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New dairy regulations and farmer protection could be adopted by other categories: NFU

The new regulations, laid before parliament on Wednesday, include the creation of a new adjudicator-type body

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City snapshot: Tate & Lyle hit by soft consumer demand in Q3

Tate & Lyle has reported a 4% drop in third-quarter revenues as softer consumer demand and customer de-stocking hit the ingredients supplier. Plus, C&C Group launches €15m share buyback programme

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Sunak promises annual food security review at NFU Conference

Rishi Sunak, as the first prime minister to speak at the conference since 2008, unveiled new plans to boost food security in the UK

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Golden Acre Foods to complete £1m donation to environmental charity by 2024

Golden Acre started supporting the ocean preservation charity in 2021, with “a view to making a real difference” in its sustainability plans

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Faace secures Dragons’ Den deal from trio of dragons

Founder Jasmine Wicks-Stephens walked away from the den with a combined £60k investment from Steven Bartlett, Peter Jones and Touker Suleyman

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First Milk snaps up Dorset-based supplier BV Dairy

BV posted sales of just under £60m last year, with operating profits of £3.3m

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This preps crowdfunding campaign ahead of move to profitability

This is returning to the crowd for the final time ahead of a major funding round planned for later this year as it seeks to continuing supercharging growth and move into profitability

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The Jolly Hog hails ‘record year’ as sausages sales outstrip rivals

The Bristol-based brand racked up £7.7m of retail sausage sales (including chicken) last year

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Spacegoods secures £2.5m to supercharge functional mushrooms and nootropics blends

Wellness startup Spacegoods has closed a £2.5m seed round to accelerate growth of its functional mushrooms and nootropics range

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Leadketty Farm ceases berry production citing lack of retail support

The farm had been run by the Corrigall family in Dunning for over 80 years but “a challenging period” has resulted in its closure

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RSPCA Assured launches egg campaign ahead of Pancake Day

The campaign will run across YouTube, Instagram and Facebook to show RSPCA Assured eggs always come from well cared-for hens  

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Egg and poultry meat producers need more support, NFU warns

According to the survey, 24% of egg producers and 15% of chicken meat producers were either unlikely or unsure if they would still be producing beyond November 2025

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Jörd oat drink to be relaunched as Arla Jörd with packaging redesign

The plant-based brand will become an official Arla sub-brand this month and will see packaging updated to feature the Arla name

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Frozen meal startup Stocked secures £50k on Dragons’ Den

Frozen ready meals start-up Stocked has won backing from Steven Bartlett following an appearance on tonight’s Dragons’ Den

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Inflationary pressure threatens long-term farming resilience

The cumulative impact of more than 30% inflation in agricultural inputs since 2019 were named as ‘the key driver behind the threat to long-term resilience’

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Sainsbury’s invests in living wages for banana workers

The price Sainsbury’s is paying for every box of bananas now covers the cost of the fruit, plus a premium that is invested into workers’ wages

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Riverford profits drop due to tough year for fresh and cost-cutting

The organic veg box company’s operating profits fell by 51.9% from £5.2m to £2.5m in the 12 months to 29 April 2023

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Serious Pig beats £200k crowd target to help DTC sales fly

The business beat its £200k target on the Crowdcube platform in just more than a week, with the campaign standing (at time of publication) at £215k from 445 investors

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Hain Celestial lowers 2024 forecasts as it struggles with turnaround

Hain Celestial has downgraded its sales and profits forecasts for 2024 as the owner of Ella’s Kitchen, Covent Garden and Sun-Pat continues with its turnaround strategy

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‘Micron-sized’ salt tech company MicroSalt lists

The company is also in talks with suppliers of ready meals and a fast food burger company

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Heura raises £34m in series B round to fund ‘new chapter’ in plant-based foods

European plant-based brand Heura has closed its long-running series B funding round, raising €40m (£34.2m) in total as it seeks to turn rapid growth into profitability

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Babybel offers ‘giant’ heart-shaped cheese in Valentine’s competition

The cheese heart is serrated down the middle to share with ‘a fellow cheese lover in your life’

