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Eustice: dairy report pierces short term gloom

The Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group’s report, launched on March 3, “looks through short term gloom to the long term potential” of the industry, MP George Eustice has claimed.

Beef code slammed by independent suppliers

Critics have slammed a new beef industry code of conduct, designed to make the supply chain more transparent, describing it as ineffective and nothing more than “gesture politics”.


Online shopping is the new frontier for food

Could 2015 be the year when online food and drink shopping really takes off? While online sales have been growing rapidly, it’s been from a relatively low base.

Boost product life to cut 250,000t of food waste

Boosting product life by just one day could slash food waste in the grocery supply chain by as much as 250,000t, claims a report from the Waste & Resources Action...

Arla’s milk supply faces hit as strike threat looms

Strike action could hit supplies of Arla Foods’s milk unless it protects the terms of drivers it plans to outsource to third-party firm Moran Logistics, trades unions have warned....

Fish factory fire hits landings and prices

Northbay Pelagic’s fish processing unit in Peterhead is likely to be out of action until the tail end of the herring season, hitting UK landings and probably reducing prices.

Manufacturers back calls to lift UK food output

Food and drink manufacturers have backed calls from the National Farmers Union (NFU) to boost food production, after research showed the nation’s self-sufficiency is due to fall.

Election 2015

Food to be highlighted ahead of election

A nationwide campaign to highlight the contribution of food and farming to British national life and the economy, ahead of the general election will be launched by the National Farmers...

Food firms sign up to voluntary cattle code of practice

Morrisons and 2 Sisters Food Group are among the firms signing up to a new voluntary processor code of practice for the purchase of cattle in a bid to enhance...

Dairy Crisis

Christmas milk sales down £22M

Milk sales plunged by £22M over Christmas, despite rising volumes sold in the period, reflecting competition among retailers to keep prices down, according to market analyst IRI.


Dairy crisis summit tackles milk contracts

A dairy working group has been formed to tackle all aspects of milk contracts following the emergency roundtable convened on February 11 to address the industry’s woes.


Emergency dairy meeting held

An emergency dairy industry roundtable was held between government and trade representatives on February 11.

Dairy UK launches industry election manifesto

Dairy UK has launched a manifesto setting out what the dairy industry expects of the main political parties as they prepare to fight the forthcoming general election in May.

Red Tractor boss rejects Welsh beef accreditation fears

Welsh beef farmers’ fears Red Tractor accreditation would “increase costs” throughout the supply chain without any return have been dismissed by David Clarke, boss of Assured Food Standards (AFS), which...

News in brief

Scotch whisky pumps £1.8bn into UK economy

The Scotch whisky industry pumps £1.8bn into the pockets of its suppliers annually, with 90% of that expenditure in the UK, according to a Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) report.

Müller cuts milk price to remain competitive

Müller UK & Ireland aims to cut its milk price from 24.15ppl by 1.75ppl from March 5, 2015 in a bid to remain competitive.

Slaughterhouse CCTV in focus after abuse claims

Claims that slaughtermen routinely abused sheep at a slaughterhouse run by Bowood Lamb, near Thirsk north Yorkshire are likely to highlight the role of CCTV in protecting animal welfare....


Dairy Crest avoids milk price cut

Dairy processors have halted milk price cuts for the time being, as the market struggles to right itself.

Expert: Tacon needs more than power to fine

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) needs more than the power to fine supermarkets breaking the Groceries Supply Code of Practice to be effective, according to one leading industry expert.

Food waste progress, but more needed

The food industry is struggling with food waste reduction, despite achieving some significant milestones, according to the charity Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Government must appoint food security coordinator

The government must appoint a food security coordinator to spearhead efforts to redistribute waste food to needy UK consumers, according to an Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee report.

100 years for UK to reach global sugar target

It may take 100 years to cut UK consumers’ sugar intake to levels recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), according to market analyst Datamonitor.

Cross-party group to tackle supply chain bullying

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has assembled a cross-party group of members of parliament (MPs) to tackle supply chain bullying following criticism of the practices of 2 Sisters Food...

Stinging HGV crisis to hit supermarkets

Food firms are set to feel the sting of the worsening road haulage crisis, as industry leaders call for more action to stem the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver shortage.

Dairy farmers hit by further milk price cuts

Fresh milk price cuts have already cast a shadow over 2015, stepping up pressure on dairy farmers to further slash production costs.