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

Single-use packaging charges could go beyond plastic

The House of Lords has voted in favour of an amendment to the environment bill that would mean charges could be applied to any single-use materials, and not just plastic. This “simple but important amendment… goes to the heart of the throwaway culture”, said Labour’s Baroness Jones during the debate this week. It would ensure…
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Government urged to reinstate food redistribution lifeline

Fareshare has called on the government to reverse a decision to axe funding for industry food redistribution or risk an estimated 53 million meals going to waste. Since 2018, the government has contributed £5m annually to a food waste fund which helps farmers and food producers cover the costs of getting unsold food to charities.…
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Dutch to ditch lower welfare chicken

Dutch supermarkets are to stop selling fast-growing chickens. From the end of 2023 all chicken meat will carry a ‘Beter Leven (Better Life) label with at least one star. The label, which was developed by the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals, is based on a three star system – the more stars the…
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Healthy swaps possible under new junk food bans

The majority of brand owners have the potential to switch marketing spend to healthier food and drink products once new government advertising restrictions come into force, according to new analysis. Regulations to end TV advertising for products high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) before 9pm and restrict paid-for HFSS advertising online are included within…
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Tesco targets dairy emissions with feed trial

Tesco will pay dairy farmers to grow more sustainable feed for their livestock as part of its ambition to slash the environmental impact of a basket of goods. The UK’s biggest supermarket is working in partnership with WWF on a scheme that will see 15 farmers given an 80% cost contribution towards trialling the use…
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Platform presents public with palm oil dilemmas

A new platform has been launched to help raise awareness among consumers about the complex sustainability issues within the palm oil supply chain. Nestlé has create the interactive video platform, ‘beneath the surface’, in response to research that shows around one in five millennial shoppers (17%) avoid purchasing products containing palm oil with almost half…
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NHS food linked to Amazon deforestation

UK supermarkets and wholesalers supplying the NHS have been implicated in a new investigation which shows Brazilian meat linked to illegal deforestation ending up in UK food supply chains. An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, published in partnership with BusinessGreen, found that beef from farmers accused of illegal deforestation – and subsequently sanctioned…
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Grocers making progress on health targets

Retailers representing more than half the UK grocery market have now made commitments to increase sales from healthier products. A year ago, just Sainsbury’s and M&S had set a target to increase sales of healthier products according to the campaign group ShareAction. Since then, Tesco, Aldi UK and Lidl have joined them in setting sales-based…
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Buy wonky veg to stem farm waste

Businesses are being urged to embrace ‘wonky’ fruit and vegetables to help cut farm waste after a report found farms account for 1.2 billion tonnes of food wasted annually. The Driven to Waste report produced by WWF in partnership with Tesco suggests that each year an estimated 2.5 billion tonnes of food goes uneaten around…
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Beef giants set new climate and nature goals

Some of the world’s biggest processors and sellers of beef have set a target to reduce its net global warming impact by 30% by 2030. The Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef (GRSB), whose members include processing giants like JBS and Tyson along with restaurant chains McDonald’s and Burger King, made the commitment as part of…
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