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Scottish government in £3M supply chain boost

A £3M local supply chain project has been launched to help Scottish food and drink firms build connections with suppliers, processors and retailers, the Scottish government revealed on St Andrews...

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Food truck bridge smash causes traffic chaos

A food distribution lorry has caused disruption in Northern Ireland, after it crashed into a low bridge on Monday night (November 28).

‘Bio-fortification’ of crops can meet global nutrition demand

The food supply chain will need to adopt advanced technologies – such as “bio-fortification of crops” – if the world is to meet the huge nutritional challenges it faces in...

Big cost savings from small supply chain changes

Food and drink manufacturer’s costs could be reduced by making small changes to be more sustainable throughout the supply chain, said the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) chief scientific officer...

Greggs opens new distribution centre

High-street baker Greggs has opened a new 4,645m2 distribution centre in Enfield, which it said would improve efficiency and increase delivery capacity.

Infrastructure spending boost is ‘great news’: FTA

The increased infrastructure spending, announced in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement, has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), which described it as “great news”.

Consider longer-term sugar contracts: report

Food and drink producers should consider longer-term sugar purchasing contracts, or switch to sweeteners, before the EU sugar quota ends in October 2017, a report has claimed.

Illegal shellfish harvesting clampdown in Scotland

A clampdown of illegal shellfish harvesting was launched in Scotland last week (November 16), spearheaded by Highland Council’s Environmental Health Service (EHS).

Food factory gets bomb surprise in supplier’s delivery

Unexploded bombs were found at a sugar factory in Bury St Edmunds, after they were delivered to the site in a load of sugar beet.

Morrisons’ new Amazon deal will build its role as ‘food maker and shopkeeper’

The new one-hour grocery delivery service launched by Morrisons and Amazon will build the supermarket’s business as “a food maker and shopkeeper”, says its boss David Potts.

Cranswick buys Dunbia’s Ballymena pork business

Meat firm Cranswick has boosted its pig processing capability with the acquisition of Dunbia’s Northern Ireland pork business for an undisclosed sum.


Wyke Farms cleans up with an environmental Oscar

West country cheese manufacturer Wyke Farms has won the Environmental initiative of the year award in the food manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during...

Asda apologises for dirty delivery crates

Asda has apologised for low levels of hygiene in its home delivery vans, after a BBC investigation found bacteria levels on some delivery crates to be “the equivalent to dirt...

Bakery fined £5k for bread basket misuse

A Derbyshire bakery has been fined almost £5,000 for using equipment without permission, following a court case on October 31.

Dairy farmers set to suffer annual milk price decline

Dairy farmers are set to lose more on the value of their milk in 2016/17 than in the previous 12 months, despite recent positive moves from processors to raise prices,...

Farming ‘catastrophe’ in store without subsidies

Domestic growers and farmers face a “catastrophe” if their subsidies are not maintained after the UK leaves the EU, the head of a logistics firm has claimed.

The Big Interview

Food logistics boss: problem sharing pays

Nick Hay, boss at logistics firm Fowler Welch, says openness pays dividends. Noli Dinkovski reports.

Grocery code boss ‘should have her role extended’

The government’s review of the Groceries Code Adjudicator’s (GCA’s) role and remit, announced last month, has been welcomed by a coalition of non-governmental organisations, unions and food groups, which has...

Food firms urged to raise their counter-fraud game

Food fraud good practice guidance has been launched today (Wednesday November 2) by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) in an effort to get the industry to protect itself...

Two plead guilty to conspiracy in horsemeat fraud case

Two men have pleaded guilty of conspiracy to defraud in selling horsemeat instead of beef.

Sales-out data offers more wholesale potential

Wholesalers could be making a lot more money from the ‘sales-out’ information they hold by selling this data to suppliers that would also benefit greatly by using it, a specialist...

FTA praises Heathrow expansion

Plans to expand Heathrow airport – which has been given government backing today (October 25) – have been praised by the Freight Transport association (FTA).

Brexit could drive food firms offshore

Some manufacturers could relocate their operations overseas in whole or in part following the Brexit vote, a senior food industry consultant has suggested.

GMO law change will lead to glut of imports

Any deregulation of food made with genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the UK after Brexit is likely to result in a huge rise in imports of GM products from Asia and...

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Smart tech key to boosting sales: Diageo boss

Smart technology – including temperature-sensitive billboards – and inspired Twitter marketing have “significantly” boosted sales, claims drinks giant Diageo.

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