Tag Archives: Ian Wright

New food council to help boost farm to fork innovation

The UK government is to create a new Food and Drink Sector Council to help boost exports and innovation as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. The new group, which has been welcomed by food and farming groups, was announced as part of the new industrial strategy this week. “The opportunities – and…
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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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Spider-Man’s power and sticking up for foodservice.

IGD has forecast that the food-to-go market is set to rocket in the next five years. Sales will hit £21.7 billion by 2021, compared with a meagre £16.1 billion this year. There will be more options at supermarkets and garage forecourts, the analysts predicted, as well as an expansion in “specialist” outlets and of course…
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PM urged to protect EU labour

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has called on the Government to ensure the UK continues to have access to skilled labour from the European Union in light of Brexit. The call to protect a key element of the food industry’s workforce was included in an open letter to new Prime Minister, Theresa May, in…
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Industry steels itself for Brexit fallout

A week has passed since the British public voted to leave the European Union, triggering in the process a political earthquake of epic proportions. Inevitably, perhaps, the fallout from Brexit has thus far been largely dominated by internal party politics, but as the days and weeks pass attention will turn to the specific political and…
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Hats off to the Government

Easter bunnies, bitter blows and the thirst for more of the same. David Burrows reflects on the story of the sugar tax so far. In february all the talk was about the rabbit the prime minister might pull out of his negotiating hat in Brussels. That one never materialised (his new deal with the EU…
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Industry’s sugar stance is hard to swallow

LAST ISSUE all the talk was about cheat devices hidden in VW cars. That hasn’t gone away, but recently I spent three days at Food Matters Live hearing about another covert operation – hidden sugars.   You might have seen the odd press article of late lambasting the new anti- ambrosia. This is all building…
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News in review: Hospital food battle. FDF boss attacks health lobby. Alcohol an economic benefit. Campylobacter on chickens – latest results. Bag tax benefits. Efra commences dairy price inquiry.

Hospital food review                       The Hospital Caterers Association has published a lengthy response to NHS England’s attack on junk food served to staff, visitors and patients. "Many of the areas of concern that are being raised as [chief executive Simon] Stevens outlines his push to…
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Industry saves over 5million m3 of water

MEMBERS OF the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) who are working towards an industry-wide water reduction target have collectively reduced their water use by almost a quarter since 2007. New figures released by FDF today show that these food and drink manufacturers have significantly reduced the amount of water used in the production of food…
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