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Food firms will need healthy balance sheets to cope with increased costs

Business Leaders’ Forum

Be warned: prepare for a hard Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturers have been urged to plan ahead to ensure their businesses are financially robust enough to cope with the extra costs and barriers to trade they are likely to encounter following a hard Brexit.

A new national food policy is needed to deal with current challenges, according to the City Food Lecture

City Food Lecture

Supply chains need to be shorter and simpler

By Rick Pendrous

The UK must shorten and reduce the complexity of its food supply chains if it hopes to ensure future food security and reduce the opportunities for fraud this presents, were key messages to emerge from this year’s City Food Lecture held in London last...

A more integrated supply chain is needed post Brexit, argues Tsinopoulos

Brexit: food firms need integrated supply chains

By Gwen Ridler

An integrated supply chain that standardises legislation, systems, policies, and engineering methods is needed post-Brexit, according to a leading university academic.

More than half of global food manufacturers do not know their suppliers

Food manufacturers ‘don’t know their supply chains’

By Laurence Gibbons

More than half of global food manufacturers have admitted not knowing the precise details of their supply chains, raising concerns about the prevalence of slave labour and other unethical working practices, according to research from risk management firm...

Hall: 'We need policies which focus on long-term value'

Report calls for supply chain industry to invest in R&D

By Rod Addy

The UK supply chain is threatened by under-investment in research and development (R&D) and firms must work more closely together to strengthen it, according to an industry report published today (October 20).

Pressure to cut costs has created opportunities for food fraud, said Waitrose technical director David Croft

Uncertainty remains on policing food fraud

By Rick Pendrous

Market intelligence should be used far more to detect food fraud, following the lessons learned from last year’s horsemeat contamination scandal, but the question of who pays for it remains unclear, the head of technical services at Waitrose has claimed.

The horsemeat crisis had an upside, DEFRA boss Owen Paterson told Food Manufacture

DEFRA boss sees the upside of horsemeat

By Michael Stones

The horsemeat scandal benefited the food industry by sparking increased consumer interest in assurance and local supply chains, according to environment secretary Owen Paterson.


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