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The benefits of engaging staff in sustainability

Initiatives aimed at involving employees in sustainability aims are now commonplace in progressive food companies, and for good reason. Ben...

How food companies involve staff in sustainability

Sustainability concerns pervade every aspect of a food company’s operations so opportunities and approaches to engage employees in sustainab...

Why May's Brexit comments give reason for optimism

Amid the uncertainty following the UK vote to leave the EU on 23 June, British food companies and global food giants with UK sites will have...

How food policy could look after US election

Food policy may not have been much discussed in the campaigns of either of the White House hopefuls so far, but when Hillary Clinton or Dona...

Latest Interviews

How PepsiCo is taking action on palm oil 13 Sep 2016

Ben Cooper

Today (13 September), PepsiCo publishes the first update on its "palm oil action plan". Ben Cooper spoke with Andrew Aulisi, senior director for global environmental policy at ?PepsiCo, about the progress to date and how the company's initial actions and achievements are likely to be received by environmental campaigners.


Interview: advocates organise ahead of US election 6 Sep 2016

Ben Cooper

Activists, industry advocates and many consumers would like food to be a more prominent issue in major elections, such as the current race to the US White House. History, Ben Cooper writes, may suggest this is a forlorn hope but, speaking to Claire Benjamin DiMattina of the Plate of the Union campaign, it is clear advocates do not believe it is a futile endeavour.

Latest News

Quotes of the week - Chobani, Mondelez, Boparan 23 Sep 16

Dean Best

Ranjit Singh Boparan, the UK tycoon behind the 2 Sisters Food Group, this week added to his assets with the acquisition of embattled turkey processor Bernard Matthews. Elsewhere on our M&A pages, US group B&G Foods bought a clutch of local assets from Associated British Foods. Elsewhere in the US, Chobani revealed the first group of start-ups that will be assisted in the yogurt company's "food incubator". Meanwhile, we spoke to the president of Mondelez International's business about in China about the company's launch of European chocolate brand Milka.


UK sets new antibiotics target for livestock, fish 22 Sep 16

John Shepherd

The UK has backed the recommendation of an independent review calling for a further cut in antibiotic use in livestock and fish farmed for food to help combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR).


WWF calls for more accountability on palm oil 22 Sep 16

John Shepherd

Food companies that fall short of commitments to supporting certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) production should be "called to account by their competitors and customers", the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) has said in a new report.


UK vets urge mandatory animal welfare labelling 22 Sep 16

John Shepherd

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is backing calls for the introduction of food labels that "prove" the quality of a farm animal's life and death – to give UK farmers "a unique selling point for their meat and dairy products post-Brexit".


Burton's, Dairy Crest join Courtauld Commitment 19 Sep 16

Katy Askew

Thirty additional companies, including Burton's Biscuit Co. and Dairy Crest, have joined the Courtauld Commitment 2025 in a bid to reduce the resource intensity of the UK's food sector. 


Food market news of the week – Danone, JBS 16 Sep 16

Katy Askew

This week saw more drama at the top of Brazil's JBS, with senior management replaced and then reinstated in connection with a police probe into reported allegations of fraud. Associated British Foods continued to improve margins at its grocery business – and is reportedly preparing to sell its ACH Food Companies unit, which manufactures oils under the Mazola retail brand. Meanwhile, Danone is reportedly preparing to withdraw its Dumex brand from Vietnam due to falling market share. Here are the top food sector stories from the past five days.

Latest blogs

More understanding needed of GMOs among consumers 20 Jul 16

Katy Askew

The introduction of legislation requiring the labelling of GMOs in the US has gathered widespread public support.


UK report examines "risks and challenges" to food system from climate change 18 Jul 16

John Shepherd

The impact on the global food system is one of "six key priority areas" highlighted in the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 report, which sets out "the most urgent risks and opportunities" arising for the UK.

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