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Levy board changes proposed following industry consultation

Levy board changes proposed following industry consultation

By Aidan Fortune

Proposals to introduce a five-year ballot policy for levy payers on industry activity as well as changes to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) structure have been put forward by the UK government following a consultation into the...

Carcase balance issue to come for producers

Carcase balance issue to come for producers

By Aidan Fortune

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has warned that unless retailers reinstate their full range of meat products, there will be an abundance of other cuts leading to falling prices for producers.

Danish Crown reveals Tulip losses

Danish Crown reveals Tulip Limited losses

By Aidan Fortune

Pork processor Danish Crown has revealed the extent of the losses suffered by its Tulip Limited business in the final year before it was sold to Pilgrim’s Pride.

Design guidelines are being developed for recyclable flexible packaging

Push to identify sustainable design

By Paul Gander

The drive to establish best practice in flexible packaging design, sorting and recycling is gaining pace at European level, with the growing number of stakeholders within circular economy initiative CEFLEX now moving towards a first draft of its design...

The UK could benefit by up to £21bn through better data management

Better data quality would boost sales

By Rick Pendrous

Suppliers could increase sales by 1–3% by improving the quality of their product data, according to new research from barcode standards body GS1 UK.

Theresa May: ‘The world of work is changing’

Workers’ rights come under closer scrutiny

By Michelle Perrett

Food manufacturers could be facing a new raft of employment regulations as the UK government unveiled plans to increase workers’ rights in response to the Taylor Review earlier this week (February 7 2018).

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.

The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29 2019

Davos speech sparks renewed call for Brexit clarity

By Michelle Perrett

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has called for clarity from the government over the transition plans for exiting the EU, following a speech by Brexit secretary David Davis.

Naked Bacon will be available in UK supermarkets from January 10

Nitrite-free bacon set for UK launch

By Noli Dinkovski

A bacon product free of cancer-causing nitrites is to launch in the UK following a £14M investment by Northern Irish meat processor Finnebrogue.

The budget attracted both bouquets and brickbats

Budget 2017

Chancellor’s £3bn Brexit budget gets mixed reception

By Mike Stones

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s second budget of the year – in which he allocated £3bn over the next two years to prepare the UK for Brexit – has received a mixed reception from food industry and business leaders.

Food manufacturers need to analyse the supply chains before Brexit

BREXIT

Contingency plans needed to mitigate Brexit risks

By Rick Pendrous

Food manufacturers and retailers in the UK need to start preparing their contingency plans for a ‘hard’ Brexit – in which no deal is agreed with the EU – in order to mitigate the risks they face, warns a leading supply chain expert.

Workers' productivity fell last year, resulting in 5% less revenue per worker

Food manufacturers lose £400M as productivity falls

By Matt Atherton

Falling productivity cost food and drink producers an extra £400M in labour costs last year, a report has revealed, as manufacturers are urged to make strategic changes ahead of more challenging market conditions.

Exports have grown, but manufacturers have little confidence in the UK’s economy

Exports rise as confidence in UK economy drops

By Gwen Ridler

Manufacturers’ exports have continued to rise over the past year, according to a survey conducted by the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and business advice firm BDO, while their confidence in the UK’s economy sinks lower.

Froneri UK NPD brand technologist Catherine Ford (left) and Froneri UK head of marketing Charlotte Hambling (right)

Froneri ice cream sales rise after warm start to 2017

By Matt Atherton

Ice cream firm Froneri UK has reported a 16.3% rise in sales so far this year, benefiting from the warm start to 2017, and boosted by its Kelly’s of Cornwall brand and franchised Nestlé and Cadbury products.

Fears have risen that a ‘frictionless’ trade deal post-Brexit will not happen

‘Frictionless trade’ guarantees sought in Brexit talks

By Rick Pendrous

The future of food trade between the UK and EU and fears about the lowering of food safety standards if a bilateral deal is struck with the US, took centre stage over the past month, as Brexit negotiations began.

