Fresh produce

Branston has launched two new products in Tesco stores nationwide

Branston launches new chip range in Tesco

By Gwen Ridler

Potato processor Branston is set to launch a new range of prepared potato products in Tesco stores across the country, following increased demand from consumers.

A changing marketplace has led to a restructure at AHDB

AHDB restructures to meet ‘changing industry’

By Aidan Fortune

Food industry levy body Agriculture & Horticulture Levy Board (AHDB) has said a “fast-changing industry” has led to a restructuring of its market development division.

Mash direct has secured a listing in Waitrose

Mash Direct secures Waitrose listing

By Gwen Ridler

Ready meals and prepared vegetable supplier Mash Direct has secured a deal, for an undisclosed sum, to supply upmarket retailer Waitrose.

Lyons: Since the recall, food safety is now ‘the priority in decision making’

Swancote makes food safety priority

By Noli Dinkovski

The potato processing firm at the centre of a major product recall in 2015 has “radically changed its thinking” and now makes food safety “the priority in all of its decision-making”, according to the man appointed to oversee its transformation.

Greater collaboration between suppliers and retailers is needed, claimed Kirby

More collaboration with retailers needed, claims analyst

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers and suppliers need to create open, trusted and collaborative relationships with retailers to guarantee success in the fast moving consumer goods market, according to a consumer trends analyst.

DEFRA is to launch a review of farm inspections

DEFRA to launch review of farm inspections

By Gwen Ridler

A comprehensive review of farm inspection is to be launched by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), as it aimed to scrap the red tape preventing farmers from focusing on issues such as animal welfare.

Mutagenesis – or gene editing – can occur both naturally and artificially

Exempt gene editing from GMO rules

By Noli Dinkovski

Gene-edited crop production could be set to become more widespread after a leading EU lawyer claimed the technique should be exempt from genetic modification organism (GMO) rules.

NFU president hails Brexit opportunity

NFU president hails Brexit opportunity

By Aidan Fortune

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) in England has reiterated the importance of farming and food production when the UK leaves the EU.

Dole generated revenue of £3.2bn in the 12 months to October 7

Total Produce buys 45% stake in Dole Food Company

By Michelle Perrett

Total Produce, the UK-based fresh produce company, has entered into a binding agreement to acquire a 45% equity stake in banana and pineapple producer Dole Food Company for US$300M (£212.5M).

Food firms should open up about their needs: logistics boss

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Food firms should be open about their needs: logistics boss

By Noli Dinkovski

Food manufacturers should be open about their needs to third-party logistics firms if they want to receive the best market insight and value, the newly-appointed boss of NFT Distribution Operations has claimed.

Metal contamination sparked a recall of Greencore wraps

Metal contamination sparks Greencore recall

By Gwen Ridler

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore has been forced to recall wraps from three supermarkets, after they were contaminated with small pieces of metal.

Food supply chain excellence: Stewart Wilmot collected the award from Columbus Global UK’s Simon Charlton (right) and awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAs 2017

Salad processor wins supply chain Oscar

By Mike Stones

West Sussex salad processor Natures Way Foods has won the coveted Supply Chain Initiative of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in London earlier this month.

Bosses at Axgro Foods insist health and safety is their ‘number one priority’ following the incident

Factory chemical incident puts 11 in hospital

By Noli Dinkovski

Bosses at a Lincolnshire food factory have insisted health and safety is their “number one priority” after a chemical incident hospitalised 11 staff.

Veg firms wins Food Manufacture Excellence Award

FMEA 2017

Willowbrook Foods wins fresh produce food manufacturing Oscar

By Mike Stones

Northern Ireland root vegetable and salad processing company Willowbrook Foods has won the prized Fresh Produce Manufacturing Company of the Year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in...

Wingland Foods’s operations manager Darryn Denny won a place in F1 racing car

Wingland Foods operations manager wins F1 racing car competition

By Mike Stones

Wingland Foods’s operations manager Darryn Denny will find himself behind the steering wheel of a Formula One racing car, after winning our exclusive competition, staged at the recent Processing & Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) Show.

Weetabix has taken action to close its gender pay gap. Group HR and IT director Stuart Branch pictured

Weetabix closes gender pay gap

By Gwen Ridler

Weetabix Food Company UK & Ireland is taking action to close its gender pay gap, which it claims is already lower than the UK company average, according to a new report from the company.

Food boss on the value of offering career progression

Me and My Factory

Salads boss on how career progression benefits all

By Noli Dinkovski

The director of a Leeds-based prepared salads and vegetables business has drawn on his own experience to highlight the value of giving staff the incentive to progress their careers.

Subterranean salad producer Steven Dring says the future for urban salad production lies below city streets

Underground salad producer wins top award

By Mike Stones

Subterranean salad producer Growing Underground, which grows microgreens 33m below London streets, has landed the prestigious Future Food category of the BBC Food and Farming Awards.