Fresh produce

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.

'Striking a Balance' Does DEFRA's task force report mark a new regulatory dawn or a missed opportunity?

DEFRA task force has failed fresh produce, FPC

By Ben Bouckley

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) says that a prominent DEFRA task force appointed to cut red tape for farmers and food processors has ignored oppressive regulations facing its sector.

Climate change hits fresh pineapple supplies

Climate change hits fresh pineapple supplies

By Rod Addy

Fresh pineapple harvests will be hit by bad weather later this year, with businesses forced to resort to canned versions of the fruit and other stocks, fresh produce processor Nature’s Way Foods has warned.

Ocado ceo Tim Steiner: Increasing numbers of food firms are entering the online grocery arena

Online sales help brands counter own label threat

By Ben Bouckley

Limited supermarket shelf space and own label competition are reasons why food firms are growing online sales, both directly and through third-party sites, says food and grocery analyst IGD.

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