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

Jam n Vegan scores backing from Veg Capital for retail push

Plant-based ready meal service Jam ‘n’ Vegan has received backing from specialist investment house Veg Capital. The business will use the £200,000 investment to build brand awareness, expand the team and open up new channels.
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UK food and drink exports show patchy signs of recovery

Exports of food and drink from Scotland, Wales and north east England have enjoyed a strong recovery according to new figures from the Food & Drink Federation.
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HFSS restrictions delay: challenger brands write to PM in protest

Dozens of food brands and investors have written to Boris Johnson accusing him of “pulling the rug” under their development of healthier food products after the government’s backtrack on plans for a clampdown on HFSS promotions.
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Farming and food production costs rise by more than 30% in April
The headline Consumer Price Index (CPI) was up 9% year on year in April, the ONS has reported, while so-called ‘agflation’ has topped 30%, according to farming consultancy The Andersons Centre.
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Norfolk Showground set to become home to £2.3m ‘super farm shop’
Described as a “super farm shop”, The Norfolk Food Hall & Market Garden will include a café, butcher, delicatessen, outdoor seating area and a two-acre market garden, which will be the base for a community growing project.
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Egg shortages on the way, supermarkets are warned
Supermarkets will face egg shortages by the end of the year unless they engage with an increasingly desperate free-range egg sector, producers have warned after eight of the UK’s largest supermarkets snubbed a key industry summit.
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Craft brewers shut as independents struggle with pandemic recovery

Independent brewers unable to recover from the pandemic are buckling under the pressure, with a raft closing their doors over recent weeks
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Animal welfare campaigners express anger as government drops exports bill

Animal rights campaigners have expressed their anger at the Animals Abroad Bill being dropped from the Queen’s Speech. The bill, which was originally earmarked to ban fur and foie gras imports, was not included in this month's speech.
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Cook calls on food industry to employ more prison leavers

Frozen food retailer Cook has called on the food industry to do more to support ex-offenders. Joint CEO Rosie Brown said that, with vacancies currently high in the sector, more businesses should be looking to utilise the skills of former prisoners.
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Farmgate milk prices soar – but ‘not enough’ to offset costs

Inflationary pressures have driven farmgate milk prices to a new high. However, a growing number of dairy farmers are warning the increases are failing to keep up with soaring input costs.
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‘Cut the Shops Tax’ retail coalition calls on Chancellor to cut business rates

Retailers including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have called for a cut in business rates to help manage inflationary pressures. The retail coalition, which consists of 11 businesses, has launched a campaign called Cut the Shops Tax.
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