Tag Archives: Jamie Oliver

Proof that Jamie’s sugar tax works?

A 10p levy on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in Jamie’s Italian restaurants resulted in a “significant decline” in sales, according to research published this week. In June 2015, the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver announced that drinks with added sugar would cost 10p more in his restaurants, with the proceeds given to the Children’s Health…
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High street brands put fish stocks at risk

Restaurants and pub chains are failing to serve sustainable seafood and must do more to prevent overfishing, campaigners have warned. More than a third of high street restaurant and pub chains rated by Fish2fork and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) failed to meet the two organisations' expectations on sustainability. Eleven restaurant and pub chains were…
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Schools fear meals axe will hit health

Over 90% of schools believe that pupil health and nutrition would be impacted by the potential withdrawal of free school meals for all infants, according to new research. The survey by the Soil Association’s Food For Life programme found that three in five schools believe that pupil attainment would suffer if the policy was enacted.…
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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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Oliver chicken deal divides opinion

Jamie Oliver has been on the receiving end of a backlash from campaigners after it was revealed he has put his name to a Brazilian range of frozen chicken meals. The Telegraph reported that the celebrity chef has signed a multi-million pound deal with Sadia, a division of the Brazilian food giant BRF Brazil, to…
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New childhood obesity strategy? Fat chance.

The Childhood Obesity Strategy has been delayed again, this time until after the summer recess. “Work on that [strategy] continues,” said the Prime Minister’s official spokesman in response to a question from the Huffington Post UK. “I think it is more likely to be into the autumn than it is this week, but we will…
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Hats off to the Government

Easter bunnies, bitter blows and the thirst for more of the same. David Burrows reflects on the story of the sugar tax so far. In february all the talk was about the rabbit the prime minister might pull out of his negotiating hat in Brussels. That one never materialised (his new deal with the EU…
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Taxing sugary drinks too simplistic, says Heston

Heston Blumenthal has questioned the validity of a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks and suggested that his fellow celebrity chef has oversimplified things in demonising the beverages. “If Jamie [Oliver]'s promoting the fact that sugar's bad for you, then it's a great thing, but you can't just put tax on sweet drinks, you've got to put…
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Councils sweet on teaspoon labels for sugar

Local authorities want fizzy drinks to carry labels showing sugar content in teaspoons. The idea, also promoted by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, would “spell out” how much sugar the drinks contained, the Local Government Association said. "On average, it takes just 15 seconds for shoppers to decide on an item, so we need to have…
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The 10 big issues for 2016

SUGAR AND supply chains, pay rises and publicity: the topics that’ll dominate the industry’s agenda in the new year.                   1 Guns stay fixed on sugar   Sugar leapfrogged salt and saturated fat as public (health) enemy number B one in 2015, with more evidence emerging of its…
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