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BRC warns UK faces "lose-lose scenario" in event of no Brexit deal

5 Jul 2018

The British Retail Consortium has warned of the consequences on the UK food supply chain in the event of no deal being reached with the EU on Brexit, the so-called cliff-edge scenario.

'No deal' Brexit could result in UK food price hike, warns retail body

18 Sep 2017

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is warning UK consumers could pay nearly a third more for everyday food items in the event of the country not striking a Brexit trade deal with the EU.

UK faces Brexit food prices hike without EU tariffs deal, British Retail Consortium warns

21 Apr 2017

The UK faces a 22% price hike in food prices if it fails to negotiate continued tariff-free trade with the European Union post-Brexit, according to the country's retailers.

UK's FSA responds amid warning on antibiotics overuse in food chain

6 Sep 2016

The UK's Food Standards Agency is preparing to release the results of its tests on meat and other produce for antimicrobial resistance after campaigners published new research indicating the overuse of antibiotics in farming is contributing to drug resistance.

Warnings Brexit could weaken UK child obesity strategy

8 Jul 2016

The UK’s long-awaited child obesity strategy looks set to be published during the next couple of weeks, but when it does it is likely to be a cause of further acrimony between the food industry and health campaigners.

UK government, food sector under fire on childhood obesity strategy 

20 Jun 2016

The UK government has been accused of bowing to "strong lobbying" from the food sector to "erode" the Department of Health's strategy to tackle childhood obesity.

UK grocery promotions "could mislead" shoppers

16 Jul 2015

UK supermarket promotions "could confuse or mislead" consumers, the country's competition regulator said today (16 July).

Which? urges action on "misleading" prices

21 Apr 2015

UK consumer watchdog Which? has called on the country's competition regulator to investigate the "misleading" ways supermarkets price products.

Which? urges action on "misleading" prices

21 Apr 2015

UK consumer watchdog Which? has called on the country's competition regulator to investigate the "misleading" ways supermarkets price products.

Briefing: Why food companies are critical in UK salt success

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.

Front-of-pack labels work, UK retailers insist

19 Nov 2014

The introduction of front-of-pack nutrition labels in the UK has encouraged consumers to choose healthier food, the country's grocers insisted today (19 November).

Consuming issues: No candy-coated arguments at sugar summit

14 Jul 2014

Last week, medical professionals, industry representatives, policy advisors and others gathered in London to discuss the health impacts of sugar consumption and what government and food companies can do to mitigate them. Ben Cooper was there.

Comment: Sugar reduction pledge, not tax, could interest regulators

25 Jun 2014

A tax on sugar has again hit the headlines in recent days, with a call from campaign group Action on Sugar and, significantly, after a key expert on obesity said new policies should be looked at. However, Ben Cooper says evidence sin taxes work is sketchy, although he argues Action on Sugar's separate call for an industry pledge to lower sugar could interest regulators.

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

12 May 2014

This week the debate on whether the method of slaughter should be slapped on meat hit headlines in the UK. Elsewhere, Danish Crown's UK meat arm Tulip, Associated British Foods' Allied Bakeries and Murray Goulburn both announced investments into processing facilities. And Mondelez International said it would be zeroing in on its snacking business, with a move to merge its coffee arm with sector specialist DE Master Blenders 1753.

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

1 Jul 2013

The British Retail Consortium's annual symposium brought together the great and the good of the UK retail scene. On the other side of the globe, retail was also a focus as debate over the relationship between Australian suppliers and the country's powerful supermarkets continued. Food safety was back in the spotlight in China - a market that US spice maker McCormick is "bullish" on. Here is just-food's week in words.

UK: Waitrose denies hypocrisy over "precautionary" burger recall

25 Jan 2013

Waitrose has denied that its criticism of other retailers over the horse meat scandal is hypocritical, after the group confirmed it has withdrawn batches of its own frozen beef burgers as a precautionary measure.

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

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.

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

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.

In the spotlight: Report ignites food waste debate

18 Jan 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.

In the spotlight: Report ignites food waste debate

18 Jan 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.

UK: BRC names Dickinson director general

24 Aug 2012

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has announced a series of senior appointments, with former UK head of retail at KPMG, Helen Dickinson, taking the helm as director general.

UK: BRC names Dickinson director general

24 Aug 2012

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has announced a series of senior appointments, with former UK head of retail at KPMG, Helen Dickinson, taking the helm as director general.

UK: Food industry needs "culture change" on environment

10 Jul 2012

The UK government said today (10 July) there needs to be "a culture change" in the food industry to ensure the country can produce food sustainably amid "soaring" population growth.

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

14 May 2012

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King this week welcomed moves from its UK retail rivals to invest in product quality and service after the retailer reported an increase in annual underlying profits.

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

14 May 2012

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King this week welcomed moves from its UK retail rivals to invest in product quality and service after the retailer reported an increase in annual underlying profits.

UK: Retailers slam grocery adjudicator plans

9 May 2012

The UK retail industry has hit out at Government plans to introduce an independent adjudicator to ensure supermarkets deal "fairly" and "lawfully" with suppliers.

UK: Retailers slam grocery adjudicator plans

9 May 2012

The UK retail industry has hit out at Government plans to introduce an independent adjudicator to ensure supermarkets deal "fairly" and "lawfully" with suppliers.

UK: Food sales volumes remain under pressure

9 May 2012

Food sales volumes in the UK have remained under pressure in the first months of 2012 following a year in which the number of items in shopping baskets fell.

UK: Food sales volumes remain under pressure

9 May 2012

Food sales volumes in the UK have remained under pressure in the first months of 2012 following a year in which the number of items in shopping baskets fell.

UK: Supermarket adjudicator expected in Queen's Speech

8 May 2012

A proposal to introduce an adjudicator for the UK grocery sector is expected to be announced tomorrow (9 May) in a move that would pave the way for the creation of a body to monitor behaviour in the supply chain.

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