Supply Chain

OCI highlights four things you should practice before partnering with a new organisation

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Red flags in the supply chain

By Oliver Chapman

The supply chain is complex and ever-changing, which means dangers lurk within. Oliver Chapman, CEO of supply chain specialists OCI, outlines ways to spot red flags in the supply chain.

Could wonky veg be the solution to current shortages in the UK?


Is ‘perfectly shaped’ veg to blame for food shortages?

By Gwen Ridler

An overreliance on ‘perfectly shaped’ fruits and vegetables and an unwillingness to sell wonky, less aesthetically pleasing alternatives could be causing shortages in UK supermarkets, suggested food redistribution service Earth & Wheat.

UK food and drink exports hit record highs in 2021


UK food exports reach record highs in 2022

By Gwen Ridler

UK food and drink exports reached record highs in 2022, with most categories exceeding pre-pandemic levels, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

The PM's Windsor Framework promised little by has the potential to overdeliver for food and drink firms

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The Windsor Framework

By Rod Addy

Provision Trade Federation director general Rod Addy discusses the recently agreed Windsor Framework and its implications for the food and drink industry in his exclusive column for Food Manufacture.

Rishi Sunak has agreed a deal with the EC that could end trade barriers between Britaina and Northern Ireland


UK agrees new Northern Ireland Brexit deal with EU

By Gwen Ridler

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has agreed a new Brexit deal for Northern Ireland with European Commission president Ursula Van der Leyen, which would see the end of restrictions on the trade of goods traveling overseas in the UK.

Imports of lamb significantly increased in 2022, especially frozen product


Sheep meat imports saw substantial rise in 2022

By Gwen Ridler

The total import of fresh and frozen sheep meat into the UK saw a substantial rise of 17% to 64,800 tonnes in 2022, according to the latest Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) Market Bulletin report.

Mike Parr discusses the current fresh produce shortages and the impact on the food supply chain


Fresh produce shortages require action, not words

By Mike Parr

Perishable Movements (PML) managing director Mike Parr responds to the current fresh produce shortages and the challenges facing a food supply chain already battered by COVID-19 restrictions and the fallout of Brexit.

Automating the warehouse could be the sustainable solution for operators


The sustainable automated warehouse

By Craig Whitehouse

Craig Whitehouse, managing director of Invar Group, explores the ways in which automation can make the warehouse more sustainable.

It may feel like we're walking the plank as a planet, but we just have to keep moving. Credit: Getty / Richard Drury

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Cracking on in the permacrisis

By Rod Addy

In his first regular column for Food Manufacture, Rod Addy of the Provision Trade Federation, explores the fragile ground we find ourselves on and provides an honest outlook of the future of food production.

Success in food manufacturing will be about adapting

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Business Leaders Forum 2023: It’s never been survival of the fittest

By Bethan Grylls

The annual, intimate Business Leaders Forum gave way to a frank and honest discussion, as leaders from the across the UK came together to highlight the many challenges food and drink manufacturers now face, the mistakes made, and what we must do now.

How well guarded is your data from an attack? Credit: Getty / Just_Super

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Top tips from Business Leaders Forum #1: Invest in cybersecurity

By Bethan Grylls

Last week at our annual Business Leaders Forum, experts came together to discuss the most pressing topics, including the very real threat of cyberattacks. Here we hear how it can impact a business and some top tips for securing your operations.

James Butcher (pictured) called for greater collaboration throughout the supply chain to achieve sustainability goals


Sharing sustainability gains throughout the supply chain

By James Butcher

James Butcher, chief executive at Supply Pilot, explores how creating shared learnings throughout the supply chain can produce innovation that will deliver more sustainable approaches for big and small brands alike.

Read our long awaited 2023 report on key food and drink trends


Key trends for 2023’s food and drink industries

By Michelle Perrett

With the last several years including a series of unprecedented events and challenges, Food Manufacture seeks the expertise of several food and drink leaders to find out what’s on the cards for 2023.

Out of the frying pan into the fire...or will 2023 hold more hope? Credit: Getty/Yagi Studio

Ingredients challenges and opportunities for 2023

By Bethan Grylls

As we enter the new year, Food Manufacture examines three key ingredients challenges and opportunities for the food and drink sector, from rising costs and purchasing habits, to the food safety risks of climate change, and the potential of precision fermentation....

Our editor flags key moments of 2022 for food and drink. Credit Getty/erhui1979

7 key moments in 2022 for the food sector

By Bethan Grylls

As we bid 2022 farewell, Food Manufacture's editor Bethan Grylls gazes back over the course of this year and highlights seven notable moments for food and drink to take stock of - some of which will follow us into 2023.

UK exporters must prepare for a challenging 2023, claim RSM

Food and drink exports set for challenging 2023

By Food and drink exports set for challenging 2023 warns RSM

Food and drink exporters should prepare for a challenging 2023, despite an encouraging year boosted by growing demand for UK produce, warned audit and consultation frim RSM.

Dr Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spoke to MPs

Government has no plans to intervene in food pricing

By Michelle Perrett

The Government has no plans to intervene in food pricing and it is not its role to provide free food, Dr Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has told a committee of MPs.

The deal secures the quota of North Sea whitefish

UK agrees fisheries deal with Norway

By Michelle Perrett

The UK has reached an agreement with Norway to secure access to key fishing stocks for UK vessels, the Department for Environment, food and rural affairs (DEFRA) has revealed.

The EU's trade deal could undermine Welsh lamb exporters, warned Henig

Proposed EU/Australia trade deal ‘undermining’ UK exports

By Gwen Ridler

The EU’s proposed trade deal with Australia in the Spring threatens to undermine UK exports, but Welsh meat could play a part in supporting future export strategy, according to the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).

Lewis: 'In the countdown to Christmas, it’s not just the price for space that is spiralling, it’s also the demand and so the little remaining warehouse space for new stock becomes especially costly'


Warehouse costs: Auditing ahead of the festive period

By Andy Lewis

Andy Lewis, retail and operations director at surplus food redistribution expert Company Shop Group, discusses need for businesses to reconsider the stock that they currently have tied up in expensive third party warehouses ahead of the busy festive trading...

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