Rising production costs could push up retail dairy prices

Processors have been increasing farmgate prices in response to strong global demand and a lower-than-expected spring flush in the UK

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Food and drink exports still down despite February recovery

HMRC figures show food and drink exports to the EU were down by 26% in February compared with the same month last year


Fmcg will need to fight to hold on to profits as inflation rises

There are a number of complex factors exacerbating the inflation situation, not least elevated Covid costs, says Warren Ackerman, head of European consumer staples research at Barclays

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Arla sounds alarm over rise in costs due to rising feed costs

It comes amid tight global supplies of cereals, with Arla warning the cost of production could rise by 6%

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What’s the outlook for key food commodities in 2021?

With Brexit disruption and the pandemic contributing to a volatile market, what’s the outlook for key food commodities this year?

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Free range egg sector threatened by high feed costs and low prices

Feed prices have been elevated by high demand from China, which is rebuilding its pig herd

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Tight supply set to keep farmgate price of beef high in 2021

The GB all-prime average deadweight beef price ended 2020 some 5% higher year on year, and is expected to remain high

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Compulsory dairy contracts get go-ahead from government

The proposal, backed by the devolved administrations, is set to shake up how the sector operates

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Rabobank warns of further commodity price hikes in 2021

Soy, corn and wheat prices are set to increase as poor weather and governmental stockpiling continue to put pressure on supplies


AHDB facing challenge to funding model with levy ballot

Growers are unhappy with how the board collects and spends their compulsory levies


Food price hikes loom amid pressure on commodities

Wheat, sunflower oil and soybeans are among the ingredients that have seen significant price increases in recent months

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Farmgate beef prices set to soar ahead of Brexit deadline, analysts warn

Stockpiling ahead of 31 December to avoid tariffs and cross-border disruption could inflate prices


Covid-19 foodservice shutdown leads to reduction in British potato plantings

Trade has remained sluggish since pubs, restaurants and QSR outlets started reopening after lockdown in July

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Shortage of UK-grown oilseed rape looms as yields slump

The crop has seen an 18%-26% drop in yield against the five-year average


Beef prices recover from spring’s carcase balance issues

AHDB’s GB average deadweight steer price on 22 August stood at 374.3p/kg, up 14.5% on the same week in 2019

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No-deal Brexit could trigger steep rise in supplier wheat costs

The warning comes after the NFU this week revealed the UK is seeing its worst wheat yields in 40 years

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Tech startup Better Origin launches AI insect farm to convert waste into feed

It works by converting inputs such as agricultural residues into insect larvae, which can then be fed to livestock


Does new UK tariff policy mean cheaper sugar?

The UK’s new tariff policy is due to come into effect on 1 January, here’s what it means for the sugar industry 


Fruit prices soaring as pandemic puts more pressure on supplies

Increased retail demand, strained logistics and labour concerns have all pushed up prices