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Gluten-free bread in demand

We have just celebrated National Free From Week (26 September-2 October) in the UK and although the likes of dairy-, sugar- and gluten-free choices are expanding, recent research reveals there is still a gap in the market for gluten-free alternatives to some of the nation’s favourite products.

Posted 10 October 2017

Labels get the green light

We recently reported that Action on Sugar had criticised cereal brands for failing to include Department of Health endorsed, colour coded traffic light, front of pack (FOP) nutrition labelling, despite some products containing levels of sugar that would equate to a red label.

Posted 3 October 2017

Cause for celebration

Last week’s Food and Drink Federation Awards ceremony was once again a welcome reminder of the excellent work being carried out in this industry, in areas such as exports, environmental leadership, education, health and innovation.

Posted 26 September 2017

Prost!

I was in Munich, Germany, last week for the Drinktec trade fair. While there, I met several people who were taking the opportunity to extend their stay to celebrate this year’s Oktoberfest.

Posted 19 September 2017

Bridging the gap

We often report on the looming skills shortage threatening the UK food and drink industry, with the well documented gap for key STEM roles of great concern.

Posted 14 September 2017

On the road

After a relatively quiet summer, industry is gearing up for its next round of trade shows, and the Food & Drink Technology team are packing their bags ready for the adventure.

Posted 6 September 2017

Powering the recycling party

The UK was treated to a (rare) warm and sunny August bank holiday the weekend just gone, and as part of the three-day weekend, Kopparberg was in London to spread its recycling message.

Posted 29 August 2017

Happy World Plant Milk Day

Today (22 August) marks the first ever World Plant Milk Day. This celebration of plant based milk is the latest in a string of campaigns – such as Meat-free Mondays, National Vegetarian Week and Veganuary – that shows the extent of the free from boom.

Posted 22 August 2017

The plot thickens

In many news reports, the escalating ‘eggs scandal’ is being likened to 2013’s horsemeat scandal, with both food scares spreading across Europe quite rapidly.

Posted 15 August 2017

Jumping on the protein bandwagon

It’s not all that long ago that sports nutrition and protein products were considered the preserve of athletes and bodybuilders. These days, however, it seems everyone wants a slice of the action.

Posted 8 August 2017

Fall in love with recycling

When it comes to the ‘big issues’ – the likes of food waste, recycling and fat, salt and sugar reduction – the need for consumer education is often highlighted as part of a wider approach to tackling the problems, so it was encouraging to see Coca-Cola Great Britain’s new advert premiere on UK television at the weekend.

Posted 1 August 2017

Honey, I shrunk the chocolate

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has highlighted the ‘shrinkflation’ effect – that is household goods manufacturers reducing packaging sizes while keeping prices the same – being felt across a range of items in the UK.

Posted 26 July 2017

Health and wellness for consumers and business

In its biggest brand launch in 20 years, Mars Chocolate UK is confirming what we already knew – healthy snacking is big business. Ticking the sharing, on the go and fruit and nut trend boxes, the company says the new bar suits consumers’ busy lifestyles.

Posted 18 July 2017

The big issues

I have attended two events in the last week, the combined themes of which represent three of the major focuses for the food and drink industry at present: waste, obesity and Brexit.

Posted 12 July 2017