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Budgeting for the sugar levy

As I write, the UK is preparing for the Spring Budget speech 2017, set to be delivered by chancellor Philip Hammond at 12:30pm today (8 March). It was this time last year that then chancellor George Osborne announced his intention to levy a sugar tax on the soft drinks industry and it is expected those levy rates will be announced today.

Posted 8 March 2017

Chocolate or biscuit?

Last week I wrote about some of the food and drink products that have been discontinued over the years and are dearly missed by the Bell Publishing team. One of those was Galaxy Truffle, which was removed from Celebrations in 2011 and replaced with Twix.

Posted 28 February 2017

Gone but not forgotten

We have just taken delivery of a snack box in our office and myself and a colleague have had our usual ‘Wotsits or Quavers’ crisps debate. I’m firmly team Wotsits, so much so that I seem to be the only one here who recalls the various other versions they have released – and discontinued – over the years, such as prawn cocktail flavour and Weenie Wotsits.

Posted 21 February 2017

Storage wars

Supermarket giant Asda, one of the UK’s ‘big four’, has sparked nationwide debate over where tomato ketchup should be stored – fridge or cupboard?

Posted 14 February 2017

Tip of the iceberg

This time last year a feared prosecco shortage left consumers concerned that their favourite fizz would soon be absent from nights out, nights in and any occasion in between. Later in 2016, Brits faced a looming Marmite shortage and sales of the product soared as the news spread. Now, we’re dealing with a vegetable shortage as a result of poor growing conditions in Europe.

Posted 7 February 2017

Guilt-free indulgence

This week’s blog is coming to you from Cologne, Germany, where I am currently walking the halls of this year’s ProSweets and ISM trade fairs.

Posted 31 January 2017

Sandwich initiative

Food waste was high on the agenda in 2016 and this year has kicked off with another UK breakthrough following an agreement between government agencies and the British Sandwich & Food to Go Association (BSA), which will see thousands of tonnes of food destined to go to waste become available to charities instead.

Posted 24 January 2017

Take a hike, Freddo

The dust has barely settled on Mondelēz International’s unveiling of its new shape Toblerone bars, complete with great big gaps, but the confectionery giant has sparked a fresh social media storm with reports that the price of Freddo bars will soon rise to 30p in the UK.

Posted 17 January 2017

Sparkling sales

While many persevere with Dry January this month, I’ve been looking at sales figures for what appears to be everyone’s favourite fizz, prosecco.

Posted 10 January 2017

Last chance to have your say

I won’t keep you long this week as I’m sure you are all busy getting rid of the last remnants of Christmas Day before the New Year’s Eve celebrations commence.

Posted 23 December 2016

The big freeze

The countdown to Christmas Day can often be a busy and stressful time. According to research by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), 43 per cent of people feel that buying presents is the main worry, while cooking Christmas dinner comes second, along with family arguments.

Posted 21 December 2016

No HFSS advertising to children

The fight against childhood obesity has been taken up a notch with new rules unveiled by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) last week, preventing the advertising of high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) products in UK media targeted at under 16s.

Posted 13 December 2016

Have your choc and eat it

With all the focus on sugar reduction and reformulation, Nestlé has taken steps to ensure it is ahead of the game with a new sugar ingredient that can reduce total sugar by up to 40 per cent in its confectionery.

Posted 7 December 2016