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The uplift in cattle prices of recent weeks slowed in week ended 11th May read more
With more new season lambs entering the market, the dynamics of the trade have started to change read more
Provisional data for April milk deliveries of approximately 1,111m litres are 93m litres (7.7%) down on the previous year read more
In April, the DAPP averaged 160.9p/kg, almost 4p up on the month. At the same time, the average retail price came down by a small amount read more
The GB weekly average price fell by £7.68/t to £295.35/t and the free-buy average fell by £22.02/t to £368.39/t. read more
The first USDA estimates for world production in 2013-14 forecast record maize and wheat production, citing larger planted areas and a rebound in yields from the US (maize) and the Former Soviet Union (wheat) read more
The USDA has released its first soyabean supply and demand estimates for the new season read more
UK malting barley export prices are at €245/t FOB (spring, South Coast) w/e 11th April. read more
The latest National Statistics produced by Defra on the activity of UK hatcheries and poultry slaughterhouses. read more
USDA’s latest quarterly stocks report, released on 28th September, estimated US maize stocks (at 1st September) at 25.1m t, down 12% on the same point in 2011 and the lowest since 2004. read more
FDF, UKTI drive export interest to Central and Eastern Europe
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) has helped UK manufacturers get ahead by revealing the export opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe, and tips on how to break into these profitable markets.
Refreshing news from Marlish Farm
A family whose business was devastated by the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic is bubbling up again thanks to an untapped natural resource.
News Bites 10/05/2013
Belton cracks the Russian market
McDonald’s opens the doors of its world-famous supply chain
McDonald’s today launched its search for ‘Quality Scouts’, members of the public who will go behind the scenes and report back on how some of its most famous products are made – including the Big Mac and Fries and the Sausage and Egg McMuffin – in response to increased interest from consumers in where the food they buy comes from.
Food and drink manufacturers sign up to new Courtauld commitment
FDF members have reaffirmed their support for the third phase of the Courtauld Commitment– a responsibility deal set up by WRAP to improve resource efficiency and reduce the carbon and wider environmental impact of food and drink waste.
Retailers commit to further cuts in food wasteread more
Grocery retailers have today signed up to challenging new targets for cutting food waste in the supply chain and at home, building on the excellent progress already made in these areas.
The aim is to make money out of the food chain, isn’t it?
Ingenious branding is welcome, says Caroline Whibley
So, South Sea bubbles still exist...
writes Caroline Whibley
The Green Thing – food for thought
In the queue at Tesco, a cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment, writes Caroline Whibley.
We’re just not all the same...
...when it comes to our food. Caroline Whibley reports
It’s a recession all right, but not as we know it
Economic winds might be chilly, but the Great British Pie Renaissance is helping us feel warm inside, Caroline Whibley reports
Local, how local is local?read more
Well, local could mean UK couldn’t it, or the region you are in (North?), or your county? What do we think it means I wonder? There is no definition that I can see, no accreditation. We see the word local and perhaps feel comfortable about that, it might be the final button to make a sale, but perhaps this ‘assurance tag’ is needing some rules, asks Caroline Whibley
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