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Transport firm fined £80k after worker’s fatal accident

An animal feed firm has been fined £80,000 for safety failings after one of its workers died when he was buried under up to 10t of wheat being unloaded from...

Firm to pay £21k for transport manager’s injuries

A haulage firm has been ordered to pay more than £21,000, after its transport manager suffered serious injuries when he was run over by the tractor of an articulated lorry.

Prince Charles’s secret letters slam retailers

Prince Charles slammed supermarkets’ dominance of the food chain in private correspondence with former Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2005, according to his controversial letters published for the first time...

Sustainable supply chain ‘must be led by bosses’

Business leaders have been called on to spearhead the development of a sustainable supply chain by concentrating on their ‘triple bottom line’ following a three-year project tackling the subject.

Industry ‘won’t pay extra’ for cold store approvals

The storage industry won’t pay extra for a new cold store approval scheme, Chris Sturman, ceo of the Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF), has confirmed.

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Brakes’ Runcorn depot closure will affect 150 staff

The future of 150 Brakes Group employees remains uncertain after the UK foodservice giant confirmed plans to close its Runcorn depot earlier this month.

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Dunbia clinches joint venture with Shannon Meats

Dunbia has announced a joint venture agreement with Shannon Meats that would support the former’s trade throughout the Netherlands and guarantee the latter a dedicated supply of high quality Irish...

Retailers are reacting to the HGV driver shortfall

Retailers are understood to be taking measures to address a shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, having previously denied that the issue could potentially cripple the perishable food sector.

Norbert Dentressangle bought by US firm

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has been acquired by US-based giant XPO Logistics for €3.2bn (£2.3bn), one of the biggest supply chain deals of recent years.

Sainsbury’s fridges draw on F1 technology

Sainsbury is redesigning its in-store fridges drawing on aerodynamic technology built into Formula One (F1) racing cars from Williams Advanced Engineering to make them more energy efficient.

Nestlé forges contract packing deal

Nestlé has sealed a deal with Eddie Stobart and IPS, the UK’s largest independent contract packer, to secure a range of packaging services and the creation of display units. ...

General Mills first client at Port Salford hub

General Mills has become the first client to sign up to use supply chain firm Culina Group’s 26,000m2 Port Salford tri-modal logistics facility.

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Coca-Cola deal boosts Nichols Dispense in Scotland

Nichols Dispense Scotland is more than doubling capacity by launching a depot in Stirling off the back of the major distribution deal with soft drinks giant Coca-Cola.

Food distributor NR Evans creates 60 jobs

Chilled food distributor NR Evans has created more than 60 jobs in an expansion of its operation backed by a £3M lending facility from Lloyds Bank.

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,...

Tacon urges trade to respond to groceries survey

All 10 major food retailers have now backed the second annual groceries suppliers’ survey launched by Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon last month, according to a GCA spokeswoman.

Election 2015

Waste firm calls for food waste crack down

The new government should make recycling compulsory under law as Britain’s increasingly full landfill sites reach crisis point, according to one waste management business.

Unions warn against irresponsibility as milk quotas cease

Countries must refrain from irresponsible overproduction as EU milk quotas end, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned.

Amazon’s drone delivery plan in the wings

Online retail giant Amazon is in talks with policy makers worldwide to turn its plans for the drone delivery of packages – including  food products – into reality.

Dairy crisis

Desperate dairy sector needs government support

The UK’s ‘desperate’ dairy sector needs more support from the British government, according to National Farmers Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond.

Arla Easter strike threat intensifies

Arla Foods’s milk deliveries to northern supermarkets could be disrupted over Easter, after the GMB and Unite the Union both warned a three-day strike was likely over the holiday.

Groceries Code Adjudicator has made industry more professional

The food and drink industry has become more professional since the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) was appointed a little over two years ago, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Culina to create 280 jobs at ambient food depot

Culina is to create 280 jobs at a new 26,000m2 ambient food and drink logistics facility at the National Import Centre at Port Salford.

Transport firm fined £0.5M for ‘horrific injuries’

A transport firm has been fined £500,000 for what the Health and Safety Authority (HSE) described as “horrific injuries”, after a worker was crushed between a lorry and its trailer....

Poultry industry fears bird flu export hit

Plunging exports have knocked the poultry industry’s confidence, with UK bird flu outbreaks likely to have contributed to the drop, according to the British Poultry Council (BPC).