We're pleased to bring you just some of the major food & drink retail and supply stories recently covered by The Grocer.

Fearne & Rosie kicks off £250,000 fundraising   
Reduced sugar spreads challenger Fearne & Rosie has kicked off a £250,000 fundraising drive as it aims to sustain current rapid growth with new listings.
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QMS launches campaign to attract new butchers
Women and young people are among those being targeted in a new campaign aimed at attracting more people into the butchery sector.
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Morning Foods launches oat-based rice alternative
Morning Foods is claiming a market first with a rice alternative made from oats. Called Oat Made, the NPD is made from ‘groats’ – the whole kernels that are removed from the husk – rather than cut or rolled oats.
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William Reed’s World Steak Challenge winners announced
A grass and chocolate-fed Ayrshire sirloin has been crowned the World’s Best Steak at the 2021 World Steak Challenge (WSC) awards.
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British onion sector sold short by trade deal, growers warn
British onion growers have echoed concerns flagged up by Labour’s Emily Thornberry that the recently signed UK-New Zealand trade deal will disadvantage the sector and see food producers in general “openly sold out”.
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Pasta prices leap as durum shortage impacts producers
Pasta prices have surged across the supermarkets in recent weeks amid an ongoing shortage of durum wheat.
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Irish beef exports to Britain slumped in first half of 2020
Irish beef exports to Britain fell by almost a fifth in volume terms during the first half of 2021, new Irish government data shows.
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FareShare claims food waste ‘largely ignored’ during COP26
The food redistribution charity said the topic of food waste had been “frozen out of talks” at the climate change conference – despite the fact it is one of the largest sources of global carbon emissions.
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Pork sector warns Defra support scheme could cause crash in pig prices
The government’s “well meaning” support package for the pork sector could have the unintended consequence of crashing pig prices and forcing producers out of business, the National Pig Association has warned.
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Shoppers face fewer Christmas geese this year as UK hatcheries close
The closure of the only two hatcheries in the UK, combined with an avian flu outbreak in Germany this year, have left goose suppliers of all sizes struggling to meet demand.
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Startup W’zis targets meat-free petfood trend
Brighton startup W’zis is looking to capitalise on the meat-free petfood craze with a seven-strong line-up of plant-based chews and mini-treats.
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Leaf Marque aims to almost double certified produce by 2026
Sustainable farming organisation Leaf (Linking Environment And Farming) has set a new target to almost double the amount of UK grown fruit & veg produced by Leaf Marque-certified businesses.
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