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The UK market is strong for Bakkavor

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Bakkavor: UK continues to ‘outperform the market’

By Michelle Perrett

Bakkavor, the fresh prepared food manufacture, has revealed its UK division has continued to “outperform the market” despite disruption from ongoing supply chain challenges.

Could wonky veg be the solution to current shortages in the UK?

News

Is ‘perfectly shaped’ veg to blame for food shortages?

By Gwen Ridler

An overreliance on ‘perfectly shaped’ fruits and vegetables and an unwillingness to sell wonky, less aesthetically pleasing alternatives could be causing shortages in UK supermarkets, suggested food redistribution service Earth & Wheat.

Mike Parr discusses the current fresh produce shortages and the impact on the food supply chain

Opinion

Fresh produce shortages require action, not words

By Mike Parr

Perishable Movements (PML) managing director Mike Parr responds to the current fresh produce shortages and the challenges facing a food supply chain already battered by COVID-19 restrictions and the fallout of Brexit.

Welsh Leeks are protected

Welsh Leeks secure Geographical Indication status

By Michelle Perrett

Welsh Leeks have become the latest addition to the UK Geographical Indication (GI) Scheme, which protects the name, authenticity and characteristics of regional products.

Mash Direct has expanded both warehouse and office space

Mash Direct expands premises and reduces emissions

By Michelle Perrett

Mash Direct, the Northern Ireland fresh prepared vegetable processor, has expanded its premises and reduced emissions with the support of a seven-figure Green Loan from HSBC UK.

Fourayes’ produces a range of fruit fillings, industrial jams and mincemeat

Puratos UK acquires fruit grower Fourayes

By Michelle Perrett

Puratos UK, the bakery and patisserie ingredient specialist, has acquired fruit grower and processor Fourayes for an undisclosed sum as part of its farm-to-fork strategy.

David Parker has joined Noble Foods' marketing and innovation team.

Senior appointment at Noble Foods

By Gwen Ridler

Free-range egg supplier Noble Foods has appointed developmental chef David Parker to its marketing and innovation team.

Stephen Humphrey, managing director of Tuber Group, with his wife and shareholder Rebecca Humphrey

MyFresh acquired by Tuber Group

By Gwen Ridler

Potato firm Tuber Group has acquired fresh produce processor MyFresh from William Jackson Food Group for an undisclosed sum.

The Government has U-turned on its decision to implement further restriction on EU imports

Government U-turn on border strategy: Industry reaction

By Gwen Ridler

The UK government’s U-turn on border strategy will help clear up red tape surrounding imports, but could endanger parts of the industry to potentially devastating disease risks, warned members of the food and drink industry.

GrowUp Farms has secured investment £100m for a new vertical farm in Kent

New vertical farm secures £100m investment

By Gwen Ridler

GrowUp Farms has secured £100m from green infrastructure investment firm Generate Capital to fund the creation of its new vertical farm at Discovery Park, Kent.

The Seasonal Workers visa scheme has been updated to run until the end of 2024

Seasonal Workers scheme extended to 2024

By Gwen Ridler

The Government has extended the Seasonal Workers visa scheme to the end of 2024 to allow foreign workers to pick edible and ornamental crops, but employers were warned this isn’t a long-term solution.

Andrew Hayes (left), managing director of Abbeydale Food Group; Vicky Wake, general manager of Saxon Foods; and Steven Humphrey, managing director of Tuber Group

Tuber Group plans expansion after acquiring Saxon Foods

By Michelle Perrett

Tuber Group has revealed plans to launch new products into the frozen food market and double turnover after acquiring plant-based convenience foods manufacturer Saxon Foods from the Abbeydale Food Group for an undisclosed sum.

Who will claim trophies on 10 February?

Rich Products, Müller and ABP are among FMEA finalists

By Rod Addy

Rich Products, Müller UK & Ireland and ABP are among the food firms making the final cut in the run-up to the announcement of the winners of the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs). Is your company shortlisted? Read on to find out.

Steve Corby (pictured) and Antony Greenwood have taken leadership roles at Orchard House Foods

Orchard House Foods announces leadership hires

By Gwen Ridler

Prepared fruit and fresh fruit drinks supplier Orchard House Foods has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Steve Corby as its new chief executive and Antony Greenwood as commercial director.

Fresh produce flavour and longevity can be altered by changing the intensity and spectrum of the light it receives

Emerging Science

Emerging Science: fresh produce and light manipulation

By Natasha Spencer

Improving the taste and increasing the longevity of fresh produce and ultimately producing the best possible salads for food processors, light manipulation is proving its potential.

The status of eggs in 2021: Noble Foods interview

The status of eggs in 2021: Noble Foods interview

By Gwen Ridler

Exports, supply of labour and the future of egg replacement products were some of the key developments discussed with agriculture director at Noble Foods Graham Atkinson in this exclusive interview.

Bakkavor's salad sales were still behind 2019 levels, but a recovery in food-to-go still drove a strong sales performance

Bakkavor trading 'ahead of 2019' except for salads

By Rod Addy

Bakkavor, the fresh prepared food manufacturer, has reported second quarter trading ahead of 2019, although sales of salads had been hit by COVID-19 restrictions and mixed weather.

Left to right: Wright, part of the NPIF - Mercia Debt Finance team, and Troy Foods's Kempley

Troy Foods completes new factory, creating 20 jobs

By Rod Addy

Vegetable, salad and mayonnaise producer Troy Foods has completed a fourth factory in Yorkshire, creating more than 20 jobs and supported by £500,000 via the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

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