Kendall is the new chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Peter Kendall to chair AHDB

By Laurence Gibbons

Former National Farmers Union (NFU) president Peter Kendall has been appointed as the new chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (ADHB) for a three-year term.

Judy Buttriss, director general, British Nutritional Foundation

Sustainable messages from the BNF

By Judy Buttriss

As the global population continues to rise, identifying means to feed current and future generations sustainably becomes ever more pressing.

The partnership will help Unilever deliver on its sustainability pledge

Unilever’s new partnership to tackle long-term issues

By Laurence Gibbons

Unilever and the University of Manchester will tackle long-term issues facing the food and drink sector, such as sustainable consumption, as part of their partnership agreement, signed last week.

Certificate of approval: Andy Green presented the certificate to Liz Moore

Warning: get sustainably certified or lose business

By Lorraine Mullaney

Food manufacturers have been warned to get sustainably certified or lose business, as the deadline approaches to meet retailers’ 2015 commitments to source sustainable produce.

Effective disposal of waste packaging is critical

Waste of breath?

By Laurence Gibbons

Communicating with consumers is one route to more sustainable packaging, reports Laurence Gibbons

Dan Crossley, the Food Ethics Council's new executive director

The only way is ethics

By Gary Scattergood

Meet the man with big ideas to ensure fairness and sustainability are key features in the global food chain. Gary Scattergood reports

All food firms needed sustainable engergy policies – regardless of their size – said Atlas Copco

Small food firms miss out on energy savings

By Laurence Gibbons

Small food and drink manufacturers (SMEs) are missing out on potential cost savings and damaging their reputations by failing to apply the latest energy-saving technology, claims compressor maker Atlas Copco.

The GCA will hold the key to fining supermarkets

At last: power to fine supermarkets

By Rick Pendrous

Responding to widespread calls, the government has announced that the watchdog proposed to police the Groceries Supply Code of Practice will have the teeth to fine supermarkets that abuse power.

Glanbia processes one third of Ireland's milk

Grass roots

By Lorraine Mullaney

The Emerald Isle's green and natural lands form the roots of its plans to become a world-leading exporter of sustainable food and drink, reports Lorraine Mullaney

Owen Patterson, DEFRA secretary of state

DEFRA ministers: Who does what

By Mike Stones

Ministerial responsibilities in the newly reshuffled Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have been revealed.

Abeysuriya will be discussing the research at the Pira Packaging Summit

Shoppers filter out sustainable claim

By Paul Gander

Brands that go out of their way to explain on pack the sustainability of their product or packaging could be wasting their time, according to new consumer research.

Barry Callebaut has seen positive results from training farmers

Barry Callebaut's cocoa training

By Lorraine Mullaney

Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut is working with the Rainforest Alliance to train Cameroon farmers and improve traceability of cocoa supply.

Packaging's primary role is to protect food

Hot on the case

By David Burrows

Packaging is a hot topic for consumers and hence manufacturers, reports David Burrows.

Fairtrade schemes are needed to avert serious global shortages of the

Mars urges action on cocoa to beat shortage

By Rick Pendrous

Urgent action was necessary to avoid the “bleak situation” of a serious global shortage of cocoa supplies within a decade, Fiona Dawson, president of Mars Chocolate UK, warned yesterday (June 12).

Spelman called for the

DEFRA minister Spelman urges action after Rio+20

By Rick Pendrous

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman has challenged governments, business and environmental groups around the world to reach a consensus on measures to ensure a more sustainable global food supply chain when world leaders meet at the Rio+20 Summit in...

The government's record in helping food manufacturers and consumers cut waste is

WWF slams government on sustainable food

By Freddie Dawson and Mike Stones

Environmental pressure group WWF has slammed the government for its “woefully inadequate” record in helping meat processors cut meat waste and consumers eat less meat and fewer livestock products.

Lack of funding threatens to choke food and drink manufacturers' ability to the economy out of recession

‘Timid’ bankers threaten food export-led recovery

By Freddie Dawson and Mike Stones

Lack of investment from risk-adverse bankers is threatening food and drink manufacturers’ ability to spearhead the export-led economic recovery long predicted by government ministers.

A lack of global resources means firms will have to change their methods, according to Neath

Food manufacturers must adapt to lack of resources

By Rod Addy

Dwindling global resources will force food manufacturers to radically change the way they do business in the next few years, according to Gavin Neath, Unilever’s senior vice president of sustainability.



By Lorraine Mullaney

The Cree Indians predicted that the white man would realise that he couldn't eat money only when the last tree had been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river poisoned.

Sustainably Cornish. Ginsters has become the first manufacturer to secure 100% sustainable palm oil in savoury pastries

Sustainable palm oil coup for Ginsters

By Rod Addy

Ginsters has overcome supply issues to become the first manufacturer to secure 100% sustainable palm oil in the category of branded savoury pastries, in co-operation with fats and oils supplier AAK.

Green thinking

Green thinking

By Freddie Dawson

With consumers confused by the proliferation of green labels, Freddie Dawson asks whether a single mandatory approach might be the solution?

Academic attacks government sustainable food freeze

Academic attacks government sustainable food freeze

By Ben Bouckley

The co-author of an influential new report on UK food policy has hit out at the coalition government for its inertia on sustainable food policy since it came to power in May 2010.


CenFRA could be self-funding by autumn 2011, says boss

By Elaine Watson

CenFRA (the Centre for Food Robotics and Automation) is aiming to achieve financial self-sufficiency “as early as autumn next year”, after securing additional cash from regional development agency (RDA) Yorkshire Forward designed to tide it over until...


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