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‘Pitiful’ Tesco pay offer may spark Christmas strikes

Tesco has slammed Unite the union’s claims that it has made “a pitiful pay offer”, which could lead 700 drivers and warehouse staff striking ahead of key Christmas trading....

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The path back to value in prepared meals

Category commoditisation destroys value, yet in many grocery categories, the dynamic seems entrenched and value chain participants are either perplexed or defeatist. But some manufacturers and retailers in the frozen...

Fatal HGV crush accident costs firm £212k

A commercial vehicle firm has been told to pay £212,500, after one of its workers was killed by a slow-moving heavy goods vehicle (HGV).

Discounters hit Morrisons, Tesco and Asda ‘hardest’

Morrisons, Tesco and Asda have been the “hardest hit” as rival discounters Aldi and Lidl claim a 10th of the UK market, according to data provider Nielsen.

Further consolidation likely in wake of AB InBev/SABMiller deal, expert warns

The £71BN takeover of SABMiller by AB InBev is likely to result in further consolidation among the remaining brewers, a leading expert on large-scale mergers has claimed.

3D printing could be as valuable as internet to food industry

3D printing could one day be as valuable to food manufacturers as the internet and help them reduce costs and energy and save production time, according to an expert in...

Food industry ‘smashes’ its waste target

Food and drink manufacturers and retailers have “smashed” their food and packaging waste target set as part of a voluntary arrangement by grocery think-tank IGD, an Asda boss has revealed.

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Ginsters wins food manufacturing supply chain Oscar

Pasty manufacturer Ginsters has gone the extra mile to win the coveted Supply chain initiative trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Fresh produce supply chain in ‘battlefield’ warning

The fresh produce supply chain is “a battleground” and growers may be forced to cut the amount they produce, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned.

Logistics firm fined after driver struck by falling pallet

An Essex-based logistics firm has been ordered to pay nearly £27,000 for safety failings, after a driver was injured by a pallet falling from a forklift truck.


Efficiency is the key for dairy survival

With rock bottom milk prices, the only way producers will survive is by cutting their costs and adding value, reports Anne Bruce

Protesting farmers target Dairy Crest and Arla

A dairy farmer splinter group has targeted depots owned by processors Dairy Crest and Arla Foods as low milk prices persist.  

Food retail industry has ‘mother of all hangovers’

The food retail industry is recovering from the “mother of all hangovers” after falling into a state of chaos during the recession, according a leading analyst.

Burton’s biscuit heist: Man charged with theft

A man has been charged with stealing a trailer packed with about £20,000 worth of biscuits.

Migrant workers ‘abused’ at apple packing plant

Migrant workers, mainly from Romania, endure high-pressure work conditions and stay in “appalling” accommodation at an apple packing plant in Kent, Channel 4 News has claimed.

Cuts and increase: Iceland makes milk price changes

Iceland has increased the price of four-pint milk bottles from 89p to £1, amid predictions that dairy markets will continue to grow despite the current crisis.

Logistics firm fined £20k for forklift head injury

A logistics firm has been fined £20,000 for safety failings, after a worker suffered head injuries when he struck by a fork-lift truck in a busy yard.

Reformed ‘villain’: Tesco simplifies supply chains

Tesco was leading the way by simplifying its supply chains, after having been cast as the “villain” for complex dealings, according to an analyst.

Tesco should recompense suppliers: readers’ poll

Tesco should recompense suppliers who lost out through the supermarket’s self-confessed past mistakes, according to most Food Manufacture Group readers.

Morrisons’ Milk for Farmers hits the shelves

Morrisons’ Milk for Farmers brand has hit the shelves with 10p per litre sold going back to struggling dairy farmers.

Cereal thieves steal £45k of Kellogg’s breakfast bars

Cereal thieves have stolen a lorry trailer packed with 9t of Kellogg’s breakfast bars worth about £45,000.

‘Too little, too late’ – Tesco apology sparks criticism

Tesco’s apology for mistreating its suppliers — made by its boss Dave Lewis this week — was “too little, too late”, readers have told this website.

Amazon Fresh a precursor to ‘more significant’ blow for retailers

Amazon Fresh will pave the way for its Dash service, which automatically orders used items in household fridges and freezers, delivering a further blow to British supermarkets.

Tesco pledges to simplify supplier payment terms

Tesco has announced plans to standardise payment terms in a bid to simplify its relationship with suppliers in the UK.

Chancellor’s infrastructure pledge welcomed

Chancellor George Osborne’s pledge to upgrade UK infrastructure has been welcomed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).