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Michael Gove has enlisted the help of food manufacturers to plan a new ‘gold-standard’ for British food and farming

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Food firms help DEFRA plan new ‘gold-standard’ produce scheme

By Mike Stones

Food manufacturers and farmers are helping government devise a new “gold-standard” scheme that measures food quality, in a bid to boost exports after Brexit, environment secretary Michael Gove revealed at the Oxford Farming Conference yesterday (January...

Manufacturers must be prepared to exploit global opportunities (Flickr/Kevin Gill)

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Food firms must adapt to new markets pre-Brexit

By Matt Atherton

Food manufacturers must adapt to new markets ahead of Brexit, and add value wherever they can, said the Oxford Farming Conference’s chairman.

UKIP agriculture spokesman: “Any worker who is here legally at the moment will stay here'

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UKIP spokesman speaks up for migrant workers

By Michael Stones

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has acknowledged the contribution of migrant workers to the food industry, while its agriculture spokesman revealed how his poultry business relied on a contractor staffed by east European workers.

Labour's Huw Irranca-Davies pledged a more joined-up approach to food policy if Labour is successful at the next's election

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Food policy to be key to next Labour government

By Michael Stones

Labour has pledged to put food policy at the heart of a new “industry strategy”, while introducing a more joined-up approach to food safety and health challenges, if it is successful after the general election on May 7.

Agri-food businesses are on the brink of 'a golden age' - driven by surging demand, said Simon Coveney

Agrifood business ‘on brink of golden age’: Irish farm minister

By Michael Stones

Agri-food businesses face “a golden age” Simon Coveney, Irish minister for agriculture, fisheries and the marine, told the Oxford Farming Conference, the day before Irish food board Bord Bia confirmed food and drink exports reached nearly £8.27bn (€10bn)...

The balance of food production power is shifting from governments to trans national corporations

Giant multi-nationals to dominate food production

By Mike Stones

The balance of power in global food production is shifting away from national governments to multi-national firms and from western economies to emerging nations, warns a new report from SAC’s Rural Policy Centre. In the first of a two-part series, we...

Cedric Porter: praised the value of partnerships

Food firms should strengthen supply chain

By Mike Stones

Food and drink manufacturers should stengthen partnerhships throughout the supply chain, the chair of the Oxford Farming Conference told FoodManufacture.co.uk.

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