Grocery News

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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Mayor urged to offer money back for bottles

The Mayor of London has been urged to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in an effort to increase recycling rates of bottled water in the capital. The London Assembly Environment Committee made the suggestion as part of its Bottled Water report, launched this week, which examines the environmental impacts of plastic water bottles and…
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Crisps contain high levels of carcinogen

Almost a third of potato crisp products contain the carcinogen acrylamide at levels that exceed EU recommendations, new research has found. A study by Changing Markets found that 16 out of 92 products from major UK snack brands and own brand supermarket crisps exceeded the recommended EU benchmark of 1000 µg/kg. A further 15 samples…
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Nestlé slashes sugar confectionery content

Nestlé will reduce the sugar content of its confectionery brands by 10% by 2018 in a move it said would have a significant impact on public health. The commitment will see a combined 7,500 tonnes of sugar removed from brands including KitKat, Aero and Quality Street. Nestlé said the reduction would be achieved by reformulating…
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Doors open for free range milk

Asda has become the first major UK supermarket to sell “free range” milk, according to the Guardian. From mid-week the retailer will sell milk carrying the “pasture promise” logo, which indicates that the product comes from cows grazed outside for at least half the year (180 days). Asda has worked with the Free Range Dairy…
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Beer and chocolate drive export surge

UK food and drink exports rose to their highest ever level in 2016 with chocolate, beer and cheese leading the charge. Total exports increased by 10.5% to reach £20.2bn, according to the Food and Drink Federation, representing a 16th consecutive year of growth. While whisky remained the top British export, chocolate, beer and cheese were…
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