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Milk wars will ‘stifle’ dairy sector investment

22-Apr-2014 - Supermarkets’ heavy discounting of milk prices was threatening the future of the dairy sector, a Dairy Crest site director has warned.

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Insect feedstock for pigs, chicken and fish production

04-Apr-2014 - Protein from insects is expected to be approved by the EU for use as feed for pigs and chickens over the next six months, according to a leading expert and advisor on edible insects to the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organisation.


Experts call for more integration to tackle food fraud

31-Mar-2014 - Food fraud must be tackled through a more integrated approach from government and industry and better resources for food inspectors and enforcement officers.

Food firms fail to deliver supply chain goals, says research

31-Mar-2014 - Businesses are failing to deliver their goals because they have too many supply chain priorities.

Animal feed industry gets new website

24-Mar-2014 - A new website has been launched to supply independent breaking news on the global animal feed industry, valued at $500bn last year.

Cloud-based software offers clear view of the supply chain

21-Mar-2014 - Retailers and manufacturers now have a ‘farm to fork’ view of the supply chain, which they can share with consumers, following the launch of a new cloud-based software system.

Distribution partnerships a growing trend

21-Mar-2014 - Distribution partnerships where retailers and food manufacturers share truck space with competitors will become a growing trend, predicts Roly Taplin, vice president of agrifood at DHL Supply Chain.

Waitrose to open first national distribution centre

20-Mar-2014 - Waitrose will open its first national distribution centre (NDC) to simplify its supply chain and increase efficiency, the retailer has said.

Boost supply chain efficiencies to beat retail price war

20-Mar-2014 - The prospect of a supermarket price war – leading to lower supplier prices – makes it even more important to boost food and drink supply chain efficiencies, according to the European Food and Farming Partnerships (EFFP).

Fareshare says food donations just scratch the surface

17-Mar-2014 - The food industry must boost efforts to divert surplus food to needy causes as demand rockets, Fareshare has claimed, as donations it gets represent only a tiny amount of the whole.

Iceland to share transport with another retailer

17-Mar-2014 - Food retailer Iceland is expected later this year to start sharing spare capacity on its trucks with another independent retailer. The move follows the success of a similar ‘backhauling’ arrangement between BP Retail and Nisa and their suppliers facilitated by logistics provider DHL. DHL works with all of these companies, as well as pub chain JD Wetherspoon and Tesco.


Supply chain systems to help with retailer failings

13-Mar-2014 - How good are supply chain systems at meeting retailer demand? asks Paul Gander

Ocado ‘doesn’t deliver earnings’: City analyst

12-Mar-2014 - Online grocery business Ocado “doesn’t work” when measured by its ability to deliver earnings, City analyst Shore Capital has concluded, after the business delivered its interim business statement for the 12 weeks to February 23.

Food suppliers could bust energy monopoly of ‘big six’

12-Mar-2014 - Britain’s food and drink manufacturers are missing out on potential new revenue streams now available through generating and selling low-carbon energy to retailers, alongside more traditional groceries, according to a leading environmental consultancy.

Premier Foods backs Prince Charles’ flood relief

10-Mar-2014 - Premier Foods is backing Prince Charles’ charity, In Kind Direct, to support communities devastated by floods in the south west of England.

News in brief

Tesco slammed for not buying enough British beef

28-Feb-2014 - Britain’s biggest retailer is not doing enough to support UK farming by honouring its pledge to buy more British meat – particularly fresh beef, says the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Tesco’s Trading Responsibly plan ‘will benefit suppliers’

24-Feb-2014 - Tesco’s new Trading Responsibly plan will improve both the way it works with suppliers and customer service, says Paul Wilkinson, chair of Thorntons and a member of the retail giant’s new independent supply chain advisory panel.

Weather now biggest threat to food security

14-Feb-2014 - Extreme weather poses the biggest threat to securing UK food supplies, experts at an Environment Food & Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee hearing claimed.

NFU: competition to hit milk prices more than floods

13-Feb-2014 - Competition and low production will raise milk prices more than flooding, the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) chief dairy adviser has said.

PM's £10M relief fund to protect food supplies

13-Feb-2014 - David Cameron’s £10M relief fund for flood-struck farmers will help avert the risk of disruption to food supplies, claimed the government, after widespread criticism it was not doing enough to safeguard food supplies.


Site visits fundamental to securing growth: CCE boss

13-Feb-2014 - Steve Adams is a sensation at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). A former electrical apprentice, he rose to become CCE group director of supply chain operations for Great Britain in April last year, following a four-year stint as operations director at the Sidcup site.

Food waste progress flagging, says WRAP chief

07-Feb-2014 - Progress on food waste reduction is flagging and the food and drink industry must “raise its game”, according to Dr Liz Goodwin, ceo of Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

10 city roll-out for food waste campaign

07-Feb-2014 - A food waste crackdown is extending to 10 cities after a successful west London initiative, delegates heard at a Fresher for Longer conference in London held on February 5.

Surviving as an SME means diversifying: operations manager

06-Feb-2014 - Relying on one large customer could be disastrous for small to medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs), according to Frecco Food and Beverage operations manager Paul Barney.

Weather damage costs 2 Sisters £500k+

05-Feb-2014 - 2 Sisters Food Group faces repairs costing more than £500,000 after a freak tidal surge swamped poultry farms in Lincolnshire in December last year.

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