All news articles for January 2024

Labels on 500ml Sprite and Sprite Zero bottles will be replaced with an embossed logo on the front of the pack and laser-engraved product information on the back in new trial


Sprite bottles go ‘label-less'

By Bethan Grylls

Sprite and Sprite Zero labels will be temporarily removed from on-the-go bottles as part of a limited trial designed to simplify the recycling process.

Rebecca Ironmonger explains how the proposed Digital Marketing, Competition and Consumers Bill will alter the legal landscape of green claims. Credit: Getty/Michał Chodyra

Legal Brief

The legalities of eco-labelling and ‘green’ claims on food products

By Rebecca Ironmonger

There has been a rapid increase in the use of eco-labels and claims by businesses that they or their products are environmentally friendly – a result of consumer interest in how their spending is impacting the planet. Rebecca Ironmonger of Roythornes...

Hoxton Farms makes another big announcement as Nick Halla joins board (pictured)


Hoxton Farms expands board with new member Nick Halla

By Bethan Grylls

The former chief strategy officer and senior vice president of international for Impossible Foods is the latest addition to company's board and is 'huge vote in confidence’ in the latest of a series of big scale-up moves.

Sales of non-alcopholic drinks surged for Not on the High Street in January. Image: Getty, Paper Boat Creative


Brits ditch alcoholic drinks in January

By Gwen Ridler

Sales of non-alcoholic drinks surged in January as Britain sees a cultural shift towards wellness trends at the start of the year, according to new research from bespoke retailer Not on the Highstreet (NOTHS)

Don't miss our webinar, exploring technologies for improving your supply chain traceability. Credit: Getty/sitox


Technology to improve your traceability

By Bethan Grylls

Register for our exclusive webinar which looks at existing and emerging technology to enhance your supply chain traceability, whilst taking you back to basics as our experts explore several case studies, options and the important questions to ask before...

The new border rules could cause a major fresh fruit fiasco. Credit: Getty/Studio1222

Short read

BTOM breakdown: Your checklist for 31 January

By Bethan Grylls

This Wednesday 31 January 2024 will see the UK roll out the first stage of its new border rules – here’s what you need to know and why so businesses are worried...

Scott Baigent and Cam Wallace have bought Eight Degrees from Irish Distillers


Eight Degrees founders buy back brewery

By Gwen Ridler

The founders of Irish drinks maker Eight Degrees have bought back their brewery from Pernod Ricard subsidiary Irish Distillers for an undisclosed sum.

Social media apps like TikTok are influencing the food and drink manufacturing sector more than ever before. Credit: Getty / alvarez

Short read

Top TikTok food trends in the UK

By William Dodds

New research has found that overnight oats and coronation chicken were the top-searched food trends on TikTok in the UK last year.

'Not for EU' labelling rules look set to impact a number of food and drink manufacturers across Great Britain

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GB-wide ‘Not for EU’ labelling

By Rod Addy

Provision Trade Federation (PTF) director general Rod Addy looks at the potential implications of the 'Not for EU' labelling requirement that will impact a number of food and drink manufacturers from October 2024.

The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive will significantly change the way companies approach ESG. Credit: Getty/MTStock Studio

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How the Due Diligence Directive will impact food and drink producers

By Bethan Grylls

Last December saw the informal agreement from EU Parliament and Council negotiators on new corporative sustainability rules, but what does this mean for food and drink manufacturers and suppliers and their current way of approaching ESG?

Cocoa and Sugar prices were up this year, while wheat and almonds saw a derease. Image: Getty, Galeanu Mihai

Raw materials

Bakery and confectionery raw material prices report

By Gwen Ridler

The prices of raw bakery and confectionery ingredients continued to fluctuate throughout the past year, with sugar and cocoa hitting yearly highs as wheat and almonds decreased year-on-year.

McCain Foods publishes Global Sustainability Report 2023


McCain Foods on track to hit 100% regeneratively farmed potatoes

By Bethan Grylls

McCain Foods has set its intentions to implement regenerative agriculture practices across 100% of the global acreage that grows potatoes for its products by the end of the decade, with details of its progress outlined in its new global sustainability...

How do you define a sausage? Getty/Sigrid Gombert

Food Forensics

Unravelling the sausage conundrum

By Alison Johnson

In her first column of 2024, Food Forensics’ Alison Johnson looks at the legal intricacies of what makes a sausage a sausage.

Rich Clothier talks business strategy with Jon Poole in this month's column

The Talent Poole

Strategic business planning

By Jon Poole

January, for many businesses, represents the start of a new business year and the beginning of a new business planning cycle. It is therefore timely for The Talent Poole to explore the processes and thinking behind a good strategy and business plan, brought...

How prepared are you for the changes coming to UK borders? Credit: Getty/PCH-Vector


New UK border controls may cause anarchy

By Andrew Thurston

Long-awaited changes to border controls on the import of animals, food and flowers from the EU into the UK may cause significant disruption to trade if suppliers in the EU are not sufficiently prepared. Andrew Thurston, customs duty lead for MHA explores.

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