Waitrose farming robots

Waitrose to trial robots to farm food

12 Dec 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The upmarket grocer is to use the robots in the wheat fields in a three-year trial from February 


Meat producers don’t have to go vegan to do better Subscription

11 Dec 2018 | By Megan Tatum

From its links to climate change to health and welfare, meat consumption has been one of the big stories of 2018

palm oil

Palm oil trader Wilmar vows to map and monitor suppliers Subscription

10 Dec 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Wilmar, which supplies 40% of the world’s palm oil, said it was stepping up efforts to ensure transparency and compliance in its supply chain

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Fisheries bill amendment to enshrine 'fairer' UK fishing rights, says Gove Subscription

10 Dec 2018 | By Kevin White

The government is to table an amendment to its fisheries bill that will oblige it to secure better terms from a trade deal than fishermen currently receive in the CFP

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Red Tractor ad campaign attracts 1.4m more shoppers

09 Dec 2018 | By Kevin White

The ad push saw the number of people saying they would choose Red Tractor food over the cheapest alternative grow by five points


Does the rise in popularity of the avocado have a dark side? Subscription

07 Dec 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The popularity of the millennial’s superfruit of choice has been linked to cartels and deforestation

Single use - Sainsbury's milk aisle

Sainsbury's milk supplier Tomlinsons appoints advisors to explore possible sale Subscription

06 Dec 2018 | By Kevin White

It comes amid warnings of overcapacity and ‘wafer thin’ margins across the processing sector


Morrisons slammed for Welsh lamb PGI labelling error Subscription

06 Dec 2018 | By Kevin White

The retailer has faced criticism on social media over the labelling issues

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How to build a growing scheme with farmers based on trust

06 Dec 2018 | By Richard Plant

We formed close relationships with our growers and brought them together with our bakers to celebrate the production loop, says Pladis UK & Ireland’s Richard Plant

rice paddy field

How UK retail can help slash the environmental impact of rice farming

04 Dec 2018 | By Chris Brown

Rice production currently emits the same level of CO2 as Germany, says Chris Brown, global head of environment at Olam International

Bleached chicken hanging on a production line (not UK processor)

Half of shoppers to desert meat if UK allows chlorinated chicken imports

03 Dec 2018 | By Kevin White

Research by the AHDB found that four out of five shoppers would change the way they shopped if the UK imported US meat

Palm Oil

Palm oil supplier sanctioned over workers' rights abuses and trafficking Subscription

30 Nov 2018 | By Carina Perkins

An RSPO investigation found evidence of complicity in human trafficking and labour rights abuse at a palm oil unit owned by FGV Holdings Berhad, formerly FELDA Global Ventures (FELDA)

Beef cattle

UK meat exporters 'rapidly expanding' business to Canada

30 Nov 2018 | By Kevin White

Meat exports grew seven-fold from 2012 to 2017, said DIT. It comes as the CETA trade deal was ratified by parliament earlier this month

fishing boat

Seafood sector faces battering under Brexit plans, says report Subscription

28 Nov 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The UK’s £1.3bn seafood exports to the EU are at risk if an agreement isn’t reached on fisheries, a new Rabobank report warns

Lord Mark Price

Suppliers set for tougher competition, regardless of Brexit outcome: Lord Price

28 Nov 2018 | By Kevin White

Speaking at the NFU’s annual Henry Plumb lecture, Lord Price added the age of austerity would likely continue for some time yet

Crops farm farming

UK performing 'very poorly' on sustainable agriculture Subscription

28 Nov 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The Food Sustainablity Index ranks the UK at 55 out of 67 countries on sustainable agriculture

Dairy cows

NFU and Dairy UK lock horns over proposals to regulate milk contracts

26 Nov 2018 | By Kevin White

Dairy UK said the plans would create a ’less competitive market with more restrictions’ and push down prices


Food choice will become limited if there's no deal, warns supply chief Subscription

23 Nov 2018 | By Steve Farrell

‘Plan A only has a finite amount of time on it. There’s then Plan B, which is how do I change what I’m selling’

beef steak

Meat traceability challenges will only increase post-Brexit

22 Nov 2018

Heralding a new era of transparency will require more than housing data that currently exists in silos


NFU unveils strategy championing British farming and food

22 Nov 2018 | By Kevin White

The union has developed a guide for buyers which showcases the work of British farmers and growers


UK pig production gets boost as cereal farmers switch to livestock Subscription

21 Nov 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The number of pigs in the UK broke five million for the first time since 2004, according to Defra



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