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Food waste progress, but more needed

The food industry is struggling with food waste reduction, despite achieving some significant milestones, according to the charity Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Government must appoint food security coordinator

The government must appoint a food security coordinator to spearhead efforts to redistribute waste food to needy UK consumers, according to an Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee report.

100 years for UK to reach global sugar target

It may take 100 years to cut UK consumers’ sugar intake to levels recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), according to market analyst Datamonitor.

Cross-party group to tackle supply chain bullying

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has assembled a cross-party group of members of parliament (MPs) to tackle supply chain bullying following criticism of the practices of 2 Sisters Food...

Stinging HGV crisis to hit supermarkets

Food firms are set to feel the sting of the worsening road haulage crisis, as industry leaders call for more action to stem the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver shortage.

Dairy farmers hit by further milk price cuts

Fresh milk price cuts have already cast a shadow over 2015, stepping up pressure on dairy farmers to further slash production costs.

Müller holds milk price – but for how long?

Müller UK & Ireland Group has confirmed that its standard milk price for February 2015 will be unchanged, but has stressed it couldn’t guarantee prices beyond that point.

HGV driver shortage could cripple food industry

Supermarkets have denied claims a shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers could cripple the perishable food and drink industry.

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Hospitality, foodservice firms cut £10M of food waste

Hospitality and foodservice firms saved more than £10M in the past year by cutting food waste and are on track to make greenhouse gas reduction targets by the end of 2015.

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Malicious tampering standard revised

Tesco, Sainsbury and Heineken UK were among those involved in revising the industry standard that safeguards food and drink against malicious tampering from terrorists and other criminals.

United Biscuits crafts cocoa supply pact with Cargill

United Biscuits (UB) has clinched a three-year partnership with international food conglomerate Cargill ensuring dedicated cocoa and chocolate supplies for products such as Jaffa Cakes and McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives....

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.

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