Wine Standards

The Wine Standards Board has merged with the Food Standards Agency. Defra said that the move would simplify and reduce the number of enforcement bodies currently operating. The FSA will now be responsible for enforcing the EU wine regime.

Not a sweet move

Farmers said Associated British Foods' decision to close British Sugar's sugar beet factories at York and Alscott, Shropshire, at the end of its 2006/2007 campaign was "a kick in the teeth".

Storage standards

The British Retail Consortium is to launch a global Storage and Distribution Standard to cover warehousing and distribution. The new standard will be published on 21 August.