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The UK government will hold urgent talks with meat and farming groups on Thursday after CF Industries, the US fertiliser group which is the UK’s biggest carbon dioxide producer, said it would close its Billingham plant in north-east England (The Financial Times £). Read the full story at

Asda is to remove “best before” dates from almost 250 fresh fruit and vegetable products as it joins a movement among supermarkets to help customers cut waste and save money (The Guardian). Read the full story at here.

The supermarket Lidl plans to sell misshapen vegetables that are affected by England’s recent drought in an effort to support British farmers (BBC News).

British companies face a “cost of doing business crisis”, ministers have been warned, with many commercial energy bills poised to rise more than fourfold this autumn (The Financial Times £).

Business confidence has tumbled into negative territory as companies struggle with soaring costs, staff shortages and transport chaos (The Times £).