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Food fraud fears intensify, new survey suggests

Almost three in four consumers believe there is “an issue” with food fraud in the UK, and one in five (20%) would blame the retailer first. However, only 27% have ever personally experienced at least one issue relating to food fraud, such as hidden ingredients or misleading labelling. The findings, published in the NFU Mutual’s…
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Spider-Man’s power and sticking up for foodservice.

IGD has forecast that the food-to-go market is set to rocket in the next five years. Sales will hit £21.7 billion by 2021, compared with a meagre £16.1 billion this year. There will be more options at supermarkets and garage forecourts, the analysts predicted, as well as an expansion in “specialist” outlets and of course…
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Trick or treat: how the obesity plan changed

The childhood obesity strategy was watered down, Theresa May “dismantling” David Cameron’s ambitious plan in no fewer than 36 days. Channel 4’s Dispatches team had been handed a June draft of the plan: “a more ambitious plan that never saw the light of day”, reads the press release promoting the programme (October 31st, 8pm). At…
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Industry steels itself for Brexit fallout

A week has passed since the British public voted to leave the European Union, triggering in the process a political earthquake of epic proportions. Inevitably, perhaps, the fallout from Brexit has thus far been largely dominated by internal party politics, but as the days and weeks pass attention will turn to the specific political and…
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Forget ethics, say consumers   HAS YOUGOV managed to deliver the first survey in which consumers have answered honestly in relation to their ethical purchasing habits? The pollster (along with Winkworth Sherwood) found that only 7% of the UK population say that ethical concerns about slavery, forced labour and human trafficking have the same or…
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Milk crisis comes to our doorsteps

FARMERS SUFFERING from low prices have so far targeted supermarkets with their protest but foodservice firms can’t afford to ignore the issue, writes David Burrows. The milk crisis has finally spilled over into the foodservice sector. In recent weeks retail representatives have been urging consumers and campaigners to challenge other food outlets on their procurement…
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More sweets at new owner of Morrisons' Local stores and M&S   Jamie Oliver look away now. The new owner of Morrisons convenience stores has claimed the chain hasn’t turned a profit because it hasn’t been selling enough sweets to kids. In the week that sugar has commanded plenty of column inches, Mike Greene told…
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Foodservice hits back on milk prices

FOODSERVICE COMPANIES have defended their milk procurement practices in the face of criticism from ministers and the British Retail Consortium. However, very few would be willing to publicise the price they paid for a pint. Footprint approached 10 of the major providers and none revealed what they are paying for milk. Only two – Sodexo…
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Spectre of food fraud haunts the industry

A YEAR on from his review of the horse-meat scandal, Prof Chris Elliott is impressed with retailers’ reaction but warns that criminals may just have moved on to more vulnerable sectors. Marks & Spencer recently became the latest supermarket to move to a system of unannounced food audits. The objective is to “create resilient supply chains…
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‘Non’ to food waste laws

CAMPAIGNERS WANT Britain to follow France's example, but is targeting supermarkets the right tactic? The movement to regulate, or rather eliminate, food waste is gathering momentum. Campaigners, spurred by the introduction of a new law in France, have joined forces to launch the “Stop Food Waste in Europe” petition. Their plea to the European Commission is a…
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