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UK food and soft drink exports to the EU bounced back in 2013UK: Food, soft drink exports rise amid EU market recovery

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.

Consuming issues: WHO influence on sugar may be stronger

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.

Focus: Obesity in the UK - whose problem is it?

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.

Consuming issues: Battle lines drawn over added sugar

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.

UK: Household waste target missed, admits WRAP

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).

UK: Nestle, Mondelez, Unilever make sat fat pledge

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.

UK: Selling pork to China boosts UK food exports

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.

Interview: UK Food Secretary Owen Paterson

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.

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

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.

In the spotlight: UK sees food and farming as growth engine

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.

UK: "Hybrid" front-of-pack labels to be unveiled tomorrow

18 June 2013

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

UK: Tesco positive on outlook for central, eastern Europe

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.

The week ahead - Ahold, Tesco & Smucker results; free-from & export events

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.

UK: Industry targets food waste, carbon with new pledge

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

18 March 2013

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

UPDATE: UK: Food industry brands medics obesity report as "damp squib"

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".

Best bits: Threat of legislation on obesity looms large

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.

UK: Nutrition labelling scheme still unclear - FDF, PepsiCo exec

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.

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

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.

INTERVIEW: Responsibility Deal food chair Dr Susan Jebb

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.

UK: Do more on Responsibility Deal or face legislation - Minister

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.

UK: Food industry defends record on health

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.

UPDATE: UK: Groceries Code Adjudicator Tacon must be "objective" - BRC

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.

UK: Salt reduction review due soon

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.

In the spotlight: Report ignites food waste debate

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.

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

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.

COMMENT: Don't scoff too loudly at legal limits on fat in food

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.

The just-food review of 2012: industry makes progress on CSR

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.

The most-read comment from just-food in 2012

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.

GLOBAL: Nestle puts faith in co-operation with suppliers on CSR

4 December 2012

Working with suppliers, rather than withdrawing contracts, is more effective in making food supply chains more sustainable, Nestle has claimed.

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