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David Burrows

Articles by David Burrows

JJ Foodservice among UK wholesalers to launch home-delivery serviceCould UK wholesalers' Covid-19 pivots persist? 8 June 2020

In late-March, overnight, UK wholesalers' foodservice market dried-up. Some started supplying the public directly, others sold to supermarkets. Could these strategies stick?

Manufacturers take on average 23 days longer than supermarkets to settle their billsWill Covid-19 spark change in UK supplier payment terms? 13 May 2020

We look at the records of how the UK's largest grocers – and manufacturers – have been paying their suppliers and wonder if the recent changes to help suppliers will stick around.

Tesco unsure about role compostables will play in packaging mixWhy Tesco's right to be cautious about compostable packaging 10 March 2020

Tesco has issued details on the packaging it wants suppliers to use in the UK from May. Compostables remains a tricky issue but David Burrows welcomes the retailer's decisions.

Good Catch hit UK shores in January 2020How faux fish is taking shot across bows of UK seafood market 29 January 2020

First there was 'clean' meat. The alternative protein seen as the next big thing is faux fish. David Burrows surveys the rising market in the UK.

Wrappers used on Nestle's Yes! bars offer promiseNestle's plastic push deserves praise but big questions remain 23 January 2020

David Burrows offers qualified praise for Nestle on recycled plastics and argues major questions persist about whether the company - and industry - can move from virgin material.

Good Catch has attracted investment from General MillsFaux-fish firms Good Catch, Sophie's Kitchen outline UK expansion plans 21 January 2020

Two US-based companies supplying seafood-alternative products have spoken about their plans to expand in the UK.

Farmers argue environmental footprint of livestock can vary around the worldHow meat and dairy are countering criticism on climate 18 November 2019

In the past 12 months the meat and dairy industries have been under fierce scrutiny for their roles in climate change. David Burrows reports on how they are trying to counter.

Denmark proposes to have labels on food products to identify impact on climate changeCan a climate label for food work? 12 December 2018

A decade ago, a few companies looked to label a product's carbon footprint. The concept never took off. If revisited, just-food asks, would the idea now gain traction?

By 2050, there could be as much plastic in the sea, by weight, as fishPlastic pledges - reason to be positive or time to panic? 29 May 2018

The way plastic is used to package food and drinks has shot up the consumer agenda in recent months and, in response, there has been a flurry of food companies announcing pledges on their use of packaging. The pressure is on to act. However, David Burrows argues businesses should be mindful before leaping on the latest developments in packaging while NGOs are arguing some of the companies' commitments are far from ambitious.

Pret may have Capturing the vegan opportunity in UK foodservice 6 December 2017

The number of vegans in the UK has rocketed in the past decade, while the number of meat-eaters looking to reduce their consumption of meat continues to rise. Both trends represent an opportunity for foodservice operators in the country and their suppliers but how can ride the wave? David Burrows reports.

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