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Migrant labour crisis sees 15% fall in soft fruit production

20 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

It follows a 63% drop in applications for seasonal positions last year, says British Summer Fruits

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Almond ingredient-sourcing app launched alongside Fact drinks Subscription

20 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The Almond app uses a code printed on packaging that consumers can scan to learn the source of ingredients 

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Leading tea brands back scheme to improve Assam pickers’ lives

19 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The Ethical Tea Partnership has kicked off its Women, Children and Families in Assam Commitment in partnership with UNICEF, covering 200 estates

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FSA trials blockchain for meat inspection audits Subscription

18 Jun 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The regulator launched a pilot two months ago with IBM

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National Food Crime Unit wins funding for 'upgrade' Subscription

12 Jun 2018 | By Kevin White

The FSA unit will see its headcount grow from 22 to 82 and will become fully operational, with full investigatory powers, from next March

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Waitrose and M&S sign up to 'ghost gear' fisheries initiative

11 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

World Animal Protection initiative aims to reduce the 640,000 tonnes of gear discarded in the oceans every year


What do US-style feedlots mean for British beef? Subscription

08 Jun 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Does the existence of a dozen industrial-scale beef finishing units in England undermine Britain’s grass-fed image?

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Tesco blames shortages of fresh chicken on packaging problems

07 Jun 2018 | By Kevin White

Shoppers have been reporting difficulties locating fresh chicken

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Tulip CEO Steve Francis steps down

06 Jun 2018 | By Kevin White

Francis was credited with turning the pork supplier around and bringing it back into profitability by parent Danish Crown

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Efra warns of Brexit threat to smaller fruit & veg suppliers

06 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Smaller horticulture businesses could suffer if EU support mechanisms for farmers are not replicated, The Committee warns

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Sainsbury's-Asda merger could hurt competition, warns NFU Subscription

05 Jun 2018 | By Kevin White

In a letter to the CMA, the union warned the merger could have a ‘negative effect’ on smaller suppliers

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ABP Food Group ploughs £17m investment into Perth beef plant Subscription

05 Jun 2018 | By Kevin White

Cash injection will allow plant to ‘become one of the most modern facilities of its kind in the UK’

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Tulip to cut 150 jobs in Bodmin as production levels fall

04 Jun 2018 | By Kevin White

It comes as Young’s Seafood also confirms plans to close its Annan factory

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Tesco to slash supplier numbers in next phase of Reset Subscription

01 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The move will see Tesco conduct a sweeping review of its entire supplier base over the next two years

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Foodservice companies urged to improve seafood sourcing Subscription

01 Jun 2018 | By Kevin White

Only a small percentage of foodservice companies had signed up to the Sustainable Seafood Coalition, said its secretariat

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Supermeat & Fish Awards: entry deadline extended

30 May 2018 | By Kevin White

The awards will be part of The Grocer’s programme of events for the first time this year

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Arla to end cheese production in Wales

30 May 2018 | By Kevin White

Up to 154 jobs could be lost as part of a strategic review of its cheesemaking division


Ornua Foods bounces back into black with £7.1m profit Subscription

29 May 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The dairy co-op saw total revenue hit £319m for the year to 30 December, up 11.6% on the previous year

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Dovecote Park to launch new beef and venison brand Subscription

24 May 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The Waitrose own label beef supplier is launching The Juicy Meat Co this autumn in a bid to target new audiences

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AHDB set to launch £1m Cheeky Beef campaign Subscription

24 May 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Marketing push will launch later this month and target time-short households with a range of 30-minute or less recipes

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Traidcraft report reveals ‘appalling’ tea worker conditions

22 May 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Traidcraft has called on big tea brands to be transparent about which Assam tea estates they buy from

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Meat suppliers' trade body AIMS resigns from Red Tractor board Subscription

21 May 2018 | By Kevin White

Rift follows disagreement over future direction of Red Tractor, and lack of focus on eating quality by the scheme


Pork co-op Danish Crown posts 'satisfactory' results Subscription

18 May 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Tulip’s Danish owner increased operating profits before special items by 1.5% year on year to 1,041 million DKK in the first half of the year

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CMA launches probe into proposed Arla-Yeo tie-up Subscription

17 May 2018 | By Kevin White

The CMA said it was considering whether the merger would result in a ‘substantial lessening of competition’

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Pig sector successfully reduces antibiotic use by another 28% Subscription

15 May 2018 | By Kevin White

The pig industry has hailed the reduction in usage, which has fallen by more than 50% since 2016

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Coupe and Burnley take a battering – but will the CMA take notice? Subscription

20 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The pair suffered the mother of all grillings at the hands of MPs today, but it remains to be seen what impact the hearing will have on the deal’s competition clearance

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CO2 crisis explained: Causes, drivers and the impact on food & drink

20 Jun 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Shortages in food-grade carbon dioxide are causing havoc for the UK food & drink industry. Here, we explain what’s behind the shortages - and why they’re having such a big impact on the industry

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Hisbe: a brave new model for food retailers in Brighton Video Subscription

20 Jun 2018 | By Angelina Mason

The city centre store has been reducing plastic and tackling food waste since long before it was fashionable

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What to make of Microsoft, Google and Amazon's grocery moves

20 Jun 2018 | By Lawrence Hutter

As the world’s leading tech giants, Google and Amazon both bring an unprecedented level of in-depth consumer access, says Lawrence Hutter of Alvarez & Marsal

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Get your work processes right to ensure the highest quality thinking

20 Jun 2018 | By Jeremy Garlick

Efficient and reflective processes will help your team function at its best, says Insight Traction’s Jeremy Garlick

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John Barnes takes a tonguing in Just Eat ad Video Subscription

20 Jun 2018 | By Mark Dishman

World Cup-sponsoring brands have, as you’d expect, been making the most of their exclusive deals

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CO2 shortages: how suppliers and supermarkets are reacting Subscription

20 Jun 2018

Our roundup of how major suppliers, retailers and industry associations are responding to shortages of food-grade CO2

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Michael Gove must remember the ‘f’ in Defra

19 Jun 2018 | By Kevin White

Perceptions of Gove may have changed, but it’s not all been plain sailing, says Fresh Foods Editor Kevin White

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Fmcg careers need fresh job descriptions to attract the best talent

19 Jun 2018 | By David Sables

Many other industries now offer what only fmcg did 25 years ago, so the best have better choices, warns David Sables of Sentinel Management Consultants

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Tesco and Booker are moving smartly with Chef Central pilots

18 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

There seems a lot more to Chef Central than what was billed as a predominantly B2B offering aimed at caterers, says chief reporter Ian Quinn

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Grocer Gold Awards 2018: all the winners revealed

15 Jun 2018

Aldi, Budweiser, MuscleFood and Spoon Guru among winners as disruptors and innovators dominate The Grocer Gold Awards


Adjudicator role changes could cause clash with retailers

15 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Many senior sources are adamant it would be a “massive change of scope” and a “departure too far”



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