Agriculture

McCain Foods publishes Global Sustainability Report 2023

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McCain Foods on track to hit 100% regeneratively farmed potatoes

By Bethan Grylls

McCain Foods has set its intentions to implement regenerative agriculture practices across 100% of the global acreage that grows potatoes for its products by the end of the decade, with details of its progress outlined in its new global sustainability...

Credit: Graham Wilkinson to join AHDB as new CEO. Credit: Getty/kokouu

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AHDB gains new CEO

By Bethan Grylls

Graham Wilkinson has been announced as the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board’s (AHDB) new chief executive officer, with the current CEO Tim Rycroft stepping down this December.

UK sheep sales are strong, but inflationary pressures and Australian imports threaten the market. Image: Getty, tracielouise

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UK sheep meat strong but challenges still remain

By Gwen Ridler

Rising sheep export tonnages and lamb domestic consumer sales paint a positive picture of the UK meat industry, but challenges and inflationary pressures continue to impact on the UK sheep sector in 2023.

William Reed expands leading portfolio with agtech focused website. Credit: Getty/witsarut sakorn

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William Reed launches new agtech website

By Bethan Grylls

The company behind leading titles including Food Manufacture, British Baker and The Grocer, has launched a new site dedicated to the agtech space.

Minette Batters and David Potts annoucned plans to leave their respective roles at NFU and Morrisons

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People on the move in the food and drink industry

By Gwen Ridler

NFU president Minette Batters and Morrisons chief executive David Potts have announced plans to leave their roles, covered here in this round-up of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Sainsbury's has launched a lower carbon beef range. Image: Sainsbury's, Mikael Buck

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Sainsbury’s launches lower carbon beef range

By Gwen Ridler

Sainsbury’s has launched a new range of beef with a 25% lower carbon footprint compared to industry standard, reportedly the lowest carbon been ever produced in the UK.

Welsh game could provide a healthy option for schools and hospitals. Image credit: Getty, DronG

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Push for game as healthier option in hospitals and schools

By Gwen Ridler

Welsh game could provide a cheaper, healthier option for hospitals and schools looking for lean, high protein meat and should be given equal billing to regularly used staples like chicken, beef and lamb, according to the organisers of the Welsh Game Fair.

How to be prepared for unexpected Trading Standards inspections and what to do during the visit. Credit: Getty/Bonfanti Diego

Legal brief

Animal welfare: what to expect from a trading standards visit

By Katie Temple

Animal welfare is high on the political agenda and a visit from Trading Standards is always an unpredictable possibility. Katie Temple, food lawyer at Roythornes Solicitors, explains how to prepare and what may be needed next.

Pictured: Rural affairs minister, Lesley Griffiths

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Welsh parliament to vote on historic Agricultural Bill

By Bethan Grylls

The Wales Agriculture Bill, which moves to its final stage of Senedd scrutiny, will pave the way for ambitious and transformational legislation to support farmers to produce food and other goods in a sustainable manner.

Harvesting rice by hand, Haryana, India. Credit: Nice Rice

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Can rice be produced sustainably?

By Bethan Grylls

With rice’s shocking sustainability record, Nice Rice founder Fergus O’Sullivan leads the charge in developing a more environmentally friendly product with a lesser-known farming practice at its heart.

Left to right: Kim Kettle of Long Clawson Dairy chats with Bethan Grylls of Food Manufacture

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Why can't the UK solve food insecurity? Episode four

By Bethan Grylls

Episode four finds Bethan Grylls in Leicester where she hears from cooperative-run cheese manufacturer, Long Clawson Dairy and one of its affiliated farmers, Paul Eggleston, on the link between sustainability and food security.

Have you consider food insecurity within your plan? Credit: Getty / Warchi

Long read

How to implement food security into your business strategy

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls hears from a variety of thought-leaders working in food and drink, as they detail the intricacies of food insecurity and how business leaders can start to weave robust supply chain plans into their future.

If we are to deliver on Net Zero we need a clear plan. Credit: Getty / Abstract Aerial Art

Long read

We need to be climate literate

By Bethan Grylls

Sustainability strategies permeate the air as copiously as the greenhouse gases that pollute our atmosphere, so why aren’t we on track to hit 2050 Net Zero targets?

Will cheap global food imports be all the poor can afford to buy?

Government is ‘schizophrenic’ about food system post-Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

British diets could become far more polarised post-Brexit, with the rich enjoying more expensive local food produced to high production and welfare standards, and the poor relying on cheap, imported food made to much lower standards, a leading academic...

Michael Gove: ‘Historic opportunity’

Government launches post-Brexit farming consultation

By Michelle Perrett

Environment secretary Michael Gove has said there is a “historic opportunity” to deliver a farming policy which works for the whole industry, as he launched a new consultation today.

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