The contamination was due to a malfunction with an ice making machine

Metal shavings prompt chicken recall

By Joseph James Whitworth

Sanderson Farms has recalled more than 550,000 pounds of chicken products due to possible foreign material contamination, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

Last year 100 million tonnes of food was wasted according to European consumer rights group BEUC.

France's food waste law scrapped on a technicality

By Niamh Michail

A law that would have forced French supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity has been scrapped on a legal technicality – but supermarkets are being urged to adopt it voluntarily and some have already pledged to do so.

supermarkets account for 0.25Mt of food waste a year, according to WRAP

Retailers shouldn’t carry the blame for food waste, says BRC

By Nicholas Robinson

Food waste reduction by manufacturers and households needs to be the focus of attention since they are the biggest culprits, rather than supermarkets, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) director of food policy Andrew Opie has argued.

Grocery retail reaching ‘a digital tipping point’

Grocery retail reaching ‘a digital tipping point’


Online grocery shopping is growing rapidly in Western Europe with some brands already claiming up to half of their sales from e-commerce, says a new report from market researchers at Syndy.

Reducing waste is the top priority, but food companies and retailers are also working together to redistribute surplus food

How retailers are working with suppliers to fight food waste

By Fintan Hastings, external affairs adviser, British Retail Consortium

The close relationship between supply chain partners means they are well-placed to help each other tackle food waste, says Fintan Hastings, external affairs adviser at the British Retail Consortium.

Olive oil prices paid to producers more than doubled during 2014 after a perfect storm of factors devastated European and North African olive crops

Dutch supermarkets delist major brands after pricing row


Dutch supermarkets Jumbo and C1000 have boycotted Bertolli olive oil and products from Ferrero and Douwe Egberts following a pricing row – although Douwe Egberts products returned to shelves last week after it reached an agreement with the retailers.

Waitrose is part of the John Lewis Partnership

Waitrose trials dietary advice in stores

By Rod Addy

Waitrose is offering shoppers access to in-store dietary advice on a trial basis in a bid to help consumers with a range of concerns, including food allergies.

The business admitted it may have expanded into regions too early

Miratorg cuts retail chain across Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian meat giant and agricultural holding company Miratorg has stopped the roll-out of its retail project, as most of the meat shops appeared to be unprofitable, according to the company’s management.

The decision has been made to address the rising problem of cardiovascular disease in the country

Norwegian government strikes deal with food vendors on salt in meat

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki

Negotiations between grocery food chains in Norway and the country’s ministry of health have resulted in a landmark voluntary agreement under which food retailers will remove salt from ground beef and other minced meat products.

Online grocery shopping on the rise

Online grocery shopping on the rise


The number of Europeans ordering groceries online has increased 60% over the past five years, according to a new report from market researchers at SyndicatePlus.

The outbreak has been linked to Danish food Jørn A Rullepølser A/S

Danish government orders full report on listeria outbreak

By Gerard O’Dwyer

Denmark’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries (MFAF) has ordered food authorities, including the country’s food product agency Fødevarestyrelsen and Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) to deliver a joint report by September 1 that...

The PPMA show.

Special edition: Automation

Name and shame unethical supply chain practices

By Jenny Eagle

Reluctance to adopt technologies, like automation is in part driven by ‘endless squeezing’ of supplier margins by the major multiple retailers, says the PPMA Group (Processing & Packaging Machinery Association).

Younger more ethical and adventurous shoppers offer opportunities for food manufacturers and retailers, said the IGD

Young grocery shoppers are more ethical and optimistic: IGD

By Michael Stones

Young shoppers aged under 35 – who are more likely to shop ethically and adventurously than their older relatives, while cooking from scratch – offer opportunities to food manufacturers and retailers, according to new research from grocery think-tank...

Faltering online confectionery sales no major impact now, but perhaps in the future. Manufacturers must pressure retailers to enliven online confectionery presentations, says Kantar

E-tail trends

Confectionery omitted from most UK online shopping baskets

By Oliver Nieburg

The majority of UK consumers who admit to regularly buying confectionery in-store do not purchase confectionery online, according to research by Kantar Media, which says confectionery has huge growth prospects on the web.

ASA upholds complaint on Teso horsemeat ad

Tesco slammed for horse meat ad

By Joseph James Whitworth

Tesco has been slammed by the UK’s advertising watchdog for suggesting that the horse meat scandal affected the whole food industry.

Hybrid Consumer: Basic spending on groceries but room for luxury goods, says Rabobank

Premium, value or bust, says Rabobank

By Oliver Nieburg

Confectioners must position themselves in the premium or value segment or face sales meltdown as consumers alter spending habits, according to Rabobank.

Kettyle Irish Foods to supply bacon to Dutch supermarket

Northern Irish firm clinches Dutch deal

By Arabella Mileham

A northern Irish company has won a £1.2m contract to supply a premium bacon range to a major supermarket chain in the Netherlands.

Irish CPG firms eye US retail market

Irish CPG firms eye US retail market

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Enterprise Ireland invited executives from major US retailers to stay an extra day following the Navy-Notre Dame football game in Dublin on Sunday to meet with Irish consumer goods companies that have potential to expand their presence in the US market.

UK to introduce Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA)

UK to introduce Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA)

By Melodie Michel

The UK has confirmed the introduction of its Groceries Code Adjudicator, a legislative device meant to correct the power imbalance between farmers and supermarkets.


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