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Why UK must act in wake of SACN report

A panel advising the UK government on nutrition has recommended halving the official guidance on the consumption of free sugars. Attention n...

Food marketing firmly on UK political agenda

The inclusion in the UK Labour Party's new public health policy paper of a 'watershed' time restriction on the advertising of foods high in...

Why new laws on food labels can benefit business

Ben Cooper | 12 Dec 2014

The new EU-wide food labelling regulations coming into effect tomorrow (13 December) represent the most extensive revision of food labelling regulations manufacturers across Europe will ever have had to cope with.

Briefing: Industry must push on with reformulation

Ben Cooper | 8 Dec 2014

The potential for reformulation to be not only "part of the solution" but a vital part in the battle to improve health is unquestionable. The challenges ahead look daunting but food manufacturers must continue with their work, Ben Cooper argues.

Reformulation: Why industry key in UK salt success

Ben Cooper | 2 Dec 2014

In just-food's latest management briefing, Ben Cooper explores reformulation in the context of the febrile debate over diet and health, suggesting it is both the industry's most compelling response to diet-related health problems and the most practical contribution to tackling them.

Viewpoint: UK food firms must look to export

Dean Best | 28 Nov 2014

Tough trading conditions in the UK can make it difficult for food companies to find the time and resources to build a presence overseas. However, Dean Best argues it is that market landscape that makes it imperative more companies look to exports for growth.

Latest Interviews

Interview: UK Food Secretary Owen Paterson

Dean Best | 13 Sep 2013

The UK government often emphasises how it supports food exporters push overseas but competition is fierce, especially for access in key emerging markets. Ahead of a trip to a trade show in Moscow, just-food spoke to Owen Paterson, the UK's Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, about how the Government can help industry - and how exporters then need to exploit the opportunity.

INTERVIEW: Responsibility Deal food chair Dr Jebb

Chris Mercer | 23 Jan 2013

UK ministers and food industry leaders are keen to expand the reach of the Responsibility Deal in 2013 to show its many doubters that voluntary pledges can help to deliver healthier diets for consumers. Step forward Dr Susan Jebb, who, as chair of food portion of the deal, has the dubious honour of trying to keep everybody happy, at least some of the time.

Latest News

UK food exports hit by exchange rates

Dean Best | 7 Sep 2015

Revenues from UK food and soft drink exports fell over 5% in the first half of the year, with the rise in the value of sterling against a depreciating euro making the country less competitive in the eurozone.

Sugar consumption should be halved, UK panel urges

Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

A panel advising the UK government on nutrition has called for the recommendation on daily sugar intake to be halved.

Food industry quotes of the week: Divine Chocolate

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Jun 2015

This week, Nestle said it was withdrawing its Maggi noodle brand in India after a food safety scare that has seen local authorities insist the product has elevated levels of lead. Elsewhere, Abbott Laboratories was tied up in a class action lawsuit over its Similac product with allegations it is misleading consumers since the product contains non-organic ingredients. Elsewhere Nomad Holdings confirmed it is in acquisition talks with Findus Group. just-food visited the Free-From Expo in Barcelona this week and spoke to Warburtons among others. We also interviewed the CEO at Divine Chocolate. Here is the week in quotes

FDF - NHS chief wrong to "demonise" sugar

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Jun 2015

The Food and Drink Federation has hit back at comments from the UK National Health Service chief suggesting that the food industry should "stop marketing junk food at children" and step up its efforts to remove sugar from processed foods.

UK dairy exports at "record high"

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Mar 2015

UK dairy exports are at a "record high" according to the latest figures from the Food & Drink Federation.

AB Sugar-backed report calls for action on obesity

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Oct 2014

A report published backed and funded by Associated British Foods' AB Sugar arm has called for tougher measures to tackle obesity, including making the Responsibility Deal law.

UK food, soft drink exports rise amid EU recovery

Dean Best | 24 Mar 2014

UK exports of food and soft drinks rose 5% in 2013 as sales in the EU bounced back amid signs of economic recovery in the region.

