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Companies seeking sustainability: Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa has seen "a marked increase" in the number of companies seeking sustainable packaging alternatives for fresh fruit & veg. The supplier said some 75% of its consumers had indicated a preference for paper-based packaging against less sustainable alternatives during the past year.

Tulip butchery apprenticeships: Pork giant Tulip has teamed up with Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire to create a bespoke butchery apprenticeship programme. The college will start a 15-month course in September for 18 apprentices at Tulip's Ashton and Tipton sites.

Sixth listeria death: A sixth hospital patient has died after eating pre-packaged sandwiches and salads linked to a listeria outbreak. The death was one of nine cases previously linked to collapsed sandwich chain The Good Food Chain. The individual fell ill with listeriosis at a Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust hospital.

New look for Blue Diamond: Blue Diamond Almonds has revamped its Almond Breeze milk alternative range with new pack designs. On-pack illustrations now feature a Californian almond "to reinforce the brand's almond expertise and rich heritage", it said. The new designs will begin rolling out this month.

Former NFU president dies: Tributes have been paid to former NFU president Sir Simon Gourlay, who has died aged 85. Gourlay, president from 1986 to 1991, farmed on the English/Welsh border, first as a beef farmer, before turning his hand to dairying and later free-range egg production.

Yazoo Kids backs Change4Life: No-added-sugar flavoured milk brand Yazoo Kids has pledged its support for Public Health England's Change4Life campaign. The move will see the campaign's 'Good Choice' badge appear alongside bottles of Yazoo Kids' Strawberry and Banana packs in store and within its marketing mix.

Lancashire cows top grazing target: Dairy farmers supplying yoghurt brand Lancashire Farm grazed their cows for an average of 174 days last year, significantly above its 150-day target. The supplier said its free-range dairying commitment had helped sales grow by a fifth on 2017 levels.

The Brook at Co-op: Plant-based brand The Brook has secured a listing in the Co-op for its frozen vegan ready meals. Available in selected stores nationwide, the range "specifically fills the gap for an animal-free food product that delivers on taste", it said.

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Date:Aug 10, 2019
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