COVID-19

Grocery Aid offers a range of services for anyone in the grocery supply chain

GroceryAid raises awareness of support services

By Rod Addy

GroceryAid has been raising the profile of its work to emotionally and practically support those in the grocery industry facing tough times during its third Awareness Day.

Johnson: 'We will not pull the rug out'

Chancellor 'should extend furlough and credit insurance'

By Rod Addy

Chancellor Rishi Sunak should extend the Government's furlough and credit insurance schemes in his March Budget announcement to support the food and drink industry and others hit by COVID-19-related lockdowns.

The Nescafé range performed strongly across the world

Nestlé: Nescafé and Starbucks among top performing brands

By Rod Addy

Garden Gourmet, Nescafé, Starbucks and Purina PetCare fuelled organic sales growth in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, according to Nestlé's latest full-year results, although COVID-19 hit group reported sales.

Howorth: 'The decisions businesses make over the coming months may shape the future of millions in the years to come'

Supply chain opinion

2021 will be the year of greener supply chains

By Dave Howorth

Environmental impact has always been an important consideration for businesses, however the challenges of the past 12 months may have led to this having temporarily been put on hold.

Supply chain operators could soon be hit but a massive packaging shortage, warns Antalis

Packaging shortages to hit supply chains

By Gwen Ridler

As packaging demand swells, driven by an accelerated switch to online purchasing, supply chain operators should consider alternatives to paper and card to maintain the flow of materials, according to Antalis.

Continued impact from the pandemic is expected, but Tate & Lyle proved buoyant

Britvic, Tate & Lyle and Diageo post financial updates

By Rod Addy

Out-of-home declines at Britvic offset sales growth in at-home products in its first quarter (Q1), Tate & Lyle's primary product sales rose in the three months to 31 December and Diageo reported dented interims.

Businesses are pinning their hopes on improved performance once lockdown eases

Financial roundup: pandemic pummels food firms

By Rod Addy

Greencore, Real Good Food (RGF) and AG Barr financial updates all reflected hits as the latest COVID-19-related lockdown affected consumer buying habits, but hope remains for the coming year.

Cockran: 'It has been a challenge – a good challenge at the same time'

Coca-Cola apprentice Amelia Cockran on COVID-19 challenge

By Gwen Ridler

Rapid change in a COVID-19 world and new learning opportunities have been essential parts of the lives of apprentices in 2020, one finalist in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) reveals in this exclusive podcast.

A workers at Muller's Bridgwater site has died from COVID-19

Müller worker dies after contracting COVID-19

By Gwen Ridler

One person has died from COVID-19 and 47 have tested positive for the disease at Müller Milk & Ingredients’ site in Bridgwater, Somerset, leading to scaled down production.

Confusion over Christmas has left producers unsure about the future of trade with Northern Ireland

Brexit chaos threatens NI trade and Scottish seafood

By Gwen Ridler

Post-Brexit disruption over paperwork and procedure is hitting supplies to Northern Ireland as well as seafood exports, with the Scottish industry saying it faces a perfect storm that could cripple its international trade.

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 Gwen 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 Gwen 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 Gwen 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 Gwen 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 Gwen 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 Gwen 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.