Grocery industry sector news updates

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

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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Labour commits to ‘X-Factor’ ad ban

Labour has said it would introduce a ban on TV advertising of junk foods before the 9pm watershed if it wins next month’s general election. The proposals would mark a significant extension of existing regulation which only prohibits the advertising of foods high in sugar, salt and saturated fat during programming aimed at children. Critics…
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Commodity supplies could dry up as climate changes

Europe’s food industry could face supply shortages and higher prices if climate change increases droughts in countries that produce key commodities like soy, palm oil and cocoa. The Water Footprint Network has estimated that the EU uses around 668 km3 of water for all of the goods it produces, consumes and exports every year –…
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Government ignoring labour crisis facing fruit and veg sector

Fruit and vegetables could be left “rotting in fields” due to labour shortages that have “got worse” since the UK voted to leave the European Union. An inquiry into the agriculture and horticulture labour markets, carried out by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee, concluded that a crisis is on the cards unless urgent…
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Supermarkets blasted over local lamb

Scottish supermarkets have been criticised for not supporting local sheep farmers by sourcing vast quantities of imported lamb. Research for NFU Scotland found that despite previous commitments by some supermarkets, many had chosen to import huge volumes of New Zealand and Australian lamb, despite high availability of Scottish stock. Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Lidl and…
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