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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Quote, unquote: CAP reform proposals

14 Oct 2011

The EU's plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, a challenging task, has drawn criticism from most parts of the food sector.

UK: Consumers open to nanotechnology - FSA

21 Apr 2011

Consumer sceptical about the use of nanotechnology in food are more likely to look on it favourably if they percieve a "real benefit" to them, according to the UK's Food Standards Agency.

EUROPE: Eight organic organisations form alliance

23 Mar 2011

Eight European organic organisations have formed an alliance, called the 'Leading Organic Alliance' to promote organic farming in Europe.

In the spotlight – Feeding the world

28 Jan 2011

This week saw the publication of a major report from Foresight, the UK government think-tank, on the sustainability of global food production. Ben Cooper assesses what the new report contributes to the debate.

Quote, unquote: Foresight Report on Food and Farming Futures

24 Jan 2011

A UK government report, released today (24 January), said that the growing world population, increasing wealth, competition for land and climate change constitute a "major threat" that requires a "strategic reappraisal of how the world is fed".

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

23 Jul 2010

The potential sale of UK biscuit and snack maker United Biscuits captured the industry's attention this week. Ocado's IPO finally got away, but not without a great deal of controversy, once again highlighting the difficulties online grocery retailers face trying to build a profitable business model. The future of the Foods Standards Agency was sealed, and as expected, it lost its remit over nutrition and labelling.

UK: Soil Association chief Holden to step down

29 Jun 2010

The lead director at UK organic certification body The Soil Association is to the step down from the role, it was announced today (29 June).

UPDATE: UK: FSA plays down GM food body resignation

2 Jun 2010

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has played down the second resignation of a member of its steering group set up to gauge the public mood on GM food.

What will the recovery mean for organic in the UK?

12 Apr 2010

As the UK economy recovers, albeit slowly, there are signs that consumer behaviour is returning to "normal". There are questions, however, over how the organic food sector will arrest a slump in sales.

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

8 Jan 2010

The UK - not to mention much of Europe and the US - experienced the big freeze this week. Relations between Kraft Foods and largest shareholder Warren Buffett have seemingly turned cold after the so-called Sage of Omaha said he would not back the US food giant's plans to use its shares to fund its bid for Cadbury.

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