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Supply chains need to adapt to technology trends

Manufacturers need to adapt their supply chains to the latest technologies or risk losing out to the competition, warned logistics specialist Fowler Welch.

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NFU seeks level playing field for post-Brexit

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is actively lobbying government to ensure British farmers are not disadvantaged compared with their main competitors in Europe following Brexit, its president Meurig Raymond told...

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Food price cuts may be on way as inflation returns

Food manufacturers need to think strategically if they want to avoid the threat of retailers demanding price cuts as inflation returns, a leading City analyst has warned.


Any US-UK trade deal will come at a price

Britain’s prospects of securing a trade deal with the US post-Brexit were one of the main items up for discussion (along with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) during Prime Minister...

Courgette shortage costs retailers £2M in January

UK retailers lost £2M in courgette sales last month, after unfavourable growing conditions in Spain meant supermarkets had to restrict UK supplies.

Food safety firm receives £2M investment

A food safety company in Northern Ireland is to receive a £2M investment, to help boost traceability in the global food chain.

Amazon to build £1.2bn air cargo hub

Online retail giant Amazon is to build a £1.2bn ($1.5bn) air cargo hub at an airport in the US and create more than 2,000 jobs, to help fulfil its global orders.

‘Safe haven’ for sharing food fraud intelligence

A food industry network set up to combat the threat of fraud in the supply chain is inviting food and drink manufacturers to join its membership base.

Ensure forklift truck productivity in cold stores with eight top tips

Advice is now available to support improved productivity of forklift trucks operating in cold store environments from RTITB, the regulatory body for workplace transport training.

Tesco’s suppliers could lose out from £3.7bn merger

Tesco’s £3.7bn mega merger with Booker could lead to their suppliers losing out, warns the former Northern Foods boss, Lord Christopher Haskins.

Deliveroo recruitment drive an ‘opportunity for manufacturers’

Food and drink manufacturers could see more routes to market through meal delivery service Deliveroo, following a recruitment drive at the firm’s London office.

Fruit and vegetables shortage hits supermarkets

Retailers are rationing fruit and vegetables sold to consumers, after poor weather in Spain over Christmas continued to restrict UK supplies.

NFU boss unveils growth plans in run up to Brexit

Growing the membership of the National Farmers Union (NFU) tops the three-point to-do list of its director general Terry Jones.

Dawn Farms agrees £724M contract with Subway

Cooked meat ingredients maker Dawn Farms has agreed a £724M (€850M) deal with the high-street sandwich franchise Subway, to supply 4,000 of its restaurants across 30 European countries.

Ocado tests robotic hand to handle fruit and veg

Online retailer Ocado is trialling a soft robotic hand, which can handle fruit and vegetables without damaging them.

Brexit must not delay smooth freight movements

Britain needs to keep trading with the rest of the EU and maintain smooth transport and logistics operations as Brexit progresses, with as few delays as possible, the head the...

Training scheme to tackle logistics skills gap

Food and drink manufacturers are to benefit from fully-funded training and apprenticeships from the Freight Transport Association (FTA), to tackle shortages of skilled heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.

Lorry crash causes palm oil spill

An overturned tanker has caused traffic chaos in Wales, after it spilled its load of palm oil on to the road’s surface.

Food manufacturers’ trade mission to boost US exports

Food manufacturers from Yorkshire and Humber are set to boost exports to the US, following a trade mission to San Francisco.

Meat shelf-life gets EU project focus

A new EU-funded project into fresh meat and the relationship between quality, shelf-life and packaging is examining the impact that product history and handling – as much as packaging systems...

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.