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

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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Date label confusion drives food waste

The average British citizen is still throwing away hundreds of pounds of safe food a year due to ongoing confusion over the meaning of date labels. A survey by Too Good To Go, whose app allows people to buy and collect surplus food, found that while 64% of British adults correctly understand that ‘best before’…
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Campaigners urge against promotions U-turn

Leading health campaigners have called on the government to stand firm on its commitment to ban promotions of unhealthy foods after reports suggested the policy would be axed. The Times reported last week that, under pressure from some of his MPs, Boris Johnson had made clear he is prepared to drop plans to tighten regulations on the…
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Health at risk from food price surge

High levels of food price inflation are heaping pressure on the ability of people to afford sufficient amounts of healthy food. The latest price rise tracker from the Food Foundation charity showed that prices for commonly purchased food and drink items were 3.9% higher in December 2021 compared to January of the same year. The…
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Council funds linked to factory farming

Local authorities are being urged to divest from industrial livestock companies after it emerged that many councils have pension fund investments in producers linked to environmental damage. An investigation by the NGOs Feedback and World Animal Protection found UK local authority pension funds hold a total of £238m of investments in industrial livestock companies. The…
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