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Health-conscious millennials drive organic growth

A desire among young adults for fresh, nutritious products drove sales of organic food in the first half of 2017. The Soil Association reported total sales of organic grew by 4.1% in the 52 weeks to 1 July with strong consumer interest in fresh, healthy, and seasonal foods the engine of growth. It said continued…
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Mayor targets food waste in London environment plan

London will be a zero waste city by 2050 as part of a series of ambitious targets laid out in the mayor of London’s new environment strategy. Food and non-recyclable packaging will be at the heart of the waste strategy in light of data that shows food waste and single-use packaging, like coffee cups and…
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Political Print: Chicken dispute misses the point

Despite calls for politicians to ban chlorine-washed US poultry, it’s businesses that will really decide whether it ends up on our plates. By Nick Hughes. It took what the Print likes to call “the yuk factor” for food to finally feature in the public discourse about Brexit. The prospect of US chlorine-washed chicken being served…
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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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Gove unveils plans to improve animal welfare

The environment secretary, Michael Gove, has unveiled a series of measures to improve animal welfare including the requirement for all slaughterhouses to install CCTV. The government also plans to update statutory animal welfare codes to reflect enhancements in medicines, technology and the latest research and advice from vets. Gove said the new measures would demonstrate…
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Health drives menu innovation in £17.4bn food-to-go market

The UK’s food-to-go sector will be worth £23.5bn by 2022, up from £17.4bn in 2017, according to IGD. The analysts said shoppers’ preference for eating on the move shows “no signs of slowing down” thanks to plenty of menu innovation, much of it inspired by trends towards health and wellness, as well as global flavours…
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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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Sushi fish substitution

Sushi bars and shops are regularly mis-selling exotic species of fish to unwitting British consumers. In cases cited in a new study published by Salford University, many fish were sold under a generic name that revealed little about where they came from. Some of the species were endangered, while others were so rare that little…
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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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Does fat deserve a retrial?

Why defenders are fighting to clear the reputation of a nutrient they say has been unfairly blamed for the obesity epidemic. By Nick Hughes. As sugar begins a long sentence for its role in the obesity epidemic a campaign is being waged to get another convicted nutrient off the hook. Fat has long been cast…
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