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Saputo pulls low-calorie Cathedral City 82 cheddar variant

It said relatively low demand and a combination of production complications and range rationalisations led it to withdraw the cheese

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Industry bosses hit back at claims meat factories are ‘virus breeding grounds’

Earlier this week Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said it was investigating the theory that the ‘cold and damp’ conditions at meat plants may make them ‘predisposed’ to coronavirus outbreaks

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Suppliers uneasy about one-metre social distancing rule change

In a survey by the FDF this week, 71% of suppliers felt employees would be concerned a move to one metre would ‘not be a safe environment’ for food production

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Supermarkets and suppliers plan closer Christmas collaboration

Supermarkets are increasingly keen to better understand their supply chains and pay more attention to risk management

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Redwigwam rolls out in-store troubleshooting app for supermarket suppliers

Redwigwam matches suppliers with one of its 130,000 workers, with the relevant skills and in a nearby location

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Suppliers report fall in fines for ‘drop and drive’ deliveries

Findings from a group of 20 suppliers show a 90% fall in the sums being deducted for delivery errors

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Wholesalers urge suppliers to extend best-before dates to prevent food waste

Ambient is the latest category to be in danger of going to waste as the hospitality industry remains shuttered

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Number of suppliers experiencing GSCOP-related issues continues to fall

The percentage of suppliers claiming to have been affected by a code-related issue has fallen for the seventh consecutive year

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Blue Skies warns of rise in imported fruit prices as airlines stop passenger services

Importers are grappling with the coronavirus’ impact on global supply chains

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Delistings have hit a third of suppliers since crisis hit UK

Asked if any retailer had behaved in a way contrary to GSCOP in the past five weeks, 31% of the 40 suppliers to respond said yes

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Coronavirus: Arla and 2 Sisters pledge food to NHS staff and vulnerable people

The food manufacturers will donate food to hospitals and charities across the UK

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Oppo launches DTC service with free tubs for neighbours

All of the profits from sales will be donated to NHS Charities Together

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Food suppliers fear factories could be ‘paralysed’ by face mask recommendation

Companies say a global shortage of the equipment would make it impossible for workplaces to remain open if the advice is changed

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Graham’s expands DTC delivery amid coronavirus convenience demand

However, the company has endured production difficulties as a result of panic-buying and lockdown measures

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Moy Park turns test kitchen into meals on wheels production line

The NPD kitchen at the poultry giant’s Craigavon site in Northern Ireland is now creating 1,000 meals a week

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PHE slammed for delay issuing safety guidance for factory staff

Current regulations are too vague and misinformation is adding to anxiety say industry leaders


Government intervention boosts wholesale and convenience stock levels

The shake-up followed crisis talks between members of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors and the government

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Industry leaders call for mass coronavirus testing of food sector workers

It has emerged online delivery company Ocado had privately ordered 100,000 Covid-19 testing kits for staff

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Christine Tacon calls for retailers to help suppliers facing cashflow problems

Tacon has always previously refused to give any guidance on payment terms, because the issue is not covered in GSCOP

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Coronavirus: DTC meal kit businesses report record demand

DTC recipe kit providers have been forced to turn down new customers as they grapple with ‘unprecedented’ levels of demand


Unilever offers €500m relief to suppliers and customers, donates hygiene products

The consumer goods giant will give early payments to the most vulnerable small and medium-sized suppliers

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Coronavirus: JD Wetherspoon boss asks suppliers for payment moratorium

One industry source at a major booze supplier called the move “absolutely shocking”


Food & drink businesses urge clarity on reducing staff to ‘bare essentials’

The Food & Drink Federation told The Grocer its understanding was the guidance applied to all manufacturers

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Tesco to pay small suppliers within five days to battle cashflow crisis

The supermarket giant said it would shorten the period of payment terms from 14 to five days, “with immediate effect”

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Italian food producers stockpile in UK over coronavirus fears

If factories start to close due to the outbreak, a potential shortage of Italian ingredients will add concern to businesses 

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GS1 to expand ProductDNA database to smaller suppliers

The ProductDNA database has previously been limited to large suppliers


Trewithen Dairy owner Cornish Farm's sales surge by more than a third

Cornish Farm Dairy has seen sales boosted 34.6% due in part to two major ‘long-term’ retail milk contracts

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Christine Tacon launches final supplier survey before stepping down as GCA

Tacon said there has been a huge improvement in retailer behaviour across the board since she took up the role eight years

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Supermarkets and suppliers agree to simplified recycling label system

The simplified system will tell consumers to either ‘recycle’ or ‘don’t recycle’ products

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Lynas Foodservice demands cut in payments to suppliers

A letter seen by The Grocer said the deductions would commence from this month

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Tesco accused of ‘reverting to type’ with supplier tactics

Tesco has been involved in a series of settlement wrangles with suppliers in the run-up to the financial year end

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Hike in GSCOP breaches cast doubt over self-regulation

The number of alleged breaches of GSCOP has more than doubled in the past year

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B&M agrees to limit forensic auditing of its suppliers

It joins Waitrose and Ocado which The Grocer revealed in June were signing up to the agreement

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Food and drink companies slam government over no-deal Brexit spending

Some companies forked out up to £5m, according to a survey of its members by the FDF

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Sainsbury’s signs up to ProductDNA supplier information platform

The supermarket’s first ProductDNA pilot will begin in early 2020 with a small number of branded suppliers

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No-deal worries linger as pre-Christmas election is confirmed

Defra and DExEU are urging suppliers to keep preparing for the possibility of a no-deal

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Asda brings forward recycled plastic target and tells suppliers: speed up

CEO Roger Burnley has urged suppliers to come forward with new ideas for reduced, reusable or recycled plastic solutions

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Suppliers have ‘no clue’ about retailers’ no-deal Brexit plans

Survey finds none of 45 suppliers feltretailers had been clear about their no deal Brexit plans

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Henderson Wholesale pushes local with listings for artisan producers

Henderson Wholesale said more than 75% of its fresh food came from local farmers, growers and producers

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OC&C Top 150 reveals fall in food and drink growth and profits

Profit margins have declined across the UK as the industry prepares for Brexit

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OC&C Global 50: the five top performing fmcg companies of 2019

The OC&C Global 50 enjoyed their best overall performance in five years – within this group the report has picked out four ‘performance champions’ that drove particularly stellar growth last year

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OC&C Global 50 report 2020: ready for the storm

The biggest fmcg players were in great shape heading into the coronavirus. And many are ideally positioned to thrive in the ‘new normal’


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Why the new Groceries Code Adjudicator might be just what the industry needs

Mr White will need to be sensitive to grocery’s grey areas, but an experienced arbitrator could be just what is needed


How Unilever is adapting to the new normal – and how fmcg can follow suit

Unilever is a bellwether for consumer staples – so its first-half results next month should tell us how the sector has been affected by Covid-19, says Barclays’ Warren Ackerman

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What’s ‘reasonable’ when it comes to making a complaint under GSCOP?

Sentinel Management Consultants CEO David Sables offers three practical and applicable learnings from the recent Co-op investigation