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Editor’s blog

You’re hired

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

Happerley ever after

There’s a great provenance initiative underway this week courtesy of provenance champion Happerley.

Posted 27 February 2018

Deadline day

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

For the love of food

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

The popularity of plant-based

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

Best before bargains

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

Beverage business

The implementation of the UK government’s soft drinks industry levy in April this year will no doubt be one of the big stories of 2018. But the beverage sector has already been hitting the news this year for many reasons.

Posted 23 January 2018

Pink is the new white

Since September last year, when Barry Callebaut revealed ‘ruby’ – the fourth type in chocolate next to dark, milk and white, and 80 years after the introduction of the latter – we have been wondering how manufacturers will incorporate the new offering into their products.

Posted 18 January 2018

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