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.
The latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) results reveal a few improvements.
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?
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.
Food and nutrition considerations are often short-term, but there is a far bigger picture that needs a lot more attention.
A report from the National Obesity Forum (NOF) in association with Public Health Collaboration has come under flak from Public Health England (PHE), Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) for providing bad nutritional advice.
Approximately 6% of British children under the age of six develop a food allergy, while 20% develop allergic diseases such as eczema and asthma (not always triggered by foods).
What with the UK's referendum on EU membership next month, the government's Childhood Obesity Strategy on the horizon and the National Living Wage now in place, the food and drink industry has a lot to think about. If all that wasn't enough, some bigger players face the Apprenticeship Levy from next April and the soft drinks sector can look forward to a sugar tax in 2018.
The nutrition science community is becoming increasingly concerned about the health halo around coconut oil and the risk to health if consumption becomes a regular occurrence.
George Osborne’s announcement of a sugar tax on soft drinks in last month's budget took everyone by complete surprise. Cynics were quick to accuse him of blatantly trying to deflect attention from declining growth forecasts.
In October 2015, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) wrote to UK health ministers about recent information that adds weight to the case for effective measures to improve folate status, especially of women in reproductive years.