Bidvest 3663 Lands Hertz Catering Deal

Bidvest 3663 extends contract with Plymouth City Council

30 Aug 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Bidvest 3663 has extended its contract with Plymouth City Council…

Illicit tobacco

Praise for new HMRC assault on duty fraud Subscription

30 Aug 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Industry bodies have applauded a new HMRC crackdown on illicit alcohol and tobacco…


Enterprise aims for £100m in revenues following MBO Subscription

29 Aug 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Supply chain management specialist Enterprise Foods is targeting £100m of annual revenues..

Ice bucket challenge

Ice bucket challenge: stores struggle to meet demand

29 Aug 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

The charity ice bucket challenge has resulted in soaring sales of ice across the country.

Bakery bread

Supply chain manager Enterprise Foods in £30m buyout

27 Aug 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Supply chain management specialist Enterprise Foods has been bought in a £30m MBO led by its current chairman and backed by private equity firm Hattington Capital.

Fowler Welch

Fowler Welch lands logistics contract with drinks maker Cott

24 Aug 2014 | By Sara Spary

Fowler Welch has won a new multimillion-pound logistics contract with own label drinks manufacturer Cott…

Nisa trucks

Nisa halves surplus payments to strengthen investment clout Subscription

23 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone

Nisa has halved its surplus payment this year as it retained a greater share of profits to invest in future growth…

Ready for change?

Smaller firms are 'lagging' on new EU label rules Subscription

23 Aug 2014 | By Sara Spary

Smaller brands unprepared for EU’s mammoth FIC regulations…

Paul Cheema

Costcutter promises to fix supply problems in 'six weeks' Subscription

23 Aug 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Costcutter and P&H have told retailers the problems arising from the Nisa switchover will be resolved in six weeks…

Alvaro Munoz AMC

Tesco strikes citrus fruit supply deal with AMC Group

22 Aug 2014 | By Kevin White

Tesco has signed a five-year deal with food producer AMC Group to supply it with citrus fruit.

Wincanton building

Musgrave ends contract with Wincanton in Ireland

09 Aug 2014 | By Sara Spary

Wincanton is set to make up to 150 staff redundant as Musgrave ends its contract with the logistics provider in Ireland…

Many Lorries

Costcutter sets up roadshows to deal with retailers' woes

09 Aug 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Costcutter is holding roadshows so it can address retailers’ grievances on delivery and availability issues…

The Grocer's WW1 editorial

World War I: The Grocer's editorial on the outbreak of war

05 Aug 2014

Britain’s declaration of war on 4 August 1914 was discussed in measured tones by The Grocer’s editorial of the following issue, 8 August 1914, reproduced here in full.

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Elliott food fraud report due out on 4 September

02 Aug 2014 | By Julia Glotz

Professor Chris Elliott’s long-awaited report into food fraud is at last set to be published at the beginning of September…

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Wing Yip launches Sunday delivery service

02 Aug 2014 | By Sara Spary

Wing Yip has slashed the cost of its weekend delivery service and started offering Sunday deliveries for the first time…


Decline in fresh potato sales slows down

02 Aug 2014 | By Vince Bamford

The fall in sales of fresh potatoes has slowed, according to the latest Potato Council figures


Morrisons pushes online with Quidco member offer

01 Aug 2014 | By Eleanor Ross

Morrisons has partnered with cashback rewards specialist Quidco to promote its online grocery service…


FSA: origin study shows potential of new SIRA screening

31 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Isotope-based food testing had “real potential” to help verify where food and drink products are from, the FSA said this week

Norbert Dentressangle truck

Norbert Dentressangle sales climb as it buys US logistics company

31 Jul 2014 | By Sara Spary

Norbert Dentressangle has posted sales up 13.4% for the first half of 2014, compared with the same period in 2013.

Meadow Foods

Meadow Foods signs up Rock Farm Dairy casualties

27 Jul 2014 | By Kevin White

Independent dairy Meadow Foods has signed up 17 of the 24 dairy farms affected by the recent closure of Rock Farm Dairy…


P&H and Costcutter: 'still work to do' as service improves

26 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Palmer & Harvey and Costcutter claim service is improving – but admit there is still work to do…


Tea faces climate of change in Sri Lanka Subscription

28 Aug 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

The future of the second biggest tea exporter in the world is threatened by climate change…


Canadian mining spill prompts fears over sockeye salmon supply Subscription

21 Aug 2014 | By Gillian Rowe

Salmon suppliers have moved to reassure UK buyers about wild salmon after a major mine waste spill in Canada…

Trucks to Russia

What the Russian export ban means for UK food and drink Subscription

15 Aug 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones, Vince Bamford

Less than 1% of British food exports go to Russia, but restrictions could still have serious knock-on effects on UK prices…


The human side of global supply chain pressure

12 Aug 2014 | Updated: 13 Aug 2014 | By Julia Glotz

August is traditionally silly season territory, but there is nothing silly about the summer of 2014.

Fruit and veg

Russian sanctions will hit fruit and veg industry, warns Rabobank

08 Aug 2014 | By Cindy van Rijswick

The EU fresh fruit and vegetables industry is one of the sectors that will be hit hardest by the Russian import ban, according to Rabobank.

Tea crops

Cotton and coconut oil prices show monthly slump Subscription

07 Aug 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

The biggest changes this week are among our key commodity fallers…

The Grocer 8 August 1914

Fevered minds and panic buying: WWI reported in The Grocer Subscription

05 Aug 2014 | By Vince Bamford

As The Grocer reported in its issue of 8 August 1914, swift action was being taken to limit profiteering and panic at the outbreak of WW1.

Sainsbury's HGV

Sainsbury's thinks bike with new HGV Subscription

31 Jul 2014 | Updated: 01 Aug 2014 | By Sara Spary

Sainsbury’s new HGV is aiming to make city streets safer for cyclists. Is it a step in the right direction?

Rapeseed crop

Rapeseed oil prices driven down by good harvests Subscription

31 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

Rapeseed oil prices have tumbled thanks to good harvests at home and abroad…

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Commonwealth Games: disruption to trade routes at a minimum Subscription

26 Jul 2014 | By Sara Spary

As the Commonwealth Games swung into action, Scots trade associations reported early success managing route disruptions…

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