Supply Chain

Miles: 'It is time to refocus on how we can achieve a food system that maintains the robustness and resilience of the current system'

Food Standards Agency boss calls for collaboration

By Gwen Ridler

Government and industry must collaborate more to create a food strategy fit for purpose and tackle the failings of the past, according to Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Emily Miles.

Left to right: Masteroast's Fawkes, chairman Les Mills and group commercial director Matthew Mills

Masteroast Coffee Co to build £1.5m warehouse

By Rod Addy

Masteroast Coffee Co has commissioned the construction of a £1.5m standalone warehouse, which can store 2,500 pallets in the Fengate industrial district of Peterborough and is set to create 20 jobs.

Petre comments on the four pillars of Weetabix's sustainability programme

Weetabix outlines sustainability efforts

By Gwen Ridler

Closed loop recycling, the impact of COVID-19 and the future of sustainability at Weetabix were key topics in our exclusive podcast interview with the manufacturer’s head of supply chain.

Howorth: 'Will future category ranging and sourcing decisions be made on the basis of supply chain risk?'

Opinion

Will COVID-19 spark a new approach to retailer/supplier relationships?

By Dave Howorth

Back in March, when panic-buying consumers stripped the supermarket shelves and loaded their cupboards and freezers, the big question on everyone’s lips was: 'Will the food and drink supply chain cope and, more importantly, will there be food on...

The Agriculture Act replaces the EU subsidy scheme for farmers with one encouraging eco-friendly aims

Farmers welcome Agriculture Bill becoming law

By Rod Addy

Farmers have welcomed the Agriculture Bill passing into UK law, gaining Royal Assent after more than 100 hours of debate in parliament, claiming the Government has listened to food standards concerns.

The NPA is calling for more urgency and engagement from Government 'before it is too late'

Pork producers on Brexit: 'time is running short'

By Rod Addy

A long list of questions about exports to the EU from 1 January 2021 remain unanswered, according to producer body the National Pig Association (NPA), which is calling for 'more urgency' from Government.

Manufacturers have helped prevent 180k tonnes of food from being wasted in 2020

Courtauld 2025 update highlights food waste progress

By Gwen Ridler

More than 180,000t of food –worth £300m – has been saved from becoming waste during the second year of the Waste and Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP’s) Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.

CCEP claimed encouraging performance over the summer, according to chief executive Damian Gammell

Coca-Cola European Partners bids for Coca-Cola Amatil

By Rod Addy

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has tabled a bid to acquire Asia Pacific bottler and distributor Coca-Cola Amatil in a move that would boost the international reach of both businesses in uncertain times.

Brexit could lead to disruption along the Irish border, according to a consortium of UK unions

Trade unions unite to oppose no-deal Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

Trade unions have united to urge the Government to do ‘whatever it takes’ to secure a trade deal with the EU to save jobs and prevent a schism along the Irish border.

Parish: 'The Government also needs to increase support for redistribution of surplus food to those who need it most.'

Government lacks preparation in face of COVID-19, Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

The Government stands accused of being unprepared for Brexit and a second wave of the novel coronavirus by a parliamentary committee report as new lockdown regulations threaten to force suppliers to cease operations.

The Government's plan to introduce 10 inland border sites could be too little, too late, according to Scala

Brexit inland border sites branded ‘last-minute’

By Gwen Ridler

Government plans for up to ten additional inland border sites to cope with Brexit congestion and border checks are ‘extremely last-minute and desperate’, according to supply and logistics specialist Scala.

Asda's headquarters will remain in Leeds

Asda set to boost UK sourcing after acquisition

By Rod Addy

Asda is set to increase the volume of products sourced from UK suppliers, from chicken and dairy to wheat and potatoes, following its acquisition by joint owners Mohsin and Zuber Issa and TDR Capital.

The end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December is likely to disrupt trade, experts claim

Brexit: customs staff, exports and red tape fears

By Rod Addy

Freight and customs representatives fear a lack of customs personnel and significant obstacles surrounding exports and red tape will lead to disruption at the end of the Brexit transition period.

NFU president Minette Batters wants MPs to be able to scrutinise trade deals

NFU wants MPs’ input on trade deals

By Michelle Perrett

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging ministers to give Parliament a say on how future trade deals will impact British food and farming.

Breweries such as Shepherd Neame have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic

How are breweries surviving coronavirus?

By Michelle Perrett

As the UK went into lockdown, panic buying dramatically boosted volume sales for food and drink retailers, while for the brewery sector the closure of pubs had a devastating effect.

A number of food and drink firms have announced recruitment plans in the past week

Food and drink recruitment round-up

By Gwen Ridler

New jobs at a bakery rebuilt after a blaze, 400 roles at a food logistics specialist and vacancies at fresh produce supplier AMK Fresh feature in this food and drink recruitment roundup.

McCain hoped to support the potato industry during the pandemic through a £25m investment

McCain Foods in £25m potato industry investment

By Gwen Ridler

Frozen food producer McCain Foods (GB) has invested £25m into the UK potato industry to help navigate the pressures of the coronavirus and erratic weather caused by climate change.

Dark days for Scotch whisky as US tariff remains in place

Whisky, beer and gin industries, Walkers Shortbread and Government respond on US tariffs

US tariffs wipe £300m off Scotch whisky exports

By Rod Addy

US tariffs have wiped £300m off Scotch whisky sales, with losses set to grow as it emerged they would be kept in place for what is one of Scotland's staple exports.

Traceability issues could cost food manufacturers the trust of its consumers

Recalls heighten consumer mistrust in food firms

By Gwen Ridler

More than a third of UK consumers believe food and drink firms are not transparent enough when it comes to product recalls, according to standards and barcode provider GS1 UK.