The FMT Blog

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

Iceland sales rise 8% despite supply chain problems

Iceland sales rise 8% despite supply chain problems

Iceland has released its full-year results, revealing an increase in total sales to more than £3 billion. The grocer, which specialises in frozen foods, has also seen an increase in like-for-like sales by 2.3% in the 53 weeks to the end of March this year. However, it...

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Tesco UK and Republic of Ireland sales up 3.5%

Tesco UK and Republic of Ireland sales up 3.5%

Tesco has released its First Quarter Trading Statement 2018/19, and growth plans are on track with total UK and Republish of Ireland (ROI) sales up 3.5%. Tesco’s UK like-for-like sales were up 2.1% as performance improved through the quarter (after taking the timing...

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New technology required for country of origin labelling

New technology required for country of origin labelling

A new paper by Professor Iain Fraser from the University of Kent states that new technology will be required for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL). Currently only a small number of products in the European Union legally require COOL information, such as...

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Positive results for the meat, fish and poultry market

Positive results for the meat, fish and poultry market

Recent meat, fish and poultry (MFP) results shows that burgers and chicken are seeing major growth, while fish has also received a boost. This is according to the most recent data from Kantar Worldpanel, covering the 12 weeks to 20th May. Burgers up 17% Hot weather...

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Tesco to tackle lemon shortage

Tesco to tackle lemon shortage

Tesco has announced it wants to prevent a potential lemon shortage by putting a greener version of the fruit on its supermarket shelves. A lemon shortage in the UK has allegedly been caused by a significantly reduced end of season volume in Spain, which is where the...

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Heinz Salad Cream renaming rumours

Heinz Salad Cream renaming rumours

Media reports over recent days are suggesting that food processing company Heinz is considering changing the name of its long-established Salad Cream product to a new brand name ‘Sandwich Cream’. Some years ago, the company was believed to be considering stopping...

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Apparent traces of meat found in supermarket vegetarian meals

Apparent traces of meat found in supermarket vegetarian meals

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has begun an investigation after claims that traces of meat were found in food classified as vegan or vegetarian at two major supermarkets. The information comes after The Daily Telegraph claimed to have tested ten vegan and vegetarian...

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Grocery market predicted to increase by 15% by 2020

Grocery market predicted to increase by 15% by 2020

The UK food and grocery market is forecast to grow by 15% between now and 2022, according to grocery research organisation IGD. IGD is predicting growth across all the major grocery channels, and forecasting that by 2020, one in every £7 will be spent at a discounter,...

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Changes to the EU Egg Marketing Regulations

Changes to the EU Egg Marketing Regulations

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has made changes to the EU egg marketing regulations. Following the avian influenza outbreaks in the winter of 2016/2017, the European Commission has reviewed its EU Egg Marketing Regulations regarding the specific conditions...

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