COVID-19

GMB has called for an urgent meeting between retailers and the Government

Urgent call to put employees over profit during pandemic

By Gwen Ridler

Coronavirus' threat to food industry workers has triggered one trade union to press the six top grocery retailers put staff before profit, accusing a major supplier of foregoing social distancing guidance and scrimping on pay.

Could the coronavirus leave Greggs as the last high street baker?

Greggs: the last baker on the high street?

By Gwen Ridler

Greggs could be the last baker on the high street if shops are forced to stay closed until the end of 2020 because of the coronavirus, research analyst Shore Capital has warned.

Among other initiatives, Tesco has supplied more than £1m for stores to support local community causes

Tesco coronavirus efforts hailed by analyst

By Rod Addy

Tesco “deserves immense credit and thanks” for its “almost military-like programme of work” surrounding the coronavirus crisis, according to Shore Capital head of research Clive Black.

Food manufacturers are at the risk of running out of packaging and need to plan accordingly, warns Lloyd's Register

Coronavirus sparks food packaging shortage risks

By Gwen Ridler

Shortages in packaging supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the coronavirus could spark compliance issues for food and drink manufacturers, according to food safety assurance specialist Lloyd’s Register.

Concerns have been raised about social distancing and the lack of PPE in food plants

Measures for meat sector and general food production outlined

Coronavirus plans for meat plants and abattoirs

By Rod Addy

Coronavirus is hitting meat plant and abattoir operations as personnel contract the disease, but the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has contingency plans, FSA chief operating officer and COVID-19 incident director Colin Sullivan has claimed.

ABF bosses have elected to take pay cuts in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

ABF bosses take 50% pay cut

By Gwen Ridler

Associated British Foods (ABF) chief executive George Weston and finance director John Bason have requested a temporary 50% pay cut in anticipation of much lower earnings for the company following the coronavirus outbreak.

Consumers are snatching up baby food, frozen goods and packaged foods as they weather the coronavirus

Sales double across canned and dried food

By Gwen Ridler

Sales of canned meats, flour and canned beans have more than doubled since significant consumer stockpiling began in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

2 Sisters CEO Ronald Kers has launched a nationwide recruitment campaign

Coronavirus: 2 Sisters boss urgent appeal

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters Food Group chief executive Ronald Kers has launched an urgent appeal for new workers to help the manufacturer meet the unprecedented demand brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.

Abbey Logistics revealed plans to support staff affected by the coronavirus

Coronavirus: Abbey Logistics to reward frontline staff

By Gwen Ridler

Logistics and temperature controlled storage provider Abbey Logistics has pledged to reward its frontline staff with a recognition payment at the end of the year for their commitment during the coronavirus pandemic.

Members of the industry are working together with Scala to combat the impact of the coronavirus

Scala launches coronavirus action group

By Gwen Ridler

The coronavirus outbreak has prompted food and drink supply chain businesses to form a united emergency working group to ensure the industry can continue to feed the nation.

Food Manufacture offers its support to the industry

Support for this key industry during the coronavirus outbreak

By Rod Addy

Now, more than ever, it is important that we here at Food Manufacture show solidarity with our readers, friends and supporters in the industry, who are integral to the survival of this nation during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus panic buying has increased demand, which has prompted Moy Park to enlist hundreds of new factory workers

Coronavirus fears prompt meat factory walkouts

By Michelle Perrett

Meat factory workers at Moy Park’s Portadown plant and ABP's Lurgan facility in Northern Ireland walked out over concerns about social distancing yesterday (25 March), trade union Unite has said.

2 Sisters ramps up recruitment in response to the coronavirus

2 Sisters launches coronavirus recruitment campaign

By Gwen Ridler

Poultry processing giant 2 Sisters Food Group has launched recruitment campaigns at multiple sites across its business, as it copes with “unprecedented levels of demand for food”.

The drinks industry has been directed impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 situation

Drinks industry reacts to coronavirus impact

By Gwen Ridler

Cut earnings, threats to supplies and helplines for manufacturers’ customers are just some of the latest developments in the drinks industry as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Morrisons is set to see continued growth in the next financial year, thanks to the coronavirus boosting sales

Morrisons posts growth as coronavirus hits

By Gwen Ridler

Vertically integrated retailer Morrisons has posted continued growth despite the backdrop of a global pandemic, with profit over £400m in the year ended 2 February 2020.