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Food industry reveals ‘red lines’ for post-Brexit trade

The food industry has called on the government to deliver an ambitious free-trade agreement with the EU as part of a number of policy priorities post-Brexit. In a joint statement to the government a coalition of trade bodies consisting of the British Retail Consortium, the National Farmers Union, and the Food and Drink Federation warned…
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Insight: Ignoring the hand that feeds us

This week the Prime Minister formally triggered article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. There are two years of Brexit negotiations ahead but “dangerous levels of naivety” have already left the foodservice sector off the pace, says David Read. I’ve been asking this question recently at various Brexit conferences and panel sessions: “Given that the UK…
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OOH experiences British food boom

Caterers involved in the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark spent £49.7m on British food last year – up 40% on 2015. There have also been “dramatic increases” in spend on organic, Marine Stewardship Council, RSPCA and Fairtrade accredited goods. Free-range spend rocketed 100%. The new figures show that more and more public sector…
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Free veggies are for good business

Researchers in the Netherlands have found that business meetings and hospitals are “ideal” opportunities to promote healthy eating. The team, funded by fruit and veg sector representatives, provided free veggies in a variety of public spaces in a bid to drive up consumption. Like Brits, the Dutch don’t consumer anywhere near enough of the recommended…
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Suppliers stand to miss salt targets

Food manufacturers across almost every category are in danger of missing salt reduction targets for 2017, new research has revealed. A survey by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) found that only one out of 28 food categories is on track to meet Public Health England’s (PHE) 2017 salt reduction targets, with just nine…
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Nestlé chief calls for obesity regulation

The chief executive of Nestlé has broken ranks among food manufacturers to call for more regulation to tackle obesity. Writing in The Grocer, Dame Fiona Kendrick, chairman and CEO of Nestlé UK & Ireland, said that while the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan created “a watershed in public health policy for the food industry”, it was…
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NFU sounds warning over Brazil scandal

The Brazilian meat scandal highlights the importance of the UK maintaining high food production standards in future trade deals, the National Farmers Union has warned. Some of Brazil’s biggest meat processors are facing allegations that they have been selling rotten beef and poultry for years. A number of the processing plants under investigation hold licences…
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OOH sector needs regulating to reduce obesity

Food Standards Scotland has attacked the country’s foodservice industry for failing to deliver healthier options and fuelling obesity. The “food and drink provided by this sector is skewed towards less healthy options”, FSS noted in papers published this month. The regulator – which unlike in England has additional responsibility for diet – called for an…
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MPs to investigate impact of coffee cups

The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the environmental impact of disposable drinks packaging. The cross-party committee said it will be focussing on plastic bottles and coffee cups. The MPs will analyse the actions taken by industry and government to date as well as investigate possible new solutions. They will for example consider whether taxes on…
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Costa opens huge and highly sustainable new roastery

Costa turned on its new £38m roastery this week. The site, in Basildon, Essex, is one of the biggest coffee roasting facilities in Europe, enabling the chain to produce 45,000 tonnes of coffee a year – enough to make 2.1 billion cups of Joe. However, it’s the sustainability of the site that sets it apart.…
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