• Supermarket launches app for Amazon Alexa

    Supermarket launches app for Amazon Alexa

    Ocado, the world’s largest online-only grocery retailer, has become the first supermarket in the UK to launch an app for the voice-controlled Amazon Alexa. The Ocado app for Amazon Alexa, the voice-controlled personal assistant powering the Amazon Echo smart home speaker, will feature a variety of functions enabling customers to add a product to an

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  • Freshers fed on canned

    Freshers fed on canned

    Research reveals that 92% of students use canned food, but many fail to grasp its nutritional and recycling attributes. Findings of a new survey which suggests that canned food is top of students’ shopping lists. According to the survey, students average nine food cans in their kitchen cupboards at any given time, showing just how

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  • Foodie innovators invited to share their inspiration

    Foodie innovators invited to share their inspiration

    After being launched earlier this year, The FoodTalk Awards are making a return for 2018 and are now open for entries. The awards were inspired by the ‘foodie heroes’ who appear on the FoodTalk radio show every week and have been launched to honor the best of UK food tech innovation. They made their debut

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  • Union confident of minimising job losses

    Union confident of minimising job losses

    Following the recent announcement by Asda that it had begun a consultation with thousands of employees in 18 stores, union GMB has said it is confident it will ‘dramatically reduce’ job losses within the company. Following a meeting with senior management at Asda House, in Leeds, Gary Carter, GMB national officer, said: “This is a

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  • 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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