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

Organic farms support biodiversity, say Oxford University researchers

A NEW study by researchers at the University of Oxford has shown that organic farms support up to 34% more plants and animal species than conventional farms.   Researchers looked at 184 farming sites across the UK for the past 30 years and found that biodiversity on organic farms had remained at a steady level…
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Businesses must guard against resource scarcity, says Carbon Trust

THE CARBON TRUST has launched a new report highlighting the need for businesses to urgently assess their reliance on scarce resources in order to future proof against potential limitations.   Business resource challenges such as the increasing scarcity of land, energy, water and materials are quickly intensifying. For example, there could be a 40% gap between…
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Get planning for chip week before its too late

IT'S NOT long before Chip Week 2014 (17-23 February 2014) officially gets underway, so now is the time for chefs and caterers to prepare for one of the biggest events in the chipping calendar!             Stu Baker, Chip Week campaign manager for Potato Council, said: “It’s only a short while…
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Horsemeat may still be prevalent in supply chain

A LABOUR FRONTBENCHER has suggested that thousands of tonnes of horsemeat may have entered the food supply chain in the three year’s prior to 2013’s food crisis.   Mary Creagh, who was Labour’s environment secretary at the time of the scandal, says she has evidence to back up her claims.   During an appearance on…
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Justin King steps down from Sainsbury’s

SAINSBURY'S TODAY announces that Justin King has decided to step down in July 2014 after 10 years as CEO, and that Mike Coupe, currently the group commercial director, will succeed him as CEO.   David Tyler, chairman said: "Justin is a truly exceptional leader, who has reshaped Sainsbury’s during his 10 years as CEO, as…
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Retailers sign up to challenging new green goals

THE UK retail industry is today (Wednesday) signing up to a range of ambitious targets for reducing its impact on the environment, having beaten the previous set across all areas.   Commitments to be announced at today’s A Better Retailing Climate launch event include a collective pledge to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 25 per…
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Farm to Fork visits open to every primary school in the UK

EVERY PRIMARY school in the UK will be given the chance to learn more about food and where it comes from as part of a major new food education programme launched today.                   Farm to Fork, the first initiative from The Tesco Eat Happy Project, is backed…
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Tailored support will help uk mid-sized businesses boost exports

THE FOOD and Drink Federation (FDF) welcomes today’s announcement that Trade Minister, Lord Livingston, will personally write to each of the UK’s 8,900 mid-sized businesses by this summer asking if they would like trade support from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).                   Research carried out by FDF…
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Elliott Review: Create a food crime unit

THE MUCH anticipated interim report on food supply chains, commissioned in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, has been made public after months of research.   The Government-backed review of Britain’s food system has revealed global weaknesses throughout the supply chain, and suggests a specialist food crime unit be set up to tackle food fraud…
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