Grocery industry sector news updates

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

Poorest Brits face hike in fruit and veg costs

The poorest households face having to spend almost half of their food and drink budget on fresh fruit and veg in order to meet nutritional guidance under a worst case Brexit scenario. Research from the Food Foundation found that a triple impact of exchange rates, labour costs and tariffs means Brits face spending an additional…
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MPs predict Brexit border chaos

The Public Accounts Committee has warned of chaos and catastrophe if a new customs system is not in place when the UK leaves the European single market and the customs union in March 2019. A failed customs system could “lead to huge disruption for businesses, with delays potentially causing massive queues at Dover and resulting…
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Hard time for alcohol with soft drinks set to surge

Almost half of consumers (45%) are set to buy more soft drinks at Christmas with more than one in five (21%) planning to drink less alcohol. Some 37% also planning to spend more on soft drinks than previous festive seasons, increasing to over half (56%) of consumers aged 16-24. The research, conducted by Censuswide UK…
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Coke to collect 100% of packaging

Coca-Cola has launched a new sustainability strategy for Western Europe that commits it to increase sales of low and no calories drinks and ensure that none of its packaging ends up as litter or in the oceans. ‘This is Forward’ is a joint action plan by The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European…
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Bananas ‘at risk of extinction’

Bananas are at risk of disappearing from supermarket shelves altogether unless unsustainable production methods are changed. This was the stark assessment offered by trade unions and small producer representatives at this week’s World Banana Forum who warned that the emergence and rapid spread of the True Race 4 (TR4) pathogen has exposed the lack of…
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Meal deals laden with sugar

The “meal deals” found in high street retailers can contain up to 30 teaspoons of survey, according to an analysis published by Action on Sugar. The campaigners claimed that the “majority of retailers” are failing to promote healthy choices for their customers. For example, 72% of meal deal drinks sold at Morrisons are high (red)…
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Food giants make ‘zero deforestation’ pledge

Twenty three global companies including an array of food industry giants have made a commitment to halt deforestation associated with food production in the Brazilian Cerrado. The companies, that include McDonald’s, Nando’s, Tesco and Mars, pledged to accelerate progress towards deforestation-free supply chains at a meeting hosted this week by HRH The Prince of Wales.…
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Government sets out food decarbonisation plan

More research and development, increased uptake of state-of-the-art technologies and better use of bioresources are some of the principal actions outlined in the UK government’s new decarbonisation plan for the food and drink sector. The plan was published alongside the Clean Growth Strategy, which sets out (vaguely) how the UK can meet its carbon emission…
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Coca Cola trials refillable bottles for students

Students will be able to buy soft drinks in refillable bottles as part of a new pilot project between Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) and the University of Reading. Users who purchase a bespoke and customisable bottle will be able to access over 100 drinks, including low and zero-calorie variants of Coca Cola and Fanta, via…
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Vulnerable groups cleared to eat raw eggs

Pregnant women can now safely eat raw or lightly cooked eggs produced under the British Lion Code of Practice after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) revised its guidance. The FSA said the new advice, which also applies to infants, children and the elderly, was due to a dramatically reduced risk of salmonella in eggs that…
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