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Iceland props up ‘less and better’ meat table

Supermarkets are making slow progress in supporting the public to eat less and better meat, according to a new league table. The NGO, Feedback, released a scorecard this week assessing how UK supermarkets are supporting a shift to healthy, low-meat diets. It used a mixture of publicly available data and mystery shopper assessments to rank…
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New app promises to reduce fridge waste

A new app that provides recipe advice based on what’s in your fridge is being hailed as the latest weapon in the battle against food waste. The Kitche app scans shopping receipts to create a digital list of ingredients and then designs recipe plans that make use of the food purchased. Users receive alerts five…
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Sainsbury’s grabs slice of food delivery market

Deliveroo is joining forces with Sainsbury’s to deliver takeaway pizzas from the supermarket’s in-store counters to local customers. Sainsbury’s has launched a trial in five stores – Cambridge, Selly Oak, West Hove, Pimlico and Hornsey – across four UK cities which will see around 50 products listed on the Deliveroo website for home delivery. In…
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Iceland says plastic-free pledge is costing millions

Iceland has admitted that its much-hyped commitment to remove all plastic packaging from its own products by 2023 is proving far from easy. In an interview with PA, reported by ITV, the retailer’s managing director Richard Walker admitted that eliminating plastic is “damn hard work and it’s costing us a lot of money”. Walker didn’t…
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Fish stocks “at risk” due to dodging of discard ban

Poor implementation of the EU fish discards ban has placed fish stocks at risk, according to a House of Lords sub-committee. The EU landing obligation – also called the discard ban – aims to protect fish stocks, and the wider marine environment, by requiring fishers to land all fish caught (and be counted against their…
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Salmon growth puts wild fish stocks at risk

The Scottish farmed salmon industry will require over 300,000 tonnes of wild caught fish every year to fulfil its ambition to double in size by 2030. The estimate was made by campaign group Feedback which said the industry currently uses roughly the same quantity of wild-caught fish to feed its salmon as is purchased by…
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Climate-friendly food pledge

Foodservice businesses are being encouraged to serve more climate-friendly food. The Cool Food Pledge encourages signatories to “provide delicious food that is better for the planet”. They also commit to a collective target of reducing the GHG emissions associated with the food they provide by 25% by 2030 relative to 2015 (a level of ambition…
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Alcohol sales drop in Scotland thanks to pricing policy 

The volume of alcohol sold per adult in Scotland in 2018 has fallen to its lowest level since 1994. The first expert analysis of data, just over a year since Scotland became the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit pricing (MUP), showed a 3% fall in alcohol sales per adult in Scotland…
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Plain packaging policy needed for unhealthy food and drink, says IPPR

Sweets, crisps and sugary drinks need to be put on a level playing-field with fruit and vegetables if the UK is to win the battle against preventable diseases, according to the Institute for Public Policy Research. The IPPR report, Ending the Blame Game: The case for a new approach to public health and prevention, identifies…
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Lidl offers more transparent meat labels

Lidl is adding “method of production” labels to all its fresh chicken products to help customers “make more informed decisions”. The detail will be similar to that found on egg packaging, with information on five different types of farming system, including “indoor” and “British free range”. But some campaigners claimed the new scheme “shies away from…
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