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.

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‘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.

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.

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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.

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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.


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

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.

Chocolate or biscuit?

Last week I wrote about some of the food and drink products that have been discontinued over the years and are dearly missed by the Bell Publishing team. One of those was Galaxy Truffle, which was removed from Celebrations in 2011 and replaced with Twix.

Gone but not forgotten

We have just taken delivery of a snack box in our office and myself and a colleague have had our usual ‘Wotsits or Quavers’ crisps debate. I’m firmly team Wotsits, so much so that I seem to be the only one here who recalls the various other versions they have released – and discontinued – over the years, such as prawn cocktail flavour and Weenie Wotsits.

Storage wars

Supermarket giant Asda, one of the UK’s ‘big four’, has sparked nationwide debate over where tomato ketchup should be stored – fridge or cupboard?

Tip of the iceberg

This time last year a feared prosecco shortage left consumers concerned that their favourite fizz would soon be absent from nights out, nights in and any occasion in between. Later in 2016, Brits faced a looming Marmite shortage and sales of the product soared as the news spread. Now, we’re dealing with a vegetable shortage as a result of poor growing conditions in Europe.

Guilt-free indulgence

This week’s blog is coming to you from Cologne, Germany, where I am currently walking the halls of this year’s ProSweets and ISM trade fairs.

Sandwich initiative

Food waste was high on the agenda in 2016 and this year has kicked off with another UK breakthrough following an agreement between government agencies and the British Sandwich & Food to Go Association (BSA), which will see thousands of tonnes of food destined to go to waste become available to charities instead.

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