Premier Foods MBO

Premier Foods is divesting potato supplier MBM Growers, which markets 600,000 tonnes a year. The company is the subject of a management buyout for an undisclosed value.

Organic trials plea

The Soil Association is appealing for the government to reverse a decision halting public investment in organic fruit and veg trials. The move could undermine grower confidence in organic seed varieties, a spokesman said.

Pesticide appeal

NFU president Peter Kendall has appealed for an end to scaremongering about the pesticide aldicarb, which was banned last week. Green campaigners have written to him to retract the statement.