Supply Chain

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.

Premier Foods boosted by lockdown sales

Premier Foods boost with lockdown home cooking sales

By Michelle Perrett

Premier Foods, which owns brands including Mr Kipling, Bisto and Oxo, has reported a 22.5% rise in sales for the first financial quarter of this year, with branded sales up 27%, boosted by the coronavirus lockdown.

NFU president Minette Batters has reacted, along with many others in the food industry

Industry reacts to National Food Strategy

By Michelle Perrett

Part one of the National Food Strategy, led by British entrepreneur Henry Dimbleby, has been published. It is the first independent review of the UK’s food policy in nearly 75 years. Industry reaction to the report was swift.

The National Food Strategy makes urgent recommendations

National Food Strategy issues urgent call to action

By Michelle Perrett

The National Food Strategy has intensified pressure on food manufacturers to support healthy eating, with author Henry Dimbleby claiming the industry clothes “itself and its products in false virtue”.

Winfresh UK distributes bananas to major supermarkets. Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

Banana supplier Winfresh UK enters administration

By Gwen Ridler

Banana supplier Winfresh UK Ltd – located at Little Canfield near Stansted Airport in Essex – and owned by Winfresh Ltd, has entered administration, placing 70 jobs at risk.

Pino Calcagni: 'Synergies to improve economies of scale'

Nut and dried fruit supplier to grow Ipswich factory

By Rod Addy

Italian nut and dried fruit firm Besana, which supplies manufacturers and supermarkets including Tesco and Waitrose, will grow its Ipswich packing and distribution site following a merger with Spanish company Importaco.

The recovery plan is to help the food sector restart

Food system faces ‘challenge’ to recover from pandemic

By Michelle Perrett

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the ‘strength’ and ‘fragility’ of the food supply chain, according to the Food and Drink Sector Council (FDSC), which has launched a COVID-19 Recovery Plan for the industry.

FareShare has worked with almost 150 additional food businesses to aid vulnerable consumers

Coronavirus support maintained by food industry

By Rod Addy

Food industry coronavirus initiatives have continued over the past month, with a range of companies offering support to consumers, the NHS and firms in the supply chain.

Suppliers have gained confidence at the negotiating table thanks to the work of the Groceries Code Adjudicator

GCA’s tenure instils confidence in suppliers

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink suppliers have been granted more power at the negotiating table after seven years of successful regulation in the groceries sector, according to the exiting Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

Sales of Bakkavor's meals, alongside pizza & bread and desserts, look increasingly promising

Bakkavor in coronavirus fight back as factories reopen

By Rod Addy

Bakkavor, the chilled prepared food producer, is reopening two factories temporarily closed in March to cope with the impact of coronavirus as it reports exports stabilising and sales of key domestic categories improving.

The already strained supply chain could face further challenges come the peak seasonal periods, such as Halloween

Coronavirus challenges compounded by peak season

By Gwen Ridler

The challenges surrounding the coronavirus pandemic call for better communication between suppliers and retailers as the UK approaches peak retail periods, according to supply chain consultancy Scala’s COVID-19 Supply Chain Collaboration Group.

Government hails new global tariff regime planned from the start of 2021

Experts respond to Government's proposed tariff scheme

Brexit: UK Global Tariff positive for food industry

By Rod Addy

Brexit trade tariffs will be applied to agricultural imports from 1 January 2021 under Government proposals, potentially protecting domestic producers against cheaper import prices and lower food standards.

The future of logistic and the supply chain lies in software as a service, according to Deltion

Logistics in the cloud: Deltion

By Gwen Ridler

Deltion has taken the concept of software as a service and applied it to the food and drink supply chain, as business development manager Bashir Kahn explains.

Concerns have been raised about the safety of meat workers

Coronavirus death at Moy Park: unions demand action

By Michelle Perrett

Calls have been made to protect staff in the Northern Ireland meat processing sector following the death of a staff member who worked for the Moy Park poultry site in Dungannon.

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the industry to excel itself to support charities, the NHS, consumers and colleagues

Food industry coronavirus support efforts swell

By Rod Addy

Food industry coronavirus support initiatives continue to build momentum, with a host of firms rallying to aid the vulnerable, NHS staff and their peers in the sector.

Freezing beef steak reduces the value of cuts and would hit deadweight prices, LMCNI said

EU scheme to freeze meat will hit prices

By Rod Addy

Meat prices will suffer if premium cuts are frozen to manage the collapse of foodservice demand under EU Private Storage Aid proposals, according to the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMCNI).

Food and drink exports benefited from a decline in international tensions and an easing of trade tariffs

Coronavirus fails to dent food and drink exports

By Rod Addy

Food and drink exports bucked the wider downturn in UK international manufacturing sales caused by coronavirus' impact, softening an overall decline from January to March 2020, Lloyds Bank International Trade Index claims.

Coronavirus has cast a dark shadow over the whole food and drink supply chain

A month after the coronavirus lockdown, what is the impact on the food industry?

Coronavirus and the supply chain one month after lockdown

By Nic Robinson

The coronavirus pandemic prompted the Government to initiate a closure of pubs and restaurants on 20 March and announce a lockdown of the public's movements on 23 March.

Johnson: 'As things stand, following the Brexit transition period, there will be a pressing need to attract drivers'

Opinion

Immigration proposals threaten food logistics

By Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson, director of Tudor International Freight, questioned the Government’s Brexit stance on skilled labour and how it will affect the supply chain and logistics businesses.