The shortage of seasonal workers threatens the £3bn horticultural industry, warns the NFU

Labour shortage threatens fruit and veg supply

By Michael Stones

A lack of seasonal labour is threatening the harvest of UK fruit and vegetables, after one in three growers admitted to struggling to source workers, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Mash Direct predicts turnover will top £15M

Mash Direct targets growth in south of England

By John Wood

Mash Direct, the vegetable accompaniments brand, is targeting major growth in the south of England and aiming to become a truly national brand across the UK, following a new deal with Tesco.

Chinese consumers: consider EU food safety standards to be some strictest in the world

UK food gets mixed reception from China

By Noli Dinkovski

Chinese consumers believe the UK is trailing a number of western countries in key areas such as food safety standards, the integrity of producers and the use of advanced technology in food production, according a study.

APS said the deal would make it the largest grower and supplier of British tomatoes

APS Group snaps up Wight Salads

By Rod Addy

APS Group’s acquisition of Wight Salads Limited (WSL) from Vitacress will enable it to become the UK’s largest grower and seller of British tomatoes, it has claimed.

Allen: consumers want to buy more British produce

UK Cheddar mark ‘dupes consumers’

By Gary Scattergood

UK Cheddar manufacturers are being hampered by rules that “give the impression” foreign cheese is actually produced in Britain, claims the boss of Dairy Crest.

The northern Ireland food manufacturer has won a £1.2M contract to supply bacon to the Netherlands

Bacon manufacturer wins £1.2M export deal

By Mike Stones

Meat firm Kettyle Irish Foods has won a £1.2M contract to export bacon to Albert Heijn, a leading European food retailer based in the Netherlands.

It's hello Owen Paterson at DEFRA and goodbye Caroline Spelman

DEFRA gets a new boss

By Gary Scattergood

Owen Paterson, Conservative MP for Shropshire, has been appointed secretary of state at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in Prime Minister David Cameron's first cabinet reshuffle.

Fat lot of good: Experts have claimed the introduction of a fat tax in the UK would not work.

Fat tax could ‘cripple’ UK manufacturers

By Dan Colombini

The introduction of a fat tax in the UK would be “very difficult for the industry to stomach” and could “cripple” some food and drink firms, experts have said.

Medina Dairy plans to close Tyneside site

Medina Dairy plans to close Tyneside site

By Ben Bouckley

97 jobs are at risk at Medina Dairy’s site in Tyneside, after the firm revealed last week that a 30-day consultation with staff had begun.

Fishing industry can angle for funds

Fishing industry can angle for funds

The English fishing industry has secured a £1.9m EU funding award that will be used to improve fish processing factories in Devon and North Shields, in addition to other schemes.

What does Morrisons want from its suppliers?

What does Morrisons want from its suppliers?

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has teamed up with the West Midlands Regional Food Academy and law firm Eversheds to host a new event designed to help food manufacturers stay ahead of the game.

New general manager for Pidy UK

New general manager for Pidy UK

Robert Whittle has been appointed as UK general manager of the Belgian pastry specialist Pidy. His brief is to double the company’s overall growth...

Jobs go at Nestlé Rowntree

Jobs go at Nestlé Rowntree

By Rick Pendrous

Nestlé Rowntree is cutting 275 jobs in the UK, including a number within its manufacturing operations, following speculation for several years about...


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