The team from the University of Reading took the gold prize in this year's Ecotrophelia awards

Vegetable sushi wins student innovation prize

By Gwen Ridler

Students from the University of Reading have won the UK leg of this year’s Ecotrophelia Awards – the pan-European competition for ecologically inspired innovative new product development (NPD) – in a contest dominated by vegetarian and vegan products. 

The prime minister’s snap general election announcement offers a chance to forge a national food and farming policy, say industry leaders

Election 2017

National debate needed on food and farming policy

By Michael Stones

Politicians should set out their plans to develop the UK’s £108bn food and drink manufacturing sector ahead of the general election on Thursday June 8, insist industry leaders.

Halal food and drink should be the UK's focus once it leaves the EU: Abdalhamid Evans

Halal food a ‘bigger market than China’

By Gwen Ridler

Halal food and drink is a bigger market than China – worth more than £900bn – and will become increasingly important to food manufacturers when the UK leaves the EU, according to a specialist consultant.

The new agribusiness group aims to represent the view of the agricultural supply chain expertise during the Brexit talks

New agribusiness group to give united Brexit voice

By Michael Stones

A new agribusiness group – The Agri-Brexit Coalition – representing tens of thousands of members has been formed to focus agricultural supply chain expertise, ahead of the UK’s Brexit talks with the EU, due to begin after Article 50 is triggered later...

The FDF urged Hammond to boost exports funding

Budget 2017

Budget requests: Boost export and R&D funding

By Matt Atherton

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to increase funding for food and drink exports and research and development (R&D), ahead of his first Budget today.

Amazon has launched both a 5,000 head recruitment drive and a new apprenticeship scheme

Amazon launches 5,000-head recruitment drive

By Michael Stones

Amazon, the online retail giant, has revealed plans to recruit 5,000 more full-time workers, taking its total UK workforce to more than 24,000, and launched a new apprenticeship programme.

Nestlé's 2016 results were ‘at the lower end of our expectations’ said ceo Mark Schneider

Nestlé’s growth falls for fifth consecutive year

By Gwen Ridler

Nestlé has posted its fifth consecutive year of falling organic growth – after a “challenging year” in the UK – in its latest financial results for the 12 months to December 31.

Abbey Logistics has acquired bulk liquid food transport specialist Armet

Brexit must not delay smooth freight movements

By Rick Pendrous

Britain needs to keep trading with the rest of the EU and maintain smooth transport and logistics operations as Brexit progresses, with as few delays as possible, the head the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned.

The UK courgette shortage has sparked a social media storm

Courgette shortage sparks social media storm

By Gwen Ridler

Reports of a shortage of courgettes in the UK have sparked a social media storm, as hundreds of people took to Twitter to express their views on the “famine”.

Andy Underwood (left) with Alastair Macphie

Foodservice leads Macphie’s sales growth

By Rick Pendrous

Scottish bakery ingredients supplier Macphie has reported a 7% rise in sales to £47.6M in its financial results for the year to March 2016 released today (December 23).

NFU boss Minette Batters warned the UK horticultural sector was particularly dependent on continental labour

Veg sector ‘most at risk’ from Brexit labour shortages

By Rick Pendrous

Brexit is the greatest policy challenge facing UK farmers at present, with continued uncertainty about access to the single market and huge concerns about access to workers from EU Member States – particularly within the horticulture sector, the deputy...

Kellogg and Nestlé defended themselves over claims its cereals were high in sugar

Cereal firms defend sugar and salt content levels

By Matt Atherton

Leading cereal manufacturers are striving to slash sugar and salt content, according to the Association of Cereal Food Manufacturers (ACFM), after it was revealed that more than half of Kellogg’s and Nestlé’s UK breakfast cereals were high in sugar.

The chancellor's first Autumn Statement drew a mixed response

Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement gets mixed reception from food and logistics sectors

By Michael Stones

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement drew a mixed reception from the food and drink manufacturing and logistics sectors, with praise for the doubling of export finance capacity to support trade but questions raised about the rise in the...

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