The food and drink industry’s focus on environmental and sustainability issues was a welcome surprise at this year’s Business Leaders’ Forum, organised by Food Manufacture, according to the founder of Alara Wholefoods.
A Channel 4 documentary criticising the meat industry in the UK has failed to provide a convincing argument for ditching production and reducing consumption, according to the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS).
Senior industry personnel have less than a week to make their voice heard and outline their business’ expectations, aims and activities in 2020 in Food Manufacture’s exclusive State of the Nation survey.
The great British public will throw away 130m sprouts and 91m slices of turkey this Christmas, as seven in 10 consumers admit to cooking too much food over the festive period, according to research by Warburtons.
AIMS writes to BBC director general, complaining about Christmas trailer
A lack of support at Government level has provided food manufacturers with “a huge opportunity” to boost their environmental footprints after recent data revealed dwindling support for certain brands as a result of their policies on the issues.
Belgian bakery firm Puratos is to lead a team of firms to launch the €6.3m-funded (£5.4m) SpaceBakery, which will explore sustainable food production and provide solutions to manufacturing food on Mars.
An investigation into illegally dumped meat has been launched by Darlington Borough Council, after more than 20 crates of putrid, decomposing chicken carcases and other waste meat were discovered on the outskirts of the district.
The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has called for a quick solution to the “black cloud” of Brexit uncertainty, which is impacting the work the industry has achieved in reducing its carbon footprint and other key areas.
Regulatory and consumer pressure is likely to mean brand owners and retailers remaining committed to using recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) in their bottles, despite being more expensive than virgin polymer.
Nestlé and PepsiCo have responded to claims in a recent report that they were the biggest contributors to plastic environmental waste in 2019, with Unilever and Mondelēz International also making the top ten.
Britain’s best-selling beer brands Budweiser and Stella Artois have announced a multi-million pound investment to eliminate plastic rings from can packaging across their entire UK-produced range by the end of 2020.
Reducing the manufacture of meat products in the UK would waste two-thirds of the country’s land available for food production, according to certification body the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA).
Meat production in the UK makes the best use of the country’s agricultural land and greatly aids biodiversity and countryside management, according to British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) chief executive Nick Allen.
Former environment secretary Michael Gove has been accused of attempting to rush through an ‘all-in’ model for a UK deposit return scheme (DRS), with powers to set up such a scheme now widely expected to form part of the imminent Environment Bill.