The 75th annual government survey of UK food purchasing, now called the Family Food survey, was published in March.
There is much talk these days about the impact of the Internet of Things – the new interconnected world in which machines share data to radically enhance intelligence and control – on the future of manufacturing, and food and drink manufacture in particular.
Vegetables and starchy carbs, such as potatoes, bread, pasta, rice and other grains, are currently the main sources of dietary fibre, with some provided by fruit, nuts and pulses.
News that full-year exports of UK food and drink exceeded £20bn for the first time in 2016 – up 10.5% on 2015 – puts what will happen after Brexit firmly in the spotlight.
Sugar does more than sweeten foods – it provides bulk and has functional attributes that are difficult to replicate, such as moisture management and shelf-life, texture and flavour generation.
Britain’s prospects of securing a trade deal with the US post-Brexit were one of the main items up for discussion (along with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) during Prime Minister Theresa May’s meeting with President Donald Trump last month.
The interest in bugs – in this case those that inhabit the human gut – continues to grow as research reveals the fascinating symbiotic relationships that exist between them and us, and the impact of these on our health.
As 2017 opens, without doubt, we are entering unknown territory. The biggest question facing UK food and drink is what direction of travel the government will disclose for Brexit in advance of Article 50 being triggered, probably in March.
Novel foods, in particular insects, are being billed as a sustainable source of protein to meet future needs, as the global population grows and becomes more prosperous and climate change takes hold.
The recent spat between Unilever and Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco over the Marmite brand owner’s attempt to raise its price, was a clear sign of things to come in life after the Brexit vote.
Novel foods that are aiming to save the planet in some way – whether it be sustainable protein, sources of uncommon essential nutrients, or alternatives to animal proteins – are forming definite growing trends as part of our health-conscious society.
The concept of mindful eating as a means of driving healthy dietary choices is attracting attention.
Concern is growing that the science underpinning nutrition is being attacked by some public health researchers and lobbyists who refuse to accept a role for industry in commissioning nutrition research, regardless of any controls put in place to ensure the complete independence of this work.
We have taken an interest in the future of food we since forming since Bingham and Jones. But there are some moments in development that get you really thinking about the bigger picture and asking other questions – such as, is it really ok to develop to consumer perceptions if their perceptions are wrong?
The latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) results reveal a few improvements.
Many small food and drink manufacturers could soon be breaking the law – if they are not already – by putting misleading and, therefore, illegal information on their packs.
Amazon looks set on making a major land grab for Britain's food and drink market. Having embarked on a raft of new initiatives, covering everything from a collaborative venture with Morrisons to moves into home food deliveries in London, the online retail giant clearly has big ambitions to roll out ideas already tested Stateside.
Since the big ‘re-set’ of the supermarket shelves, where scores of products vied for a reduced and downsized space allocation, we have seen an escalation in own-label activity.
In the UK, one-in-five older children and adults has a low vitamin D level in their blood.
Prime Minister Theresa May hasn’t pleased anybody with the childhood obesity strategy, which was slipped out during the parliamentary recess while she was on holiday walking in Switzerland.
Analysing, reporting and acting on food trends have become big business in the past few years.
Globally, governments are thinking about the challenges of communicating information regarding the sugars contents of foods.
Andrea Leadsom, the former Conservative contender for prime minister, had her first official outing as environment secretary last month at the launch of the Industry Approved Apprenticeship Programmes from the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink.
The report from the pressure group the National Obesity Forum (NOF), branded as irresponsible by Public Health England and discordant with the international consensus, criticised the government’s Eatwell guide and official UK dietary reference values (DRVs), particularly those for fat and carbohydrates.
Despite all signs to the contrary, I don’t think many of us on the Remain side really expected a Brexit vote in our heart of hearts. Which made the result to leave the EU even more of a shock when we woke up on Friday June 24.