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

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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’


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


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.

Grahamslaw: ‘Blockchain will be be part of the answer to what will be a very complex issue’

Blockchain only part of the answer

By James Ridler

Blockchain will have its place in the food and drink supply chain, but won’t be the answer to all of its problems, an expert in supply chain has claimed.

Spanish laser coding firm buys into UK

Spain’s Macsa ID snaps up Halo Lasers

By Michelle Perrett

A Barcelona-based specialist in laser coding, marking and scoring systems for the food and beverage industries, among others, has expanded into the UK with the purchase of Bedfordshire-based Halo Lasers.

Speakers at the Institute of Food Science & Technology’s 2018 spring conference spoke of the potential of remote audits

Could remote technology help audits?

By Rod Addy

Remote audits, using drones for filming and even Google Glass, will offer solutions to consumer demands for robust food supply chain standards, but can only supplement face-to-face methods.

Sterling Crew: ‘Blockchain has the potential to revolutionise food traceability and transparency’


How blockchain can build trust in food

By Sterling Crew

Sterling Crew, strategic adviser at Shield Safety Group, explains how the use of blockchain can build trust in the food and drink industry.

Blockchain can boost tractability in the food supply chain, explains Flynn

Blockchain would help coordinate the supply chain

By James Ridler

The use of blockchain could help coordinate the different parts of the food and drink supply chain, according to James Flynn, founder and chief technical officer at food safety software provider Primority.