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Editor’s blog

Animal versus plant milk

Last Thursday (1 June) World Milk Day was celebrated with the launch of The Milk Manifesto, a joint declaration signed by nutrition scientists, setting out the lifelong health benefits of consuming milk.

Posted 6 June 2017

Cider season

Despite cider rapidly being considered a year-round drink, the category is recognised as being responsive to warmer weather.

Posted 31 May 2017

Is bread consumption going stale?

It was British Sandwich Week last week (14-20 May), but according to Mintel’s recently released British Lifestyles report, which tracks spending across all major consumer markets, bread use is going stale. Just one third (34 per cent) of Brits reporting eating sliced bread at least once a day in 2016 – down from 47 per cent in 2014.

Posted 19 May 2017

Pick of the pack

Interpack has closed its doors for another three years. The show is reporting a record attendance of 2,865 companies, with 170,500 visitors walking the halls.

Posted 11 May 2017

Lessons in nutrition

The food and drink industry often has to reiterate that a ‘joined up approach’ is more beneficial than the demonisation of sugar, for example, or the food industry as a whole, when tackling the childhood obesity issue.

Posted 3 May 2017

Time to shine

The entry deadline for this year’s Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards is 28 April, giving food and drink producers from across the supply chain and throughout the UK just days to submit their entries.

Posted 25 April 2017

‘Tis the season

Last year, the largest contributor to chocolate NPD was seasonal launches, accounting for 25 per cent. More than one quarter of those seasonal launches (28 per cent) were positioned for Easter, highlighting the popularity of chocolate eggs and bunnies – I certainly indulged in some Easter chocolate over the weekend, and I’m sure many of you did the same.

Posted 19 April 2017

Collaborative approach to tackling litter

While packaging is often penalised for its contribution to the waste issue, industry has long been championing it as part of the solution to food waste, rather than part of the problem – so it’s pleasing to see UK government recognising the role of packaging in protecting both products and human health, as well as preventing food waste, in its new anti littering strategy.

Posted 12 April 2017

Yes, ve-gan

No longer a category sought only by consumers who avoid animal products for ethical reasons, the popularity of vegan has been expanding across all categories. In food and drink, the rise of vegan was evident at The Natural Food Show, held earlier this week in London.

Posted 5 April 2017

It’s all about SME

UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are thriving, with growth and start up business rates said to be returning to pre crisis levels. According to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, SMEs contribute £1.2 trillion to the UK each year.

Posted 28 March 2017

‘Drink and think’

Today is World Water Day, recognised on 22 March every year with hopes of raising awareness and taking action against the water crisis.

Posted 22 March 2017


This week’s blog is coming to you from (WiFi permitting) a Great Western Railway train service somewhere between London and Hereford.

Posted 15 March 2017

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