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Transport group invests in engineering apprenticeships

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has teamed up with supply chain specialist Gist to launch an engineering apprenticeship scheme.

Dragons’ Den reject manages to double supply chain

A Dragons’ Den reject who sells food that has gone past its ‘best before date’ has reported unprecedented supplier growth over the past six months. 

Stobart Group to focus on energy and aviation

Diversified transport business the Stobart Group is to continue its focus on the high-value areas of energy and aviation, said the firm’s boss in a pre-close trading statement.

Driver’s death leads to £150k fine for transport firm

A Norfolk-based transport firm has been fined £150,000 for safety failings after a driver suffered life-changing injuries and later died two years after the accident in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

Sandwich firm to pay £117k for forklift accident

A sandwich manufacturer has been ordered to pay more than £117,000 and its director £50,000, after a worker was crushed by a forklift truck.

Tesco yogurt pledge marks latest victory for protesting farmers

Tesco has pledged to use British milk in its own-label yogurts, as struggling dairy farmers held another protest over low milk prices last night.

French urged to pay compensation for Calais chaos

Hauliers caught up in Operation Stack, caused by striking French ferry workers and migrants trying to reach Britain, should receive compensation from Paris, the freight transport industry has urged, ahead...

GM crops ban would undermine Scotland’s food industry, groups warn

A ban on genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland would seriously undermine the nation’s food and drink industry, warn nearly 30 leading organisations.

More secure food chains needed to cope with drought and floods

Food manufacturers need to make their supply chains more resilient to cope with the increased risk of weather-related production volatility, according to a new report produced by an independent food...

Asda to increase price it pays for milk to 28p a litre

Following price protests by farmers, Asda has announced that it will raise the price it pays its milk supplier, Arla, to 28p a litre, while keeping the retail price at...

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Morrisons to pay dairy farmers more for new cheddar cheese brand

Morrisons has responded to pressure and extended its support for beleaguered dairy farmers by announcing today (August 14) that it would be launching a premium ‘Milk for Farmers’ cheddar cheese brand.

Call for manufacturers to fight consumer waste

Manufacturers can help consumers to prevent food waste by designing meals differently and getting over sustainability messages, an expert argues.

Calais crisis: quick-to-market routes for food

As plans for ‘quick-to-market’ routes for vehicles carrying key consignments, including fresh produce, get under way in Kent, the Scottish government’s fisheries and food secretary Richard Lochhead has urged the...

Logistics bodies unite to tackle HGV driver shortage

Four trade bodies that represent the UK logistics industry have pledged to work together to tackle the shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.

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Suspected arson attack ravages wholesale market

An enormous fire at the country’s largest wholesale food market is being investigated as arson, it has emerged.

Morrisons threatens legal action amid milk protests

Morrisons has threatened to take legal action against farmers, as protests over low milk prices continue to escalate.

Firms cut their costs by sharing trucks

Collaboration between food manufacturers that share distribution activities with competitors and others to reduce costs should be more widely publicised to help more firms adopt these practices, the Freight Transport...

Truck driver blind spots will continue to kill cyclists

The Safer Lorry Scheme, which becomes effective in London from September and makes it mandatory for lorries to be fitted with a new mirror system to help reduce the growing...

Calais crisis: Delays hit Scottish shellfish exports

Scottish companies that export live shellfish are struggling to cope as their delivery lorries remain caught in the middle of travel chaos at Channel ports.


Price war is worse for retailers than food firms

The supermarket price war is worse for retailers than food manufacturers – or at least that’s what the BRC’s Andrew Opie tells Nicholas Robinson.

Transport firms welcome Midlands motorway spend

Plans by the government to invest more than £1.5bn on motorway improvements will make journeys easier at traffic hot spots across the Midlands and have been welcomed by the Freight...

NFT begins construction of new Tilbury logistics centre

Construction of chilled food distribution firm NFT’s ‘port-centric’ logistics centre in Tilbury, London commenced last month, with a ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony.

Farmers threaten food supply chain disruption over low prices

Food manufacturers run the risk of having their supply chains disrupted by militant farmers if they continue to shun British produce, according to a leading activist.

‘Changing of the guard’ among top dairy firms

There has been a “changing of the guard” in the dairy sector as French firm Lactalis has overtaken Danone as the world’s second largest dairy company, according to Rabobank.

Calais crisis could sink Scottish seafood firms

Scottish seafood businesses could be forced into bankruptcy due to the traffic chaos at Channel ports, as a top UK business group warns of the mounting financial impact of delays...