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

Insect feed could tackle climate and nature crisis

Using insects as animal feed could replace over half a million tonnes of soy from the UK food supply, according to WWF. The research, commissioned by the environmental NGO in partnership with Tesco, identifies “huge potential” for insect farming to help tackle the climate and nature crisis. Replacing soy with viable alternative feeds could help…
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Survey shows surge in plant-based ready meals

Plant-based and vegetarian meals are the fastest growing and most affordable ready meal options available at leading supermarkets, according to new research. The latest snapshot survey of almost 3,000 ready meals across ten UK supermarkets by the Eating Better coalition revealed plant-based ready meals is now the fastest growing category, up by 92% since the…
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Grocers under fire for covid dividend bonanza

Supermarket chains have found themselves in the firing line for hiking shareholder returns during the coronavirus pandemic. A new report from Oxfam found that major supermarkets from the UK, Netherlands and US increased their dividend payouts to shareholders by an average of 123% – from $10bn to over $22bn – during the first eight months…
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Driver shortage threatens food supply chain

A national shortage of HGV delivery drivers could threaten food supply to pubs, restaurants and care homes without government intervention, a trade body has warned. The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) has suggested the government use army drivers to deliver to vulnerable communities after the driver shortage reached “crisis point” for some of its members.…
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Low veg consumption linked with thousands of deaths

Adults and children are falling well short of eating the recommended amount of vegetables each day despite business efforts to promote greater consumption. A new report by the Food Foundation found diets low in vegetables and legumes are associated with almost 18,000 premature deaths a year in the UK. It found a third (29%) of…
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Fund to boost flexible plastic recycling

Five of the UK’s largest food manufacturers are to join forces to increase recycling rates for flexible plastics. FMCG giants Mars UK, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever have formed a £1m fund to make flexible plastic recycling economically viable for recyclers and easier for consumers. The scheme, which is being led by producer compliance…
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Foie gras faces ban under new welfare plan

Campaigners have welcomed a new government plan for animal welfare that will end the export of live animals for fattening and slaughter and explore a ban on the sale of foie gras. This week, the government published an action plan for animal welfare that it said would revolutionise the treatment of animals in the UK…
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Public gives green light to eco taxes

Businesses that cause the most environmental damage should be made to pay for it, according to a survey of the UK public. The Green Alliance NGO worked with research agency BritainThinks to understand the public’s view of using the tax system to encourage more sustainable choices. It found sustainability is a primary concern, and the…
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Forest protection promises ignore beef

Cattle have a larger role in forest clearance than any other commodity, yet supermarkets and fast food chains have failed to include beef in their forest protection promises.  “Leadership is not simply awarded for the promises companies make; it is earned by which actions they take to ensure their supply chains do not perpetuate on-going…
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Supermarkets offer scant information on salmon sourcing

Pick up some salmon from the local supermarket and it’s likely to say that it has been “farmed in Scotland”. But where exactly and to what standards? The answers are hard to find – unless you dig around online. Research by Fidra, a charity, found that Aldi, Asda, Lidl and Morrisons all fail to offer…
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