Food Industry

Tackling obesity requires discussion with food and drink industry leaders, said a senior Department of Health official

Department of Health defends food industry meetings

By Rick Pendrous

A senior Department of Health (DH) official has defended the large number of meetings he has held with food and drink companies, as part of the government strategy to stem what health professionals describe as the growing “crisis” of obesity in parts...

Improved information and intelligence sharing can help avert scandals

Intelligence hub to combat safety threat

By Nicholas Robinson

Better intelligence sharing between the food industry and regulators will be needed if another food fraud like last year’s horsemeat scandal is to be averted in future, experts have warned.

Action on Sugar aims to raise public awareness about sugar and how much of it is in foods

Sugar substitution way to escape public shaming

By Rod Addy

Food manufacturers should substitute sugar with other sweeteners more or face public shaming and risk missing significant commercial benefits, according to a prominent nutrition policy expert.

Agri-food businesses are on the brink of 'a golden age' - driven by surging demand, said Simon Coveney

Agrifood business ‘on brink of golden age’: Irish farm minister

By Michael Stones

Agri-food businesses face “a golden age” Simon Coveney, Irish minister for agriculture, fisheries and the marine, told the Oxford Farming Conference, the day before Irish food board Bord Bia confirmed food and drink exports reached nearly £8.27bn (€10bn)...

Political parties will strive to outdo each other to appear the ‘consumers’ champion’ in advance of the 2015 general election, predicted leading industry figures

Politicians to focus on food industry in 2014

By Rick Pendrous

Consumers will continue to feel squeezed during 2014, despite signs the UK economy is at last starting to improve, and this will lead political parties to try to outdo each other in their attempts to appear the ‘consumers’ champion’ in advance of the...

Further legislation to curb sales of food and drink to children was predicted by Tam Fry

Tougher regulation of food industry could be on way

By Rick Pendrous

Britain’s food industry is likely to face increasing political scrutiny and further calls for greater regulation over the coming year, according to leading food industry figures canvassed by this website.

Food and drink industry people on the move – in October

Food and drink industry people on the move – in October

By Laurence Gibbons

A government reshuffle, which saw food and farming minister David Heath and fisheries minister Richard Benyon both lose their jobs, leads our selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry this month.

Professor Graham MacGregor said the Public Health Responsibility Deal may not be dead but it does need intensive care

CASH boss slams government health campaigns

By Rick Pendrous

The government’s voluntary Public Health Responsibility Deal (PHRD) may not yet be dead, but it is clearly in need of intensive care, according to the chairman of Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH) Professor Graham MacGregor.

Justin King will co-chair the Food Economy Task Force

Sainsbury boss to co-chair food economy taskforce

By Mike Stones

Sainsbury boss Justin King is to co-chair a new taskforce to find ways of boosting the UK’s food economy through partnerships between businesses, universities and government.

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