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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...

End Calais chaos to protect Scottish seafood exports

The UK government and French authorities must do more to resolve the transport chaos around Calais, says the Scottish government after holding a crisis meeting yesterday to probe the impact...

Dairy Crest cuts milk price

Dairy Crest has cut its milk price for its farmers by 1.4 pence per litre (ppl) to 21.69ppl, effective September 1.

Calais chaos: ‘Consider bringing in the troops’: FTA

The government should consider enlisting the British Army to end the traffic chaos on this side of the Channel, which is costing the freight industry millions and causing misery for...

UK government must follow the French with dairy support

The UK government should provide dairy farmers with similar support and financial backing given by its French counterpart to help secure sustainable milk supplies and fight against the “bleak future”...

Travel chaos costs freight industry £0.75M a day

Travel chaos caused on both sides of the channel by striking French ferry workers is costing the UK freight industry £750,000 a day, as another fatal trans-channel accident was reported...

New hi-tech answer to migrants in trucks

A new portable device designed to detect stowaways in trucks transporting vegetables, fruit and other goods has been launched by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), as the FTA Ireland urges...

Logistics firm pays £104k for ‘life changing injuries’

A Midlands logistics firm has been ordered to pay more than £104,000, after one of its workers suffered “life changing injuries”.

Aldi pledges to ‘change face of retailer and supplier relations’

Aldi’s pledges to UK growers “could change the face of retailer and supplier relations in this country”, claims the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Poundworld creates 4,400 jobs with new warehouse

Yorkshire-based discount retailer Poundworld Retail will create 4,400 jobs with the opening of a new Wakefield warehouse.

Calais migrant death highlights need to end transport chaos

The death of migrant while trying to board a freight shuttle to Britain has prompted the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to write to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to...

Supply Chain and Logistics Newsletter launched

A new free monthly Supply Chain and Logistics Newsletter has been launched by the Food Manufacture Group.

Transport chaos in Calais ‘must end now’: FTA

The French government must act urgently to end the transport chaos in the port of Calais caused by striking French ferry workers, warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA), as further...

Scotland’s growth depends on logistics

Efficient logistics are a key driver of growth in the Scottish economy, according to a new report from the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Airport report: ‘get diggers in ground at Heathrow’

Heathrow is the preferred option recommended by the long-awaited final Airports Commission report – leading one business leaders’ organisation to conclude: “get the diggers in the ground at Heathrow swiftly”.

Dairy crisis

Dairy sector needs ‘urgent help’ after ‘devastating blow’

The dairy industry has been hit with “another devastating blow” as Arla Foods has cut its milk price, calling for urgent help from industry and government, according to the National...

Unite brands Dairy Crest boss ‘fat cat’ and ‘hypocritical’

Dairy Crest’s boss Mark Allen has been branded a  “fat cat” and a “hypocrite” by Unite, after the union claimed he was set to receive a £1.2M bonus in a proposed takeover...