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

MSC-approved octopus becomes available in UK market for first time

The Old Fisherman’s Octopus is sustainably harvested from the Cantabrian Sea, and is fibrous, with a dark colour. Read more>>


Growers' associations team up for R&D programme

The groups aim to continue research within the industry despite demise of statutory levy and the end of AHDB horticulture from March 2023. Read more>>


Noble Foods-owned Purely Organic brand certified as carbon neutral
Purely Organic has worked with the Carbon Trust to further strengthen its sustainability credentials. Read more>>


Tissue supplier Naked Sprout exceeds crowdfunding target
Eco tissue products challenger Naked Sprout raises more than twice its goal as it seeks to shake up the category. Read more>>


Shoppers swapping other meat and fish for chicken as cost of living bites
Chicken was the only major meat category to see growth as shoppers swapped to cheaper proteins. Read more>>


Farm shop owners warned following string of burglaries
Security advice issued after seven shops in north west England and the Midlands are targeted by thieves. Read more>>


Fruit & veg import tariff plan gets mixed reception from industry
Opponents say addressing labour shortages is more important. Read more>>


SpiceBox to push further into retail
The business started life as a street food stall in 2016 before opening two curry houses in north London and expanding into retail products during the pandemic. Read more>>


Co-op to add ‘freeze me’ message on own-brand milk to combat waste
The convenience retailer advised consumers that milk would be best within one month of freezing. Read more>>


Retailers turning to cheaper fruit & veg due to labour concerns
The move was being taken to drive down costs, said Lea Valley Growers Association. Read more>>


Cook plans 150 new concessions this year
The growth will see its total number of retailer partnerships rise past the 950 mark over the course of the year. Read more>>


Startup Insane Grain to challenge Nik Naks with non-HFSS Knobbly Sticks
The snacks promised to deliver on both taste and texture, said Insane Grain. Read more>>


Italian drought set to hit supplies of olive oil, rice, fruit and vegetables

The warnings from importers come as global rice price index was up for a sixth consecutive month in June. Read more>>

UK vulnerable to swine fever spread, meat body warns
The BMPA has said pig farmers could be hit hard if virus crosses English Channel. Read more>>


Cruelty on continental pig farms supplying UK stores, investigation reveals
The EU has been urged to stick with a promise to ban caged farming systems. Read more>>


Meat sector faces fresh food safety criticism following undercover investigations

The Guardian and Bureau of Investigative Journalism published two investigations that found safety issues with meat production. Read more>>




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