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Food start-ups are competing for a chance for business mentorship at Rabobank's F&A Next conference

Food start-up competition attracts 120 firms

By Gwen Ridler

More than 120 global food and agriculture start-up firms are competing for a place at the agribusiness bank Rabobank’s business mentorship scheme competition, Foodbytes. 

The Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon has failed to deliver, claims Duncan Swift of accountancy firm Moore Stephens

Groceries code boss ‘has failed to deliver’

By Rick Pendrous


The future of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon and the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) has been put in doubt because so few investigations had been undertaken since they were both set up, a food and drink sector insolvency...

The Brexit clock will begin ticking after Article 50 is triggered today

Prioritise food, urges industry as Brexit triggered

By Michael Stones

The food and drink sector should receive priority in the forthcoming Brexit talks – which will begin after Article 50 is triggered today – urges a range of industry organisations.

Tesco Stores Ltd has been fined £129M for overstating its profits in 2014

Tesco fined £129M for market abuse

By Gwen Ridler

Supermarket giant Tesco’s subsidiary, Tesco Stores Ltd, has agreed to pay a £129M fine in order to avoid prosecution for market abuse, after overstating its profits in 2014.

The UK needs to secure a trade deal with the EU before Brexit happens: EEF

No EU trade deal is worse than a bad deal, claims EEF

By Gwen Ridler

Leaving the EU without a trade deal would be worse than the UK accepting a bad deal, claimed EEF, the manufacturing organisation – and any suggestion otherwise was “simply unacceptable to an industry that accounts for 45% of all UK exports”.

Welsh food and drink boosted by £21M programme

Welsh food and drink gets £21M boost

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink in Wales is to get a £21M boost, as the Welsh government launches a programme to fund research into food production and safeguard thousands of jobs.

Food manufacturers should follow Lidl’s example and buy more British food, urged the NFU

Food firms should buy more British food: NFU

By Michael Stones

Food manufacturers should buy more British food, urges the National Farmers Union (NFU), after thanking discount retailer Lidl for backing British food and farming.

View our photogallery of the top seven food and drink trends for 2017, according to the BBC Food and Farming Awards' judges

Food and Farming Awards’ top seven trends

By Gwen Ridler

The BBC Food and Farming Awards identified seven top trends – including a focus on alcoholic drinks and ethnic flavours – based on the hundreds of entries in this year’s awards.

Labour turnover has continued to fall year-on-year, as manufacturing workers increasingly prefer to sit tight

Labour turnover falls again – as workers sit tight

By Michael Stones

Labour turnover in the British workforce fell to 14% last year – down from 16% in the previous year, according to the latest Annual Labour Turnover data from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Growing Underground is one of three finalists in the BBC Future Food Award

BBC Future Food Award finalists revealed

By Michael Stones

The BBC Future Food Award finalists include an underground urban salad producer, a seaweed producer and a community seed co-operative.

Food popularity: avocados were second in the IRI list, up 28% on 2015

Almond milk and avocados top fastest-growing food

By Noli Dinkovski

Almond milk, avocados and new flavours of water were the three fastest-growing food product categories in 2016, as consumers began to embrace the ‘clean-eating’ trend.

A fatal grain silo accident has resulted in a £50k fine

Grain silo death results in £50k fine

By Gwen Ridler

A fatal accident in a grain storage facility resulted in a £50,000 fine for farming firm Maurice Mason Ltd last week (Friday March 10).

Pea production: the new plant will trade under the name Yorkshire Greens

Pea plant to be one of UK’s greenest food factories

By Noli Dinkovski & Matt Atherton

Frozen food producer d’Arta UK is to join forces with a farmer co-operative and a bio-energy firm to build what it claims will be one of the UK’s greenest food processing facilities.

Tesco's organic food sales rose 15% over the past year

Tesco’s organic sales climb 15%

By Matt Atherton

Tesco’s total organic food sales increased 15% over the past year, the supermarket revealed, as organic fish and dairy products proved more popular with shoppers.