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Fairburn’s Eggs launches first national speciality range into Asda

The first product to launch in the new range is the four-pack British Blue with eggs laid by flower-fed, rare-breed hens, bred exclusively by Fairburn’s

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Three men sentenced for defrauding 2 Sisters in £320k theft case

The men were convicted of stealing chicken from 2 Sisters on Anglesey and supplying it to Townsend Poultry in Wolverhampton

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Sustainable tuna claims ‘confusing’ British shoppers, finds MSC

Consumer research from the Marine Stewardship Council found that consumers wanted to buy products that helped the ocean

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Butlers’ Blacksticks Blue cheese back on shelves after fire

The return of Blacksticks also marks the start of a major revamp of the brand

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Record £1.3bn spent on MSC certified fish last year

Volumes of MSC labelled product also increased by 1%, rising to 154,543 tonnes

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Emmi Caffè Latte unveils new look and biggest-ever summer campaign

The RTD coffee brand aims to attract new consumers to the category and ‘ride the wave of the surging iced coffee trend’

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Yeo Valley launches TV ad as part of multimillion-pound push

The organic dairy’s new campaign is called ‘Delicious is at the heart of everything we do’ and presents the journey from farm to fridge

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The Summer Berry Company offers year-round supply of British strawberries

The shift from the typical April to October season to continuous production is possible thanks to investment in a produce heat and electricity energy solution

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NFU review finds Red Tractor ‘relatively sound’, claims update

The review also revealed ’questions of trust and communication’ which needed to be addressed by the farm assurance scheme

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Activia launches gut health-focused campaign with Rachel Stevens

The Good Gut Guide campaign has been launched to educate shoppers on easy steps to support wellbeing, starting with the gut

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Lidl invests in British veg suppliers amid weather challenges

The discounter has fortified its commitment to supporting British farmers by transitioning British root veg suppliers to long-term contracts

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Infinite Roots closes £46m round to build a ‘more sustainable and healthy food system’

Biotech firm Infinite Roots has closed a $58m (£45.5m) series B funding round as the business looks commercialise its technology and kickstart product launches worldwide

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Co-op to incentivise beef farmers for sustainable production

The pilot, in collaboration with Co-op’s beef partner Dunbia, will see farmers paid a premium for reducing their impact on the environment

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Full Power Cacao scores Dragons’ Den investment from Gary Neville, Steven Bartlett and Peter Jones

 Ceremonial-grade cacao company Full Power Cacao has scored a three-way investment following an appearance on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den

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Heck unveils packaging revamp in £1m bid for growth

The new packaging will see Heck go back to the core pink branding ‘which everyone recognises us for’, said co-founder Jamie Keeble

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Asda launches business unit covering loyalty, retail media, mobile and money

LS Eleven takes its name from the postcode of the supermarket’s Leeds head office

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Plastic waste exports ban will ‘increase amount sent to landfill’

Recoup said the amount of plastic waste exported for recycling grew by more than 10% to over 600,000 tonnes between 2022-23

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‘Lack of government support could derail cage-free egg ambitions’

Compassion in World Farming has called for increased engagement and legislation to support voluntary moves to end the ‘cage age’

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The disability champions breaking down barriers

Representation of disability in the workplace is a big issue, with a ‘cultural shift’ necessary to ensure disabled workers are empowered. Who’s driving progress?

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How the Big 30 Wholesalers fear more suppliers will walk on by

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Smaller wholesalers fear more suppliers will follow Diageo in stopping deliveries if they don’t meet minimum order quantities

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Suppliers: survive the recession by mastering three trends

Retail media, artificial intelligence and sustainability: all demand a coherent strategy now, says David Sables, CEO of Sentinel Management Consultants

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UK farmers should follow their European peers and protest

Thousands of miles apart, angry farmers feel trapped in a system that crushes them, says Joanna Blythman, food journalist and author of Swallow This

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Suppliers must recognise the importance of wholesale

Wholesale is a thriving, creative and innovative channel that is being overlooked time and time again, says Jason Wouhra, CEO of Lioncroft Wholesale

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