Supply Chain

Greggs has revealed plans to cut more than 90 jobs at its Treforest factory, a union claimed (Flickr/Paul Robertson)

Greggs cuts at least 91 jobs in Wales

By Matt Atherton

High street baker Greggs has revealed plans to cut between 91 and 120 jobs in a Welsh factory, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has said.

Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon should be given wider powers, says the National Farmers Union

Groceries adjudicator needs more powers: NFU

By Gwen Ridler

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) needs greater powers to crack down on unfair trading practices following “the increasing consolidation of suppliers and processors”, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

GCA Christine Tacon's remit is being reviewed

GCA remit extension would ‘paralyse’ progress: FDF

By Matt Atherton

Extending the Groceries Code Adjudicator’s (GCA’s) powers would be unimaginably complex and would “paralyse the progress” that’s already been made, claimed the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

FMEA judge Dale Fiddy gives his take on this year's entries

FMEA judge impressed by small companies

By Matt Atherton

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEA) judge Dale Fiddy said the quality of entries from small to medium-sized enterprises caught his attention in this year’s judging process.

Collaboration between supply chain partners could be more beneficial than once thought

Food supply chain collaboration pays off

By Michelle Knott

Collaboration and openness between supply chain partners could prove more rewarding than transactional relationships, Michelle Knott discovers.

Food supply chain set for roller coaster ride

Grocery supply chain is set for roller coaster rise

By Rick Pendrous

Amazon looks set on making a major land grab for Britain's food and drink market. Having embarked on a raft of new initiatives, covering everything from a collaborative venture with Morrisons to moves into home food deliveries in London, the online...

The GCA's future is to be decided

The big interview

Groceries code boss says progress made

By Noli Dinkovski

With a decision on the future of the Groceries Code Adjudicator looming, Christine Tacon believes progress is being made. 

Gaskets and seals must be ‘food safe’, claim the MacLellan Rubber bosses

Manufacturers warned about rubber seals

By Rick Pendrous

The recent recalls linking own-label chilled yogurt to rubber contamination have led one rubber seal and gasket supplier to warn of the potential dangers of using cheap imported materials in manufacturing processes.

Hain Daniels has expanded its fleet from Ryder

Hain Daniels increases its contract hire fleet

By Rick Pendrous

The Hain Daniels Group has boosted its chilled distribution fleet by adding 10 trucks and seven trailers from Ryder, increasing its contract hire fleet to 22 trucks and 10 trailers.

Food manufacturers have been warned to guard against modern slavery in their supply chains

Poultry workers win High Court damages for slavery

By Michelle Perrett

British food companies should ensure that all forms of slavery have been eradicated from their supply chain after a groundbreaking High Court ruling, a leading lawyer has warned.

NFT has officially opened its new £25M temperature-controlled facility at the Port of Tilbury

NFT opens its chilled facility at Tilbury

By Rick Pendrous

Chilled logistics specialist NFT officially opened its new £25M temperature-controlled facility at the Port of Tilbury in Essex last month.

The Internet of Things is set to play a more important role in the food supply chain

The Internet of Things to revolutionise food safety

By Rick Pendrous

The Internet of Things (IoT) – the network of physical objects which are connected together to enable the collection and exchange of data – is set to play a far more important role in the food supply chain, according to a leading government scientific...

Technology is being used to improve transparency

Food chain transparency is the goal

By Michelle Knott

The 2013 Horsemeat Scandal Created A Demand For Better Supply Chain Transparency. Michelle Knott Explains What This Means In Practice

Internet of things

Next year’s news about process manufacturing

By Jakob Björklund

The growing importance of traceability – where transactional data meets the internet of things – is one of three key trends set to shape the process manufacturing industry of 2016: including the food and drink sector.

The food industry has eliminated 260,000t of food and packaging waste

Food industry ‘smashes’ its waste target

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturers and retailers have “smashed” their food and packaging waste target set as part of a voluntary arrangement by grocery think-tank IGD, an Asda boss has revealed.

