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Nick Hughes

Nick is a freelance journalist and editor specialising in food and environmental affairs. He previously worked for The Grocer and writes for a variety of trade and business titles including The Grocer, Footprint and Retail Week. During a spell at DEFRA, Nick worked as an adviser on the Elliott review of the integrity and assurance…
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Footprint Insight: Divestment campaigners have honed in on fossil fuels. But if they start casting their net wider, food companies might be caught in the line of fire, says Nick Hughes.

FOOD AND drink companies are no strangers to activist campaigns. From historical boycotts of Nestlé over the promotion of infant formula to more recent protests against Starbucks for perceived tax avoidance, the industry, with its raft of household name brands, incites strong consumer emotions.                     The…
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INTERVIEW: Adnams plans to weather brewing storm

Chief executive Andy Wood reveals how the Suffolk brewer is investing in resource efficiency and local relationships to help protect it against cost and climate pressures. Nick Hughes reports. Out of the frying pan into the fire: that’s the way many hospitality sector businesses will be feeling as the removal of covid restrictions has segued…
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COMMENT: Vigilance needed to fend off food crime

A huge spike in commodity prices creates the perfect set of conditions for criminal activity in the food supply chain, says Nick Hughes. Next year will mark the tenth anniversary of the ‘horsegate’ scandal in which horsemeat was illegally substituted for beef in a range of retail and foodservice products. The scandal was front page…
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Time to deliver on ethnic diversity

A new Footprint Intelligence report shows signs of progress among hospitality businesses on ethnic diversity and inclusion but true employee equity remains a long way off. Nick Hughes reports.  May 25th will mark the second anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Floyd’s murder led to worldwide protests and brought global…
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World prepares for more food price pain

New reports detail the huge risks to future food security from the war in Ukraine and how the right policy responses can help mitigate them. Nick Hughes reports. Beyond the heart-breaking humanitarian crisis unfolding within the borders of Ukraine, the world faces a “human catastrophe” from a food crisis arising from Russia’s invasion of its…
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FSA goes back to the future

For the first time in over a decade health and sustainability is on the Food Standards Agency’s agenda. Nick Hughes considers the implications. On the eve of the 2010 UK general election the Food Standards Agency (FSA) stood at a crossroads. A Labour victory would have allowed the FSA to continue its role as architect…
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BRIEFING: Labour crisis threatens food security

MPs blast the government for failing to grasp the severity of workforce issues facing the food and farming sector. Nick Hughes reports. Select committees are not known for giving governments an easy ride, however the latest report by the environment, food and rural affairs (EFRA) committee is an especially brutal take down of government incompetence and intransigence…
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COMMENT: Government must see past junk food chicanery

Ministers are right to look at ways to make food more affordable amid a cost of living crisis, but parking a promotions ban is not one of them, says Nick Hughes. The cost of living crisis is biting and the statistics make for grim reading. Even taking into account measures announced in the chancellor’s spring…
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