IT

The Nursery Kitchen aims to recruit more staff, expand its customer base and launch new ranges

Nursery meals company dives into Industry 4.0

By Helen Gilbert

The Nursery Kitchen is set to embark on a pilot digital technology programme that will help it move away from outdated, paper-based processes and boost productivity.

Marples: 'Automated reporting, user-friendly dashboards, alerts and real-time notifications provide hugely valuable data'

Supply chain software firm finds fresh funding

By Helen Gilbert

Food tech specialist Authenticate Information Systems has secured a new funding round of £2.3m that will allow it to double the size of its software and data teams.

Hanwell has launched an app for tracking critical environmental alerts

Hanwell adds mobile alarms app

By Ellie Woollven

Wireless environmental monitoring equipment specialist Hanwell Solutions has introduced a smart EMS Alarms app for critical environment alerts.

New blockchain-based traceability service could build trust in the beef supply chain

Blockchain service for beef products launched

By Rick Pendrous

A blockchain-based traceability service is being launched by auditing specialist NSF International, which aims to improve operational efficiency and cut costs for farmers while improving consumers’ trust in the supply chain.

Left to right: Brian Holliday and Peter Nallen

Siemens to help malt firm slash costs

By Helen Gilbert

International brewing giant Boortmalt hopes to reduce its costs by up to 30% within the next 12 months after signing a productivity improvement and technology programme with Siemens Digital Industries.

Digital technology has a low adoption rate in manufacturers' food safety

Technology downplayed in food safety

By James Ridler

Less than one-in-ten (8%) manufacturers see new digital technology as playing a major role in their food safety schemes, according to a new report by certification body DNV GL.

UK sugar beet growers face fierce competition with Europe if their isn't more investment in the industry. Picture from British Sugar

News in brief

Sugar grower threat after ‘critical’ system taken down

By James Ridler

British sugar growers will struggle to compete with their European counterparts if Associated British Foods (ABF) does not continue to invest in the industry, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned.

Cuthbert: ‘A collaborative retail-supplier relationship should be using all available data’

Opinion

Work with retailers to gain accurate forecasts

By Guy Cuthbert

More collaboration between suppliers and retailers is needed to be able to create accurate forecasts in the food and drink industry, according to Atheon Analytics’ Guy Cuthbert

Digitalisation is the only way to meet food compliance, claims Systems Integration

Digitalisation needed to meet new safety standards

By James Ridler

Digitalisation of the quality assurance (QA) process is the only way food and drink firms will be able to achieve compliance with the new British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards for Food Safety, the head of a food compliance software provider...

Whitworths has partnered with IFS Applications to update its IT systems

Whitworths’ IT revamp reaps rewards

By Rod Addy

Whitworths has revolutionised its business by overhauling its IT systems in partnership with software solutions provider IFS Applications.

Technological innovation will be key to the future of the food and drink supply chain, says Howorth

SUPPLY CHAIN PROFILE

Technology a differentiator in supply chain deals

By James Ridler

Dave Howorth, executive director at SCALA Consulting, relishes the challenges presented by the food and drink supply chain and its importance to business success

Most modules in the basic Supply Chain Mapper package are designed to be free to use for up to three years

Qadex rebels against supply chain software costs

By Rod Addy

Supply chain software costs are preventing smaller foods firms from developing robust traceability systems, so a free software tool is being launched to encourage an honest, level playing field.

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