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Latest grocery news and information for businesses, consumers, restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias, catering operations and other foodservice providers.

Tesco turns matchmaker for food pioneers

Pioneering start-ups in areas such as insect feed and low-carbon fertilisers are to receive funding from Tesco to fast-track sustainability innovations in the food supply chain. The supermarket giant has launched a new accelerator programme in partnership with WWF which pairs innovative start-ups with long-standing Tesco suppliers like Hilton and Muller to help scale up…
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Social media sways sustainable diet choices

More than four in 10 (41%) consumers are unsure of what constitutes a sustainable diet, but 49% use social media to seek out answers and would happily change what they eat based on what they find. The research, commissioned by dairy company Arla, highlighted the pressure people feel when making decisions about what to eat…
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Kellogg’s faces backlash for promotions challenge

Campaigners have reacted angrily to Kellogg’s decision to take the UK government to court over new laws banning junk food promotions. The cereals giant is taking legal action over plans to ban promotions of foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) at aisle ends, store entrances and checkouts from October this year, the BBC reported this…
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Egg supply threatened by crippling costs

Egg producers are warning of shortages in free-range and organic products unless retailers pay a higher premium for their eggs. The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) said this week that British free range and organic egg farmers are considering a mass exodus from the industry after major supermarkets refused to help them cover…
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Study finds sustainability gap over food choices

Just a third (37%) of European citizens believe the food they eat is sustainable despite 76% saying they are motivated to live a sustainable lifestyle. The EIT Food Trust Report found that around half (51%) of people take sustainability into account when making food choices, indicating that there is a gap between people wanting to make choices…
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Call for ban on cheap meal deals

Supermarkets are pushing poultry over plants and bombarding shoppers with multi-buys and price reductions on beef, according to new research commissioned by Eating Better. The charity wants a forthcoming ban on promotions of high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) to be extended to all meat. Research conducted by Questionmark for Eating Better assessed the promotions…
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Free-range eggs unavailable

Free-range eggs are currently unavailable in the UK following the country’s largest ever outbreak of avian influenza.  Birds are being kept indoors with strict biosecurity measures in place. More than 100 cases have been confirmed since November, according to Defra. A 16-week grace period allowing egg farmers to maintain their free-range status ended on Monday…
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Retailers to pilot universal refill system

Food and drink refill systems have received a boost after retailers joined forces to co-design a universal solution. Retailers M&S, Morrisons, Ocado and Waitrose & Partners have all previously piloted their own in-store refill schemes but will now collaborate under the banner of the Refill Coalition which is billed as the world’s first multi-retailer refill…
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Critics condemn Kiwi trade deal

Farmers and campaigners have denounced a new trade deal between the UK and New Zealand which they say will disadvantage domestic producers and undermine sustainable farming policies. This week, the UK government signed an agreement with New Zealand that will remove trade barriers on a wide range of goods and services. This includes foods such as…
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Retailers cancel contracts worth £7bn due to unsustainable suppliers

One in five UK retailers cancelled contracts last year with suppliers who fell short of ethical and sustainable standards, according to Barclays Corporate Banking. Research involving more than 300 retail decision-makers, shows that the pandemic and an increasing focus on environment, sustainability and governance (ESG) are shifting business priorities. Suppliers that don’t come up to scratch…
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