Fresh produce

Wrights’ £7m investment supported job creation

Wrights Food Group completes £7m investment

By Gwen Ridler

Wrights Food Group has completed a £7m investment programme at its manufacturing sites in Crewe, supporting the creation of new jobs and new contracts.

Producers and retailers have taken great strides in reducing household food waste

Producers make progress toward limiting food waste

By Gwen Ridler

Work to reduce food waste has seen significant progress, but more can still be done to limit the cost of wasted food to the UK, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

The food industry has responded to the governments consultation on a National Food Strategy

National Food Strategy: industry submissions

By Gwen Ridler

The UK food and drink industry has called for the Government’s National Food Strategy to focus on the length and breadth of the industry and to uphold the high level of standards currently enjoyed in the UK.

Thanet Earth - one of Fresca Group's biggest businesses - grows vegetables such as tomatoes using hydroponics

Fresh produce supplier reveals mixed performance

By Rod Addy

Fresca Group has reported mixed results in its latest financial period as the name behind Thanet Earth and Manor Fresh invested in growth in banana provision, while the hot 2018 summer affected performance.

The edible code can be used to tell consumers allergen information, ingredients and the point of origin for food products

Edible code reduces need for packaging

By Gwen Ridler

A new edible, scannable code has been developed for food applications, reducing the need for packaging and allowing consumers to track products from farm to fork.

Major disruption is expected at the Irish border if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead, warned experts

No-deal chaos to hit Irish border

By Gwen Ridler

Severe disruption will hit food manufacturers in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI) if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal on 31 October, according to food policy experts.

The potential closure of Swancote Foods has put jobs at the potato processor at risk

Jobs risk at potato processor

By Gwen Ridler

Jobs are at risk at potato processor Swancote Foods after it announced it has entered a 30-day consultation period with its employees regarding the potential closure of its sole site in Telford.

E Park and Sons has submitted plans to build a new factory and create jobs

Potato processor plans to create 15 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Potato processor E Park and Sons (EPS) is set to create 15 new jobs as part of plans to build a new factory at its headquarters in Macclesfield, Cheshire, subject to council approval.

2 Sisters Food Group has announced plans to close its Witham processing facility

2 Sisters to close poultry site

By Aidan Fortune

2 Sisters Food Group has announced plans to close one of its poultry processing plants in a bid to grow efficiencies in its supply chain.

Pret is rolling out ingredients labelling on all its products nationwide

Pret launches nationwide ingredients labelling

By Gwen Ridler

Pret A Manger is to roll out a full list of ingredients for all the fresh food it sells in stores, following the deaths of two customers that suffered allergic reactions from eating its sandwiches.

Sales of ethically-sourced food and drink grew to £8.2bn in 2018

UK ethical food sales worth £8.2bn

By Gwen Ridler

Sales of ethical food and drink in the UK hit £8.2bn in 2018 and are projected to continue growing through 2019, according to new research by Mintel.

Step onto the show floor at IFE 2019 in this video

Innovation on show at IFE 2019

By Gwen Ridler

From low calorie meringue bars to vegan ready meals, this year’s International Food & Drink Event (IFE) showcased the latest innovations in the industry – captured in our whistle-stop video tour.

Health and safety failings have cost Braegate Produce Ltd £50k and C H Cole & Sons £30k

Potato processing firms fined for safety failings

By Gwen Ridler

Potato processor Braegate Produce has been fined £50,000 for health and safety failings, while a separate potato processing line accident has cost one Essex firm more than a £30,000 penalty.

Vbites owner Heather Mills has purchased her third food factory

Heather Mills buys third food factory

By Gwen Ridler

Heather Mills, owner of vegan food manufacturer VBites, has purchased the former Coty/Procter & Gamble factory in Newcastle for an undisclosed sum.

Warnings have been issued to Government over a lack of clarity surrounding Brexit

Meat industry issues Brexit warnings

By Aidan Fortune

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has called on the Government to ensure that the population continues to have access to quality food once the UK leaves the EU.

Simply Lunch managing director Sam Page (centre), with brothers Jack (left) and William (right), is confident the firm’s bullish outlook will help it ride the Brexit storm

Me & My Team

Simply Lunch on the same page

By Sam Page

The boss of the family-run food-to-go business explains how they built an empire – and a strategy for overcoming Brexit uncertainty.

Essex-based grower Angflor has been acquired by Florette owner Agrial Fresh Produce

Florette owner expands UK operations

By Aidan Fortune

Agrial Fresh Produce, owner of salad brand Florette, has made steps to ensure year-round production in the UK by acquiring Essex-based grower Angflor.

The Government has outlined the tariffs that will be applied should there be a no-deal Brexit situation

Tariff timeline slammed by food industry

By Aidan Fortune

Details of the tariffs that are to be applied to food and drink products in the event of a no-deal Brexit situation have been criticised by the industry.

One-in-four consumers would like to see a change to how non-meat products are labelled

Meat labelling survey calls for debate

By Aidan Fortune

One-in-four consumers believe vegetarian products should not be allowed to have meat-related names like sausage or burger, a survey has found.

The UK and the US are currently at odds over differing food standards including poultry production

US-UK food standards war breaks out

By Aidan Fortune

The Government has been warned against a “race to the bottom” in food standards, following the US ambassador’s suggestion that the UK embrace practices such as chlorine-washed chicken.

Organic food sales grew in 2018

Organic food sales on the rise

By Gwen Ridler

Sales of organic food in the UK grew 5.3% in 2018 to £2.33bn, boosted by consumer interest in free-from options and healthy eating, according to a report by certification body the Soil Association.

Food Standards Scotland has issued a Public Information Statement on the dangers of STEC in food

FSS issues STEC food safety advice

By Aidan Fortune

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has issued a Public Information Statement to make clear its position regarding the presence of a group of harmful E.coli bacteria called STEC in food.

The use of robots in farms could spell the future of food production in the UK

Adoption of robotics defines future of food production

By Gwen Ridler

The future of food production in the UK will be defined by the adoption of robotics and innovative new technology to help address the “productivity challenge” faced by producers, according to a new report for the National Farmers Union (NFU).

A relaxation of modified atmosphere-packed foods legislation has been urged by the industry

Call for FSA to relax MAP guidance

By Rick Pendrous

Food safety experts have called for a relaxation of guidance governing the controls on vacuum and modified atmosphere-packed (MAP) chilled foods, which has been claimed to place UK manufacturers at a distinct disadvantage compared with overseas competitors.

Greencore has set in motion its plans to cope with a no-deal Brexit

Greencore plans for no-deal Brexit

By Gwen Ridler

Convenience foods manufacturer Greencore is working with its customers to manage supply chain disruption in the worst-case scenario of a no-deal Brexit.

A no-deal Brexit would disrupt the flow of food imports into the UK and raise prices, retailers have claimed

Retailers press Government to avoid no-deal Brexit

By Rod Addy

The bosses of grocery retailers including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose and McDonald’s have voiced concerns about the “significant risks to maintaining the choice, quality and durability of food” posed by a no-deal Brexit.

Food and drink trends for 2019

Key food and drink trends for 2019

By Noli Dinkovski

From pegan diets to cannabidiol oil, we offer a snapshot of what 2019 holds for the UK food and drink industry.