COVID-19

Oliver Kay has revealed it is to restructure operations

Coronavirus: Job losses fear at Oliver Kay Produce

By Michelle Perrett

One of foodservice supplier Bidfresh’s produce businesses, Oliver Kay, has revealed that it is to restructure its operations, moving out of Bolton in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Beef sales stayed resilient, while lamb sales suffered during the lockdown

Beef strong during lockdown, but lamb suffers

By Gwen Ridler

Beef sales thrived despite the coronavirus pandemic in Great Britain (GB), but lamb has fared less well, according to meat bodies in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Sales of Bakkavor's meals, alongside pizza & bread and desserts, look increasingly promising

Bakkavor in coronavirus fight back as factories reopen

By Rod Addy

Bakkavor, the chilled prepared food producer, is reopening two factories temporarily closed in March to cope with the impact of coronavirus as it reports exports stabilising and sales of key domestic categories improving.

Addo Food Group makes chilled pastry products including pork pies, quiches and sausage rolls

Addo Food Group boosts jobs at Palethorpes bakery

By Rod Addy

Addo Food Group is expanding operations at its Palethorpes bakery at Market Drayton in Shropshire, creating 65 new roles to deliver new product development and respond to increased demand for savoury products.

Smith: 'We have seen a number of our customers reopening'

Post-COVID-19: ‘The New Normal’

Fatherson Bakery boss: how pandemic changed NPD priorities

By Rod Addy

Fatherson Bakery managing director Laurence Smith claims the impact of coronavirus has forced the business to reorganise its new product development priorities, with half its distribution points – hospitality and garden centres – closed off.

The coronavirus recovery plan prioritises protecting production capacity initially

Coronavirus food industry recovery plan published

By Rod Addy

A coronavirus food industry recovery plan has been published, endorsed by more than 30 food and drink organisations, outlining steps the Government and industry can take to future-proof the sector.

Morrisons has extended it prompt payment programme for small suppliers until September

Morrisons extends immediate payment for small suppliers

By Gwen Ridler

Big-four retailer Morrisons is to extend its immediate payment scheme for smaller suppliers for a further three months to help combat continued difficulties stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

FWD chief executive James Bielby has called for sector-specific support

FWD calls for support as wholesaler failures predicted

By Michelle Perrett

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) is continuing to push for additional support for the sector, following news that a third of its members are at risk of ceasing to trade in the next three months.

The already strained supply chain could face further challenges come the peak seasonal periods, such as Halloween

Coronavirus challenges compounded by peak season

By Gwen Ridler

The challenges surrounding the coronavirus pandemic call for better communication between suppliers and retailers as the UK approaches peak retail periods, according to supply chain consultancy Scala’s COVID-19 Supply Chain Collaboration Group.

The Co-op has achieved the biggest sales growth of all bricks and mortar grocery retailers in the 12-week period

Coronavirus drives grocery sales to record growth

By Rod Addy

The coronavirus pandemic led take-home grocery sales to grow at their fastest rate since records began in 1994, with the Co-op leading the charge, according to figures from market analyst Kantar.

Sales of Robinsons have helped bolster Britivc's fortunes during the COVID crisis

Britvic bolstered by at-home beverages during COVID crisis

By Gwen Ridler

Beverages manufacturer Britvic has balanced the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the almost complete shutdown of the hospitality and foodservice sectors with strong at-home sales, according to its latest financial results.

Energy bill savings offered by BMPA

Energy bill savings offered by BMPA

By Aidan Fortune

The British Meat Processors’ Association (BMPA) has urged any firm involved in the slaughter, cutting, processing or refrigerated storage of red meat to avail of its Climate Change Levy Scheme which offers significant energy bill savings.

The spread of misinformation surrounding COVID-19 has been facilitated by social media, warned Buttriss

Opinion

COVID-19: beware false immune health promises

By Judy Buttriss

British Nutrition Foundation director general Judy Buttriss warns of the threat of false immune health promises being circulated during the COVID-19 crisis.

HMRC has unveiled a new website to claim SSP

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Scheme to launch

By Michelle Perrett

Small and medium-sized food manufacturers will be able to claim for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees due to COVID-19, the Government has announced.

The guidance includes plans to increase cleaning

FSA issues new guidance for food manufacturers

By Michelle Perrett

Food manufacturers are being reminded that they are required to implement and maintain hygiene procedures based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles.

The Government plans to guarantee Trade Credit Insurance for B2B transactions

Government to guarantee Trade Credit Insurance

By Gwen Ridler

The Government is to temporarily guarantee B2B transactions currently supported by Trade Credit Insurance (TCI) in a bid to help companies struggling to keep up with bills during the coronavirus crisis.