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A timely reminder to protect your designs

Lizzie Walters
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As a food business you would be wise to invest in protecting your key designs – particularly after the courts rejected a plea by Kit Kat to trademark their legendary four-fingered shape. The well reported case involved Cadbury, who challenged an...

Supply Contracts - a beginner's guide

Mike Matthews
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So you have finally secured the deal with the large retailer to stock your food products. It will be plain sailing from now – massive orders, secure cash flow and national exposure for your brand. Right? Not necessarily, and in fact for most...

Modern Slavery Act Update. What should your statement say?

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This is an update following the commencement of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act), in particular s.54 which places an obligation upon those businesses with a total turnover in excess of £36 million which carry on business in the UK, or a part of...

Burger controls unnecessary?

Tim Russ
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An FSA decision could lead to unnecessary and excessive controls on meat suppliers. During a meeting on 9 September the FSA Board considered a range of controls for businesses when they are serving ‘rare’ mince following an increase in demand...

Companies must act on supply chain slavery

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As part of the Modern Slavery Act, which came into force on 31 July, all companies and partnerships operating in the UK with an annual turnover of £36m or more will have to provide a yearly statement detailing their efforts to stop supply chain slavery...

A not so ‘Oregenol’ herb

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The UK food industry is facing yet another supply chain scandal, and while not on the same scale as ‘horsegate’, the Bart’s Ingredients and Genius product withdrawals and now the ‘oregano’ food fraud (see The Grocer article ...

Genius or not so clever? Gluten free recall raises issues

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Leading free-from manufacturer Genius recently recalled over 20 of its lines from supermarkets across the country and while the reputational damage suffered by Genius will no doubt be substantial, there is a question as to whether it is warranted. According...

Protecting your brand

Lizzie Walters
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What is a brand? A strong brand helps distinguish a business’ products from its competitors’. It adds value to the business by enhancing consumer awareness and improving customer loyalty. A brand can be made up of many elements, including: A...

HSE to inspect all Food Manufacturers starting April 2015

Phil Cookson
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This information has kindly been provided by the British Frozen Food Federation http://bfff.co.uk/ ALL food manufacturers will be inspected by HSE between April '15 and April '16. Their inspections will start with food producers within the...

Guidance for setting up a food Producer Organisation

Mike Matthews
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The aim of a Producer Organisation (PO) is to support its members and help them to secure a better position in the market, reduce costs, increase the viability of all members’ businesses and achieve a more sustainable position in the supply chain. ...

The Groceries Supply Code of Practice

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The Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) is legislation designed to regulate the relationship between supermarkets and their suppliers. Since its introduction in 2009 the Code has had, in reality, limited impact. However, the introduction of a...

The Food Law Landscape in 2015

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Peter Bennett, head of the Food and Drink team at specialist law firm Roythornes, has listed his top five legal themes for 2015. Free From The growth in free-from foods has been explosive and is likely to continue for years to come. Over the past five...

Importing for food businesses

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Importing food products presents diverse and exciting new business opportunities that open up entirely new markets or make existing ones more competitive. In order to import successfully, food businesses need to develop a solid understanding of the relevant...

Employing someone for the first time?

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As a food  business grows, there comes a time when you may need to start to think about taking on more staff. Whether it’s part-time or full time there are a number of key steps you must take as you take on someone for the first time.  How...

What does the 'no' vote mean for the food sector?

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Scotland’s decision to continue on as part of the UK will be widely welcomed by the nation’s food and drink industry. Questions over EU membership, the continuance of trade agreements and currency meant that key players in the country’s...

Can independent grocers avoid the chop?

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The pros and cons for an increasingly centralised food market have been and will continue to be well discussed and analysed. Concerns over job cuts, reduced competition and a lack of innovation are mulled over and debated with vigour in a retail environment...

What does the halal 'scandal' mean for traceability

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The recent halal food ‘scandals’ and reports of the presence of blood serums and offal in meat product tests serve to highlight several issues for the food and drink industry. The ‘method of slaughter’ hype currently doing the rounds...

Getting social

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We’ve all heard the scare stories about social media. How personal posts on corporate accounts have caused embarrassment to businesses, how staff have complained about customers on their private accounts and how simple ‘off the cuff’...

Is legislation the right tool to change diets?

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The impact of legislation on food ingredients and changing eating habits. The establishment of a new campaign group which is intent on convincing food manufacturers to reduce the volume of sugar in every day food is the latest skirmish in the on-going...

Food waste, nanotechnology and a damning lack of regulation

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Food waste is high on the list of priorities for most retailers across the UK as they search for cost savings which meet CSR policies. With landfill bans all but ruled out by UK government the focus will shift to helping producers develop and manufacture...

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