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New food council to help boost farm to fork innovation

The UK government is to create a new Food and Drink Sector Council to help boost exports and innovation as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. The new group, which has been welcomed by food and farming groups, was announced as part of the new industrial strategy this week. “The opportunities – and…
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Mixed reception for new DEFRA secretary Michael Gove

Michael Gove has been appointed as secretary of state at DEFRA, prompting major concerns amongst environmental campaigners and opposition MPs. In a surprise return to the front bench, Gove will take the lead on pressing issues such as air pollution, the reform of agricultural subsidies post-Brexit and food waste. Not to mention longer term challenges…
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Beer and chocolate drive export surge

UK food and drink exports rose to their highest ever level in 2016 with chocolate, beer and cheese leading the charge. Total exports increased by 10.5% to reach £20.2bn, according to the Food and Drink Federation, representing a 16th consecutive year of growth. While whisky remained the top British export, chocolate, beer and cheese were…
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Manufacturers hit zero waste target

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members hit their target of sending zero food and waste to landfill in 2015, and manufacturers are on track to meet their commitment for a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2025. The FDF said the results show the industry has delivered significantly improved environmental performance since 2007 when it…
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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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Sugar tax go ahead and new advertising rules

The government took a big step towards implementation of a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks this week by including draft legislation in its Finance Bill. The new levy will be applied in two rates: a lower one for added sugar drinks with a total sugar content of five grams or more per 100 millilitres, plus a…
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Manufacturers set new sustainability targets

The Food and Drink Federation has launched a new set of environmental targets for food manufacturers that it says will help deliver a sustainable food system for the future. 'Ambition 2025’ builds on the FDF's existing Five-fold Environmental Ambition (FFEA), launched in 2007, and covers issues such as carbon emissions, food waste, sustainable packaging, water…
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WHO backs sugary drinks taxes

More countries should follow the UK’s lead and introduce taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks, according to a new report published by the World Health Organisation. “[…] there is reasonable and increasing evidence that appropriately designed taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages would result in proportional reductions in consumption, especially if aimed at raising the retail price by 20%…
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Leadsom buoyant on British food prospects

British farmers and food businesses have the opportunity to thrive outside of the European Union, according to the new Environment Secretary. Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Andrea Leadsom said she was convinced British farmers, food producers and fishermen “have an even brighter future” outside the EU and were well placed to benefit…
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New diet stats make obesity strategy hard to swallow

Young children are consuming almost three times more sugar (13%) than the recommended daily maximum (5%), according to new national statistics published this week. The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) also showed that teenagers (15%) and adults (12%) are having far more sugar than the recommended maximums. The survey, covering the period between 2012…
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