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AHDB planning big job cuts following votes to abolish levies

140 jobs are under threat following growers’ votes to ditch the horticulture and potato levies earlier this year

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Morning cuppa threatened by climate crisis, report warns

PG Tips, Tetley, and Twinings echoed the warning

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How badly is China’s ban hitting the UK pork sector?

China is showing no movement on reinstating imports of UK pork

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Final SAWS operator for 2021 UK fruit & veg harvest announced

It follows warnings that leaving the announcement until after the end of April would lead to labour shortages at the start of the season

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India to import UK apples and pears in new trade link-up

The agreement is not as comprehensive as a free trade deal but will reduce non-tariff barriers on fruit 

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Supermarkets threaten Brazilian boycott over Amazon destruction

Nearly 40 food companies have signed an open letter calling on Brazil’s legislature to reject a bill that may pave the way for further destruction

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British jobs under threat as UK-Norway fish access talks fail, company claims

The lack of a deal with the Scandinavian state for 2021 meant UK vessels would be unable to access their waters

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Pork producer ditched by processor and retailers over ‘disturbing’ welfare breaches

P&G Sleigh was implicated in a Times investigation and has been suspended by Tesco, Lidl, Pilgrim’s UK and QMS

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Farmers struggle with frostiest April since records began

During the past month, there has been an average of 13 days of frost across the UK

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Nomad Foods slashes CO2 emissions by almost 11% in 2020 despite Covid

The Birds Eye and Goodfella’s owner said it had made significant progress in its annual Eating for the Planet report

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How regenerative agriculture can help the food industry cut carbon

Tackling climate change will take a whole food chain approach and collaboration has never been more important, says Chris Daly, chief sustainability officer, PepsiCo Europe

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Halloumi deserves its PDO status. But imitators will still weasel their way on to shelves

Heritage foods like halloumi can be imitated but never bettered, says Joanna Blythman, food journalist and author of Swallow This

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Arla reveals farm CO2 emissions after first year of Climate Check programme

The dairy co-op gathered emissions data from 95% of its milk farmers across seven European countries

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UK pork exports see boost as import barriers eased in Philippines

However, some retailers have been criticised by producers for not doing enough to support the sector

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Oilseed rape prices up due to crop concerns

According to Mintec, rapeseed oil at Rotterdam was priced at €1,053.33 (£909.56) per metric tonne on 7 April

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Sales of berries in double-digit growth during winter months

The effect of Covid-19 on consumer demand for health and in-home occasions has driven the rise 

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TH Clements boosts sales and narrows losses despite weather challenges

The major brassica grower’s improved performance came about despite the impact of extreme flooding in 2019

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‘Once in a lifetime’ discovery could secure future of coffee, scientists claim

The discovery of a rare species of coffee uniquely combines a tolerance to high temperatures with superior flavour

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Seaspiracy: does MSC need to change after damaging Netflix documentary?

Netflix’s controversial film takes aim at fishing as a whole, but also accuses the MSC of inadequacy on bycatch and overfishing

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Pick for Britain scheme for UK-based farm workers scrapped

The scheme was launched last year to recruit UK workers for seasonal farm jobs 

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M&S relaunching ‘Fresh Market Update’ TV ad campaign

The latest campaign will see M&S introducing 30 million bees to 28 partner farms this summer