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

Improved soil health essential for SDGs

A third of the Earth’s soil is degraded and something needs to be done about it – and fast, according to José Graziano da Silva, director-general at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). In a video message to the World Congress of Soil Science, da Silva suggested the Sustainable Development Goals…
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Co-op steps up redistribution with Leeds tie-up

The Co-op has partnered with hunger charity, The Real Junk Food Project, to redistribute surplus food to people in and around Leeds. The arrangement forms part of the retailer’s new Food Share initiative which aims to take products off sale earlier on the day of expiry, enabling charities to collect a wider range of fresh…
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Consumers demand scrutiny of seafood claims

The vast majority of seafood consumers want sustainability claims made on supermarket products to be verified by a third party. The proportion of seafood consumers demanding independent verification of sustainability claims rose from 68% in 2016 to 72% in 2018, according to a study of 25,000 consumers in 22 countries commissioned by the Marine Stewardship…
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Food sector secretive over sustainability progress

UK food and drink companies are struggling to meet their sustainability targets on waste, renewable technology and sustainable investment. Green technology firm Food Fw analysed publicly available information from 178 companies within the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in the first six months of 2018. The researchers evaluated the level of progress towards sustainability, including…
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Price incentives, not education, drive healthier choices

Food retailers can play an important role in improving diets by financially incentivising people to make healthier choices, new research has found. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that economic interventions, where retailers manipulate prices or offer financial rewards for making healthier choices, had the most potential to improve health.…
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UK food and health retailers commit to protect Antarctic

UK retailers have brokered a voluntary agreement with the largest krill fishing companies and the NGO Greenpeace to voluntarily restrict fishing in key areas around the Antarctic Peninsula, including “buffer zones” around breeding colonies of penguins. Krill, a small crustacean, are caught to feed to farmed fish and for their value as a source of…
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Organic body plays down glyphosate concerns in new tests

“Trace levels” of the herbicide glyphosate have been found in tests of organic grain and cereal products. The Organic Council, which according to its website is a non-profit campaigning for “totally organic principles”, conducted a “2018 annual organic product pesticide basket survey”. Glyphosate was found in Waitrose Duchy Farmhouse Batch wholemeal bread and Tesco Organic…
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Ready meals not fit for flexitarians

Meat still dominates the ready meal aisles of UK supermarkets, according to an analysis by the Eating Better campaign. In a survey of 1,350 ready meals, only 3% were plant-based (without meat, fish, dairy or egg), whilst 77% had meat as the main ingredient. Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s offered the most variety in terms of…
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Leeds to pilot on-the-go recycling schemes

A coalition of food companies and NGOs has come together to pilot new ideas for encouraging recycling on-the-go. A six month campaign called #LeedsByExample will launch in Leeds city centre in September. It will test the latest thinking on how to increase recycling rates for food and drinks packaging, including a combination of ground-breaking technology,…
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Food system is ‘brutally unfair’ for producers

Millions of people who produce food for UK supermarkets are “trapped in poverty and face brutal working conditions”, according to a new report by Oxfam. Ripe for Change highlights how supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Aldi and Lidl, are increasingly squeezing their suppliers. The analysis found that across 12 common food products, including tea,…
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