Supply Chain

We mustn't forget our most important trading partner, says the FDF. Credit: Getty/Studio1222

News

UK import and export trade snapshot

By Bethan Grylls

The trade report from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), which assessed the period between January and December 2023, warns that new trade barrier rules could reverse export growth.

Welsh Lamb EU exports sees healthy year-on-year rises, but will new regulatory red tape put UK sheep exports at risk? Credit: Getty/Henry Arden

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Welsh Lamb exports booming

By Bethan Grylls

Exports of Welsh Lamb and other sheep meats have grown again, whilst beef exports continue to recover.

What did the food and drink sector make of the Spring Budget 2024? Getty/stocknshares

News

Food sector reacts to 2024 Spring Budget

By Bethan Grylls

Wednesday 6 March 2024 saw the UK Chancellor announcing the 2024 Spring Budget; while many welcomed the alcohol duty news, others were left disappointed at its lack of attention to small to medium businesses.

Shipping costs have seen drastic price increases amid Red Sea attacks. Credit: Getty/djtrener

News

How to ride the wave in a permacrisis

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture’s upcoming webinar brings together expert panel to provide overview of UK economy and geopolitical climate, as they strive to help food producers minimise disruption in volatile times.

How much thought have you given your digital strategy? Credit: Getty/ Floriana

Long read

Creating a digital strategy for your traceability set-up

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture’s webinar on ‘Strategies for improving your supply chain traceability’ raised important questions around technology investments, as well as highlighting some current and emerging tools for enhanced traceability, including 2D barcodes....

The Government's new immigration rules risk throwing the meat industry into disarray, warned the BMPA. Image: Getty

News

Meat industry hits out at new immigration rules

By Gwen Ridler

The Government’s ‘one-size-fits-all’ £38,700 immigration rule will stoke food price inflation and spark a raft of equal pay claims that risk tearing the food industry apart, according to the head of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA).

Manufacturers remain optimistic despite many admitting to increasing prices in the face of cost pressures Image: Getty, gerenme

News

Manufacturers remain optimistic in the face of cost pressures

By Gwen Ridler

More than two thirds (68%) of food and drink businesses are optimistic about future growth, despite costs continuing to be a significant challenge, according to a survey by accountancy and business advisory firm Johnston Carmichael.

The site was formerly an Amazon warehouse. Credit: Sysco

News

Sysco investing $100m in new UK depot

By William Dodds

Foodservice wholesaler Sysco has announced plans to invest $100m (£79m) in a new depot to serve London and South East England.

Beef, carrots and salad crops among the foods that could see higher price tags attached. Credit: Getty/LauriPatterson

Short read

5 foods affected by supply shocks

By Bethan Grylls

While inflation may be easing, the supply chain remains sensitive to shocks, with several food commodities likely to see continued shortages and higher prices than the years before the permacrisis era.

Jean-Philippe (third from left) with a handful of Tilda farmers

Me & My Team

Tilda’s climb to the top

By Jean-Philippe Laborde

Managing director Jean-Philippe Laborde of the well-known rice brand talks about Tilda’s strategy since he took the helm five years ago, from innovation and keeping costs down, to teamwork and trailing new rice cultivation techniques.

The UK Government has implemented targets requiring all firms to reach net zero by 2050. Credit: Getty / Hype Photography

Feature

From net zero declarations to meeting emission targets

By William Dodds

With global temperatures closing in on the 1.5C warming limit and companies’ net zero deadlines edging nearer, the urgent need for emission-based action is widely recognised, but getting there isn’t always easy.

Mash Gang are expanding into the US through its partnership with Pilot Project Brewing

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Craft brewer Mash Gang extends reach to the US

By Gwen Ridler

Non-alcoholic craft brewer Mash Gang is setting its sites on the US market with help from brewery incubator Pilot Project Brewing, launching two of its best-selling beers overseas this month.

Every single banana bought at Sainsbury’s will now contribute towards paying thousands of workers a fairer wage

News

Sainsbury’s paying premium for bananas

By Bethan Grylls

The supermarket has invested in living wages for workers of its best-selling fruit – the banana – three years ahead of a wider industry commitment.

Scarcity of vehicles and high costs are hampering the switch to electric vehicles. Image: Getty, Scharfsinn86

News

Lack of electric vehicles creates supply chain challenges

By Gwen Ridler

Supply chain operators face an uphill struggle decarbonising their fleets as only 1% of vans and lorries in the UK are electric vehicles (EVs), according to research by management consultancy Inverto.

Is it time to move away from paper-based logistics? Getty/Monty Rakusen

Short read

3 technologies to help improve visibility across your food factory

By Aptean

Everyone knows technology is the future, but with buzzwords thrown around left, right and centre, what does it all mean? Here, Aptean offers a simplified breakdown of three popular software technologies and explains how each one can be used in your food...

Don't miss our webinar, exploring technologies for improving your supply chain traceability. Credit: Getty/sitox

News

Technology to improve your traceability

By Bethan Grylls

Register for our exclusive webinar which looks at existing and emerging technology to enhance your supply chain traceability, whilst taking you back to basics as our experts explore several case studies, options and the important questions to ask before...

The new border rules could cause a major fresh fruit fiasco. Credit: Getty/Studio1222

Short read

BTOM breakdown: Your checklist for 31 January

By Bethan Grylls

This Wednesday 31 January 2024 will see the UK roll out the first stage of its new border rules – here’s what you need to know and why so businesses are worried...

The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive will significantly change the way companies approach ESG. Credit: Getty/MTStock Studio

Short read

How the Due Diligence Directive will impact food and drink producers

By Bethan Grylls

Last December saw the informal agreement from EU Parliament and Council negotiators on new corporative sustainability rules, but what does this mean for food and drink manufacturers and suppliers and their current way of approaching ESG?

How prepared are you for the changes coming to UK borders? Credit: Getty/PCH-Vector

Opinion

New UK border controls may cause anarchy

By Andrew Thurston

Long-awaited changes to border controls on the import of animals, food and flowers from the EU into the UK may cause significant disruption to trade if suppliers in the EU are not sufficiently prepared. Andrew Thurston, customs duty lead for MHA explores.

2023 was a highly volatile year for the global commodities market and 2024 will see further disruption. Getty/CharlieAJA

News

Sugar, oil and gold likely to see price hikes in 2024

By Bethan Grylls

The Smart Cube’s senior commodity specialist examines the fluctuating commodity market and how things are shaping up this year, as he warns oil, gold and sugar costs are set to rise.

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