The FMT Blog

Opinion, analysis and musings from the FMT editorial team and expert guest writers about the food processing and manufacturing sector.

Up to 300 Sainsbury’s and Asda stores may be disposed

Up to 300 Sainsbury’s and Asda stores may be disposed

Up to 300 stores could be ‘forced’ to shut in the Sainsbury’s-Asda merger if the landmark deal is approved, according to new research. A report by The Times has revealed that far more stores than previously thought could be in danger of having to shut their doors in...

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Aldi to reduce plastic use by 265 tonnes per year

Aldi to reduce plastic use by 265 tonnes per year

Aldi is to save approximately 265 tonnes of plastic a year as it starts to use recyclable clear trays containing its fresh fruit and vegetables. The supermarket is phasing out hard-to-recycle black plastic trays on a range of fresh produce and replacing them with...

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A third of fruit and vegetables ‘too ugly to sell’

A third of fruit and vegetables ‘too ugly to sell’

More than one-third of farmed fruit and vegetables never reaches supermarket shelves because it is misshapen or the wrong size, research suggests. University of Edinburgh researchers examined details of food loss and waste within the European economic area, and...

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Aldi promises to be ‘carbon neutral’ by 2019

Aldi promises to be ‘carbon neutral’ by 2019

Aldi UK and Ireland has unveiled plans to become ‘carbon neutral’ by 2019 following investment in a long-term carbon management programme. The supermarket, which has more than 775 stores and 11 distribution centres across the UK and Ireland, has reduced its carbon...

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Could vegetables prevent colon cancer?

Could vegetables prevent colon cancer?

Chemicals produced by vegetables including kale, cabbage and broccoli could help maintain a healthy gut and prevent colon cancer, according to a recent study. Research conducted by the Francis Crick Institute involved feeding mice a diet rich in indole-3-carbinol...

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Food bills could rise 12% post-Brexit

Food bills could rise 12% post-Brexit

The UK’s largest supermarkets have issued a stark warning that a no-deal Brexit would force up the price of the average weekly shopping trolley by as much as 12%. According to the retailers, some staples are expected to rise considerably more because of tariffs. For...

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Tickets selling fast for UK Sausage Week celebration lunch

Tickets selling fast for UK Sausage Week celebration lunch

There is now limited availability for the UK Sausage Week 2018 lunch taking place on 29th October, so organisers are reminding industry members to ensure they do not miss out. There is still time to order tickets, but availability is limited – so it is recommended...

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Young’s Seafood in ‘three-way bid battle’

Young’s Seafood in ‘three-way bid battle’

It is understood that Young's Seafood is at the centre of a three-way bid battle as the frozen fish manufacturer is set to be sold in a deal worth £200m. Reports from the Daily Telegraph suggest that former private equity owner CapVest, Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation...

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Egg producers urge retailers to increase prices

Egg producers urge retailers to increase prices

Free range egg producers are calling for an immediate price increase from retailers as the cost of feed continues to rise. Dry weather has caused poor crop yields across Europe’s major wheat-growing countries and the knock-on effect is being felt by egg producers with...

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Global sales of UK food at record high

Global sales of UK food at record high

UK food and drink exports are continuing to smash records, with new figures revealing exports reached £10.6 billion in the first six months of 2018. Demonstrating a clear global desire for British taste, quality and high standards, UK food and drink businesses are now...

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