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Improve hygiene scores or lose customers, new report warns

Some 44% of diners would turn away from a food outlet that had a food hygiene rating of three (generally satisfactory) or less out of five – even if it was their personal favourite. With almost one in seven UK food businesses currently rated between zero (urgent improvement necessary) and three, a “staggering 65,000 pubs,…
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Online grocers urged to flag British produce

The NFU is calling for British produce to be highlighted on internet grocery sites as part of a range of proposals to make online labelling as transparent as in-store. Among the NFU’s suggestions to make British products more easily identifiable are for retailers selling online to identify British products on the listing page with a…
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Fruit and veg under threat from dry weather

Supplies of domestic fruit and veg could be threatened by a lack of rainfall after the UK experienced one of the driest winters in 20 years. The National Farmers Union (NFU) said it was growing increasingly concerned about the fruit and vegetable sector with some areas of the south and east of the country reporting…
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NFU sounds warning over Brazil scandal

The Brazilian meat scandal highlights the importance of the UK maintaining high food production standards in future trade deals, the National Farmers Union has warned. Some of Brazil’s biggest meat processors are facing allegations that they have been selling rotten beef and poultry for years. A number of the processing plants under investigation hold licences…
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Leadsom offers assurances on animal welfare

Animal welfare standards will not be watered down once Britain leaves the EU, the environment secretary has promised. Addressing the NFU conference this week, Andrea Leadsom said the government would honour the pledge in the Conservative Party’s 2015 manifesto that high animal welfare standards will be incorporated into future international trade agreements. She tackled head…
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Food businesses stress dangers of ‘hard Brexit’

Businesses across the food supply chain have joined forces to warn the government against the risks of a ‘hard Brexit’ for the UK’s food and farming competitiveness. In a letter to The Times, the group that includes Sainsbury’s, Apetito, Dairy Crest and Cargill among 75 organisations called on Prime Minister Theresa May to prioritise tariff-free…
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Industry steels itself for Brexit fallout

A week has passed since the British public voted to leave the European Union, triggering in the process a political earthquake of epic proportions. Inevitably, perhaps, the fallout from Brexit has thus far been largely dominated by internal party politics, but as the days and weeks pass attention will turn to the specific political and…
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British strawberry fields may not be forever

Foodservice companies could have to look overseas for strawberries as British suppliers struggle to come to terms with the National Living Wage. The NLW is costing growers 58% of their profit and this has put the sector under serious threat, according to hospitality consultants Beacon. The price of lettuce, cucumber and cherry tomatoes may also…
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NFU reveals roadmap for fruit and veg growth

Improving nutritional labeling on menus and increasing availability of healthier foods in vending machines are just two ways in which foodservice businesses can help boost UK fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new NFU report. The ‘Fit for the Future’ report marks an attempt by the NFU to help tackle the obesity crisis by…
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