Tag Archives: Liz Truss

10 things we need to know about Brexit

Talks with the EU are finally under way a year after the referendum and the food industry is anxiously awaiting the outcome, writes Nick Hughes. Friday marked the first anniversary of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Much has happened in the subsequent 365 days: there have been demonstrations, legal battles and most recently…
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Defra publishes five year plan

Farmers will be pleased. Defra has published its plan for 2015-2020 this week and most of the aspirations could have been written by the NFU. Top of the pile is the 25-year food and farming strategy, of course, but there is also mention of the government’s commitment to genetically modified crops and the importance of…
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News Review

FOOD WASTE effecting wildlife; new look DEFRA; $1B in organic sales; overcapacity in foodservice and climate denial not dead.                           Food waste putting birds and fish at peril   We already know that food waste is a pressing problem, but a new study…
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Behind the headlines: UK swims against the green tide

Now the climate change deal has been signed in Paris new regulations are a long way down the Conservatives’ agenda. By the time you read this there may already be a global deal on climate change in place. The COP21 talks end on December 11th, and the odds that an agreement will be struck are pretty…
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Political Print

FREE MARKETS may trump farmers’ interests in the battle over milk prices. UK dairy farmers have achieved some notable victories in their campaign for a better deal, including new guarantees from retailers over the price they pay for liquid milk and milk as an ingredient in cheese. The government is also going in to bat for…
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Food plan meetings commence

SIXTY FARMERS and food businesses from across the south west met this week to discuss the future of the industry.                           The meeting, organised by DEFRA, is the first of three events to help the government develop its new industry-wide 25-year plan to…
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Downing Street keeps food industry waiting

THE CONSERVATIVE election win has produced plenty of europhoria but little concrete policy on the big issues of climate change and health.                   There's been discernible euphoria emanating from Conservative MPs and their supporters since the party’s surprise victory in the general election in May. Judging by…
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Defra invites industry to help devise new strategy

DEFRA HAVE invited the UK food and farming industry to help develop a 25-year plan for the future of food and farming. The consultation kicked off this week when 80 representatives from across the UK food and farming industry met with the environment secretary Liz Truss. Representatives included major trade associations, retailers, food manufacturers, researchers…
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Industry saves over 5million m3 of water

MEMBERS OF the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) who are working towards an industry-wide water reduction target have collectively reduced their water use by almost a quarter since 2007. New figures released by FDF today show that these food and drink manufacturers have significantly reduced the amount of water used in the production of food…
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