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

Call for standardised date labels by 2020

The likes of Nestlé, Unilever and Tesco have called for date labels on packaging to be standardised worldwide by the end of the decade in a bid to dramatically cut food waste. The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) – a network of 400 of the biggest consumer goods companies across 70 countries – along with Champions…
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Clear labelling “vital” post-Brexit

The NFU has called on businesses to provide clear, unambiguous country-of-origin labelling on food packaging post-Brexit. Uncertainty surrounds the future of domestic food labelling policy with current rules set at an EU-level. In this context, NFU Deputy President Minette Batters said clear country of origin labelling has never been so important. “We know more British…
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Food fraud fears intensify, new survey suggests

Almost three in four consumers believe there is “an issue” with food fraud in the UK, and one in five (20%) would blame the retailer first. However, only 27% have ever personally experienced at least one issue relating to food fraud, such as hidden ingredients or misleading labelling. The findings, published in the NFU Mutual’s…
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Food at risk from poor customs deal

UK food supplies could be put at risk if Brexit results in more complex border controls. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) warned that the choice and availability of affordable, quality products for consumers would be compromised without additional agreements and investment to supplement a customs deal. The warning was made in a new report in…
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Junk food promotions fuel Scotland’s obesity epidemic

Scots gobble their way through 110 tonnes of sugar every day from junk food and sugary drinks bought on promotion. Which equates to the same amount of sugar found in 4.3 million chocolate bars or 3.1 million cans of cola, according to Cancer Research UK. Soft drinks are the major culprits, with 12,672 tonnes of…
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Protein content of crops could nose dive as emissions rise

Millions of people could face protein deficiency if carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, researchers have claimed. Under elevated concentrations of carbon dioxide (eCO2), the protein contents of rice, wheat, barley and potatoes fell by 7.6%, 7.8%, 14.1% and 6.4% respectively. The impact of higher levels of eCO2 on C4 crops – like maize and…
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Asia at risk from intensive farming

A range of health and environmental risks associated with Asian meat production has the potential to significantly impact businesses and threaten investor returns in the region, a new report has warned. Asia’s meat, seafood and dairy industries face a range of badly managed sustainability risks, from deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions to food fraud and…
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How to cut marine plastic by two thirds

A deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers could cut marine plastic litter by a third, according to new research by the Green Alliance. Previous studies have shown that by 2050 there could more plastic in the sea than fish. Studies have also shown microplastic debris in fish sold for human consumption. Last month the…
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28% of Brits have cut back on meat

More than one in four consumers (28%) has reduced or limited their meat consumption in the past six months, whilst around one in seven (14%) are interested in doing so in the future. The meat-free movement is “no flash in the pan”, said experts at Mintel, as they published new research that also showed people…
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