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Leadsom plays down prospect of lower quality US meat flooding UK Subscription

21 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

Andrea Leadsom insisted the government would be ’clear’ in any free-trade discussions on production standards

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Three quarters of fruit and veg eaten in UK is imported

17 Feb 2017 | By Carina Perkins

The UK is only 52% self-sufficient in food, with just 23% of the fruit and veg eaten in Britain grown here

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ABP: meat industry must maintain EU standards after Brexit Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

ABP UK MD Tom Kirwan said the UK should resist a reduction in meat production standards in order to target new export markets

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Rare breed Herdwick lamb returns to Booths shelves Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

The breed, reared only in the Cumbrian hills, went on sale in the chain last week

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European parliament approves CETA free trade deal with Canada Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The deal, which could apply as early as April 2017, will remove tariffs on most traded goods and services

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Food industry calls for work on agriculture labour shortages Video Subscription

09 Feb 2017 | By Beth Gault

Call for government to reintroduce the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Scheme (SAWS). which was axed in 2013


Courgette shortages cost supermarkets £2m in lost sales Subscription

07 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

Year on year value sales fell by 58% in last week of January, data from IRI shows

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The UK's veg crisis explained - video Video

06 Feb 2017

Fresh foods editor Kevin White explains why there’s a produce shortage and why some supermarkets are rationing supplies

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Errington Cheese has more product seized after e.coli tests Subscription

06 Feb 2017 | By Beth Gault

“Entire stock of Lanark Blue” was seized by Lanarkshire Council last Friday

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Tesco and Morrisons ration lettuces to ensure availability

03 Feb 2017 | By Ian Quinn, Kevin White

Spanish crop shortages have led to bulk buying of lettuce in supermarkets 

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First Milk brings payments back into line after two years Subscription

02 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

Dairy co-op controversially withheld farmer payments in January 2015 for two weeks in order to ease a cashflow crisis

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NFU slammed over hormone and chlorine washing comments Subscription

26 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

In a radio interview, strategic director Martin Haworth appeared to suggest the NFU would support the practice

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Pig sector defends standards after horse hormone claims Subscription

26 Jan 2017 | By Beth Gault

Campaigners claim hormone extracted from the blood of horses is being sold to British vets and farmers to increase pig production


UK farming 'on the right track' on cutting antibiotic use Subscription

26 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

UK farming has made progress, according to the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture alliance

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Free-range eggs threatened by avian flu restrictions Subscription

25 Jan 2017 | By Beth Gault

Call for extension on EU rules defining what constitutes free-range eggs after bird flu housing orders

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Sainsbury's falls down animal welfare standards list Subscription

23 Jan 2017 | By Beth Gault

Business Benchmark on Animal Welfare audit said retailer was yet to show it had addressed welfare recommendations

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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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Which brands are getting it right on social media? Subscription

24 Feb 2017 | By Megan Tatum

The industry has recruited many social media followers and fans – but how can they actually engage with them?

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'Bleak' crop of Bolivian Brazil nuts set to inflate UK prices Subscription

24 Feb 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Brits are facing a surge in Brazil nut prices after climate change hit harvests in Bolivia

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Bread, beans & beer brands soar in price as Brexit bites Subscription

24 Feb 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Beer, bread and baked beans are the latest victims of Brexit, with shoppers facing price hikes on their favourite brands

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Can Bud Light win over UK drinkers this time round? Subscription

24 Feb 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Even in an age of obesity, the low-calorie message may misfire

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Polman must act. And fast. Subscription

24 Feb 2017 | By Adam Leyland

That was awkward. The barbarians are at the gate. Two days later they’ve sloped home

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Supermarkets seem switched on over free-range eggs crisis Subscription

24 Feb 2017 | By Kevin White

The big supermarkets seem switched on to the threat to free-range eggs

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Will Warren Buffett and his Kraft-Heinz mob be back? Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Alec Mattinson, Edward Devlin

The £115bn bid for Unilever has been called off, but it’s sent shockwaves through the fmcg sector

Fruit & veg

Ten portions of fruit & veg a day? It’s not going to happen Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Beth Gault

New research suggests we should double the recommended daily amount of fresh fruit and vegetables in our diet, but is it a case of easier said than done?

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Dispatches 'reveals' obvious consequences of Brexit Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Megan Tatum

Less than a year post-EU referendum and, shock horror, the price of our shopping basket has gone up


Poor production still driving up price of EU wheat Subscription

23 Feb 2017

EU wheat prices continued to rise due to poor production in major growing regions

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Managing supply chain resilience means listening

23 Feb 2017

Sir, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump reflect a growing trend of protectionism in the global economy

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Relaxation helps productivity: find ways to 'micro-pause' Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Joanna Jacobs

I’ve noticed that when I’m particularly busy, every minute of my time is scheduled

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