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Asda appoints former M&S boss Stuart Rose as new chairman. Conservative peer and retail veteran will be tasked with leading the board’s recruitment of a new chief executive


Nestlé Professional partners with Whitbread to bring plant-based protein Garden Gourmet to its pubs and hotels


Marks & Spencer create a supply recipe with Costa Coffee to reach new locations as former commuters work more from home

Hospitality was the fastest growing UK sector for the second month in a row, according to the latest Lloyds Bank UK Recovery Tracker. Tourism and recreation – which includes pubs, hotels, restaurants and leisure facilities – had an output reading of 70 in October.

The government has launched its first two schemes aimed at helping the farming industry make productivity improvements – the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund and the Farming Transformation Fund for Water


UK meat processors are exporting carcasses, destined for domestic consumption, to the EU for butchering because of shortage of skilled workers.

UK Food Council calls for UK Food Supply Summit in 2022

It is fair to say that the UK is not alone in its supply chain issues, the shortage of HGV drivers and production workers in fields, farms and factories are destabilising the normality of the food harvest from our fields and factories.

Rule changes announced to make developing ‘gene edited’ crops easier. Rule changes to make it easier to research and develop “gene edited” food crops such as sugar beet have been announced by UK Gov.


UK restaurants, café and pub bosses are soon banned from keeping tips left for staff

IPOSUP mobile payments service launches automation of tips direct to hospitality staff bank accounts ahead of the UK Government plans to make it illegal for hospitality firms to withhold tips from workers, who rely on them to top up their income.


Food insecurity will drop by 9% by 2030
The share of world population experiencing food insecurity will fall to around 28 percent by 2030, according to new research by Vienna University of Economics and Business.

UK food supply chain calls for urgent action from PM to solve labour crisis - The UK’s food and farming sector has written to the Prime Minister asking him to implement as a matter of urgency a Covid Recovery Visa to alleviate crippling labour shortages across the supply chain.

Short-term visas ‘not enough’ to fix supply chain crisis. Plans to issue more than 10,000 short-term visas to foreign lorry drivers and food industry workers 'will not be enough' to solve Britain’s supply chain crisis, business leaders have warned.

New plans to boost agri-food exports amid fall in trade The government has unveiled plans to help farmers boost agri-food exports to fast-growing markets following a significant drop in trade to the EU.

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An Industry View from the Top

NFU President Minette Batters

Sustainable land management: managing land better for environmental benefits
England is at a historical crossroad for the governance of land and the natural environment. Actions for addressing and adapting to climate change, achieving food security and tackling the biodiversity crisis are all embedded in and depend on how land is managed. Existing Government policy and targets have so far failed to address many of these complexities of land, farming and the natural environment.

NEWS TECH

Grocery Sector: 25.10.2021 London
Tesco website and app back online, after hackers apparently attempted to ‘intefere’ with the supermarket’s website and app. Tesco on Monday confirmed that its website and app are now back up and running, after the supermarket confirmed “attempts “to interfere with our systems.”

INDUSTRY  REPORTS

The circular economy is increasingly recognised as a solutions framework to address global challenges like climate change and biodiversity loss.

Moving towards a food system that builds natural capital and that is pro-nature, i.e. one that allows nature to thrive, is an essential part of the transition to a circular economy.

While the current food system has sustained a growing population and brought economic development, much of it is essentially ‘linear’ and extractive, particularly in more developed markets. It is wasteful, polluting, and depletive, and is the primary driver of biodiversity loss and accounts for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.

This study from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation looks at the role fast-moving consumer goods companies (FMCGs) and food retailers can play to move us towards a food system with significant positive impacts for business, people, and the environment. It explores the ways in which food products can be designed in closer collaboration with farmers, for nature. It also investigates the crucial enabling role of policies and incentives. It is well founded qualitive research and we like many others in the industry endorse the findings of this study.

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