British Retail Consortium

Nut packer installs new metal detectors

Nut packer installs new metal detectors

By Rick Pendrous

An unnamed UK nut and dried fruit processing and packing company has seen a 40% improvement in sensitivity and eliminated false rejects by replacing its old metal detectors with five Fortress Technology Stealth Vertex systems.

The British retail sector could shed 900,000 jobs by 2025

British retail sector may lose 900k jobs by 2025

By Michael Stones

Up to 900,000 jobs could be lost from the British retail sector by 2025, partly due to rising costs linked to the National Living Wage and the new apprenticeship levy, warns the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Competition from discounters, such as Aldi, is prompting the multiple retailers to put the squeeze on their suppliers

Supermarket suppliers ‘are cannon fodder’

By Michael Stones

Insolvencies among food manufacturers have risen sharply over the past year, as competition between supermarkets and discounters has resulted in them being treated “as cannon fodder”, claims accountancy firm Moore Stephens.

Clare Cheney, director general, Provision Trade Federation

An unintended benefit of EU food legislation

By Clare Cheney

As the deadline for compliance with the EU Food Information Regulation (FIR) draws closer, the industry is beginning to work out what the requirements mean in practice and how consistency of interpretation can be achieved.

Critics have slammed the palm oil agreement as 'weak'

Manufacturers sign up to ‘weak’ national palm oil pledge

By Gary Scattergood

Food manufacturers, government and supermarkets have today (October 30) “stated their ambition” to ensure palm oil used in food production is responsibly produced and does not contribute to deforestation by 2015. But a leading retail organisation has...

British pig farmers have higher welfare standards than their European counterparts

Retailers and caterers make ‘legal’ pork pledge

By Lorraine Mullaney

Britain’s major food organisations have pledged to government not to sell pork and pork products from illegal pig farms when the European partial stalls ban is introduced on January 1, 2013.

M&S is pinning its hopes on tasty festive sales in order to ensure a profitable New Year

Supermarket wars hit food prices

By Dan Colombini

The first evidence emerged this week of how supermarket price wars were helping to force food prices down. Food prices were 0.5% lower in the first two weeks of this month compared with the previous month, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Raise the BRC flag

Raise the BRC flag

British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards are gaining significant traction in China and the US. "We are certifying more sites in the US now...

Onerous audits

Onerous audits

Firms conducting British Retail Consortium (BRC) audits are reviewing their charging structures, as audits take far longer than they used to now the...

BRC slams Competition Commission

BRC slams Competition Commission

By Sarah Britton

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has slammed the Competition Commission’s (CC’s) proposal to create an ombudsman to settle disputes between...

BRC announces new director general

BRC announces new director general

Stephen Robertson has been appointed to succeed Kevin Hawkins as director general of the British Retail Consortium (BRC).Earlier this year, Robertson...


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