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Direct to consumer channel could boost sales

Food manufacturers could boost their revenues by 5% by opening direct to consumer (DTC) supply channels, according to a new report from a global supply chain management consultancy. 

Drivers unloading lorries should be paid more: FTA

Delivery drivers should be paid more to load and unload lorries, said the Freight Transport association (FTA), after discount retailers Aldi and Lidl were criticised for requiring divers to take...

Quinoa production in UK boosted by deal

Quinoa production in the UK is set to increase after a domestic grower struck a deal to supply three years’ worth of crop to Lincolnshire-based pulse processor Dunns.

New agribusiness group to give united Brexit voice

A new agribusiness group – The Agri-Brexit Coalition – representing tens of thousands of members has been formed to focus agricultural supply chain expertise, ahead of the UK’s Brexit talks...

Meat firm Yorkshire Game gets new owners

A gourmet food business that fell into insolvency has been taken over by its current md and the former boss of Ragu and Aunt Bessie’s maker Symingtons.

Exploding drinks tins create traffic chaos

Exploding tins of sports drink caused traffic chaos in Staffordshire this week (Wednesday March 8), after a lorry caught fire on a busy section of the motorway.

Groceries Code comes under scrutiny

The UK food supply chain is coming under scrutiny at two events examining transparency, competition and focusing on the roles of Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) and the Groceries Supply Code...


Supply chain system rollouts present challenges

Rolling out the same supply-chain systems across different sites might appear to offer benefits, but it can also present challenges. 

Pea plant to be one of UK’s greenest food factories

Frozen food producer d’Arta UK is to join forces with a farmer co-operative and a bio-energy firm to build what it claims will be one of the UK’s greenest food...

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Supply chains need to be shorter and simpler

The UK must shorten and reduce the complexity of its food supply chains if it hopes to ensure future food security and reduce the opportunities for fraud this presents, were...

Tax relief needed for sustainable production

Food and drink firms should be given tax relief to help them invest in improving both production and the environment, a green think tank has claimed.

Amazon could open drive-thru stores

Amazon could target the UK next for its drive-thru grocery stores, following reports that the online retail giant planned to open its first drive-thru in Seattle in the US, it...

Lidl to create 360 jobs at new distribution centre

Lidl is to create up to 360 new jobs, after receiving planning permission to build a new multi-million pound regional distribution centre.

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Low food prices are ‘key for political stability’

Low food prices are vital to ensure political stability, insists Professor Chris Elliott in his City Food Lecture 2017.

Road transport group rejects lorry pothole claims

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has slammed a local government body for blaming the poor state of Britain’s roads on the logistics industry.

Amazon launches 5,000-head recruitment drive

Amazon, the online retail giant, has revealed plans to recruit 5,000 more full-time workers, taking its total UK workforce to more than 24,000, and launched a new apprenticeship programme.

Supply chains need to adapt to technology trends

Manufacturers need to adapt their supply chains to the latest technologies or risk losing out to the competition, warned logistics specialist Fowler Welch.

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NFU seeks level playing field for post-Brexit

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is actively lobbying government to ensure British farmers are not disadvantaged compared with their main competitors in Europe following Brexit, its president Meurig Raymond told...

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Food price cuts may be on way as inflation returns

Food manufacturers need to think strategically if they want to avoid the threat of retailers demanding price cuts as inflation returns, a leading City analyst has warned.


Any US-UK trade deal will come at a price

Britain’s prospects of securing a trade deal with the US post-Brexit were one of the main items up for discussion (along with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) during Prime Minister...

Courgette shortage costs retailers £2M in January

UK retailers lost £2M in courgette sales last month, after unfavourable growing conditions in Spain meant supermarkets had to restrict UK supplies.

Food safety firm receives £2M investment

A food safety company in Northern Ireland is to receive a £2M investment, to help boost traceability in the global food chain.

Amazon to build £1.2bn air cargo hub

Online retail giant Amazon is to build a £1.2bn ($1.5bn) air cargo hub at an airport in the US and create more than 2,000 jobs, to help fulfil its global orders.

‘Safe haven’ for sharing food fraud intelligence

A food industry network set up to combat the threat of fraud in the supply chain is inviting food and drink manufacturers to join its membership base.

Ensure forklift truck productivity in cold stores with eight top tips

Advice is now available to support improved productivity of forklift trucks operating in cold store environments from RTITB, the regulatory body for workplace transport training.