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Will export bans hurt UK food security?

There’s no shortage of food to go around. But when one country begins banning exports, others may follow


Major processors improving animal welfare standards, BBFAW report says

Danish Crown, Hilton Food Group, Nestlé and Premier Foods all moved into the report’s second tier

British Lion eggs

Free-range egg producers fear post-coronavirus shift to lower standard eggs

Industry body BFREPA also warned of the impact a recession would have on free-range eggs

Medina Watsons Dairy

Coronavirus: Medina becomes latest milk processor to slash milk price

It comes amid reports of farmers dumping milk as processors struggle with a collapse in the foodservice market

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Coronavirus: GLAA allows temporary licences to help food sector

The authority will let firms not currently sourcing labour for food businesses to do so for up to three months

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Food labelling materials running ‘critically low’, warn packaging suppliers

Food labelling could run out ‘within weeks’ because raw ingredients are being diverted into hand sanitisers, packaging manufacturers have warned.

Noble Foods Egg Production

Coronavirus: Egg prices could rise amid ‘stretched’ supply chain

Feed costs have risen by 10%, which may see hikes passed on to consumers, producers have warned

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Coronavirus: Beef processors face profit squeeze over carcase balance

While shoppers have been stocking up on beef, they have avoided more expensive cuts of beef

Freshways milk

Freshways signs Morrisons milk supply deal

The processor, a big player in foodservice, has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis 

arla milk

Arla axes quarter of products to maintain supplies

Arla cut its core own-label milk range from 13 SKUs down to six following the panic buying of a fortnight ago

Muller Milk lorry

Coronavirus: Müller seeking up to 300 workers to cope with ‘strong’ demand

It is seeking extra staff amid high demand for its fresh milk, yoghurts and butter, as well as its delivery arm

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Packaging supply starts to creak under soaring demand

Many food and drink manufacturers have increased production by as much as 50%


Global coronavirus lockdowns set to hit vegetable supplies

India announced a “complete” lockdown on Wednesday. The country is the UK’s main supplier of vegetables such as baby sweetcorn, chillies and okra


Greengrocer Reynolds reports 95% drop in business

The pandemic has seen its foodservice and out-of-home customers shut down their operations

Tulip Manufacturing at Westerleigh

Coronavirus: Government exempts factory canteens from lockdown ban

The move has been welcomed by meat sector bodies, who warned the rule would force workers into busy supermarkets

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Coronavirus: produce sector warns of May labour ‘crunch point’

The news comes despite 8,000 applications from British workers in recent days

Fairfax Meadow meat

Coronavirus: Fairfax Meadow launches new DTC meat delivery service

The wholesale catering butcher is now also supplying into retail, through the Central England Co-op


Coronavirus: meat sector calls for staff canteens to be exempt from closure

BMPA CEO Nick Allen said the effect of closing these canteens will be to ‘drive thousands of key workers into the shops’


Coronavirus: FSA warns of staffing pressures in meat plants

The regulator has warned meat processors it would likely experience ’reduced staffing levels for many weeks and months to come’

Pig investigation Lincolnshire and Yorkshire

Tesco sourcing pork from farms with ‘illegal’ standards, says animal rights group

World Animal Protection claims to have found evidence of wrongdoing at three UK farms linked to the retailer

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Red Tractor assurance scheme updates logo in new standards push

The farm assurance scheme will support the relaunch with a £2m marketing campaign