COVID-19

Azzurro Associates is offering to pay unpaid invoices

New £1bn fund to finance unpaid invoices

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink businesses with £50k–£10m in unpaid invoices could soon benefit from a new £1bn funding scheme from finance provider Azzurro Associates.

Concerns have been raised about the safety of meat workers

Coronavirus death at Moy Park: unions demand action

By Michelle Perrett

Calls have been made to protect staff in the Northern Ireland meat processing sector following the death of a staff member who worked for the Moy Park poultry site in Dungannon.

Eustice unveiled help for food charities

£16m aid to help FareShare, WRAP feed vulnerable

By Michelle Perrett

A £16m support package to help charities FareShare and WRAP feed vulnerable people was revealed by environment secretary George Eustice this weekend, before Prime Minister Boris Johnson updated the UK’s lockdown measures.

AHDB has seen a spike in new signups for its online training programmes

Meat training sign-ups spike since lockdown

By Gwen Ridler

New registrations to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB’s) meat education programme (MEP) have increased by 50% since the coronavirus lockdown.

Sales and demand for meat won't return to stable levels until the coronavirus passes, claimed QMS

Coronavirus ‘compromises’ meat volumes

By Gwen Ridler

The balance and volume of meat cuts will remain compromised until the coronavirus outbreak has passed and the market is back to normal, trade body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has warned.

The Governments plans are to be unveiled on Sunday

Coronavirus: lockdown removal plans revealed

By Michelle Perrett

Government plans to end the coronavirus lockdown could mean the enforcement of staggered shift times, limiting the numbers of people in company vehicles and the regular cleaning of factories and servicing of ventilation systems.

Greencore has confirmed a case of COVID-19 at its Northampton site

Union raises concern over Greencore coronavirus case

By Gwen Ridler

Members of the Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) at Greencore’s Northampton factory have raised concerns after a member of staff working at the site tested positive for COVID-19.

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the industry to excel itself to support charities, the NHS, consumers and colleagues

Food industry coronavirus support efforts swell

By Rod Addy

Food industry coronavirus support initiatives continue to build momentum, with a host of firms rallying to aid the vulnerable, NHS staff and their peers in the sector.

Müller's u-turn on milk price increases has come under fire from the NFU

Müller milk price u-turn criticised by farmers

By Gwen Ridler

Müller, the dairy processing giant, is facing criticism from National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) for making a u-turn on proposed price increases for farmgate milk.

Frozen fish and peas saw a sales surge.

Frozen foods soared in panic-buying spree

By Michelle Perrett

Sales of fish fingers and frozen peas are skyrocketing as millions of hungry schoolchildren swap school dinners for lunchtime at home, the latest figures from the British Food Federation (BFFF) and Kantar have revealed.

Freezing beef steak reduces the value of cuts and would hit deadweight prices, LMCNI said

EU scheme to freeze meat will hit prices

By Rod Addy

Meat prices will suffer if premium cuts are frozen to manage the collapse of foodservice demand under EU Private Storage Aid proposals, according to the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMCNI).

Bureau Veritas and Regency Design have turned their talents to helping food firms battle the coronavirus

Coronavirus initiatives benefit food firms

By Gwen Ridler

Coronavirus has seen compliance firm Bureau Veritas and digital design company Regency Design develop health and safety offerings for food and drink manufacturers.

Coronavirus has cast a dark shadow over the whole food and drink supply chain

A month after the coronavirus lockdown, what is the impact on the food industry?

Coronavirus and the supply chain one month after lockdown

By Nic Robinson

The coronavirus pandemic prompted the Government to initiate a closure of pubs and restaurants on 20 March and announce a lockdown of the public's movements on 23 March.

Titanic Brewery can continue production, thanks to a £1m loan

Titanic Brewery secures £1m coronavirus loan

By Gwen Ridler

Titanic Brewery has secured £1m in funding through the Government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), securing the jobs of its 200 workers in the process.

Frozen food companies are feeling the sting of the coronavirus lock down

Frozen food body wants aid passed up supply chain

By Gwen Ridler

Responding to coronavirus’s impact, the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has urged retailers to share financial aid with their suppliers, as manufacturers increasingly rely on debt to weather the pandemic.

Molson Coors is consolidating its range in the UK

Molson Coors scales back UK operations

By Michelle Perrett

Molson Coors Beverage Company, the owner of brands such as Carling and Coors, has scaled back its UK operations and rationalised its range to deal with the impact of the coronavirus.