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Sustainable palm oil milestone in sight for Unilever

Unilever will be able to guarantee 100% sustainable palm oil for its European food business by the end of this year, it has announced.

Retailers step up unannounced audits to fight fraud

Supermarkets are shifting to unannounced audits of suppliers in efforts to make their supply chains watertight in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, according to professor Chris Elliott.

Food firms should review supply chain for Ebola

Food manufacturers should review their entire supply chains to check if their ingredients originate from regions affected by the Ebola outbreak, according to food safety firm Qadex.

Beware Christmas food fraud, warns expert

Food and drink manufacturers and retailers have been warned to beware the threat of Christmas food fraud, as cash-conscious shoppers hunt for the best deals; possibly tempting some in the...

Dairy prices enquiry launched

An official enquiry into dairy prices has been launched by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee following the rapid plunge in milk prices in the past year.

Lack of lorry drivers could jeopardise Christmas

A lack of lorry drivers could jeopardise some businesses’ ability to meet increased demand over the Christmas period, according to The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

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Beer lorry overturns in high winds

The A1(M) southbound carriage was closed today (September 21), near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, after a lorry carrying beer, wine and spirits overturned in high winds.

Young shoppers neglect freezers and boost waste

Young shoppers are reluctant freezer users, so contributing to the mountain of food waste produced each year by throwing food away needlessly, according to fresh research from grocery think tank...

Report calls for supply chain industry to invest in R&D

The UK supply chain is threatened by under-investment in research and development (R&D) and firms must work more closely together to strengthen it, according to an industry report published today...

Food industry must unite to tackle obesity and waste

The food industry must engage with frozen food firm Iglo Group’s latest programme to tackle obesity, food waste and unsustainable production, according the firm’s boss Elio Leoni Sceti.

Software cuts shrinkage and saves Booths cash

Booths Supermarkets slashed shrinkage across its business and saved significant amounts of cash by implementing supply chain management software supplied by Relex, according to Andrew Rafferty, the retailer’s IT and e-commerce director....

Amazon creates 1,000 jobs at UK distribution centres

Online retail giant Amazon is to create 1,000 new jobs at UK fulfilment centres, six months after a leading UK wholesale boss predicted the retailer would deliver “a fresh approach”...

Dairy crisis

MP urges industry to drive dairy demand

The UK’s food and drink industry must step up and support dairy farmers by driving consumer demand for milk and milk products with innovation, a prominent MP has urged.

Young’s Seafood leads sustainable fish charge

Young’s Seafood has called for more organisations to sign up to new voluntary codes designed to make it easier for shoppers to choose sustainable fish.

United Biscuits to power lorries from waste oil

United Biscuits (UB) has announced plans to power 12 of its lorries on waste cooking oil as part of its sustainability initiative.


Dairy storm intensifies as protests loom

The dairy supply chain storm has intensified, with Müller appealing for planned protests over milk price cuts to be called off, while the dairy industry code faces increasing scrutiny....


A new logic in logistics

Sharing is caring - about your distribution costs. Paul Gander finds out how collaboration and consolidation help both manufacturers and retailers

Mackerel returns to sustainable safe to eat list

The return of mackerel to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) ‘fish to eat’ list has been welcomed by the Scottish mackerel processing industry.

Falling bourbon barrel sparks fractured skull trauma

A Scottish haulage firm has been fined £8,000, after a falling bourbon barrel fractured the skull of one its staff, in what a neurologist warned could easily have proved a fatal accident....

Food fraud uncovered at fish and chip shops

Food fraud is rife in fish and chip shops, with one in six fish samples bought differing from what had been ordered, according to sampling conducted for consumer group Which?

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F Smales boosts jobs with new depot

Hull-based fish merchant F Smales & Son is creating six jobs as it sets up a new 5,574m2 depot to help distribute frozen fish.

Arla Foods launches sustainable dairy farming plan

Arla Foods has launched Growing Together, a three-year sustainable dairy farming initiative, involving its 3,000 British farmers. 

MPs forge group to bolster UK dairy industry

MPs and peers have forged a cross-party group aimed at making the UK dairy industry more sustainable and profitable at a time when dairy farmers are under severe pressure.

Campaigners slam retailers in fight for dairy industry

Farmers For Action (FFA) has lashed out at retailers for not allowing price increases as dairy farmers face plummeting milk prices and is pressing for government and European Commission (EC)...

GM feed warning from anti-GM campaign group

GeneWatch UK has called on supermarkets to wake up to the environmental harm caused by genetically modified (GM) animal feed, imported from North and South America.

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