Public Health England (PHE) last week published the first assessment of progress achieved on the government’s sugar reduction programme, which challenges the UK food industry – retailers, manufacturers, restaurants, cafés and pub chains – to slash 20 per cent of sugar from a range of products by 2020, with a five per cent reduction in the first year.
Posted 30 May 2018
Supermarkets in the UK are ramping up their efforts to tackle waste, with news this week that Tesco is to scrap some ‘best before’ labels in a bid to reduce food waste, while Morrisons is encouraging customers to bring in their own containers for purchases at its meat and fish counters to tackle plastic waste.
Posted 22 May 2018
It has been a big week for retail news, with the proposed Sainsbury’s/Asda merger getting a lot of attention.
Posted 2 May 2018
I attended The Natural Food Show – part of Natural & Organic Products Europe – in London, UK earlier this week to see the latest in natural, organic, Fairtrade, sustainable, vegetarian, vegan and free from food and drink.
Posted 25 April 2018
We are already seeing a response from some of the UK’s supermarkets since prime minister Theresa May declared war on plastic waste earlier this year.
Posted 17 April 2018
The Soft Drinks Industry Levy came into force last week (6 April), having been announced as part of the 2016 Budget back in March 2016.
Posted 12 April 2018
Having just returned from the four-day Easter weekend (I hope everyone enjoyed the bank holiday), I thought an Easter food themed blog would be appropriate for this week’s entry.
Posted 3 April 2018
The UK confectionery market has seen some big announcements in the last week – from the changing shape of Maltesers to the launch of a world first from Nestlé.
Posted 27 March 2018
Ahead of the UK government’s Soft Drinks Industry Levy coming into force next month, Public Health England (PHE) has published new data on the state of the nation’s diet, nutrient intake and nutritional status – and sugary drinks are in the spotlight again.
Posted 21 March 2018
The UK has returned to normality following the disruption caused by severe weather at the start of the month. While snowy scenes affected schools, workplaces, roads, rail and air travel, consumers turned to a comfort food favourite to keep warm – soup.
Posted 13 March 2018
It is National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March) here in the UK. Led and co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, the week celebrates the positive impact of apprenticeships and showcases how they work for individuals, employers, local communities and the wider economy.
Posted 6 March 2018
There’s a great provenance initiative underway this week courtesy of provenance champion Happerley.
Posted 27 February 2018
The entry deadline for this year’s Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards is tomorrow (21 February), so there’s still time to get your entries in – just.
Posted 20 February 2018
This week brings with it Shrove Tuesday (13 February – Happy Pancake Day) and Valentine’s Day (14 February – any excuse to eat chocolate), so I’m looking forward to indulging in some sweet treats.
Posted 13 February 2018
After what felt like a very long January, February is finally upon us. While the likes of Dry January and Veganuary may have finished for some people, others will still be persevering with their more general New Year’s resolutions to live healthier, eat less junk and exercise more often.
Posted 6 February 2018
We often report on initiatives to tackle the food waste problem, including the likes of food redistribution charities, which aim to pass on rather than waste incorrectly labelled, over ordered or over supplied food as well as obsolete seasonal stock, and food surplus supermarkets, such as Denmark’s WeFood, which sells cut price produce that is past its sell by date but perfectly edible.
Posted 30 January 2018