All natural

The doors have closed on this year’s Natural & Organic Products Europe – Europe’s biggest trade show for natural, organic, fair trade, free-from, vegan, vegetarian and healthy living brands. From 19-20 April, more than 10,000 attendees are thought to have visited the show, which took place at ExCeL, London and featured around 600 exhibitors from […]


‘no one day is typical’

John Moxon, business development director at Clegg Food Projects, predicts growth for the retailers that separate themselves from the ‘pack’, such as Lidl, Aldi and Waitrose, and good things for their supply chains.

British pork industry boosted by falling prices

Brent Crude isn’t the only commodity that’s falling in price; pork has dropped 20p since the summer, and it’s still falling. “You wouldn’t expect us to welcome the steady decline in pig producer prices over the past few months — but we do applaud the fact that these price drops are helping retailers and foodservice […]

Employers urged to advertise roles

Employers are being urged to get 2015 off to the best possible start by advertising their work placement opportunities for free on FoodStart. The IFST initiative, which was launched last autumn and is backed by chef Jamie Oliver, aims to address the serious skills shortage facing the food and drink industry. The online system is […]

SHELF LIFE: Round-up

Here is your weekly round-up of Shelf Life news. If you have a news item you would like to submit for next week’s round-up, please contact Carly Wood at carly@bellpublishing.com. The Coca-Cola Company will roll out the global brand Fanta in a frozen carbonated format in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Sweden and Denmark initially, with […]

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Oats and chia for breakfast

The Chia Co is set to launch its new Oats + Chia products in Waitrose supermarkets in the UK later this month. Sold in boxes of five, each serve of Oats + Chia contains wholegrain oats and sun-ripened chia blended with fruit and coconut oil, producing a creamy, dairy-free texture. The single serve ‘just add […]

Supermarkets need to update

Following comments from Waitrose boss Mark Price that supermarkets are years out of date, retail expert Professor Heiner Evanschitzky, professor of marketing at Aston Business School, is warning that Britain’s ‘big four’ supermarkets – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons – must update their business models, or else be overtaken by the discounters. Professor Evanschitzky comments, […]

Plan to tackle skills shortage

Chef Jamie Oliver is backing FoodStart, an online system designed to help students get work placements with food and drink companies. The free service, created by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), aims to address the serious skills shortage facing the industry. By 2020, it’s predicted that the UK food and drink industry […]

Rebel Kitchen launches in Waitrose

Snacking brand Rebel Kitchen, which specialises in dairy-free coconut ‘mylk’ drinks, is launching exclusively in Waitrose in the UK. The supermarket will be stocking two SKUs from the range – both the banana and chocolate 200ml three packs – in 218 stores nationwide. Launched this year, Rebel Kitchen’s range of dairy-free ‘mylks’ are made with […]

Nampak wins silver DuPont award for Packaging Innovation

Nampak Plastics has been awarded the silver DuPont award for Packaging Innovation for its Infini bottle. The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, now in its 26th year, is an international, independently-judged competition that honours innovations in packaging design, materials, technology, processes, and service across the entire packaging value chain. Nampak introduced Infini to the British […]

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New gluten-free pizza range

UK-based DS-gluten free, a brand of Dr Schär, has announced that its Italian Bontà d’Italia pizza range is now available in selected Waitrose, Tesco, Morrisons, Booths and Ocado stores nationwide (RSP £3.29). A spokesperson from DS-gluten free comments: “Our own consumer research illustrated that just 5 per cent are satisfied with gluten free Italian food […]

New coffee capsules range

CaféPod, the coffee capsules brand, has launched its Origins Inspired range – single-origin coffees that express the region, harvesting and terroir. Launching with Colombia Huila (£2.99 for ten), the coffee capsules are crafted with high-quality Fairtrade Arabica beans slow-grown on the slopes of the Andes. The Huila region of South West Colombia is at an […]

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