A crackdown on food and drink crime by local councils has seen raids rise by 10% over the past three years, but fears remain that budget cuts compromise safety and authenticity, warns commercial law firm EMW.
The rising popularity of street food, coffee shops and new fast food concepts will drive the UK’s eating out sector to grow by 3% in value over the next 12 months to reach £82.5bn, predicts Allegra Foodservice.
New research has linked foods rich in acrylamide, such as chips, to a higher risk of low birth weight children, while levels of the chemical in chips are rising, according to a separate report the European food watchdog the European Food Safety Authority...
Specialist film supplier MonoSol says its latest edible and water-soluble film is more robust than a first-generation product, and reports particular interest among companies supplying the foodservice sector with pre-dosed ingredients.
Shadow minister for public health Diane Abbott has called for tougher local planning controls to restrict the proliferation of fast food outlets in poor inner city areas. She says the outlets are feeding the obesity epidemic afflicting the nation.
Pies and pasties specialist Peter’s Food Service has opened a new multi-million pound multi-temperature distribution depot in Sidcup to serve as a hub for its growing sales and distribution operation in the south-east.