Winning line up: Ginsters' Gavin Mitchell (centre) receives the supply chain Oscar from Mark Durden-Smith (l) and NFT Distribution Operations' Dale Fiddy

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Ginsters wins food manufacturing supply chain Oscar

By Michael Stones

Pasty manufacturer Ginsters has gone the extra mile to win the coveted Supply chain initiative trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Fowler Welch reports changes in distribution needs from its food clients

Logistics in a new retail landscape

By Paul Gander

With growing online sales, is it time for manufacturers to adapt their own planning and logistics to accommodate them? asks Paul Gander

Most M&S’s food suppliers can expect unannounced food audits: Paul Willgoss

M&S reveals unannounced food audits

By Nicholas Robinson

Marks & Spencer is preparing to roll out unannounced audits to the majority of its food suppliers in a bid to further strengthen its supply chain integrity against fraudsters looking to cash in on vulnerable companies.

The MSC is developing an online tool for protecting against seafood fraud

MSC trials traceability tool against seafood fraud

By Rick Pendrous

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has been undertaking trials of a new seafood traceability tool in response to increasing incidents of fraud in the sector, where non-sustainable fish varieties are being passed off as sustainable species.

United Biscuits' facilities needed upgrading, says McGurk

Me and my factory

Why United Biscuits had to invest £50M

By Nicholas Robinson

United Biscuits has pumped millions into its flagship Harlesden site. Kevin McGurk tells Nicholas Robinson why the investment had to be made

Food supply chains need protection in the 'warzone' port of Calais

Food supply chain needs protection in Calais crisis

By Michael Stones

Food manufacturers should protect their supply chains from the “warzone” created by the strike action and illegal migrant crisis unfolding at the port of Calais, warns a leading risk management consultant.

The Calais migrant crisis has led to millions of pounds of fruit and veg being wasted

Millions of pounds of food wasted by Calais crisis

By Michael Stones

Millions of pounds worth of food is being wasted and the whole UK supply chain threatened by the migrant crisis is Calais – which has become like a “warzone” – warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Supermarkets' unannounced supplier hygiene audits are becoming more common

Supermarkets step up unannounced supplier audits

By Rick Pendrous

Unannounced hygiene audits of supermarkets’ food and drink suppliers are becoming increasingly common, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Professor Chris Elliott, who carried out the investigation into the 2013 horsemeat contamination...

Industry leaders need to focus on environmental and social, as well as economic, concerns, researchers urge

Sustainable supply chain ‘must be led by bosses’

By Rod Addy

Business leaders have been called on to spearhead the development of a sustainable supply chain by concentrating on their ‘triple bottom line’ following a three-year project tackling the subject.

Collaboration would lead to transport savings

Meeting the multi-channel challenge

By Michelle Knott

Efficient food and drink fulfilment across multiple channels is one of the biggest problems facing suppliers today, says Michelle Knott

Code of conduct is meant to bring transparency to the beef supply chain

Beef code slammed by independent suppliers

By Nicholas Robinson

Critics have slammed a new beef industry code of conduct, designed to make the supply chain more transparent, describing it as ineffective and nothing more than “gesture politics”.

Wiggins: Consumer pressure is needed

Better designs are in the hands of consumers

By Paul Gander

Brands should focus on broader, inclusive packaging design, rather than designing for the elderly - and might already be doing this, if consumers complained more often about the packs they were given, a seminar will hear this month

Sainsbury has teamed up the GLA to beat labour exploitation

Sainsbury agrees gangmaster partnership with GLA

By Michael Stones

Sainsbury has joined forces with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) in a bid to prevent labour exploitation, in the same week that two men were convicted of exploiting migrant food industry workers in Cambridgeshire.

'The UK supply chain system was audited to death': Prof Chris Elliott

Retailers step up unannounced audits to fight fraud

By Rod Addy

Supermarkets are shifting to unannounced audits of suppliers in efforts to make their supply chains watertight in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, according to professor Chris Elliott.

Retailers are demanding that product is delivered in multiple ways

A new logic in logistics

By Paul Gander

Sharing is caring - about your distribution costs. Paul Gander finds out how collaboration and consolidation help both manufacturers and retailers


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