Household waste target missed, admits WRAP

Michelle Russell | 28 Nov 2013

A target to reduce household food and drink waste in the UK, drawn up as part of industry attempts to tackle the issue, has been missed, it emerged today (28 November).

Nestle, Mondelez, Unilever make sat fat pledge

Dean Best | 28 Oct 2013

Nestle, Mondelez International and Unilever have said they will make changes to their products to try to cut the amount of saturated fat consumed in the UK.

Selling pork to China boosts UK food exports

Dean Best | 23 Sep 2013

UK food and soft drink export revenues increased in the first half of the year, helped by the country's pork sales to China.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Michelle Russell | 5 Aug 2013

The results continued to roll in this week as the likes of Kellogg and Kraft Foods Group revealed their sales and profits in the first six months of the year. The CEOs of both Kellogg and Kraft explained plans to boost volumes in the second half. Elsewhere, UK crisp firm Tyrrells got a new private-equity owner in the shape of Bahrain-based Investcorp.

UK "hybrid" front-of-pack labels launched tomorrow

Dean Best | 18 Jun 2013

The UK government is set to launch the planned "hybrid" front-of-pack label - including traffic light symbols - tomorrow (18 June).

Tesco positive about central, eastern Europe

Dean Best | 7 Jun 2013

Tesco has struck an upbeat note about central and eastern Europe, where its sales are under pressure and where economic conditions remain challenging.

UK industry targets food waste with new pledge

Dean Best | 9 May 2013

Manufacturers including Nestle and Mars, as well as retailers like Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer, have pledged to further cut food waste and carbon emissions in the UK.

UK food exports flat in 2012

Dean Best | 18 Mar 2013

UK food and soft drink exports were flat in 2012 after shipments fell in the final quarter of the year.

FDF brands medics obesity report as "damp squib"

Michelle Russell | 18 Feb 2013

The Food and Drink Federation has branded a report by UK medics calling for a ban on junk food ads before the watershed as a "damp squib".

FOP nutrition labelling still unclear - FDF exec

Chris Mercer | 25 Jan 2013

It is still not clear what the new hybrid nutrition labelling scheme is supposed to look like, according to the chair of the Food & Drink Federation's health and wellbeing group.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Michelle Russell | 25 Jan 2013

just-food managed to secure a number of key interviews with leading industry figures this week, including that of the new Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, who outlined her new role and the challenges she might face. Other interviews included Warburton's free-from director Chris Hook Plum Organics CEO Neil Grimmer who told just-food about the firm's recent acquisition of Plum UK. Elsewhere, Unilever CEO Paul Polman told of his disappointment at the performance of its food division last year and the horsemeat scandal rumbled on.

UK: Minister threatens legislation on food

Chris Mercer | 23 Jan 2013

Public health minister Anna Soubry has told UK food industry leaders they must engage more companies in the Responsibility Deal on health or risk the government imposing regulation.

Food industry defends record on health

Chris Mercer | 22 Jan 2013

The Food & Drink Federation has released a report praising achievements by the industry to cut salt, fat and sugar from products, as its Responsibility Deal with government comes under renewed pressure.

BRC cautiously welcomes grocery adjudicator Tacon

Chris Mercer | 21 Jan 2013

The British Retail Consortium has given a cautious welcome to the UK's first Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, while food producers and farmers appeared happier with the appointment.

Salt reduction review due soon

Chris Mercer | 21 Jan 2013

A review of the food industry's progress in cutting salt from products, and recommendations on the best way forward, are due to be published by the Government shortly.

Latest blogs

Beyond taxing soft drinks, what does the BMA say about food?

Dean Best | 13 Jul 2015

The UK today (13 July) woke up to more headlines about calls for a tax on soft drinks. This time, the demand came from The British Medical Association, as part of its report on improving the diets of children and young people. However, officials at the BMA also had parts of the food industry firmly in their sights.

WHO's "conditional" sugar cut advice angers activists

Dean Best | 5 Mar 2015

The World Health Organization, seen by experts in the field as hardly a friend of the food industry, is now facing the ire of campaigners over its official guidance on sugar.

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