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Latest grocery news and information for businesses, consumers, restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias, catering operations and food service industry providers.

Supermarkets ‘complicit’ in stripping oceans of wild fish

Campaigners are calling for an end to the practice of feeding farmed fish with wild-caught fish after an investigation found links between seafood sold by UK supermarket chains and unsustainable fishing operations in India, Vietnam and The Gambia. Dutch-based Changing Markets said it found that each of the UK’s ten largest supermarket chains, including Tesco…
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Farmers accuse Tesco of ‘demonising meat’

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has reacted angrily to a new Tesco advert which promotes the supermarket’s Plant Chef range. The farming group has raised its objection to a TV and radio advert aired this month in which a child states, 'daddy I don’t want to eat animals anymore'. The advert, part of the grocer’s…
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Living wage hike splits opinion

A government plan to increase the National Living Wage (NLW) to £10.50 by 2024 has received a mixed response. The Resolution Foundation think-tank welcomed the “hugely ambitious plan” to eliminate low pay; however UKHospitality argued the increase would hit sector margins and damage jobs. The pledge to increase the NLW to reach two-thirds of typical…
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Ikea pledges to slash emissions from food

Ikea and the World Bank are among the latest organisations to commit to slashing food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030. The pair joined a number of US universities and other organisations in making the Cool Food Pledge during this week’s United Nations Climate Action Summit. The pledge is overseen by the World Resources…
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Food retailers hold “clear the air” talks with government

Top executives from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Coop and other retailers have this week held meetings with the government following a row over the impact of a no-deal Brexit on food supplies. There were two different meetings this week with Michael Gove as well as a separate scheduled meeting with top civil servants, the BBC reported. These…
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NFU demands new commission to safeguard standards

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling for the government to establish a new commission to ensure UK food standards are not undermined by Brexit trade deals. NFU President Minette Batters has written to the environment secretary, Theresa Villiers, asking her to establish a trade and standards commission to ensure the UK’s future trade policy…
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Brands under pressure due to plastic procrastination

Nestlé, Coca-Cola and Unilever are currently among the top 10 most criticised brands due to their perceived inaction to tackle excess single-use packaging. However, Hilton has received high praise for its commitment to animal welfare, according to the latest data from tracking firm Sigwatch. Nestlé was the company most criticised by activists in the second…
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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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