COVID-19

Hundreds of workers are being tested for coronavirus at Evesham Vale Growers Ltd

Coronavirus strikes Evesham Vale Growers tomato packing site

By Gwen Ridler

Hundreds of employees at a tomato packing site in Worcestershire supplying retailers including Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and the Co-op are being tested for COVID-19, after 14 members of staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

First Milk is a dairy cooperative owned by its farmer members

Food Man Talks

First Milk invests £5m to boost dairy factories' performance

By Rod Addy

First Milk is investing £5m this financial year to boost capacity and meet environmental goals, chief executive Shelagh Hancock and chief financial officer Greg Jardine reveal in this exclusive Food Man Talks video podcast.

Zorba Delicacies staff are involved in rapid testing

Zorba Delicacies faces COVID-19 cases

By Michelle Perrett

Public Health Wales (PHW) has confirmed that ‘widespread’ and ‘rapid’ testing was taking place at dip maker Zorba Delicacies’ Ebbw Vale food processing plant after four confirmed cases of COVID-19 there.

Argent outlined measures to tackle coronavirus in its latest financial results

Argent Foods furloughed 500 in tough coronavirus measures

By Gwen Ridler

Argent Foods furloughed more than 500 workers in businesses hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic alongside other tough measures, it announced in its financial report for the 12 months to 31 December 2019.

Hybu Cig Cymru-Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) chairman Kevin Roberts: Welsh meat sector faces “worrying challenges”

‘Menacing maelstrom of uncertainty’ confronts meat industry

By Michelle Perrett

The Welsh meat sector faces “worrying challenges” and “a menacing maelstrom of uncertainty” amid further disruption from coronavirus and an EU trade deadlock, Hybu Cig Cymru-Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) chairman Kevin Roberts has warned.

The recovery plan is to help the food sector restart

Food system faces ‘challenge’ to recover from pandemic

By Michelle Perrett

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the ‘strength’ and ‘fragility’ of the food supply chain, according to the Food and Drink Sector Council (FDSC), which has launched a COVID-19 Recovery Plan for the industry.

Signature Flatbreads' investment will create up to 100 new jobs

Signature Flatbreads to create up to 100 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Strong sales during the coronavirus pandemic will see Signature Flatbreads create 75–100 jobs as part of a significant investment to increase production capacity at its Dunstable factory.

Kimberly Carey Coffin warns the industry could be at risk

Coronavirus has ‘catastrophic’ food fraud implications

By Michelle Perrett

The COVID-19 pandemic could give rise to the biggest case of food fraud since the 2013 horsemeat scandal with “catastrophic effects” food safety assurance specialist Lloyd’s Register has predicted.

The food and drink industry has reacted to the Chancellor's Summer Economic Update

Food industry reaction to Chancellor’s ‘mini budget’

By Gwen Ridler

The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Summer Economic Update has been broadly welcomed by members of the food and drink industry, but concerns were raised over the speed at which the sector would be able to recover.

Workplace fatalities have dropped since 2018, according to the HSE

Workplace fatalities fall in 2019

By Gwen Ridler

Workplace deaths across the manufacturing sector – including food and drink firms – have fallen over the past year, according to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) annual workplace fatality figures for 2019/20.

FareShare has worked with almost 150 additional food businesses to aid vulnerable consumers

Coronavirus support maintained by food industry

By Rod Addy

Food industry coronavirus initiatives have continued over the past month, with a range of companies offering support to consumers, the NHS and firms in the supply chain.

2 Sisters Llangefni reopens today, two weeks after a cluster of COVID-19 cases were reported there

Coronavirus hit 2 Sisters factory reopens

By Gwen Ridler

The coronavirus-hit 2 Sisters Food Group poultry processing site in Llangefni, Wales has reopened today (3 July), after being given the go-ahead from local safety bodies.

2 Sisters Coronarvirus cluster has been contained

2 Sisters coronavirus cases contained

By Michelle Perrett

Health officials have revealed that the 2 Sisters Coronavirus outbreak at the Llangefni factory in Wales has been “contained” and there is no evidence of community transmission.

Suppliers have gained confidence at the negotiating table thanks to the work of the Groceries Code Adjudicator

GCA’s tenure instils confidence in suppliers

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink suppliers have been granted more power at the negotiating table after seven years of successful regulation in the groceries sector, according to the exiting Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

Pork processor Tulip has confirmed a number of cases of COVID-19 at its Tipton site

Coronavirus cases at closing Tulip plant

By Gwen Ridler

A number of cases of coronavirus have been confirmed at Tulip’s Tipton fresh pork manufacturing site, less than a month after confirming the closure of the factory.

Boredom, anxiety, stress and an inability to travel to supermarkets have sparked a rise in unhealthy eating during the coronavirus pandemic

Boredom sparks decline in healthy eating

By Gwen Ridler

Nearly two-thirds of people in Britain have attributed the main reason for eating less healthily than usual during the coronavirus lockdown to boredom, according to the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF).

Ugly Drinks is one of the food brands that has capitalised on the e-commerce boom

Food manufacturers see e-commerce opportunity

By Gwen Ridler

Online sales in the UK are set to surge by £5.3bn, thanks to the lockdown instigated in the wake of the coronavirus, with food manufacturers already capitalising on the opportunity presented by e-commerce.

Any legal case against a food manufacturer surrounding the coronavirus could set a precedent for the future

Coronavirus legal action threatens to set precedent

By Gwen Ridler

Legal action against food manufacturers blamed for letting their employees get sick from the coronavirus would be difficult to prove, but could lead to serious legal ramifications if upheld in court for the entire industry, law firm Walker Morris has...