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UK organic sector growth may ease in 2017

21 Feb 2017

UK sales of organic products rose by more than 7% in 2016 - the market's fastest rate of expansion for nine years - but the country's certification body has forecast growth could ease this year.

UK vets urge mandatory animal welfare labelling

22 Sep 2016

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".

Food companies can lead on workplace nutrition - analysis

28 Jul 2016

Improving the diet of staff can boost productivity and morale, making workplace nutrition an increasing priority. But the nutritional value of workplace catering at a manufacturer will be closely scrutinised.

The Soil Association reviews organic standards

6 Oct 2015

The Soil Association, the UK body that issues organic certification, is reviewing its standards and looking to simplify the process.

MRSA in pork prompts call for action on antibiotic use

18 Jun 2015

The discovery of "superbug" MRSA in pork on sale in several UK supermarkets has prompted renewed calls for the food sector to change the way it uses antibiotics in meat production.

Analysis: Optimism in UK organic industry

2 Mar 2015

After some rocky years, the UK organic sector has reason to be cheerful again, with sales rising in 2014 against the backdrop of a declining overall market. Ben Cooper finds out why there is optimism among those in organic.

UK organic food sales rise in 2014

24 Feb 2015

Sales of organic food and drink products increased 4% in the UK in 2014, according to data by published by certification body The Soil Association.

UK/CHINA: Soil Association hails China export deal

15 Apr 2014

UK organic companies will be able to export to China in a "cheaper and simpler" way through a new trade deal with Beijing, according to The Soil Association.

UK: Organic sector sees first growth since 2008

13 Mar 2014

Annual sales of organic products in the UK rose for the first time since 2008, according to data issued by certification body The Soil Association today (13 March).

just-food's review of 2013: Food firms eke out growth in down environment

6 Jan 2014

Continued evidence of the global slowdown has meant that food companies faced a year of weak consumer sentiment in 2013. This impacted demand across global markets. The food industry responded by increasingly looking to pockets of growth to maintain sales momentum. Katy Askew takes a look at which categories presented the greatest opportunities to expand the top line in mature markets.

Interview: Gousto combines convenience, quality and value

27 Aug 2013

One-year-old Gousto is a fledgling company with a unique proposition. Consumers order online from a variety of menu options and Gousto delivers dinner kits, complete with recipe cards and all the ingredients, direct to the door. The company, which has expanded rapidly through its own website, has just entered a partnership with online retailer Ocado. Katy Askew spoke to Gousto co-owner Timo Schmidt about the company's ambitions.

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

31 Jul 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.

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

24 Jun 2013

Labelling was back in the spotlight in the UK last week, as the country's Department of Health unveiled plans for a new hybrid labelling system. The GM debate also returned in full-force as UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson threw his weight behind the use of GMOs in farming. Meanwhile, we saw a busy week in international M&A as Campbell extended its reach in key markets such as China through its acquisition of Kelsen Group, while dairy giant Mengniu kicked off what could be a process of consolidation in Chinese dairy when it made a move to acquire local infant formula maker Yashili.

UK: Paterson calls for "informed" debate over GM

20 Jun 2013

UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson today (20 June) insisted GM was a "safe, proven and beneficial innovation" that the Government and industry had a "duty" to explore.

Consuming issues - GM debate comes down to question of trust

25 Apr 2013

The GM debate has re-emerged in the UK in the last couple of weeks with the news four major supermarket operators will allow their suppliers to use GM feed for poultry and eggs.

Interview: Divine Chocolate battles pressure on Fairtrade specialists

27 Mar 2013

UK-based Divine Chocolate was one of the first Fairtrade-only FMCG brands when it launched in 1998. However, the entry of larger, mainstream companies into the category, while increasing awareness of Fairtrade and boosting sales, has had an impact on the specialists. Divine commercial director David Francis spoke to Dean Best about competition, retail support for Fairtrade and the promotional battle in the UK.

