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

FSA to standardise allergen labelling to improve consumer confidence
The agency said it would be improving precautionary allergen labelling (PAL) through a more standardised approach.
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EU on collision course with supermarkets over eco labelling system
A coalition of MEPs and senior opposition figures from UK parliament has claimed having rival, post-Brexit systems is a recipe for mass confusion.
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Civil service job cuts threaten food safety, FSA warns
Boris Johnson plans to slash the number of civil servants by 91,000 by 2025.
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Challenger brand discovery platform to launch physical store
The store, called Pop, will showcase challenger brands from several retail categories, with food and drink the focus for six days in September.
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Hops growers call for price renegotiations as costs soar
Hop growers are facing increases of over 15% in wage costs and approaching 100% in fuel costs, The British Hop Association warned this week.
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UK pig herd shrinks as farmers battle crises

The industry has faced soaring costs and a backlog of pigs but is now warning supply will tighten.
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AKT smashes £600k crowdfunding round to scale natural deodorant brand
The campaign on Seedrs values the London-based business at £5m.
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Clock House Farm launches renewable energy-powered growing system for soft fruit
The company claims it is the ‘biggest known river source heat pump system in the country’.
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Sustainable household brand and retailer Everdrop plans UK launch
Everdrop should land in the UK by “the end of the year”, according to its founder David Löwe.
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Britain should cut food imports and eat less chicken and pork, Sustainable Food Trust says
Recommendations would see shift to mostly grass-fed livestock and surge in domestic fruit and veg output.
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British Summer Fruits rebrands as British Berry Growers to better support growers
The industry body hopes the new name will provide clarity over its role as a crop association.
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Four pints of milk up to 17% more expensive since start of the year
Soaring farmgate milk prices appear to be driving further price hikes at the supermarket tills.
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David Carter to take Cheeky Panda to ‘next level’ as COO
His appointment comes as the brand has grown significantly over recent years.
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NFU warns crop output could fall if fertiliser prices remain high
Union says government must include fertiliser in its new food supply blueprint.
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