Grocery News

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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Campaigners push plastic ban in supermarkets

An environmental group has urged food retailers to create a plastic-free aisle in stores to help limit the amount of packaging that ends up in the world’s oceans. The new campaign “A Plastic-Free Aisle” is due to be launched in the next few weeks and will be “clear, simple and doable”, according to campaigners at…
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Manufacturers hit zero waste target

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members hit their target of sending zero food and waste to landfill in 2015, and manufacturers are on track to meet their commitment for a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2025. The FDF said the results show the industry has delivered significantly improved environmental performance since 2007 when it…
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Exercise: a good fit for food labels

Researchers believe that labelling food with details of how much physical activity is required to burn off calories could be more effective than nutrition information. Academics at the University of Liverpool showed a group of 458 people images of five foods and five drinks. For each there was a low calorie version and a high…
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Redistribution could do more harm than good, claims report

Donating surplus food to charity will not solve the issues of food waste and hunger, a new report has claimed. Research by the Food Research Collaboration concluded that companies giving surplus food to food banks is a “short-term band aid” that could not meet the needs of people in poverty, or solve the UK’s food…
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End of sugar quotas bad for obesity

Health campaigners have suggested that scrapping the EU’s sugar quota regime could undermine the tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Defra and the EU’s agriculture ministers are “gung-ho” for the new sugar regime, which will see quotas scrapped, said Tam Fry from the National Obesity Forum. “We are absolutely convinced this will have an impact on human…
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New body to boost gluten free growth

A new trade body has been formed to support the rapid growth of the gluten free industry, which is predicted to be worth over £600m by 2020. Founder members of the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) include leading specialist suppliers of gluten-free products such as Genius Foods and Mrs Crimbles, as well as major bakery…
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A sugary start to the day

Children consume half their daily recommended sugar intake before the morning school bell rings, according to an analysis of breakfast eating habits by Public Health England (PHE). On average, kids in England eat 11g of sugar at breakfast, equivalent to almost three sugar cubes. The recommended daily maximum is no more than five cubes of…
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