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Editor’s blog

What’s new in retail?

It has been a big week for retail news, with the proposed Sainsbury’s/Asda merger getting a lot of attention.

Posted 2 May 2018

Natural food, recyclable packaging

I attended The Natural Food Show – part of Natural & Organic Products Europe – in London, UK earlier this week to see the latest in natural, organic, Fairtrade, sustainable, vegetarian, vegan and free from food and drink.

Posted 25 April 2018

Plastic pledges far and wide

We are already seeing a response from some of the UK’s supermarkets since prime minister Theresa May declared war on plastic waste earlier this year.

Posted 17 April 2018

Sugar levy goes live

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy came into force last week (6 April), having been announced as part of the 2016 Budget back in March 2016.

Posted 12 April 2018

Easter: increased innovation

Having just returned from the four-day Easter weekend (I hope everyone enjoyed the bank holiday), I thought an Easter food themed blog would be appropriate for this week’s entry.

Posted 3 April 2018

Confectionery catch up

The UK confectionery market has seen some big announcements in the last week – from the changing shape of Maltesers to the launch of a world first from Nestlé.

Posted 27 March 2018

Sugar: the rise and fall

Ahead of the UK government’s Soft Drinks Industry Levy coming into force next month, Public Health England (PHE) has published new data on the state of the nation’s diet, nutrient intake and nutritional status – and sugary drinks are in the spotlight again.

Posted 21 March 2018

Snow and soup

The UK has returned to normality following the disruption caused by severe weather at the start of the month. While snowy scenes affected schools, workplaces, roads, rail and air travel, consumers turned to a comfort food favourite to keep warm – soup.

Posted 13 March 2018

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