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

New report highlights sugar, salt and fat reduction

Food manufacturers have reduced sugar in the average shopping basket by 12% over the past five years, according to a new report from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). The Feeding Change report sets out how reformulation efforts by FDF members have also reduced energy in the average basket by 5.5% and salt content by…
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Meat-free Monday mayhem

Edinburgh City Council has come under fire for joining the Meat-free Monday campaign. Edinburgh is the first local authority in Scotland to drop meat from its Council-run lunch menus every Monday, joining others across England and Northern Ireland, as well as schools as far afield as Brazil, South Korea and USA. The move is designed to…
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Major food brands linked to deforestation – again

A palm oil supplier to Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever is destroying rainforests in Papua, Indonesia, according to Greenpeace International. Photos and videos taken in March and April 2018 show “massive deforestation” in PT MJR, a palm oil concession controlled by the Hayel Saeed Anam Group (HSA), including in an area zoned for protection by…
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Ground-breaking minimum pricing becomes law in Scotland

Prices of some of the highest strength lagers, ciders and spirits are set to increase in Scotland when new minimum pricing legislation comes into effect next week. From 1 May, anyone with a licence to sell alcohol won't be allowed to sell it cheaper than 50p per unit, meaning a can of lager or cider…
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Packaging doesn’t cut food waste, report claims

Plastic packaging is failing to reduce food waste, and in some cases may be fueling it, according to research by Zero Waste Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe. The study showed that 37% of all food sold in the EU is wrapped in plastic, making it the most widely used packaging material. The annual…
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Sainsbury’s backtracks on chicken welfare commitment

Sainsbury’s has formally withdrawn from the Good Chicken Award, which recognises companies that have committed to use higher welfare chicken. The move has raised concerns that animal welfare is “slipping down the agenda” in the UK. Sainsbury’s was amongst the first supermarkets to receive the award in 2010. The company committed to provide more space…
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Government performs U-turn on recycling targets

The government has dropped its opposition to more stringent recycling targets and has suggested it may even go beyond EU targets once Britain leaves the EU. The U-turn comes after an investigation by the Guardian and Greenpeace’s Unearthed unit found that UK officials were opposing an EU-wide target of recycling 65% of all municipal waste…
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Trade deals could kill UK government’s sustainable food vision

Brexit must herald a “step change” in farming practice in which environmental standards are raised and food production better protects nature. The recommendations are in a new report published by the Green Alliance, which noted the “danger that the UK could be heading towards oases of nature surrounded by intensively farmed deserts”. The think tank…
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Brands fail to meet palm oil commitments

Greenpeace has accused a number of consumer goods giants including PepsiCo and Kellogg’s of failing to remove palm oil linked to deforestation from their supply chains. A new report from the campaign group claims that despite commitments made under the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) to protect forests and limit climate change by cleaning up global…
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Brexit – an opportunity to promote local fish

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has said Brexit provides an opportunity to swap the traditional “top five favourite fish” for new, more sustainable choices. "UK consumers tend to stick to their tried and tested top five – both in taste and familiarity but not always sustainability,” explained Bernadette Clarke, MCS Good Fish Guide programme manager.…
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