Fresh produce

Salad sales plummet, producers call for E.coli action

Salad sales plummet, producers call for E.coli action

By Graham Holter

UK salad producers hope the European Commission (EC) will part-fund an awareness campaign to persuade consumers that their products are safe, and expect compensation after revealing that sales here have plummeted up to 60% by value since the E.coli crisis...

Europe's GM barrier is 'starving the poor’

Europe's GM barrier is 'starving the poor’

By Rick Pendrous

The EU is exacerbating poverty and starvation in the developing world via barriers against genetic modification (GM), says one of the UK’s leading scientists.

Offers in the region of £400,000 are invited for the Northumberland Foods' site

End of the line for Northumberland Foods?

By Ben Bouckley

Food production looks unlikely to restart at the former Northumberland Foods site in Amble, after it emerged that the firm’s assets are being auctioned off and the site sold.

Severed fingers lead to food firm fine

Severed fingers lead to food firm fine

By Ben Bouckley

Swancote Foods has been fined £10,000 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a cleaner lost two fingers in a potato processing machine.

Stop dithering and identify E.coli source, say fresh produce players

Stop dithering and identify E.coli source, say fresh produce players

By Anne Bruce and Ben Bouckley

As UK sales slide, fresh produce industry players say they are disappointed by the German and EU authorities’ variously indecisive and misleading steps when dealing with the German E.coli outbreak that has seen 16 people die and around 1,614 fall ill.

Wingland Foods completes salad expansion

Wingland Foods completes salad expansion

By Ben Bouckley and Anne Bruce

Wingland Foods has completed the third £1m phase of a factory expansion that provides it with a 336m2 of additional low- and high-care cooking space.

End of the line for Bakkavör business

End of the line for Bakkavör business

By Anne Bruce

Bakkavör closed its Exotic Farm Produce factory in Kirton the Friday before last, with up to 66 of its 115 staff now facing redundancy.

Fourayes in bid to double turnover

Fourayes in bid to double turnover

By Anne Bruce

Fruit supplier Fourayes has installed jam and fruit purée production facilities as it bids to double its turnover to £20m within five years.

Time for fresh produce brands to deliver?

Time for fresh produce brands to deliver?

By Ben Bouckley

Former Tesco director of produce Peter Durose has challenged fresh produce suppliers to build successful brands to achieve better prices and achieve production benefits of scale.

Wilkin & Sons to preserve Tiptree base?

Wilkin & Sons to preserve Tiptree base?

By Anne Bruce

Jam producer Wilkin & Sons says its main focus during 2011 is to find new premises, which could possibly involve moving from its iconic site in the village of Tipree, Essex.

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