WE'RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU JUST SOME OF THE MAJOR FOOD & DRINK RETAIL AND SUPPLY STORIES RECENTLY COVERED BY THE GROCER.

One Stop ramps up bakery offer with 33 sweet and savoury lines
The retailer is working with local bakeries to offer regional ranges. Read more>>

FSA to use international approvals for lab grown meat
It plans to unveil a “sliding scale” of international agreement for the approval or regulated products. Read more>>

Resilience body will draw on pandemic ‘war room’ spirit to tackle climate change
The resilience group is being set up following talks between Defra and the Food & Drink Sector Council. Read more>>


Red Tractor chair Tacon to stand down after Co-op board appointment
Tacon said juggling both roles could exacerbate a lack of trust in Red Tractor following controversy over its Greener Farms Commitment scheme. Read more>>


Browns Food Group targets £100m sales jump for Scottish pork
The processor said it was in discussions with major retailers over increasing the availability of Scottish pork following its acquisition of the Brechin abattoir in 2022. Read more>>

AHDB and QMS launch net zero baselining scheme
Under the £3m scheme, the levy boards will individually baseline emissions on up to 170 farms across Great Britain. Read more>>


British strawberry season later but sweeter due to weather
British Berry Growers said the slow growth built stronger plants, which had the energy to support larger and more flavoursome fruits. Read more>>


Investment crisis threatens recovery of food and drink companies
The FDF’s State of Industry survey for the first quarter of 2024 found half of food and drink businesses planned to maintain low levels of investment in the coming year. Read more>>


Rare & Pasture and Tempus Foods merge to power up charcuterie brands
Charcuterie brands Rare & Pasture and Tempus Foods have agreed a merger in a bid to expand production and sales of their ethically sourced meat products. Read more>>


Brakes launches new bread range supporting regenerative agriculture
The wholesaler has partnered with a host of suppliers to launch the new range. Read more>>

IT systems failure causes border delays amid Brexit import checks
Officials had to enact manual border clearances after the systems crashed, causing further disruption to the rollout of the government’s Brexit import controls. Read more>>


Government announces long-term seasonal labour scheme
The government has announced plans to extend the seasonal worker visa route for five years until 2029 to give businesses time to plan effectively. Read more>>

 

Waitrose commits to regenerative farming project for 2,000 farms
The retailer aims to boost long-term financial resilience of farms and combat climate change through its Farming for Nature plan. Read more>>

 

Major weaknesses and loopholes in new antibiotic law, campaign group finds
The legislation bans the routine use of antibiotics and their use ‘to compensate for poor hygiene, inadequate animal husbandry or poor farm management practices’. Read more>>

  

Morrisons slammed for ditching 100% British lamb commitment
The retailer said a trial selling New Zealand lamb in 39 stores was a reaction to the ‘blunt’ reality it was cheaper to source. Read more>>


Asda launches ‘Support UK’ page on website
The retailer has updated its website to include a ‘Support UK’ page which will be regularly updated to showcase produce sourced from UK-based farms. Read more>>


Ocado enjoys ‘Clarkson’s Farm effect’ as new series sees British produce sales soar
 “This clearly captured consumer interest,” Ocado Retail said. Read more>>


PM unveils first Food Security Index and support package at farm to fork summit
The index was published alongside a new blueprint to grow the UK fruit and vegetable sector in order to reinforce food security. Read more>>


Wet weather could cut UK self-sufficiency by a tenth
The projected crop reduction in key arable crops due to lower crop area and poor yields is expected to reduce UK self-sufficiency across all farming sectors by 8%. Read more>>


Crawshaws successor Sterling Meat Co posts more strong growth
The Manchester-based retailer delivered a 54.3% jump in sales to £22.8m in the year to 31 December. Read more>>



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