Waitrose empty shelves

First spinach, now courgettes, tomatoes and peppers hit by short supply Subscription

18 Jan 2017 | By Beth Gault

Supermarkets are struggling to source some fresh produce items due to poor weather across Europe

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Dairy Crest head of external affairs Olivia Seccombe joins NFU

16 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

Seccombe – one of The Grocer’s Top New Talents of 2013 – starts in her new role as NFU head of external affairs today

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Organic Trade Board wins £9m in EU funding to grow sector Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Beth Gault

Money will help fund three-year campaign to boost sales, increase jobs and grow awareness of organic products

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Spinach like 'gold dust' in supermarkets after rain in Spain Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are among the retailers affected by the shortages

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Medina wins Iceland milk supply contract Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

The deal is understood to represent about 30 million litres a year

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Adjudicator should have powers extended, claims NFU Subscription

11 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The union also called for the Adjudicator to be given extra powers to police primary producers


Defra to switch HQ in bid to save £2m a year

10 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

Government department will relocate all staff to same building as Home Office and Department for Communities

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Farmers set to launch Enjoy Milk free-range milk brand Subscription

06 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

Enjoy Milk is the brainchild of the Free Range Milk Marketing Board and will be backed by generic markting cmapaign for British milk

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Leadsom promises post-Brexit red tape purge

04 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

Environment secretary pledges to slash bureaucracy in bid to ‘set farmers free’

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Into the Arctic: Climate change and cod in Svalbard

29 Dec 2016 | By Carina Perkins

The Grocer travelled to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard earlier this year. Watch our video to find out more

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Eden Research commercialises natural pest killer Subscription

22 Dec 2016 | By Edward Devlin

AIM-listed agro-tech firm Eden Research has signed an exclusive commercialisation agreement for its product, which kills worm that attack growing fruit and veg, with Taminco, a subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Company’s global crop protection division.

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Salad shortages set to hit new year health kicks Subscription

22 Dec 2016 | By Beth Gault

Key growing region Murcia, which provides 80% of Europe’s produce in winter months, has been reduced to 30% capacity

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Aldi steps into farming with Aberdeen Angus scheme Subscription

14 Dec 2016 | By Carina Perkins

The investment in a Warwickshire Farm is the first of its kind for the discounter

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Irish mushroom producers set to move production to the UK Subscription

08 Dec 2016 | By Beth Gault

Mushroom producers must “reinvent themselves”, said Walsh Mushrooms MD Padraic O’Leary

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Post-Brexit access to single market 'vital' say retailers and suppliers Subscription

01 Dec 2016 | By Beth Gault

Letter to PM, co-ordinated by the NFU, urges tariff-free access to EU


Greater monitoring of AMR bacteria urged in FSA research

25 Nov 2016 | By Beth Gault

There is a lack of data regarding British-produced food and food imported to the UK says report

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FSA Food Crime Unit needs extra £8m a year to keep food safe Subscription

24 Nov 2016 | By Kevin White

Independent review of unit also calls for full investigatory powers  

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The Co-op pledges to double its number of local suppliers

17 Nov 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The initiative is part of the company’s plan to “foster closer relationships” with small businesses

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Agriculture taskforce calls for Europe-wide GCA-type body Subscription

15 Nov 2016 | By Kevin White

European agriculture ministers to discuss proposals in bid to tackle unfair trading practices in food supply chain

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Lidl and Aldi increase price of four pints of milk to 99p Subscription

14 Nov 2016 | By Kevin White

The price increases by the discounters mean all the UK’s major supermarkets charge at least 99p for the four-pint SKU

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National Food Crime Unit review urges more funding & powers Subscription

10 Nov 2016 | By Kevin White

Call for unit “with teeth” that can tackle food crime, protect consumers and make high-profile prosecutions

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Cheese & butter shortages now a reality, say suppliers

10 Nov 2016 | By Kevin White

Already high wholesale prices for butter rose by another 6% from September to October to £3,750/tonne


Highland Game launches brand showcasing world speciality meats

10 Nov 2016 | By Kevin White

Meats in the range include ostrich, buffalo, wagyu beef and veal

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Sainsbury's hackers develop agri-technology at Somerset farm

04 Nov 2016 Updated: 05 Nov 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The initiative set out to tackle “outdated” data-gathering techniques in the agricultural industry

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Red Tractor consults on farm standards changes Subscription

03 Nov 2016 | By Kevin White

Any changes would be implemented next October, said RTA CEO David Clarke

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Theresa May’s Brexit speech: the grocery industry reacts Subscription

17 Jan 2017

The Prime Minister today fleshed out her vision for a post-Brexit UK. Here’s how the food & drink industry reacted to her speech

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Ways to manage two years of uncertainty

17 Jan 2017 | By David Sables

Marketplace uncertainty is here for at least two years, so we can’t easily assess the spending mood of swathes of consumer groups

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Higher prices for butter stabilising Subscription

17 Jan 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Low butter supplies have continued to push EU prices higher

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Own-label supplier consolidation is on the way Subscription

17 Jan 2017

It would be shocking if the next six months didn’t reveal increased costs for food manufacturers

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Everyone struggles with change, so keep status levels high Subscription

17 Jan 2017 | By Jennifer Baker

People born 20 years ago have grown up in era of constant change

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Free-range milk: sounds great... but what exactly is it? Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

Two new rival “free-range milk” brands are imminent…

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Grocers' Christmas results top City expectations Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Which of the supermarkets ‘won’ Christmas is a fight decided at the tills, but the winner of the battle in the City comes down to expectations.

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Rob Collins, Waitrose MD: The Big Interview Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Adam Leyland

Rob Collins has kept a low profile since taking over as Waitrose MD, but he has exciting plans to grow like-for-like sales

Food waste

An inward approach won't deliver progress on food waste

13 Jan 2017 | By Megan Tatum

For some, the voluntary pledge to cut food waste lacks teeth or ambition and misses out vast swathes of industry


'Remarkable' Christmas as major retailers all report success Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

All of the major food and drink retailers have come through the crucial trading period in decent fettle


Christmas 2016: a last hurrah for consumers? Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Adam Leyland

Henceforth the government should arrange for Christmas Day to fall on a Sunday – every year

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Deflation weakens more as prices of fresh food creep up Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Deflation tumbled to its lowest level since mid-2014 over the Christmas period amid price hikes across fresh food

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