24 March 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.
12 March 2014
Some campaigners believe the WHO's new guidance on sugar intake did not go far enough and are concerned the organisation will face lobbying from industry. Food manufacturers insist there is no scientific evidence to halve the recommendation from 10% of daily energy to 5%. Governments can, of course, ignore any new guidance. However, Ben Cooper argues the debate around public health and diet has changed and could make the WHO a more influential voice.
14 February 2014
The blame game continues to escalate as to who is responsible for the obesity crisis in the UK. While some point the finger at the Government for not being convicted enough in its approach to tackle the problem, the finger is often pointed back at the food industry for failing to co-operate. Hannah Abdulla explores the complex issue.
15 January 2014
The leading health experts behind the Action on Sugar campaign, launched last week, believe the success in driving down salt intake in the UK following the launch of the Consensus Action on Salt and Health campaign can be replicated with sugar. Ben Cooper has his doubts.
28 November 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).
28 October 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.
23 September 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.
13 September 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.
5 August 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.
31 July 2013
Last week saw the launch of the UK government's Agricultural Technologies Strategy which aims to foster investment in technology and innovation while bridging the gap between scientific research and food manufacture. Ben Cooper reports.
18 June 2013
The UK government is set to launch the planned "hybrid" front-of-pack label - including traffic light symbols - tomorrow (18 June).
7 June 2013
Tesco has struck an upbeat note about central and eastern Europe, where its sales are under pressure and where economic conditions remain challenging.
3 June 2013
Retail majors Ahold and Tesco are preparing to announce first-quarter results, while bakery group Aryzta and US spreads firm JM Smucker look set to detail continued progress in growing profits over the past year. Meanwhile, we can expect free-from to take centre stage in two European trade shows and UK exporters will be discussing opportunities in CEE countries.
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.
18 March 2013
UK food and soft drink exports were flat in 2012 after shipments fell in the final quarter of the year.
18 February 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".
28 January 2013
Obesity is a global epidemic that is "bankrupting economies and short changing futures", we were told during a round table at the World Economic Forum in Davos this weekend.
25 January 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.
25 January 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.
23 January 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.
23 January 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.
22 January 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.
21 January 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.
21 January 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.
18 January 2013
A report published last week by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers suggesting that up to 50% of food produced globally is not consumed has attracted significant media attention. Ben Cooper reports.
14 January 2013
The UK's largest listed retailers reported their quarterly results this week, keeping the just-food news desk busy. Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons all be revealed how they performed over the keenly-watched Christmas trading period. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with HKScan CEO Hannu Kottonen following an announcement by the company that it plans to cut up to 295 jobs as part of efforts to streamline its domestic subsidiaries. Struggling US retailer Supervalu also had news this week, with its deal to offload five of its chains to Cerberus Capital Management.
9 January 2013
Calls for limits on salt, sugar and fat in foods marketed to children in the UK do not seem so far-fetched when one considers the scale of the challenge posed by poor diet.
18 December 2012
From a sustainability standpoint, 2012 might be characterised as a year when the world went backwards - or at a pinch stayed still - but the food industry moved forward, writes Ben Cooper.
18 December 2012
just-food does not shy away from commenting on the major developments and issues in the industry and this year its focus centred on issues from traffic-light labels to sustainability, on deals like Kellogg's takeover of Pringles and Arla Foods' latest venture in China.
4 December 2012
Working with suppliers, rather than withdrawing contracts, is more effective in making food supply chains more sustainable, Nestle has claimed.