Food flavour trends in 2017 are being led by the ‘refreshing’ cucumber

Cucumber named 2017 ‘flavour of the year’

By Noli Dinkovski

Cucumber is expected to be ‘flavour of the year’ in 2017, based on growing demand for refreshing, clean and healthy food and beverages, a Swiss fragrance and flavour company has claimed.

Morrisons searches for hundreds of extra farmer suppliers. Photo by Jonathan Colon, skatesphere.com

Morrisons seeks at least 200 new British suppliers

By Matt Atherton

Morrisons is seeking at least 200 new British food and drink suppliers, it revealed today (February 17), after a report claimed only 52% of food eaten in the UK came from British farmers.

Tesco could be prosecuted for displaying out-of-date promotions on its shelves

Tesco could be prosecuted for out-of-date labels

By Gwen Ridler

Tesco’s failure to remove out-of-date promotional labels from its shelves is a criminal regulatory offence, which could lead to fines – and even imprisonment of individuals found guilty, a law firm has claimed.

The US market is a big oportunity for GM-free products

Business Leaders' Forum

GM-free food is big US export opportunity for manufacturers

By Matt Atherton

Exporting food free from genetic-modification (GM) to the US is a big opportunity for UK food manufacturers, according to Northern Ireland-based prepared vegetable supplier Mash Direct.

The NFU is lobbying government to ensure its members don’t lose out after Brexit

Business Leaders’ Forum

NFU seeks level playing field for post-Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is actively lobbying government to ensure British farmers are not disadvantaged compared with their main competitors in Europe following Brexit, its president Meurig Raymond told the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’...

Food exports: ‘We are not the first cab on the rack’ in Asia and Middle Eastern markets,’ said John Giles

Business Leaders’ Forum

Asia offers strong food and drink export opportunities

By Rick Pendrous

The prospects for driving up UK exports of food and drink to countries around the world are good, provided there is sufficient ambition among UK manufacturers themselves and the government recognises the need to support them in achieving their potential.

Food and drink in Scotland could see a £750M boost if producers take on public-sector contracts, such as school dinners

Potential £750M boost to Scottish food industry

By Gwen Ridler

Scotland’s food and drink industry could get a £750M boost, as the government plans to make public-sector catering contracts more accessible to Scottish businesses. 

Potatoes, along with grains, pulses and seeds, are a natural source of resistant starch

Resistant starch shown to offer gut health boost

By Noli Dinkovski

The potential health benefits of resistant starch (RS) could lead it to being classified as a prebiotic under the EU’s health claim process, according to a review.

Lidl is to donate 2M meals a year to charities

Lidl to donate 2M meals a year

By Gwen Ridler

Discount retailer Lidl is to donate up to 2M meals a year to people facing food poverty in the UK, as part of its plans to donate food surplus to local food charities.

Philip Hambling is the NFU's new head of food and farming

Food boss appointed at NFU

By Gwen Ridler

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has appointed Philip Hambling as its new head of food and farming, to lead its food chain and commodity areas.

The FDF’s Ian Wright urged the prime minister to reassure the food industry about its continued access to foreign labour

Business Leaders’ Forum

FDF boss urges PM to offer labour supply assurances

By Michael Stones

The UK food industry urgently needs assurances from the prime minister about the security of EU nationals working in the UK after Brexit, says Food and Drink Federation (FDF) director general Ian Wright.

The UK courgette shortage has sparked a social media storm

Courgette shortage sparks social media storm

By Gwen Ridler

Reports of a shortage of courgettes in the UK have sparked a social media storm, as hundreds of people took to Twitter to express their views on the “famine”.

Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon should be given wider powers, says the National Farmers Union

Groceries adjudicator needs more powers: NFU

By Gwen Ridler

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) needs greater powers to crack down on unfair trading practices following “the increasing consolidation of suppliers and processors”, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

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