• Food and drink exports grow 8.5%

    Food and drink exports grow 8.5%

    The first half of 2017 saw exports of all UK food and drink grow to £10.2bn, up 8.5% on H1 2016. This represents the highest first half exports value on record. The UK’s top 3 export products are whisky, salmon and beer. Contrary to recent export trends, stronger growth was reported to EU countries (+9.0%)

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  • World first for plant milks – and a welcome return for herbs highlight

    World first for plant milks – and a welcome return for herbs highlight

    Plant-based products are stealing the show at the moment, with two special themed days growing in popularity and attracting consumers. The first, World Plant Milk Day, has seen leading UK vegan and animal organisations ProVeg UK, Plant Based News, Animal Aid, Veganuary and Viva! come together for the first time to promote plant-based alternatives to

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  • British Standard for the ‘circular economy’ launched

    British Standard for the ‘circular economy’ launched

    A new standard which recognises how organisations and individuals are contributing to the circular economy has been launched by BSI (the British Standards Institution). The ‘circular economy’ is a concept which challenges organisations to re-think how their resources are managed to create financial, environmental and social benefits. BS 8001 was developed to meet these mutually

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  • Sugar tax ‘misunderstood’

    Sugar tax ‘misunderstood’

    Although nearly eight in 10 shoppers are aware of a potential new sugar tax, the majority believe it applies to far more products than just soft drinks, which may impact how much people buy of other goods, according to retail experts Nielsen. Not one respondent surveyed correctly identified the tax only applies to sugary soft

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  • Suppliers’ understanding put to the test

    Suppliers’ understanding put to the test

    Research by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) has found that 25% of UK suppliers are unaware of The Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) which helps suppliers in their relationships with large retailers, or have a poor understanding of it. As a result, the British Brands Group, a membership organisation that speaks on behalf of

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  • Get ready for WorldStar down under!

    Get ready for WorldStar down under!

    Hot on the heels of this year’s successful event, organisers of the WorldStar Packaging Awards are urging packaging companies all over the globe to start preparing their submissions for the 2018 awards, which are now open for entry, with Australia set to be the host country for the next awards ceremony. Submissions for the 2018

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  • EU-China food safety project

    EU-China food safety project

    The multi-million-pound European Horizon 2020 programme, one of the world’s largest food safety projects, will be led by Queen’s University Belfast’s Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). The EU-China-Safe project will involve key players in the food industry, research organisations and Governments across two of the

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  • IKEA aims to cut food waste by 50% with Food is Precious initiative

    IKEA aims to cut food waste by 50% with Food is Precious initiative

    The IKEA initiative, Food is Precious, aims to cut food waste by 50% by the end of its fiscal year 2020. A smart scale solution, measuring wasted food and its sources, enables IKEA co-workers to find clever ways to prevent food waste. So far over 20% of the IKEA stores have implemented the solution, which

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  • UK online grocery sales reach 7.3% market share

    UK online grocery sales reach 7.3% market share

    Kantar Worldpanel’s quarterly FMCG E-commerce Index reveals that in 2016, global FMCG online sales grew by 26%, with e-commerce now contributing to 35% of global FMCG growth. The share of grocery shopping conducted online continues to rise, particularly in the world’s most advanced e-commerce markets, such as South Korea, China and the UK. In the

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