Sainsbury’s in packaging rap

Sainsbury’s is being taken to court for using excessive wrapping in a move that could open the door to a wave of similar charges being brought throughout the UK. The store is the first supermarket to face official action over wasteful packaging, with the charge relating to its Taste the Difference Slow Matured Ultimate Beef. […]

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What a lot of water…

More than two million cubic metres of water – equivalent to 800 Olympic sized swimming pools – have been saved by UK food and drink manufacturers since 2007. That’s one of the findings contained in The Federation House Commitment – the water reduction programme launched in 2008 by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). “The […]

Mixed views on carrier bag costs

Public opinion on the issue of charging for plastic bags is decidedly mixed, according to a new ethical living report from YouGov SixthSense. It reveals that 32% of UK consumers agree with the scheme as it will reduce the overall number being used. However, one in four respondents thinks such a scheme is a ploy […]


Heinz spills the beans on emissions success

Energy use and carbon emissions have been slashed at factories producing Heinz Beanz, soups and pasta, according to a joint announcement from Heinz and the Carbon Trust. Carbon dioxide emissions at Heinz’s UK factories in Kendal, Cumbria and Kitt Green, near Wigan, have been cut by over 17,000 tonnes over the last four years. That’s […]

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Scotland and Norway unite over mackerel dispute

Scotland and Norway have joined forces to call for an end to the so-called ‘mackerel dispute’ which they say is threatening to punish the responsible actions of Scottish and Norwegian fleets. First minister Alex Salmond met with Norway’s foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre this week to discuss a range of issues, including the decision by […]

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Search is on for UK’s greenest business

The search is on to find the UK’s greenest businesses, as a long- running environmental award scheme urges food and drink companies taking action on sustainability to make themselves known. Now in its 35th year, the Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Environmental Leadership Awards scheme is calling on companies to apply for its 2011 […]

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FSA to focus on food safety

The UK coalition government has put an end to intense speculation about the future of the FSA by revealing that it will be retained – but with a renewed focus on food safety. The Department of Health will become responsible for nutrition policy in England, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will […]

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‘FSA to be abolished’ claim

The UK coalition government is to abolish the Food Standards Agency – the food watchdog set up to protect consumers after the ‘mad cow’ disease crisis – and reassign its duties elsewhere, according to government sources. However, a Department of Health spokesman insists no decision had yet been made on the future of the FSA. […]

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EFSA invites opinion on draft GMO risk guidelines

As part of an ongoing consultation with stakeholders, EFSA has announced its intention to call a meeting in September with environmental NGOs on its guidelines for the Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). The revised draft ERA guidelines are the result of two years’ work by scientists from all over Europe. In […]

Tetra Pak increases FSC offering

Tetra Pak has revealed that it plans to offer 3.3 billion beverage cartons bearing the label of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to customers in Germany over the next 12 months. This represents about 50% of the annual production of Tetra Pak cartons in Germany. “As a leading producer of food packaging we set standards […]


Bottled water market tapped

A new report into the drinks sector has revealed that 60% of UK adults view bottled water as a waste of money, with almost three quarters of respondents (71%) agreeing that tap water is as clean as bottled water. The results of the YouGov SixthSense poll echo the findings of a survey carried out by […]

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Spotlight on pressing issues

 Pressing issues for the food industry, including ways in which to provide safe and healthy food for a global population that is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, were addressed at a recent meeting of EFSA representatives, European and Italian institutions, the Spanish presidency of the EU and food chain stakeholders. Other topics discussed […]

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