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Suspended jail sentence after bread basket misuse

A Coventry baker has been handed a suspended prison service and fined £3,000, after breaching injunctions not to use equipment belonging to Bakers Basco and its shareholders.

Manufacturers sign up for shared data system

Mondelēz, Nestlé and PepsiCo have joined an industry-wide programme to regulate the management of shared product data.

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Lion bar lorry engulfed by flames on A2

A lorry transporting 25t of Lion chocolate bars was engulfed by flames yesterday (July 20), causing hours of delays for motorists heading to London.

Food suppliers ‘must open up about retailer abuse’

Food and drink manufacturers need to be more honest about retailer malpractice if they want supply arrangements to improve, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) has warned.

North Sea cod sustainable after more than 10 years

North Sea cod stocks have bounced back to sustainability more than a decade after their near collapse, according to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Tesco recall highlights supply chain issues

Tesco’s recent recall of two chicken products, reportedly the first case of campylobacter found in cooked chicken, risks creating tension between suppliers and retailers, warned business consultancy Crimson & Co....

Amazon expands into grocery stores

Amazon’s plans to acquire US organic retailer Whole Foods Market in a £10.8bn ($13.7bn) deal announced last month, has sent shockwaves through the grocery sector as it foreshadows further expansion...

Morrisons pledges to sell 100% British fresh meat

Morrisons has pledged to sell only British fresh meat in its stores across the UK, as it meets consumer demand for more “home-grown” meat.

Co-op suppliers ‘not impacted’ by 285 job cuts

The Co-op will still work with local suppliers despite closing three distribution centres across the UK and putting 285 jobs at risk, the retailer said this week (July 10).

Provenance key to food exports, claims Michael Gove

The provenance of UK-produced food would underpin the government’s global export strategy as the nation moves towards Brexit, Michael Gove claimed in one of his first outings as the new...

Cargill to supply food surplus charity

Poultry processor Cargill has launched a new agreement to supply food poverty action group FareShare with fresh chicken every week, free of charge.

Morrisons hires former SABMiller supply boss

Morrisons has appointed Tony van Kralingen as non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee, praising his supply chain and manufacturing experience. 

Science role in food is ‘urgent’, claims tech body

There is a “clear and urgent” need for science and technology to play a role in sustainable food and food security, according to a report by the Institute of Food...

Biogas from food waste can be low-carbon truck fuel

Biogas generated from food and drink process waste offers a low-carbon commercial transport fuel for the future, a study for a leading British bioenergy company has shown.

Organic tea boss: demand for premium goes global

Organic tea maker Clipper Teas is experiencing “real international demand” for premium black tea variants, according to the man responsible for developing the business.


Brexit and obesity on agenda at industry convention

Shadow secretary for international trade Barry Gardiner will lead a top line-up of speakers at the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) 2017 Convention, which takes place at the British Museum...

Crisp maker wins major overseas Aldi deal

A UK crisp maker is on course to meet its ambitious export targets after securing a deal to supply 470 Aldi stores in Australia.

Gangmasters’ body gets policing powers

New police-style powers have been given to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to tackle modern slavery and labour exploitation in the agri-food supply chain.

Marks & Spencer plans to cut its food supplier base

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is looking to reduce the number of its food and drink suppliers, under strategic plans that its head of agriculture and fisheries has revealed.

EU plans action on antibiotic resistance threat

The EU is to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans and animals with a three-pillared action-plan focusing on best practice, research and innovation, and promoting better...

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Strike called off at M&S food haulier

Union officials have called off a 24-hour strike over pay at Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) London and south-east food haulier, in order for talks to take place....

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UK needs to be more vocal on global meat antibiotic use

The UK’s meat sector needs to be more vocal in encouraging Asian countries to cut antibiotic use, as treatment here has significantly reduced, says the British Poultry Council’s (BPC’s) Reg...

Tesco ‘1,200 job cuts’: suppliers face price rise battle

Tesco’s suppliers face resistance to price increases and higher demand for new product development at no further cost, after the supermarket revealed it was cutting a reported 1,200 head office...

Complaints to Groceries Code Adjudicator fall

Far fewer food and drink suppliers are complaining of abuses from their big retailer customers, according to the results of the annual online survey published by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA)...

Coca-Cola invests in £39M automated warehouse

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has invested £39M in an automated warehouse at is factory in Sidcup.

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