Christmas turkey

What will a Covid Christmas look like?

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We’ve already rewritten this blog post several times as the rules and guidance for all parts of the UK are changing so fast we can hardly keep up! However, one thing we do know is that Christmas definitely won’t be the same as usual. The current guidelines say we can enjoy a five-day festive break with other households, but we …


Can high street butchers survive?

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Britain’s butchers have been experiencing difficulties for some years. They are feeling the pinch from several different angles, including the decline of the high street, the rise of meat-free lifestyles and ongoing consumer pressure for better quality food at ever cheaper prices. Britain had about 15,000 butchers’ shops in 1990, a number that declined rapidly during the BSE crisis in …

Laura Ryan, Meat Industry Women

Women in the meat industry

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A recent report showed that just 36% of workers in the meat industry are women. This reflects other research which regularly find that women are under-represented at senior levels in the food and beverage manufacturing sector. The independent report commissioned by Meat Business Women and published this month found that women in the meat industry are under-represented at every level …

New Government Report confirms two year extension on £10m Cold Chain Climate Tax Saving Scheme

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The Cold Chain Federation welcomes the Government’s new report on extending the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme, securing the £10 million a year tax saving for the industry for 5 more years. The voluntary scheme which was due to end in 2023 and had been closed to new entrants since 2018, has been extended to 2025 and reopened the scheme …

Field to fork

‘Field to fork’ and the food supply chain

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We were thrilled when our Managing Director Nikki Redhead was asked to appear on ITV’s Calendar news programme last week. She featured in a segment on how the pandemic has affected the region’s food industry, specifically looking at the journey from ‘field to fork’. Nikki spoke on camera about the challenges of distribution during the period of panic-buying at the …

Industry set for another week of celebrating lamb

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The increasingly popular Love Lamb Week kicks off its sixth-year next month, with industry support greater than ever. The week-long campaign which runs from 1 to 7 September, will for the first time highlight the sustainable qualities lamb brings to the dinner table. As with previous years, the industry-wide initiative is supported by AHDB, the National Sheep Association (NSA), the …

Online shopping

We look at the unstoppable rise of online shopping

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Figures published last week found that a quarter of consumers now buy food online at least once a week. The number of shoppers in the UK who do a weekly grocery shop online has doubled since the coronavirus lockdown. More than three quarters of households order at least some of their grocery shopping from supermarket websites, which is an increase …

Major milestone for Ultra Low Emission Zone as installation of new infrastructure gets underway

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London has come a step closer to expanding the world’s-first Ultra Low Emission Zone with the installation of the first new cameras. The Ultra Low Emission Zone currently covers the same area as the Congestion Charge Zone and the new cameras will enable it to expand up to the North and South Circular in October 2021 – spreading the benefits …

Waitrose & Partners drivers go the extra mile in the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards 2020

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Drivers from Waitrose & Partners have won the Extra Mile and HGV Hero categories in the Microlise Driver of The Year Awards 2020. With nomination-based awards receiving more entries than ever before and telematics-based categories containing an initial eligible pool of over 225,000 drivers, the 2020 winners are leading lights in the industry, having triumphed after a process of rigorous …

Frozen food cabinets

Keep it Cool supports growth in the frozen food market

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As specialists in same-day temperature-controlled deliveries, a large part of our work is the distribution of frozen foods. We deliver to RDCs for all the major supermarkets and since the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve noticed increased demand. Figures released this week backed up our hunch. The latest statistics from the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) showed that sales of frozen food …