UK: Divine Chocolate calls for ethical buyers targets

27 Mar 2013

UK Fairtrade chocolate specialist Divine Chocolate has called for buyers to have "ethical" targets.

UK: Horsemeat lifts organic sales after 2012 drop

20 Mar 2013

Sales of organic food in the UK rose in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, after a another fall during 2012.

Quote unquote: UK debate on food labelling, nutrition

8 Nov 2012

Food and drink industry stakeholders gathered in London yesterday (7 November) for The Westminster Food & Nutrition conference. The topic of discussion surrounded food labelling policy in the UK and the challenges for food manufacturers. Speakers included the Food and Drink Federation, Morrisons, The British Medical Association and Defra.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

13 Aug 2012

Nestle reported its half-year results last week and said innovation was vital to growth in developed markets, where doing business at the moment is, it said, "no walk in the park". Produce giant Chiquita's first-half numbers included plans for a new strategy, while at US dairy group Dean Foods, it announced a move to list its soy and organics unit alongside its figures. In the retail sector, UK grocer The Co-op announced chief executive Peter Marks was to retire.

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

13 Aug 2012

The Q2 and H1 results kept flooding in last week as Nestle explained how innovation will be key to developed market growth in the near future, and Ralcorp spoke of its challenges with commodity prices. Elsewhere, the UK's public health minister, Anne Milton, has launched a staunch defence of the Government's "responsibility deals" with the food and drink industry.

Sustainability Watch: Tom MacMillan, Soil Association

9 Aug 2012

In this month's Sustainability Watch, Dr Tom MacMillan, formerly director of the Food Ethics Council and now director of innovation at the Soil Association, speaks with Ben Cooper about the Soil Association's new strategy and the UK government's Green Food Project.

Focus: UK government seeks to engage all in the green food challenge

13 Jul 2012

This week saw the launch of the first report of the UK government's Green Food Project, which aims to bring stakeholders together to seek sustainable solutions to the challenges of food security and climate change. Andrew Kuyk, sustainability director at UK industry body the Food and Drink Federation and a member of the committee behind the project, spoke with Ben Cooper about the project's initial phase.

UPDATE: UK: Defra report only stepping stone, says Paice

10 Jul 2012

The UK government's report into how to make the country's food sector more sustainable merely provides a "framework" for further action, farming minister Jim Paice insisted today (10 July).

Quote, unquote: Reactions to UK's "Green Food Project" report

10 Jul 2012

The UK government today (10 July) published the latest attempt to try to encourage the food industry to build a more sustainable sector as it faces feeding a rising population. Campaigners gave a cautious welcome to the Green Food Project but warned the coalition needed to be more bold.

Comment: Organic sector should focus on quality to boost sales

30 Mar 2012

The continuing fall in demand for organic food in the UK is perplexing those in the sector, not least when sales of in another 'ethical' category, Fairtrade, have withstood the downturn and increased rapidly. Consumers buy organic for different reasons and the sector has lacked a true message to try to appeal to the mainstream. A focus on quality, Ben Cooper writes, could be the answer.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

26 Mar 2012

The Consumer Analyst Group of Europe investment conference in London dominated just-food's working week and we exclusively provided the news and views from the event.

In the spotlight: UK organic sector bemoans downbeat retailer view

22 Mar 2012

The Soil Association's Organic Market Report 2012 points to a lack of support from multiple retailers as a primary reason why organic sales continue to fall in the UK, while other countries are showing growth.

UK: "Lack of support" hits organic sales - Soil Association

5 Mar 2012

The continuing decline of organic sales in the UK during 2011 has been blamed on a lack of support from the country's retail multiples and the UK government.

In the spotlight: Industry welcomes EU-US organic trade agreement

1 Mar 2012

With the organic food sector, in many markets, in a state of exponential growth, the industry is hopeful that a new trade deal between the US and EU could significantly boost sales in both markets. MJ Deschamps reports.

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