A lack of joined up thinking is leading to an increasingly mixed batch of messages sent by food manufacturers, retailers and governments as to where, how and what food consumers should buy. Bernice Hurst comments.
The Soil Association Standards Board decided at a meeting last night (25 January) to consider a range of options to tackle the environmental impact of organic food transported by air, including an outright ban.
Retailers have been engaging with the concept of local sourcing for years, but Tesco has upped the ante with last week’s announcement that it was restructuring its buying function to work more closely with regional suppliers. Is it as good as it sounds? Bernice Hurst investigates.
As part of the Slow Food movement, Japanese consumers are reacting against the inexorable growth of fastfood and ready meals, and seeking out local and traditional produce. And most surprisingly, the country’s largest retailer is in the forefront of this trend. Michael Fitzpatrick reports.