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

Consumers want beans rather than bugs and plant-based burgers

European consumers are happy to cut down on meat consumption but the products they favour as replacements might come as a surprise. Just over 40% of consumers from 11 EU countries (not including the UK) have either stopped eating red meat or cut down due to “environmental concerns”, according to a survey of 11,000 people…
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Carbon label concept begins to stick

Support for carbon labelling of products continues to grow, according to research published by YouGov and The Carbon Trust. The February/March 2020 poll of 2,071 adults in the UK showed that 35% of UK consumers now feel it is important to know that a brand they are buying is “taking action to reduce the product’s…
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Beef fraud widespread in past two decades

Over 400 cases of food fraud relating to the beef supply chain took place in the past twenty years, according to new analysis. The paper published in the Food Control journal monitored alerts from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) and HorizonScan databases between 1997 and 2017. It found 413 incidents of…
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Food firms offered new Covid-19 guidance

The government has published new guidance setting out how a range of food businesses should continue to function during the coronavirus lockdown. Supermarkets have recently put in place policies to avoid a repeat of scenes from March where crowds of shoppers stripped shelves of vital supplies. New retailer measures supported by the government include limiting…
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Supermarkets under fire for farmed fish practices

Shoppers are unknowingly eating more than 70g of wild fish for every 100g of farmed fish they consume from UK supermarkets, an investigation has found. Consumers indirectly ate 177,000 tonnes of wild fish in 2019 by purchasing farmed seafood products including salmon and prawns that have been fed on fishmeal and fish oil (FMFO), according…
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Tesco shuns compostables

The UK’s largest grocer has told suppliers that it doesn’t want compostable packaging being used, including polylactic acid (PLA). Tesco uses a simple traffic light system to inform suppliers about the packaging materials and formats it wants and doesn’t want. Those on the red list are “not to be used as customers cannot easily recycle…
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M&S takes refillables trial to Manchester

M&S will extend its refill trial to a second store following positive customer feedback. The retailer revealed this week that 25 out of the 44 products available through a Fill Your Own pilot at its Hedge End store in Southampton are selling higher volumes than the packaged alternatives. M&S plans to extend the Fill Your…
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Consumers use labels to shun sugar

Sugar content is the most important factor for people when making healthy food choices, according to new research. A team from the University of Nottingham’s Division of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics carried out a choice-based survey with 858 participants using the traffic light labelling system to select healthy foods. “We wanted to find out whether…
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Long-term meat avoidance difficult, say consumers

Nearly one in two consumers (45%) has changed their diets to lead a “more sustainable lifestyle”, with 33% looking to reduce or eliminate their intake of meat. However, they are not finding the shift easy: 51% said they struggle to give up meat in the long-term, with 42% confessing that plant-based foods are “bland and…
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UK set to lose billions from nature loss

The UK risks seeing $30bn a year wiped off the value of the economy if the world fails to respond to the decline in nature. A new Global Futures study by WWF modelled the economic cost of the loss of global biodiversity across 140 countries by 2050 if the world carries on with “business as…
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