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Retailers are reacting to the HGV driver shortfall

Retailers are understood to be taking measures to address a shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, having previously denied that the issue could potentially cripple the perishable food sector.

Norbert Dentressangle bought by US firm

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has been acquired by US-based giant XPO Logistics for €3.2bn (£2.3bn), one of the biggest supply chain deals of recent years.

Sainsbury’s fridges draw on F1 technology

Sainsbury is redesigning its in-store fridges drawing on aerodynamic technology built into Formula One (F1) racing cars from Williams Advanced Engineering to make them more energy efficient.

Nestlé forges contract packing deal

Nestlé has sealed a deal with Eddie Stobart and IPS, the UK’s largest independent contract packer, to secure a range of packaging services and the creation of display units. ...

General Mills first client at Port Salford hub

General Mills has become the first client to sign up to use supply chain firm Culina Group’s 26,000m2 Port Salford tri-modal logistics facility.

News in brief

Coca-Cola deal boosts Nichols Dispense in Scotland

Nichols Dispense Scotland is more than doubling capacity by launching a depot in Stirling off the back of the major distribution deal with soft drinks giant Coca-Cola.

Food distributor NR Evans creates 60 jobs

Chilled food distributor NR Evans has created more than 60 jobs in an expansion of its operation backed by a £3M lending facility from Lloyds Bank.

Retailers call for collective action to stamp out migrant worker exploitation

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has called for more concerted action between fresh produce suppliers overseas and governments both at home and abroad to stamp out abuse of migrant workers,...

Tacon urges trade to respond to groceries survey

All 10 major food retailers have now backed the second annual groceries suppliers’ survey launched by Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon last month, according to a GCA spokeswoman.

Election 2015

Waste firm calls for food waste crack down

The new government should make recycling compulsory under law as Britain’s increasingly full landfill sites reach crisis point, according to one waste management business.

Unions warn against irresponsibility as milk quotas cease

Countries must refrain from irresponsible overproduction as EU milk quotas end, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned.

Amazon’s drone delivery plan in the wings

Online retail giant Amazon is in talks with policy makers worldwide to turn its plans for the drone delivery of packages – including  food products – into reality.

Dairy crisis

Desperate dairy sector needs government support

The UK’s ‘desperate’ dairy sector needs more support from the British government, according to National Farmers Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond.

Arla Easter strike threat intensifies

Arla Foods’s milk deliveries to northern supermarkets could be disrupted over Easter, after the GMB and Unite the Union both warned a three-day strike was likely over the holiday.

Groceries Code Adjudicator has made industry more professional

The food and drink industry has become more professional since the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) was appointed a little over two years ago, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Culina to create 280 jobs at ambient food depot

Culina is to create 280 jobs at a new 26,000m2 ambient food and drink logistics facility at the National Import Centre at Port Salford.

Transport firm fined £0.5M for ‘horrific injuries’

A transport firm has been fined £500,000 for what the Health and Safety Authority (HSE) described as “horrific injuries”, after a worker was crushed between a lorry and its trailer....

Poultry industry fears bird flu export hit

Plunging exports have knocked the poultry industry’s confidence, with UK bird flu outbreaks likely to have contributed to the drop, according to the British Poultry Council (BPC).

Forensic accounting can track food fraud

Forensic accounting can track food fraud and must be a weapon in the arsenal of the UK Food Crime Unit, according to Lisa Jack, professor of accounting at the University...

Burton’s Biscuit’s US deal targets sales of £70M

Burton’s Biscuit Company is targeting almost £70M in sales through a new US distribution partnership with International Food Associates (IFA).

Dairy crisis

Eustice: dairy report pierces short term gloom

The Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group’s (APPG’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”.

Opinion

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....