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UK consumers have eaten more fruit and vegetables during the coronavirus pandemic. IMG: Rick Ligthelm

UK eating more fruit and veg during pandemic

By Jerome Smail

The UK increased its consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables by 33% and 31% respectively during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by EIT Food.

Empiricai's new system can detect violations to social distancing rules and if employees aren't wearing PPE

AI system tracks COVID-19 in food factories

By James Ridler

Identifying COVID-19 symptoms and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning were key topics in our exclusive interview with Salman Chaudhary, chief executive of AI systems developer Empiricai.

BFAWU members have voted to reject a proposed pay rise from  Greencore

Bakers union in Greencore Northampton pay dispute

By James Ridler

Members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) at Greencore’s Northampton factory have rejected a ‘divisive’ pay rise, claiming staff there have not been recognised as key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Miles: 'It is time to refocus on how we can achieve a food system that maintains the robustness and resilience of the current system'

Food Standards Agency boss calls for collaboration

By James Ridler

Government and industry must collaborate more to create a food strategy fit for purpose and tackle the failings of the past, according to Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Emily Miles.

Hamm Tun Fine Foods hopes to raise £40k through crowdfunding to save the business

Cheese maker seeks crowdfunding to escape closure

By James Ridler

Northamptonshire-based cheese maker Hamm Tun Fine Foods has launched a crowdfunding campaign to prevent its closure, after running into difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic.

High profile marketing campaigns and the pandemic have helped boost beef sales

Beef sales rise as shoppers opt to eat in

By Jerome Smail

British consumer spending on beef totalled £551m in the 12 weeks to 1 November 2020, according to figures from research organisation Kantar Worldpanel.

Muller UK & Ireland produces a host of brands sold in top supermarkets, from Muller Corner to Frijj

Muller UK & Ireland reports 2019 sales and profit drop

By Rod Addy

Dairy product giant Muller UK & Ireland Group has reported sales and profit down in full-year results as inflation raised costs and it continued a hefty investment programme, but it claimed some victories.

The ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre is one of the specialist organisations making up the COVID-19 Resilience Group

COVID-19 resources launched for Welsh food processors

By Jerome Smail

The Welsh Government-backed COVID-19 Resilience Group has set up hotlines and a downloadable resource to support food and drink manufacturers across Wales in dealing with the impact of the pandemic.

GMB Union has called for measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 at Bakakvor Tilmanstone Salads

COVID-19 death at Bakkavor Kent factory

By James Ridler

Trade union GMB has called on Bakkavor to offer staff greater support during the coronavirus pandemic, following the death of a worker from its Tilmanstone Salads factory from COVID-19.

The TUC singled out food factories as potential 'super spreaders' of COVID-19

Food factories could become COVID-19 ‘super spreaders’

By James Ridler

Food factories could become ‘super spreaders’ of COVID-19 in the run-up to Christmas, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), but it has been challenged by the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA).

Scientific papers on emerging aspects of nutrition and COVID-19 continue to be published

Food scientists assess nutritional weapons against COVID-19

By Rod Addy

Selenium, zinc, Vitamin D and a healthy gut microbiota can all help fight the effects of COVID-19, according to scientists presenting at the British Nutrition Foundation's (BNF's) virtual conference Nutrition and COVID-19.

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