Food Security

How will food factories need to evolve to keep apace with rising consumption? Credit: Getty/kynny

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What will the future factory look like?

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls explores how food and beverage manufacturers will need to adapt to increased consumption, alongside pressures around sustainability with insight from a range of experts.

Lack of investment and mismanagement by the Government has left the horticulture sector at the brink in a bad shape. Image: Getty, Justin Paget

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State of UK Horticulture threatens the country’s food security

By Gwen Ridler

A lack of investment and unappreciation of the UK’s horticulture industry has placed British growing at a crossroads and left holes in the UK’s food security, according to a new report from the House of Lords Horticultural Sector Committee.

Cargo thieves are targeting higher value goods based on demand and shortages. Credit: Getty/shironosov

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Food most targeted in supply chain thefts

By Bethan Grylls

A BSI report surveying global supply chain risks between 2021 and 2022 has identified food and fuel as top commodities involved in supply chain thefts, alongside an influx of sophisticated cyberattacks.

Don't miss this year's Food Safety Briefing. Credit: Getty/MiguelMalo

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Don’t miss our 2023 Food Safety Briefing

By Bethan Grylls

This year’s Food Safety Briefing theme is science and data – with four special guest experts from Mars Global Food Safety Center, the Food Standards Agency, Unibloc, and Imprint Analytics joining us to share their knowledge.

The UK has been over reliant on EU-trained vets historically, but regulation post-Brexit has added a spanner in the works. Credit:Getty/andresr

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Solving the UK vet shortage

By Bethan Grylls

Following the UK’s departure from the EU, the UK’s veterinary sector was hit hard. Now, shortages threaten food safety risks and delays at borders – so what can we do to change this bleak narrative?

2023's biggest threats to food and drink manufacturers. Credit: Getty/Richard Drury

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Today’s biggest risks in food and drink manufacturing

By Bethan Grylls

Marsh, a leading insurance broker and risk advisor, recently highlighted several big threats producers should be aware of in 2023. Here we summarise the findings and how one might mitigate against them.

Levels of food insecurity have reached 25% in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Credit: Getty/imaginima

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Food insecurity reaches new highs

By Bethan Grylls

Food insecurity has increased from 16% to 25% across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the last three years.

Who claimed the title of top food trading country in the world in 2020? Credit: Getty/imaginima

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Who led food trade during the height of the pandemic?

By Bethan Grylls

An analysis of the world’s most imported and exported food groups identified the US as the world’s food trading leader during the first year of the pandemic, with the UK ranking eighth.

Industry leaders were at Number 10 Downing Street to discuss the state of the sector. Credit: Getty/  Nigel Harris

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Food summit a first step, but must lead to ‘tangible change’

By Gwen Ridler

The Prime Minister’s Farm to Fork Summit has been described as a constructive first step towards addressing the biggest challenges facing the UK’s food and drink supply chain, but criticism was levelled at the lack of detail on how the Government would...

Rishi Sunak will talk with a select number of industry representatives on matters regarding food security

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Food and farming firms hit out at PM’s food summit

By Gwen Ridler

Key industry players have been ‘left at the door’ as food and farming alliance Sustain questions how the Prime Ministers’ farm to fork food summit plans to address the UK’s food security issues.

Barbara Bray chaired this year's IFST spring conference

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Transforming the food system and where to start

By Bethan Grylls

At this year’s IFST spring conference, the discussion centred on ‘taming the perfect storm’ of food security, health and nutrition, and the environment – but where do we even begin in the face of such a ferocious gale? Bethan Grylls covers the highlights...

Bethan Grylls visiting the Felix Project and Bruce Grove Youth Centre which relies on the distributions of the charity to help feed its vulnerable families and individuals within its community

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The benefits of working with a redistribution charity

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls interviews The Felix Project and FareShare to find out more about how they redistribute food, the food safety measures in place, and why they’re in dire need of help from manufacturers.

How strong is your supply chain? Credit: Getty / The_Lycan

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Creating safe and secure food supply chains

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls summarises the key takeaways from our series of fireside chats presented earlier this week, sponsored by RSSL, as five food and drink leaders lend their expertise on maintaining and working towards a more secure, safer food and drink system....

Bethan Grylls speaks to Timothy Lang about food insecurity in Britain and what action is needed

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

By Bethan Grylls

In the final episode of this seven-part series brought to you by Food Manufacture and sponsored by RSSL, our editor Bethan Grylls, meets with Timothy Lang of City University, emeritus professor of food policy.

It's just over a year ago since Russia invaded Ukraine sending shockwaves across Europe. Credit: Getty / Toshe_O

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War in Ukraine: what’s at stake for UK food producers?

By Elena Frandino

The Ukrainian conflict has amplified food supply chain pressures and critical raw material shortages. Once-reliable imports started fading, manufacturers had no choice but to rethink their business strategies to remain viable and sustainable, writes Elena...

Left to right: Emma Piercy of the FDF with Bethan Grylls of Food Manufacture

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

By Bethan Grylls

In this penultimate instalment of our documentary around food insecurity sponsored by RSSL, Bethan visits the Food and Drink Federation's headquarters to chat to its head of climate and energy policy, Emma Piercy.

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.

Left to right: Bethan Grylls chats to Mike Wijnberg of Pilgrim's about how the manufacturer reinforces supply chain resilience and sustainability

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

By Bethan Grylls

In this third instalment of Food Manufacture's investigation into UK food security, sponsored by RSSL, Bethan Grylls meets with Mike Wijnberg, Group Technical Director for Pilgrim's Pride Ltd., to get the food manufacture's perspective.

Food Manufacture visits BMPA's headquarters in London

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

By Bethan Grylls

Nick Allen of British Meat Processor's Association discusses food policy with our editor in this exclusive interview series and highlights what changes could be made in regulation and legislation that would lead to a stronger food system.

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

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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.

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