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British meat firms preparing for US exports

UK meat exporters are preparing to break into the lucrative US market, after receiving training on US beef and lamb import regulations last week, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board...

Food manufacturing heroes wanted for BBC’s Future Food Award

Food manufacturing heroes are being sought to win the BBC’s coveted Future Food Award, part of the broadcaster’s Food & Farming Awards 2017.

Internet of Packaging system gets investment

Food and drink manufacturers could soon benefit from an ‘Internet of Packaging’ system developed by UK technology firm Hanhaa, following overseas investment.

Supply chain woes as winter weather continues

Food and drink manufacturing distribution networks face more wintry weather across the country, as the Met Office issues warnings of up to 20cm of snow.

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Jam motorway spill leaves drivers stuck

Motorists were left stuck on the M1 on Tuesday (January 10), after a collision caused a lorry to shed its load of jam onto the motorway.

Supplier notice periods come under scrutiny

The 12-week notice period commonly used for terminating retail supply agreements looks set to be challenged more in the courts, according to a legal expert.

Tesco closes two distribution centres

Tesco is to close two of its distribution centres, with the net loss of around 500 jobs, in a move designed to simplify its supply chain operations and management structure...

Household food waste rises, despite falls elsewhere

Household food waste reduction targets under the Courtauld Commitment 3 (CC3) – a voluntary agreement aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing waste within the UK grocery sector – have been missed,...

Counterfeiting to grow by 3% a year

Counterfeiting across the world is predicted to increase by 3% a year as globalisation creates increasingly complex and lengthy supply chains, according to new research from PMMI, the US Association...

Food and drink export promotions need more support

The UK government needs to put more money and resources into supporting small food and drink manufacturers in export promotions – in a similar way that Bord Bia does in...

Bibby wins contract to distribute Tangerine’s sweets

Confectionery maker Tangerine has signed a “multi-million pound contract” with third-party logistics (3PLs) company Bibby Distribution for the transportation of the firm’s range of sweets to wholesalers and supermarkets across...

DEFRA’s food export policy to China under fire

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom’s plan to export more British food and drink products to China has been criticised by a panel of industrialists from the sector, members of which claimed...

Fuel prices to hit food manufacturers’ profits

Food and drink manufacturers’ profits are likely to be hit, after diesel and petrol prices reached an 18-month high, according to manufacturers’ organisation EEF. 

Reed Boardall maintains profits despite falling sales

Yorkshire-based cold storage and transport business Reed Boardall has reported a slight fall in revenues of £64.3M for the year to March 31 2016 in its financial results released today...

Chris Elliott to present City Food Lecture

Food fraud threats will be the focus of the prestigious City Food Lecture 2017 to be presented by Professor Chris Elliott at London’s Guildhall next month (February 21).

Bestwick’s frozen warehouse installs ‘uptempering’ technology

Temperature controlled food storage provider Rick Bestwick has completed a £1.2M purpose-built development at its headquarters in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Food prices ‘must rise for our security’

Consumers will have to pay more for their food to enable British farmers to invest and ensure the future food security of the nation following the Brexit vote, leading food...

Amazon runs UK drone delivery test

Online retail giant Amazon has successfully completed its first commercial delivery using a drone, in the UK.

Food firms best at navigating Europe’s busiest roads

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has urged all UK logistics operators to follow the food and drink industry’s example in using real-time traffic information to avoid delays, after it was...

More food industry warehouse automation needed

The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) in April and rising concerns over the future of the UK labour pool following the Brexit vote on June 23 have revealed...

Essential Fruit contracts with NFT to use its Tilbury facility

Essential Fruit has placed a contract for temperature controlled warehousing and distribution of its products throughout the UK and Europe with chilled logistics specialist NFT.

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Food truck bridge smash causes traffic chaos

A food distribution lorry has caused disruption in Northern Ireland, after it crashed into a low bridge on Monday night (November 28).

Scottish government in £3M supply chain boost

A £3M local supply chain project has been launched to help Scottish food and drink firms build connections with suppliers, processors and retailers, the Scottish government revealed on St Andrews...

‘Bio-fortification’ of crops can meet global nutrition demand

The food supply chain will need to adopt advanced technologies – such as “bio-fortification of crops” – if the world is to meet the huge nutritional challenges it faces in...

Big cost savings from small supply chain changes

Food and drink manufacturer’s costs could be reduced by making small changes to be more sustainable throughout the supply chain, said the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) chief scientific officer...