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Editor’s blog

Vegan on the go

Those that are participating in Veganuary this year – a bit like Dry January, but instead of giving up alcohol for January, it challenges people to adopt veganism for the month – are already more than one week into their pledges.

Posted 9 January 2018

A happy and healthy new year

Happy New Year readers, I trust you all enjoyed the festive season. With many new year’s resolutions being made to make healthier choices, Public Health England (PHE) is also using the start of 2018 to urge parents to help their children make healthier choices.

Posted 2 January 2018

Festive spirit

It’s a quick one from me this week, somewhere in between the madness of Christmas and the preparations for New Year’s Eve, but I’ll keep it festive.

Posted 27 December 2017


We’re into the final push of 2017 here at Bell HQ, with the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Food & Drink Technology currently being finalised.

Posted 20 December 2017

Plain packaging threatens industry

Since the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products in some countries, there have been numerous calls for its extension to the food and drink sector, with alcohol, confectionery, savoury snacks and sugary drinks among the categories highlighted as potential targets for plain packaging.

Posted 12 December 2017

Can-do attitude

The topic of waste – be it food, packaging, water, ingredient or environmental – has remained an important focus for the food and drink sector throughout the year.

Posted 7 December 2017

Fi Europe bound

I am flying to Frankfurt, Germany today (28 November) for the Fi Europe exhibition, which is running 28-30 November at Messe Frankfurt.

Posted 28 November 2017

Food matters

Food Matters Live kicked off in London, UK today, bringing together the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice providers, government and those working in nutrition.

Posted 21 November 2017

World Vegan Month

November is World Vegan Month. At Food & Drink Technology, we have been following the increasing interest in – and availability of – vegan options, and recent research confirms consumer demand.

Posted 14 November 2017

Wasting away

Following last week’s look at the food waste generated from pumpkins during Halloween festivities, this week I have been diving deeper into the wider problem of fruit and veg waste.

Posted 7 November 2017

Food waste horror story

Happy Halloween! Now the third biggest holiday celebrated in the UK, preceded only by Christmas and Easter, more than 10 million pumpkins are expected to be bought and carved this year.

Posted 31 October 2017

Exporting success

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, we are being reminded that exports represent a huge opportunity to the UK food and drink sector.

Posted 24 October 2017

Soft drinks industry comes together

Around 300 guests gathered in London last week for the British Soft Drinks Association’s (BSDA) Industry Lunch. With the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy set to take effect in April next year, there was much to discuss.

Posted 17 October 2017

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