Supply Chain

Keeping food cold has become more challenging in the aftermath of Brexit, as environmental issues force manufacturers to rethink how chilled products are stored

Refrigeration feature

Cold chain warms to sustainable goals

By Gwen Ridler

Temperature-controlled storage and distribution has come under considerable scrutiny, as the food industry balances a need to keep food fresh and safe with the environmental and financial cost of doing so.

Heck founder Andrew Keeble urged the Government to take action against nationwide staff shortages

Heck boss warns of Christmas food shortages

By Gwen Ridler

The UK will be hit with a raft of food shortages over the Christmas holiday period if the Government doesn’t step up and address the continued staff shortages across the food and drink supply chain, according to Heck founder and managing director Andrew...

Euronext maize costs dipped in July

Ingredients for Success

Ingredients for success: grain costs and coating trends

By Rod Addy

European maize prices dip, while wheat costs stay high - plus savoury coating trends, innovation for healthier protein bars and plant-based solutions for hybrid products all feature in our August Ingredients for success.

Unite members across GXO Logistics Drinks have called off strike action

GXO draymen call off nationwide strikes

By Gwen Ridler

Threats of a nationwide ‘beer drought’ have been quashed, after Unite members working across GXO Logistics Drinks called off strikes in lieu of an improved pay offer.

Driver shortages continue to plague the dairy industry

Dairy UK pressures Government on driver shortages

By Gwen Ridler

Members of the dairy industry continue to pressure the Government to prevent further damage to the industry caused by the shortage of heavy good vehicle (HGV) drivers, as the driver crisis threatens Arla’s milk supply.

Demand for kebabs tipped lamb sales over 12 months into growth in foodservice channels. Credit: iStock Duncan Cuthbertson

AHDB meat and dairy market snapshot

Kebab and takeaway surge helps boost lamb sales, says AHDB

By Rod Addy

Domestic lamb sales gained a welcome boost in the past year as the COVID-19 lockdown drove up demand for takeaway fare such as kebabs, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Unite members at XPO Logistics Drinks are to be balloted for strike action

Unite threatens ‘beer drought’ after pay dispute

By Gwen Ridler

Workers union Unite has threated a ‘beer drought’ across the UK, after announcing plans to ballot its members employed by XPO Logistics Drinks for industrial action over a ‘paltry’ pay offer.

British entrepreneur Henry Dimbleby is the author of the National Food Strategy

National Food Strategy Part 2: reactions

By Rod Addy

The National Food Strategy Part 2 has provoked mixed reactions, with big grocery retailers backing calls for mandatory reporting of key information, while others have criticised sugar and salt tax proposals.

Dimbleby: 'We must now seize the moment to build a better food system for our children and grandchildren'

National Food Strategy Part 2: sugar and salt tax plans

By Rod Addy

The National Food Strategy Part 2 has been published, revealing proposals for a sugar and salt tax on all processed products, except ingredients for home cooking, and on foods sold through foodservice channels.

Trade with Australia could create a number of hurdles for UK food producers, according to Mielken

Opinion

UK-Oz trade deal: a ripper opportunity for food firms?

By Arne Mielken

UK food manufacturers that trade with the EU should think twice before importing duty-free food such as meat products from Australia, argues customs expert Arne Mielken of Customs Manager.

Food firms from across the UK and EU have signed a pledge to boost sustainability in the supply chain

Food businesses sign EU sustainability pledge

By Gwen Ridler

Nestlé, Suntory Beverage & Food Europe and Kerry Group joined more than 50 food businesses and industry bodies in signing a new European initiative to make food more sustainable.

The EU is to push back its ban on UK chilled meat entering Northern Ireland

EU to push back chilled meat ban

By Gwen Ridler

UK meat firms will be allowed to continue supply retailers in Northern Ireland with chilled processed meat products, as the EU moves to postpone the ban due to kick in this month.

A free trade agreement with Australia could see UK whisky export tariffs cut

Whisky tariffs could be cut in Australia trade deal

By Gwen Ridler

The UK’s proposed trade deal with Australia could cut – though not necessarily scrap – tariffs on Scotch whisky exports to the country, supporting thousands of jobs in the Scottish drinks industry, according to the Government.

The logistics industry has been hit by a perfect storm of challenges that have driven up costs

Logistics sector nears 2008 financial crisis level

By Gwen Ridler

The supply chain and logistics industry is approaching pre-financial crisis levels thanks to shortages in drivers and shipping capacity, as the food industry continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 and Brexit.

Dakins highlighted three major challenges affecting the cold chain

Three cold chain food safety and security challenges

By Gwen Ridler

The cold chain faces three big challenges, according to Su Dakin, British Sugar head of food safety and quality, speaking at the Institute of Food Science and Technology’s Spring Conference 2021.

Meat processors in the UK have signed an open letter calling for Brazil to halt a damaging proposal for the Amazon rainfroest

UK meat processors and food groups threaten Brazil boycott

By Gwen Ridler

UK meat processors and other food industry groups have publicly opposed proposals by the Brazilian government that they argue threaten the Amazon rainforest, warning they would consider boycotting Brazilian agricultural commodities if the plans proceed.