'Eat East' local drive

Shoppers in the east of England are being urged to eat local as part of a £120,000 two-year campaign by the East of England Development Agency. Organisers of 'Eat East - Nearer Fresher Better' will promote seasonal vegetables.

Scottish Co-op award

Scottish Co-operative has been named national chain of the year in the Scottish Retail Excellence Awards, organised by the Scottish Retail Consortium. The award was made at a dinner in Glasgow.

Skills shortage scare

Food and drink manufacturers face a shortfall of 13,000 scientific and technical staff in the next eight years unless new training programmes are introduced, says the sector skills council Improve.