Supply Chain

Members of the industry are working together with Scala to combat the impact of the coronavirus

Scala launches coronavirus action group

By Gwen Ridler

The coronavirus outbreak has prompted food and drink supply chain businesses to form a united emergency working group to ensure the industry can continue to feed the nation.

The two were fined for illegally supplying workers

Two men fined as unlicensed Gangmasters

By Michelle Perrett

Two men who acted as unlicensed Gangmasters have been fined following an investigation by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

Sustainability in the supply chain has become a corporate responsibility for many businesses

Opinion

Optimise your supply chain sustainability

By John Perry

John Perry, managing director at logistics and supply chain specialist Scala, looks at how sustainability can be achieved in the supply chain.

Pig meat production costs are up

Pork production cost rises in 2018

By Michelle Perrett

The cost of pig meat production in the UK rose by 8% in 2018 to £1.47 per kg, according to a report by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Food supply chain tackles panic buying

Food chain tackles panic buying surge

By Michelle Perrett

Coronavirus concerns, sparking panic buying have forced manufacturers, distributors and retailers into special measures to manage the spending surge.

Food retailers can increase the frequency of food deliveries (Image: Getty)

Food delivery curfews relaxed to supermarkets

By Michelle Perrett

The Government is to relax food delivery hours to supermarkets and other retailers to help the supply chain cope with demand due to the Coronavirus COVID-19.

Transparency and provenance are driving innovation in supply chain software

Supply chain software

In search of smarter supply chains

By Rick Pendrous & Michelle Perrett

With consumers increasingly demanding transparency in the provenance and supply of their food, manufacturers are coming under pressure to use the latest digital technology to ensure product security and achieve optimal efficiency from farm to fork.

Kuyk: ‘If we don’t have a market to sell it into, we don’t have a gain for UK fishermen’

Fish in the frame as UK leaves EU

By Michelle Perrett

UK-based fish processors are pushing for the Government to close trade deals with countries outside the UK, such as Norway and Iceland, as negotiations with the EU and UK are set to heat up over fishing rights.

the loss of frictionless trade with the EU could see prices rise and a loss of availability, claimed the BRC

Food prices to rise with Brexit border friction

By Gwen Ridler

The UK will be at risk of higher food prices, reduced supply of short shelf-life goods and a lack of choice as a result of border friction with the EU, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Greenyard Frozen's work with FareShare has helped to create 80k meals

Food surplus scheme creates 80,000 meals

By Gwen Ridler

Fruit and vegetable producer Greenyard Frozen has helped create 80,000 meals for vulnerable people through its partnership with food charity FareShare.

Adapting to new technology is the way forward for supply chain operators, said Dombach

Supply chain profile

Zebra Technologies: Working smarter, not harder

By Gwen Ridler

Daniel Dombach, head of Solution Sales at Zebra Technologies, explains why supply chain operators need to become tech-savvy to stay ahead of the game.

Ocado reported a pre-tax loss of £214m in 2019

Warehouse fire deepens Ocado loss in 2019

By Gwen Ridler

Online retailer Ocado has reported a £214m pre-tax loss for the year ended December 2019, after costs resulting from a fire at its Andover customer fulfilment centre ate into profits.

Food bosses shared their Brexit concerns at this year's Business Leaders' Forum

business Leaders' Forum

Companies voice Brexit export fears

By Rod Addy

Suppliers have voiced concerns about Brexit’s impact on exports, after admitting that uncertainty about the effects of the UK’s departure from the EU had already hit international trade.

Farming, trade and adapting to change post-Brexit

Farming, trade and adapting to change post-Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

The future of farming in the UK post-Brexit, the growing trend of plant-based foods and trade negotiations outside the EU were standout discussions at this year’s Business Leaders’ Forum, according to chair Geoff Eaton.

The UK reduced food waste by 480k tonnes between 2015 and 2018

Significant drop in food waste

By Gwen Ridler

Food waste in the UK fell by 480,000t between 2015 and 2018, according to a new report from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

In addition to producing renewable fuels from food waste, Pointon and Sons also supplies ingredients for pet food

ABP Advanced Proteins buys John Pointon and Sons

By Rod Addy

ABP’s by-product division Advanced Proteins has acquired John Pointon and Sons’ animal by-products and proteins business in Staffordshire – the UK’s largest single-site by-product and pet food ingredient supplier.

Trade deals, dairy worries and stockpiling are hot topics in this Brexit round-up

The Brexit effect: the latest food industry news

By Gwen Ridler

Calls to fast-track deals with China and the US, concerns for the future of dairy trade with the EU and the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU on cold storage stockpiling all feature in this round-up of food industry Brexit news.

The UK continental meats category is worth £285m, according to Cranswick

Cranswick in Spanish charcuterie tie-up

By Noli Dinkovski

Cranswick Continental Foods (CCF) has boosted its charcuterie offer after agreeing a supply partnership with Spanish producer Costa Food Group.

Standards post-Brexit and carbon emissions were key topics at the Oxford Farming Conference

NFU president Minette Batters calls for food commission

By Gwen Ridler

Repeated calls for a food sector council and criticism of the Government’s stance on maintaining standards in future trade deals were key takeaways from today’s politics briefing at the Oxford Farming Conference.

Boom! is the brain-child of Beth Morgan and host a wealth of information for women in the supply chain

Supply chain profile

Exploding into life: Boom!

By Gwen Ridler

An online global community for women in the supply chain was the vision of Boom! chief executive Beth Morgan... and her dream has become a growing reality.

The Oldham site is twice the size of LWC Drinks' current facility

Drinks facility to create up to 50 jobs

By Rod Addy

LWC Drinks has bought a new 46,134m2 warehouse and manufacturing facility and plans to move operations there in summer 2020, creating up to 50 jobs in the first year of its operation.

Unite is seeking assurances for its members at Eddie Stobart

Union seeks assurances for Eddie Stobart workers

By Gwen Ridler

Trade unions are seeking assurances for their members working for haulage firm Eddie Stobart, after the business was saved from collapsing in administration late last week.

It is estimated that the actual build of the six vehicles will take four weeks, with an estimated completion date of the end of January 2020

Perishables logistics firm invests £500k in vehicle fleet

By Dan Colombini

Perishable Movements Ltd (PML) is investing circa £500,000 in six new state-of-the-art trucks, which represent the UK’s first refrigerated trailers to feature a powered roller bed floor system, according to the firm.

Managing director and founder of Highland Game Christian Nissen said the firm was working hard to promote the benefits of venison

New deals to spark £2m sales surge at Highland Game

By Dan Colombini

Scottish venison supplier Highland Game is predicting a £2m boost in sales over the next year after securing new deals with recipe box company Gousto and distribution partners Costco, Booker and Brakes.

Harrow: ‘Consumers are also becoming increasingly concerned with making healthy and environmentally-conscious choices’

Pizza keeps frozen sales growing as meat falls

By Rod Addy

Demand for pizza helped keep frozen food sales growing as revenue from meat declined in the 52 weeks to 8 September, according to Kantar data cited by the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF).

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