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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

News

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

News

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.

The group was critical of the report on locally sourced meat

Abattoir association challenges sector report

By Michelle Perrett

Abattoir representatives have challenged the findings of a report forecasting a crisis in local food supply as a result of the decline in UK slaughterhouse numbers.

NFU president hails Brexit opportunity

NFU president hails Brexit opportunity

By Aidan Fortune

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) in England has reiterated the importance of farming and food production when the UK leaves the EU.

The UK food supply chain should be reshaped on the basis of six principles, says professor Elliott

Feature

Six principles to reshape food supply chains: Professor Elliott

By Mike Stones

Six principles of food integrity – “akin to a new industrial revolution” – should be used to reshape the British food supply system in the run up to Brexit and beyond, according to Professor Chris Elliott’s keynote address at the Oxford Farming Conference...

Subterranean salad producer Steven Dring says the future for urban salad production lies below city streets

Underground salad producer wins top award

By Mike Stones

Subterranean salad producer Growing Underground, which grows microgreens 33m below London streets, has landed the prestigious Future Food category of the BBC Food and Farming Awards.

Bans on commonly used pesticides and herbicides threaten to jeopardise the UK’s supply of cost-effective food

Pesticide regulation talks threaten UK food supply chain

By Gwen Ridler

Poor EU decision making about the future of crop protection products could jeopardise the UK’s supply of cost-effectively produced food and cost farmers more than £1bn, warned the National Farmers Union (NFU).

The IFST has set out three key priorities, Food science education, Sustainable food system and Brexit

IFST highlights its three food policy priorities

By Gwen Ridler

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has called on the new government to focus on food science, develop policies for a sustainable food system and the challenges of Brexit, in its list of key priorities.

Efficient water use will feature in our free, one-hour sustainable snacking webinar at 3pm on Thursday June 15

Snacks webinar focuses on sustainable production

By Michael Stones

Sourcing sustainable snacking ingredients and hot consumption trends will take centre stage during the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar at 3pm on Thursday June 15.

The UK's agri-food sector will not be a top priority in Brexit negotiations unless stakeholders unite to lobby government

Food sector must lobby harder over Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

The UK’s food and drink supply chain stakeholders have been advised to unite in making sure the industry’s interests take centre stage during the tough Brexit negotiations that will take place over the next two years.

Jim Moseley has been appointed chief executive of Red Tractor

New Red Tractor boss is Jim Moseley

By Gwen Ridler

Red Tractor Assurance has appointed former Food and Drink Federation president and interim director general and Mizkan Euro md, Jim Moseley as its new chief executive.

Don’t miss your free place at our webinar on sustainble snacking trends to take place at  3pm on Thursday June 15

Food snacking trends under sustainability spotlight

By Michael Stones

Food snacking trends are probed from the perspective of sustainable ingredients sourcing in the Food Manufacture Group’s latest free webinar to take place at 3pm on Thursday June 15.

The prime minister’s snap general election announcement offers a chance to forge a national food and farming policy, say industry leaders

Election 2017

National debate needed on food and farming policy

By Michael Stones

Politicians should set out their plans to develop the UK’s £108bn food and drink manufacturing sector ahead of the general election on Thursday June 8, insist industry leaders.

The new agribusiness group aims to represent the view of the agricultural supply chain expertise during the Brexit talks

New agribusiness group to give united Brexit voice

By Michael Stones

A new agribusiness group – The Agri-Brexit Coalition – representing tens of thousands of members has been formed to focus agricultural supply chain expertise, ahead of the UK’s Brexit talks with the EU, due to begin after Article 50 is triggered later...

Jay Rayner highlighted the need for higher food prices

Food prices ‘must rise for our security’

By Rick Pendrous

Consumers will have to pay more for their food to enable British farmers to invest and ensure the future food security of the nation following the Brexit vote, leading food critic, writer, journalist and broadcaster Jay Rayner has claimed.

Brexit would offer food safety opportunities and risks

Food safety conference

Food safety policy to be restructured post-Brexit

By Matt Atherton

The UK needs a more joined up food policy after Brexit, to overcome sustainability, obesity and food safety issues, according to Which? chief policy adviser Sue Davies.

The CPRE was accused of not thinking about food security in its New model farming paper

UK farming report slammed by National Farmers Union

By Gwen Ridler

Policy pressure group Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) was criticised for not considering food security in its paper, ‘New model farming: resilience through diversity’, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

‘Putting more British food on more British plates,’ was Kendall’s recommendation

‘Put more British food on British plates’: AHDB boss

By Michael Stones

The UK needs a new farm policy, designed to boost consumption of domestically-produced food, to prepare the sector for life outside the EU, according to the chair of the Agriculture and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) Sir Peter Kendall.

Monsanto has long been involved in GM research

Monsanto rejects Bayer’s $62bn takeover bid

By Michelle Perrett

Monsanto, the international agriculture and seeds company, said it was still open to “constructive conversations” after rejecting an offer from German chemicals company Bayer, which would have reportedly created the world’s biggest agriculture supplier.

Horticulture and plant-based diets are the future, claims Professor Tim Lang

Policy expert slams 25-year Food and Farming Plan

By Rick Pendrous

The government’s forthcoming 25-year Food and Farming Plan has been slammed for its failure to address key issues of sustainability and described as a missed opportunity and “doomed to be irrelevant within five years” by a leading food policy expert.

Jonathan Russell has been promoted to control 2 Sisters' £1.5bn procurement budget

2 Sisters appoints new group procurement director

By Michael Stones

2 Sisters Food Group has promoted Jonathan Russell to director of group procurement, responsible for the manufacturer’s £1.5bn a year purchasing budget and for managing its supply chain.

Rymer: 'Every piece of Gloucester Born Beef sold has a code on'

Traceability scheme raises consumer trust

By Noli Dinkovski

Food manufacturers are being invited to improve traceability by joining a network of primary producers that can validate claims about the origins of their products.

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