Sales in specialist food and drink stores, including off-licences and greengrocers, increased by 37.7% in April as shoppers focused on supporting local businesses, new statistics from Barclaycard have revealed.
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.
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.
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.
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).
As the coronavirus pandemic highlights the vulnerability of global supply chains, the UK is likely to see a policy change focusing on domestic food production, according to one specialist research firm.
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.
Coronavirus has moved foodservice wholesaler Bidfood to work with packaging company Smurfit Kappa to send food parcels containing products from brands including Nescafé, Heinz and Tilda to 1.5m vulnerable people.