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Latest grocery news and information for businesses, consumers, restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias, catering operations and food service industry providers.

Move to less meat boosts sales for Quorn

The shift to flexitarian diets has resulted in bumper sales for meat substitute firm Quorn Foods. The company announced “unprecedented” results this week, along with a £150m investment in its Billingham facility, creating hundreds of jobs in Teesside and North Yorkshire over the next five years. Sales were up 19% globally and 15% in the…
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Brexit poses ‘serious risks’ to UK food security

Brexit represents a major risk to UK food security through disruption to sources, prices and quality, a new report has claimed. Produced by leading food policy specialists from three universities, the report accused the government of having no vision for UK food and agriculture post-Brexit and failing to inform the public about the “enormous” implications…
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Coca-Cola’s recycling scheme is “PR spin”, say campaigners

On Tuesday (11th July) Coca-Cola announced plans to increase the amount of recycled plastic in its bottles to 50%. By Wednesday (12th July) the move was being heavily criticised by environmental groups. A lack of detail in the plans, a failure to fully embrace a deposit scheme and limiting the targets to Britain were all…
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Rise in fake organic goods

Europol has warned of a rising number of counterfeit foods, particularly those certified as organic or protected designation of origin (PDO) labels. Of the products detained at external borders in 2015, 7% were foodstuffs, the agency noted in its “2017 situation report on counterfeiting and piracy in the European Union”. “In 2015, the food industry…
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Ikea uses smart tech to slash waste

Ikea has unveiled plans to halve the amount of food wasted in its global operations by 2020 as part of a new Food is Precious initiative. The Swedish retailer is using technology solutions from LeanPath and Winnow to measure the volume of food waste and where it is generated in order to find innovative ways…
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Online grocers urged to flag British produce

The NFU is calling for British produce to be highlighted on internet grocery sites as part of a range of proposals to make online labelling as transparent as in-store. Among the NFU’s suggestions to make British products more easily identifiable are for retailers selling online to identify British products on the listing page with a…
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50% of M&S food sales will be healthier by 2022

Marks and Spencer has put health at the centre of its new sustainability programme, with new targets to increase sales of healthy products in its range and plans to incentivise customers to make healthier choices. Plan A 2025 is a wide-ranging ethical and environmental strategy that can be boiled down into three topline goals: supporting…
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Producers and campaigners cry foul over Sainsbury’s Fairtrade move

This month, Sainsbury’s will replace the Fairtrade badge on its own-brand teabags and replace it with its own “Fairly Traded” label. The move has angered producers and campaign groups. The project is part of new pilot scheme to help Sainsbury’s develop its own wide-ranging sustainability standards across 35 key commodities and ingredients. Farmers will still…
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Deposit return schemes in the spotlight – again

The Scottish Government is to take another detailed look at deposit return schemes (DRS) as part of a new inquiry launched by MSPs on the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. The ECCLR will look at the volume, sources and treatment of waste in Scotland before considering what improvements might be made. However, it’s…
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Lib Dems want 5p cup tax and tough new obesity strategy

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to hold a second EU referendum, pass a Zero Waste Act and place a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups. The party’s 2017 manifesto, launched this week, also includes a “national food strategy to promote the production and consumption of healthy sustainable and affordable food”. Amongst the other proposals is…
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