg looks ‘promising’

Morrisons’ test sales of wonky, or mis-shapen, vegetables at discounted prices have made a promising start in 75 of the retailer‘s Yorkshire stores.

Sir Ken shops at Sainsburys for £6M shares

Life president of Morrisons, Sir Ken Morrison and his son William have shopped at Sainsbury to buy £6M shares, according to media reports.

Food firms told: ‘Plan now for national living wage’

The food and drink industry should prepare now for next April’s introduction of the national living wage, which may force some businesses to locate outside the UK, warns a recruitment...

William Jackson plans to double turnover to £600M

William Jackson Food Group (WJFG), the food manufacturing parent to brands such as Aunt Bessie’s frozen foods and organic grocery business Abel & Cole, plans to double turnover to £600M...

Aunt Bessie’s owner secures funding for expansion

Aunt Bessie’s owner William Jackson Food Group has secured funding from Lloyds Bank to help it support its expansion plans.

Beware Italian tomatoes after migrant abuse warning

Food manufacturers that use tomato products from Italy should be “very concerned” about the massive exploitation of migrant workers there, warns the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).

Mushroom firm fined £20k for unguarded machine

A mushroom business has been fined £20,000 after one of its workers was injured while adjusting an unguarded machine.

‘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.