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Retailers race ahead on green goals

RETAILERS have exceeded their environmental targets relating to waste, transport and energy, according to a new progress report.   The report, “A Better Retailing Climate”, shows how the sector is performing across a range of impacts.   In each case it has exceeded expectations, except for the one involving consumer engagement. In this case, retailers…
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Caterers ‘real culprits’ in horse meat scandal.

THE BOSS of Iceland has launched a scathing attack on the catering industry, claiming that they and the local authorities are to blame for the current horse meat crisis.   In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, February 17th, Malcolm Walker blamed the “invisible” catering sector for driving down food quality and using “back…
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Caterers criticised in horse meat scandal

LABOUR HAS criticised the reaction of caterers and the hospitality sector to the horse meat scandal.   While the retailers have reacted with “speed” following the discoveries of horse and pork meat in beef products, shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh said she was “disappointed” that the hospitality and catering sector has not been so candid.…
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Nutritional labelling consultation

THE BRITISH Retail Consortium has launched a consultation to seek views on what the new front of pack nutritional labelling system for food should look like.       In October 2012, all four UK administrations made a joint announcement on the recommended approach to front of pack labelling – a hybrid scheme which includes…
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Supermarkets adjudicator in place

LARGE SUPERMARKETS have been told to treat their suppliers fairly, or face fines from the new Groceries Code Adjudicator.   In a change likely to be widely welcomed by suppliers and farmers, the Competition Minister Jo Swinson announced that the Adjudicator will have “more teeth” to protect suppliers from unfair treatment.   However, the British…
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Whiter than white?

FOODSERVICE BUSINESSES talk a good game when it comes to supporting British dairy farmers, but few are willing to divulge details of the price they are paying for milk.                           It takes a lot of bottle to stand up to the might of…
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Coffee chains must “pay a bit more” for milk

THE HEAD of one of the UK’s biggest milk buyers and dairy processors has suggested that the likes of Costa and Starbucks need to pay more for their milk.                           In a comment piece for the Daily Telegraph today, Mark Allen, chief executive…
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Salt reduction at standstill

FOOD MANUFACTURERS and retailers have announced that they are approaching “the limit of what’s possible” in terms of removing salt from their products.   New research, commissioned by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) showed that there are methods to extract more salt but the need considerably more scientific…
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Caterers dragged in to milk debate

RETAILERS HAVE taken a swipe at caterers, food manufacturers and the Government for not paying farmers enough for milk.   Supermarkets have come under intense pressure in recent weeks after a series of price cuts, which the NFU has said has left dairy farmers “at the end of their tether”.   However, the supermarkets have…
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Carrier bag use rises

THE BRITISH Retail Consortium (BRC) has played down new figures that reveal carrier bag use is on the rise again.   Data released by WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Prorgamme, shows a total of eight billion ‘thin-gauge’ bags were issued in the UK in 2011, which represents a 5.4% rise compared with 2010 (7.6…
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