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Editor’s blog

In a tizz over fizz

A beer shortage at any time of year is far from ideal. But when it hits during a UK heatwave, which also happens to coincide with the World Cup, it’s nothing short of disastrous – for both retailers and punters alike.

Posted 3 July 2018

Challenges and opportunities

It’s official – Carly has left the building (packed off with an array of baby gifts and our very best wishes.)

Posted 20 June 2018

Goodbye for now

It’s just a quick one from me this week as I prepare for a new chapter in my life: parenthood. I am expecting my first baby in a matter of weeks and will begin maternity leave on Friday (15th).

Posted 12 June 2018

#PassOnPlastic

Today (5 June) marks the world’s first One Plastic Free Day. Organised by campaign group A Plastic Planet, the initiative hopes to reach 250 million people globally, encouraging them to avoid food and drink products packed in plastic for 24 hours.

Posted 5 June 2018

‘Encouraging start’ to sugar reduction

Public Health England (PHE) last week published the first assessment of progress achieved on the government’s sugar reduction programme, which challenges the UK food industry – retailers, manufacturers, restaurants, cafés and pub chains – to slash 20 per cent of sugar from a range of products by 2020, with a five per cent reduction in the first year.

Posted 30 May 2018

Waste initiatives

Supermarkets in the UK are ramping up their efforts to tackle waste, with news this week that Tesco is to scrap some ‘best before’ labels in a bid to reduce food waste, while Morrisons is encouraging customers to bring in their own containers for purchases at its meat and fish counters to tackle plastic waste.

Posted 22 May 2018

It’s National Vegetarian Week

Here in the UK, National Vegetarian Week (14-20 May) is currently underway, with organiser the Vegetarian Society offering recipes, tips and resource packs to highlight the benefits of eating veggie food.

Posted 16 May 2018

Global coffee alliance

After offloading its US confectionery business to Ferrero for $2.8 billion earlier this year, Nestlé has just announced plans to pay Starbucks $7.15 billion for the rights to sell the company’s coffee products globally.

Posted 8 May 2018

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