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"Foodservice is the most exciting part of our outlook when Covid-19 clears" – Andy Shovel, co-founder of UK meat-free brand This, the bitesize interview 20 May 2020

UK brand This, one of a flurry of firms looking to ride rising consumer interest in meat alternatives, talks adapting to Covid-19 hit, competition and optimism for foodservice.


How might Covid-19 shape interest in health-and-wellness? 19 May 2020

With a health crisis set to be joined by a financial one, how will interest in diet and functionality, coupled with pressure on income, affect the trend of health and wellness?


Will Covid-19 spark change in UK supplier payment terms? 13 May 2020

We look at the records of how the UK's largest grocers – and manufacturers – have been paying their suppliers and wonder if the recent changes to help suppliers will stick around.


How could Covid-19 change how we think about food? 11 May 2020

Ben Cooper looks at the possible lasting effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on consumer attitudes to food and on the global food system.


Beyond Covid-19 - what will the 'new normal' mean for premium food brands? 6 May 2020

Andy Coyne looks at the prospects for premium brands in the likely recessionary climate post-Covid-19 and weighs up the impacts a downturn might have.

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Covid-19 blamed for drastic fall in UK food and beverage M&A 21 May 2020

Food and beverage sector M&A activity in the UK in the first four months of this year has shifted dramatically compared to the same period last year.


Kellogg pulls Pringles ad from Joe Wicks YouTube lockdown show 21 May 2020

US food giant Kellogg has taken action after complaints that an ad for one of its crisp brands was being aired on a YouTube fitness channel watched by children.


Covid-19 - Worker deaths reported at Cranswick plant in northern England 21 May 2020

It has been reported that a number of employees of UK meat-processing firm Cranswick have died from Covid-19.


Greencore readies re-starting at paused plant 20 May 2020

Greencore, one of the largest private-label suppliers operating in the UK, is set to open one of the three factories where it halted production last month.


Food to the fore as UK government outlines post-Brexit trade tariff regime 19 May 2020

The UK government has announced its planned post-Brexit trade tariff regime, set to come into effect from 1 January next year.


SMEs will emerge from Covid-19 stronger, says UK challenger brand champion Young Foodies 14 May 2020

London-based challenger brand organisation Young Foodies has predicted the post-Covid-19 future for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the food and drink space.


UK government 'sees split over plans to lower US ag tariffs' 14 May 2020

The UK government is reportedly readying plans to cut tariffs on US agricultural imports as part of a trade deal between the two nations.


UK meat business Finnebrogue moves into plant-based protein 14 May 2020

Finnebrogue Artisan, the UK food business best known for its nitrite-free Naked Bacon product, has moved into a new category area with its latest product launch.


UK pulses business Merchant Gourmet launches into D2C 14 May 2020

Merchant Gourmet, the UK pulses and grains business owned by local distributor Leathams, has opened up a new sales channel to adapt to the Covid-19 outbreak.


Covid-19 - Meat supplier Moy Park confirms employee death 13 May 2020

Moy Park, the Northern Ireland-based poultry processor, has confirmed the death of an employee from Covid-19 at one of its plants.

Latest blogs

UK regulator shines light on Amazon's Deliveroo investment 5 Jul 2019

Amazon's move to invest in UK food-delivery business Deliveroo caught the eye when it was announced in May – but it’s also attracted the attention of the country’s competition regulator.


Ocado branches into vertical farming 11 Jun 2019

The UK-based online grocer - increasingly seen not just as a retailer but as a broader tech business - is to plough investment into indoor farming.


Amazon tries again in UK food delivery 17 May 2019

Perhaps today's most eye-catching corporate food story here in the UK is Amazon's decision to invest in food-delivery business Deliveroo.